Dave Sarachan


Preview: USMNT vs Portugal

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We're all well aware of the circumstances. Not qualifying for the 2017 World Cup. USMNT coach Bruce Arena resigning. His assistant Dave Sarachan taking over on an interim basis. The US Soccer presidential election cyle delaying a quick decision. Availability of coaching candidates perhaps carrying that into this World Cup summer.

The actual clipboard.

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The USMNT camp roster for next week's Portugal friendly is out, and it is very lean. Dave Sarachan summoned 21 players, including five impressive uncapped youngsters (marked by asterisks below. Josh Sargent is one of them, a fact which stands among my biggest surprises. The calls for Tim Ream and C.

Assistant Sarachan to coach US team at Portugal friendly

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Chicago (AFP) – US national team assistant coach Dave Sarachan will guide an American squad still reeling after missing out on the World Cup in a November friendly in Portugal, US Soccer announced Tuesday.

Bruce Arena resigned as coach on October 13 after the Americans lost 2-1 at Trinidad and Tobago in their qualifying finale and failed to reach the World Cup for the first time since 1986.

Assistant Sarachan to coach US team at Portugal friendly

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Chicago (AFP) – US national team assistant coach Dave Sarachan will guide an American squad still reeling after missing out on the World Cup in a November friendly in Portugal, US Soccer announced Tuesday.

Bruce Arena resigned as coach on October 13 after the Americans lost 2-1 at Trinidad and Tobago in their qualifying finale and failed to reach the World Cup for the first time since 1986.

Tim Howard

Do any Revolution players deserve a call-up for U.S. vs. Portugal?

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Breaking down the three likeliest candidates.

In two weeks, the U.S. Men's National Team will return to action for the first time since losing to Trinidad & Tobago on October 10. That match ended the Yanks' World Cup bid. Now, the team—and the nation behind it—must start anew.

That pursuit will begin on November 14 in Almancil, Portugal, when the U.

JVA! JVA JVA! News and quotes from USA win, Hack on Union’s plans in NY, more news

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News and quotes from big US come-back win. Hackworth on Union's hopes against New York, central midfield concerns, and who will start at left back. More news.

Major League Soccer

Around The Forest: USMNT names Dave Sarachan as caretaker coach

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Akil Watts returns from World Cup, Jason Kreis promises shake up at Orlando City, the finale at RFK and more!


Academy Notebook | World Cup run for Watts, U.S. U-17s comes to an end | Portland Timbers
The U.S. U-17 National Team's run in the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup came to an end with a loss to England in the Quarterfinal over the weekend.

Coaching Longevity and Success in Major League Soccer

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Coaches are lightning rods for criticism whether teams win or not. Charlie Manuel's competence is called into question frequently despite marching his Phillies through back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back National League East titles, a franchise record 102-win season, two National League Championships, and a World Series ring.

How good is Rafa Marquez?

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This is the question everyone wants to know the answer to how good is Rafa Marquez?

Okay, maybe everyone isn't waiting to find an answer to that question but Marquez certainly knows. Â Better than the rest of the NY defense. Â After a recent 3-1 loss to Real Salt Lake Marquez had this to say according to mlssoccer.

Chicago Fire de los Cobos, Vancouver Caps Thordarson

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It is almost never a mistake for a team to fire a coach. It's like a relationship - once it gets to the point where you're seriously asking whether you should break up, you should probably break up.

The mistake almost always ends up being the choice of replacement. In many cases, the choice could end up being so poor that it calls into question the original decision to can the previous coach.

Hyndman voted MLS Coach of the Year

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FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman was voted the 2010 MLS Coach of the Year after leading his club to a 19-game unbeaten streak and its first playoff appearance since 2007.

FC Dallas finished with a record of 12-4-14, tying the San Jose Earthquakes (2005) and Real Salt Lake (2010) for the fewest losses in an MLS season.

Tuesday's Column: MLS wants to pump up star power

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With the change in MLS rules regarding designated players as explained in today's column we can also cue the speculation over potential imports this summer (it's widely accepted that with the deadline for MLS clubs to sign overseas players under contract with another team closing April 15, this summer will begin to see the arrival of new stars when the next registration window opens July 15, right after the World Cup).

