Impact blank United 3-0

Impact blank United 3-0

MONTREAL (AP) -- Patrice Bernier scored from the penalty spot and added another goal late in the second half and the Montreal Impact defeated D.C. United 3-0 on Saturday.

The victory extended the Impact's winning streak to five games and moved the club to within a point of the fifth-place United for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

D.C., which hasn't won back-to-back games since late May, has three games in hand.

Marco Di Vaio also scored for Montreal (12-13-3).

United fell to 12-9-4 on the season.

Leading 1-0 at halftime, Bernier converted a penalty kick in the 50th minute for his eighth goal of the season.

With the goal, he became the first player since Jamie Moreno in 2009 to score six goals on penalty kicks in a season.

Montreal had chances to add to its lead in the second half, including several from Di Vaio. The Impact forward got a perfect setup from Bernier in the 63rd minute, but the ball sailed over the net. Di Vaio had another chance for his second of the match in the 81st minute, but his shot went wide.

Montreal goalkeeper Troy Perkins preserved his team's two-goal lead in the 78th minute with a diving save to deny D.C. midfielder Marcelo Saragosa.

Bernier then added his second goal of the game in injury time on a slick finish past United goalkeeper Bill Hamid.

Di Vaio was caught offside several times early in the first half, but got his chance in the 24th minute when Bernier found him behind the D.C. defense. He outwaited Bill Hamid and beat him to the far corner for his third of the season.

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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