United-Red Bulls game postponed, will play Thursday

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United-Red Bulls game postponed, will play Thursday

Game 2 of the MLS Eastern Conference Semifinals between D.C. United and New York Red Bulls has been postponed due to snowy conditions delivered by the Nor'easter storm that hit New York and New Jersey Thursday.

The match has been rescheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 8 at Red Bulls Arena in New York.

Having already reliquished home field advantage last week in order to accomodate the Red Bulls after the chaos caused by Hurricane Sandy, DCU head coach Ben Olsen was ready to get the match underway, and not at all pleased with the decision to postpone.

"I'm upset," said Olsen.  "I'm upset because i got some guys that i knew that by the look in their eyes that they were ready to go today."

Steady snow fell as crews worked to clear the pitch with snow shovels, leaving behind a very soggy but visable playing surface.  Approximately 30 minutes after the scheduled kickoff, the decision was made to postpone the match.

"I'm baffled," said Olsen.  "Have you seen the field?  Looks fine to me.  My boys wanted to play.  I wanted to play and I thought it was a playable field."

The two clubs came to a 1-1 draw in Game 1 in Washington on Nov. 3. The game had originally been scheduled to be played on United's home field at RFK Stadium, with Game 1 being in New York. But the league switched locations of the two game series because of damage left from last week's Hurricane Sandy.

It's official: U.S. Soccer hires Bruce Arena to replace Jurgen Klinsmann

It's official: U.S. Soccer hires Bruce Arena to replace Jurgen Klinsmann

NEW YORK – Bruce Arena is returning to coach the U.S. national soccer team, a decade after he was fired.

The winningest coach in American national team history, Arena took over Tuesday, one day after Jurgen Klinsmann was fired. The 65-year-old Arena starts work Dec. 1.

With the U.S. 0-2 in the final round of World Cup qualifying, the U.S. Soccer Federation wants to spark a turnaround when the playoffs resume March 24 with a home game against Honduras.

"His experience at the international level, understanding of the requirements needed to lead a team through World Cup qualifying, and proven ability to build a successful team were all aspects we felt were vital for the next coach," USSF President Sunil Gulati, who fired Arena in 2006, said in a statement. "I know Bruce will be fully committed to preparing the players for the next eight qualifying games and earning a berth to an eighth straight FIFA World Cup."

Arena first took over as national team coach after the 1998 World Cup and led the U.S. to a 71-30-29 record.

"I'm looking forward to working with a strong group of players that understand the challenge in front of them after the first two games," Arena said in a statement. "Working as a team, I'm confident that we'll take the right steps forward to qualify"

A wisecracking Brooklynite known for blunt talk and sarcasm, he coached the University of Virginia from 1978-95, then led D.C. United to titles in Major League Soccer's first two seasons before losing in the 1998 final. He guided the Americans to the team's best World Cup finish since 1930, a 1-0 loss to Germany in the 2002 quarterfinals.

He was let go after the team's first-round elimination by Ghana in 2006. Arena coached the New York Red Bulls of MLS from July 2006 to November 2007, then was hired the following August by the Galaxy. He led the team to MLS titles in 2011, 2012 and 2014.

Arena was inducted into the U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2010.

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Marquez's late goal lifts Mexico over US 2-1 in World Cup Qualifier

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Marquez's late goal lifts Mexico over US 2-1 in World Cup Qualifier

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Rafa Marquez scored on a header in the 89th minute, and Mexico beat the United States 2-1 Friday night in the Americans' first home loss in World Cup qualifying since 2001.

Miguel Layun put Mexico ahead in the 20th minute, but Bobby Wood tied the score in the 49th.

The U.S. dominated the second half before the 37-year-old Marquez, unmarked and drifting across the penalty area, got the back of his head on Layun's corner kick and lifted the ball over goalkeeper Brad Guzan.

Guzan lost the goalkeeper job to Tim Howard, who started at the last two World Cups. But Howard injured his right leg on a goal kick and was replaced in the 40th minute.

The U.S. had beaten Mexico four straight times by 2-0 scores in home qualifiers -- all at Columbus -- and the Americans had been 30-0-2 at home in qualifying since a 3-2 loss to Honduras at Washington's RFK Stadium in September 2001.