Klinsmann fired as US coach, Arena favoured

first_img While there is time to recover, given the top three teams qualify for the 2018 tournament in Russia and the fourth-place finisher advances to a play-off against Asia’s No. 5 team, players seemed confused by Klinsmann’s tactics, such as a 3-4-1-2 formation. “Today, we made the difficult decision of parting ways with Jurgen Klinsmann,” Gulati said. “There were considerable achievements along the way … but there were also lesser publicised efforts behind the scenes. He challenged everyone in the US. Soccer community to think about things in new ways, and thanks to his efforts we have grown as an organization and expect there will be benefits from his work for years to come.” Arena was inducted into the US National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2010. As US coach, he led the Americans to the 2002 World Cup quarter-finals in the team’s best finish since 1930. NEW YORK (AP): Jurgen Klinsmann was fired as coach of the US football team yesterday, six days after a 4-0 loss at Costa Rica dropped the Americans to 0-2 in the final round of World Cup qualifying. Los Angeles Galaxy coach Bruce Arena is the favourite to succeed Klinsmann. Arena coached the national team from 1998 to 2006. Qualifying resumes when the US hosts Honduras on March 24 and play four days later at Panama. “While we remain confident that we have quality players to help us advance to Russia 2018, the form and growth of the team up to this point left us convinced that we need to go in a different direction,” US Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati said in a statement. “With the next qualifying match in late March, we have several months to refocus the group and determine the best way forward to ensure a successful journey to qualify for our eighth consecutive World Cup.” A former German star forward who has lived mostly in southern California since retiring as a player in 1998, Klinsmann replaced Bob Bradley in July 2011 and led the team to the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup title and the second round of the 2014 World Cup, where the Americans lost to Belgium in extra time. But the US was knocked out by Jamaica in last year’s Gold Cup semi-finals and lost to Mexico in a play-off for a Confederations Cup berth. The team rebounded to reach the Copa America semi-finals before losing to Argentina 4-0. But this month Mexico beat the Americans 2-1 at Columbus, Ohio, in the first home qualifying loss for the US since 2001. And last week, the Americans were routed in Costa Rica, dropping to 0-2 in the hexagonal, as the final round of World Cup qualifying in North and Central America and the Caribbean is known. CONFUSING TACTICSlast_img read more

