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.

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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