Could DeRo return for NY match?

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Could DeRo return for NY match?

As D.C. United takes on the Red Bulls in Part II of their two-game Eastern Conference Semifinals series, they could have last year's league MVP back in the line up to face his former club.

After suffering a grade 3 MCL sprain in early September, the club announced that Dwayne De Rosario would be sidelined 10-12 weeks and was expected to remain out for the remainder of the season.  With the chance to advance to the Conference Finals for the first time since 2006 on the line, it appears that the club is considering bringing the midfielder back early.  

Both head coach Ben Olsen and De Rosario himself were unavailable to comment after a practice that the DCU midfielder fully participated in on Monday, but his teammates hinted that he could be a part of their game plan in New York.

"I think there's a chance," said current captain Chris Pontius.  "[De Rosario] looked good out there today.  It' s just about how his body responds to practices like this."

De Rosario's return to the pitch would clip his recovery time to just eight weeks, but according to teammates, the midfielder appears ready for action.    

"He looks like the old DeRo to me right now," said Pontius.

"I think with the progression he's made, it seems like just yesterday he got hurt and now looking at the practice field he's going all in," said defender Brandon McDonald.  "I think it's a good chance but you never know.  It's his and [Olsen's] call on how he feels."

Prior to his injury, De Rosario notched his 100th career MLS goal (his seventh of the season) and his 12 assists on the year ranked second in the league.  Despite numerous scoring chances in Game 1, the Black and Red offense failed to register a goal.  De Rosario could add the spark and final touch that D.C. lacked on Saturday.  

"He's MVP of the league last year and he can always bring that special something," said defender Chris Korb.  "Even if it's late in the game coming off the bench he'll definitely add something."

Nike releases images of new U.S. Soccer jerseys, receives criticism of familiar design

Nike releases images of new U.S. Soccer jerseys, receives criticism of familiar design

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...

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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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