HARRISON, N.J. (AP) -- Defender Brandon Barklage knocked in the first two goals of his MLS career Sunday night, leading the New York Red Bulls into a first-place tie with D.C. United with a 3-2 win before a franchise record crowd of 25,187. Barklage, waived by United after the 2011 season and picked up by New York shortly thereafter, put the Red Bulls up 2-1 in the second minute of first-half stoppage time with his second goal of the half. Lurking on the right side, Barklage put in a one-time volley after Rafa Marquez's free kick. D.C.'s Robbie Russell had brought down Mehdi Ballouchy just outside the box, and Marquez's resulting kick caromed off the wall for Barklage to put home. D.C. forward Chris Pontius scored the fastest goal in team history 31 seconds into the match off a header past a leaping Ryan Meara. Midfielder Danny Cruz had fed him from the right side after working a give-and-go with Dwayne De Rosario to set up Cruz's pass in front of the net. The goal was the second-fastest scored against New York next to one at 19 seconds from New England's Jose Cancela in 2005. Pontius had two goals, the second coming in the 66th minute, and it followed his first professional hat trick, scored against New York in a 4-1 victory April 22. He has five goals against the Red Bulls in 2012. The victory gave the Red Bulls (9-4-3) 30 points, tying them for the Eastern Division lead. United fell to 9-5-3. Barklage opened the Red Bulls' scoring in the 21st minute when he flashed across the goalmouth to get his left foot on Joel Lindpere's low corner kick and put it past keeper Bill Hamid. Dax McCarty had clanged a hard shot off the crossbar in the third minute, and Hamid made a diving, fingertip save on Ballouchy's low header in the 12th. Midfielder Jan Gunnar Soli gave the winners a cushion with his first goal as a Red Bull in the 55th minute, putting in his own rebound of a shot off Lindpere's feed.
The U.S. National Teams will rock a new look coming up soon. Instead of a blue and white color pallet on their existing jerseys, the new kit Nike unveiled today will be two shades of red.
The U.S. men will first wear the red kits for their March 24th World Cup qualifying match against Honduras. The U.S. women will don them sooner, for the 2017 SheBelieves Cup from March 1 to 7.
Similar to the previous designs, the new shirts will have color block sleeves with the words "1 Nation" and "1 Team" appearing on the inside hem. Men's team jerseys are crewneck, while womens are v-neck.
Like all new uniforms, these have drawn some criticism, specifically for their resemblance to Portugal's 2016 home kit and England's 2016 away kit.
What do you think; too similar or still too similar? Because it's hard to find the differences...
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.