Today’s prep games

first_imgLos Osos vs. Claremont Site: Claremont HSTime: 7 p.m.Records: Los Osos 5-1, 1-0; Claremont 3-3, 1-0Outlook: Most Baseline League observers figured last week’s Los Osos-Rancho Cucamonga game would be a competitive, down-to-the-wire contest. Few would have anticipated a Los Osos 52-21 blowout win. “To do what they did last week, it was an eye-opener,” Claremont coach Mike Collins said. “They served notice to everybody that they’re a team that will contend for the league championship.” Claremont opened league play on the right note, too. The three-time defending Baseline champs beat Etiwanda 34-25 to set up tonight’s battle for first place. “We brought it up to the kids, to let them know who they are,” Los Osos coach Tom Martinez said. “They usually play a tough preseason, and it gets them ready for league.” Rancho Cucamonga vs. Alta Loma Site: Montclair HSTime: 7 p.m.Records: Chaffey 5-1, 1-0; Montclair 4-2, 1-0Outlook: Montclair coach Steve Sullivant watched each of Chaffey’s last five games, and never saw an opposing offense score a point. His thoughts? “God, those guys are great,” Sullivant said. “It’s quite a good defense, one of the best I’ve seen in a long time.” Montclair, coming off a 42-17 win over Colony, has already tipped its hand by using spread and shotgun formations in a recent game when the team trailed at halftime. Sullivant had hoped to save those sets for later in league play. “Now, it’s no surprise,” he said. Chaffey coach Chris Brown doesn’t need his team to post its fifth shutout of the season; a win would do just fine. “You could have all the scheme you want or design all the plays you want, but if you don’t have good kids, it’s not going to matter,” Brown said. Moreno Valley vs. Norco Site: Norco HSTime: 7 p.m.Records: Moreno Valley 3-3 overall, 0-1 Mountain View League; Norco 6-0, 1-0.Outlook: Norco coach Todd Gerhart isn’t worried about a letdown after last week’s impressive 42-21 victory over Corona Centennial, but he is owrried about Moreno Valley, which utilizes multiple sets on offense. “They change every single play,” Gerhart said. “That’s a concern.” Troy Hall leads the Vikings, who lost to Corona 28-21 last week, with 363 rushing yards, but he has only one touchdown. With most of his starters playing little more than a half in the first five games, Gerhart noticed a lack of stamina in the second half last week. Even if Norco gets out to a big, early lead, Gerhart might let his starters play close to three quarters. Norco’s offense has seen many different defenses this year, and Gerhart had learned to expect anything. “Last week, Centennial took on the inside, with six players between the tackles, so we took the edge,” Gerhart said. “But we can actually throw the ball. This week, I anticipate a 6-3 (alignment). But if we spread them out with trips, the 6-3 becomes a 6-1.” Chino Hills vs. Ayala Site: Ayala HSTime: 7 p.m.Records: Chino Hills 6-0 overall, 1-0 Sierra League; Ayala 2-4, 0-1.Outlook: This game could easily be considered a blowout based on this year’s records, but the same could have been said for last year’s contest. But in that game, Chino Hills won by only 21-16 to improve to 6-1 while Ayala dropped to 1-6. Ayala won two years ago, 21-17. “This is becoming a bigger rivalry,” Ayala coach Bob Mount admitted. “They know these (Chino Hills) kids and it ratchets up the emotions.” Mount believes his team will be competitive in this contest but only if the Bulldogs eliminate mistakes that have plagued them this year. “If you look at our record, we’ve been our own worst enemy,” Mount said. Sophomore Matt Baca and junior Charlie Barcelo will continue to alternate at quarterback until one of them claims the No. 1 spot. An aggressive Chino Hills team (three fourth downs converted in the first quarter) got off to a quick start against Glendora last week en route to an impressive 43-6 victory, avenging a loss to the Tartans last year. Rialto vs. A.B. Miller Site: Miller HSTime: 7:30 p.m.Records: Rialto 1-5, 1-2; Miller 3-3, 2-1Outlook: The Rebels can choose from senior Derrick Duran or A.J. Springer at QB, both of whom run the option well. Duran is recovered from injury and Springer has come on of late and will probably start. David Williams, Victor Gil and Joey Zazueta pace the OL. Linemen Williams and Byron Glass and LB Zazueta pace the defense. Rialto fell 14-12 to Yucaipa last week, but beat Fontana the week before and has been been improving. “I said when I took the job that I was concerned with character and improvement and that if we had those, the wins and losses would eventually take care of themselves,” Rialto coach Brad Hornback said. DeyJuan Hemmings led the Knights against Yucaipa with 53 yards rushing, a 30-yard interception return for a TD and 14 tackles at linebacker. Sophomore OL/DL Quentin Toailoa (6-4, 255) played last week with a broken hand and shined. Daniel Flores, Carlos Flores (not related) and Xavier Penaloza lead an improving offensive line. Eisenhower vs. Colton Site: Colton HSTime: 7:30 p.m.Records: Eisenhower 2-4, 1-3; Colton 5-1, 3-0Outlook: The Yellowjackets are on a roll following wins against Rialto (42-0), Fontana (74-0) and Redlands (50-12). RBs Allen Bradford and Shareece Wright are heavily recruited and QB Brad Sorensen has blossomed. Other standouts are WR/DBs James Smith Daniel Sorensen (the QB’s brother) and two-way linemen Roman DeCastro and Mario Perez. Soon a pair of transfer DLs, Jeff Moore (6-4, 265) from Alabama and and Wordall [cmcq] Soa’alo (6-3, 285) from Moreno Valley will join the rotation on a sometimes-porous front. Colton last game had 138 yards in penalties, a problem all season. Eisenhower’s Julius McChristian doesn’t advertise it, but he’s toned down the Eagle offense, returning to a ball-possession ground game. He also is calling more of his own plays. Star RB Courtney Randall is banged up, but will play. He runs behind big OL like Ted Pagkaliwangan, Ben TakiTaki and Albert Lee. Freshman QB Anthony Lucero is coming on. Tonight’s other games (all games 7 p.m. except where indicated) Citrus Belt League Fontana vs. Redlands at U. Redlands, 7:30 p.m. Mt. Baldy League Diamond Ranch at Colony Don Lugo vs. Ontario at Chaffey HS San Andreas League Arroyo Valley at Carter Sierra League Glendora at Chino Damien at Diamond Bar Valle Vista League San Dimas at Ganesha Nonleague Garey at Nogales Golden Valley at Ontario Christian, 7:30 p.m. Eight-man Metro League Upland Christian at Desert Chapel 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Site: Chaffey CollegeTime: 7 p.m.Records: Rancho Cucamonga 4-2, 0-1; Alta Loma 5-1, 0-1Outlook: It’s not quite desperation, but there’s certainly a sense of urgency tonight for Rancho Cucamonga and Alta Loma. Each teams lost its respective Baseline League opener last week, and neither can afford to lose again. “Both schools are in the exact same situation,” Rancho coach Chris Van Duin said. “We both had very successful preseasons, and now we’re both staring at the potential of one of us being 0-2.” Van Duin said after Rancho suffered a 52-21 loss to Los Osos last week, “the preparation this week was as good as could be expected.” Star defensive end Devin Johnson recovered from a concussion in time for the Los Osos game, but then injured an ankle and is listed in the questionable-doubtful range for tonight. Previously unbeaten Alta Loma suffered a 38-17 loss to Upland last week. Bonita vs. Charter Oak Site: Charter Oak HSTime: 7 p.m.Records: Bonita 6-0, 0-0; Charter Oak 4-2, 1-0Outlook: Before beating Walnut 27-0 last week, Bonita coach Eric Podley said the game would be his team’s toughest yet. This week, it gets even tougher. “We’re taking a major step up in competition,” Podley said. Charter Oak will present the challenge of the season for undefeated Bonita in the Bearcats’ Miramonte League opener just ask Los Altos, another powerhouse which fell 31-13 to Charter Oak last week. “They’ve always been blessed with great size, speed and athleticism, and they have those things again this year,” Podley said. But with the way Bonita has been playing, anything seems possible. “With only having eight seniors, people maybe anticipated a less-than-successful season,’ Podley said. “Those eight seniors haven’t allowed anything but winning to take place.” Chaffey vs. Montclair last_img read more