“On the Whole, I’d Rather be in Philadelphia”

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Ivan Gazidis explaining to Peter Wilt at the 2003 draft that sometimes you just can't make a team take a free draft pick.

The last couple weeks have been somewhat melancholy for me. Each day I read stories out of Florida, then Philadelphia about the MLS combine and MLS and WPS drafts.

Selecting an MLS Head Coach

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When it comes to looking at the process of hiring an MLS Head Coach, who would know better than Peter Wilt, who hired first Bob Bradley and then Dave Sarachan with the Chicago Fire.

I've only selected two more Major League Soccer head coaches in my life than most of this column's readers have, so please take this coach hiring how-to column with a shaker full of sodium chloride.

Selecting an MLS Head Coach: An Insider’s View

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I've only selected two more Major League Soccer head coaches in my life than most of this column's readers have, so please take this coach hiring how-to column with a shaker full of sodium chloride. I generally believe that coaches should be given the benefit of time as stability is a huge benefit to a team and change in leadership usually creates instability for a period of time and that's part of the reason the Fire only had two head coaches in my eight years.

LA Galaxy

Sarachan Does the Playoff Beard

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FINAL | Barça 5-1 Espanyol http://t.co/ZjzJUeMYQe
— MARCA (@marca) December 7, 2014

So I'm on the field for MLS Cup press access yesterday, getting ready to question Galaxy assistant coach Dave Sarachan, and before I can say anything;

Dave: I know, you're going to ask me about the beard.

Galaxy Notes: Sarachan faces protege Marsch, Jimenez at right back and more

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Photo by Howard C. Smith/ISIphotos.comÂ


CARSON, Calif. -- For four years, current Montreal Impact head coach Jesse Marsch was a fulcrum in the midfield for Dave Sarachan's Chicago Fire sides, but on Saturday, the former Fire boss will see his former player lineup against him in the opposing coaching box at Olympic Stadium.

After Poor Start, Arena & Donovan Leaving LA

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The LA Galaxy are in last place of the Western Conference. After being bounced out of the CONCACAF Champions League to the hands of Toronto and suffering yet another league defeat, AEG President Time Leiweke awoke to another bit of bad news concerning his LA Galaxy.

Both Bruce Arena and Landon Donovan have decided to part ways with the club.

Mid-Day Ticker: Galaxy inks deals with five, Atletico signs new coach, and more

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While the retaining of David Beckham's services remains up in the air for the Los Angeles Galaxy, five other players saw their contract situations get a lot clearer on Friday.

Sean Franklin and Bryan Jordan re-signed with Los Angeles, while Adam Cristman's option was picked up, allowing Bruce Arena to keep key parts of the deep squad that won the 2011 MLS Cup and Supporters' Shield.

Arena named MLS Coach of the Year for record 3rd time

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Los Angeles Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena was named MLS Coach of the Year for the third time, winning the 2011 award after leading the Galaxy to the Supporters Shield as the team with the best record in the MLS regular season. The Galaxy's 19-5-10 record was also the second best record in league history.

MLS West Notes: Robinson adapts to latest trade, Rapids alter focus and more

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Dasan Robinson is on his third club in just a year, but he's ready to return to the form that once made him one of the finest young defenders in MLS.Â

Recently acquired by the Los Angeles Galaxy in exchange for Kyle Davies from Toronto FC, who had acquired Robinson less than two months earlier from the Chicago Fire, Robinson is not unfamilar with the L.

Galaxy swap defenders with Toronto

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The Galaxy get the experienced Dasan Robinson, to bolster their defending corps for the run-in in a deal announced just after the 2 p.m. MLS trading deadline.

He was originally drafted by the Chicago Fire when current Galaxy Associate Head Coach Dave Sarachan was head coach there.

Robinson did not make an appearance for Toronto after being traded by the Fire in July for defender Dan Gargan and a second round 2012 draft pick.

The Hangover 3 Might Be a Little Different Than the Sequel

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I wonder what happened after Dave Sarachan met Zack Galifianakis. Did they drive straight to Vegas and wild out? Did they grab Mike Magee on the way and dress him up like Bradley Cooper just for sh!ts and gigs? And will they repeat the exact same evening 2 years from now and call it a sequel?

Berhalter Becomes Player-Coach

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Gregg Berhalter has signed a one-year contract extension with the Los Angeles Galaxy, the club announced Tuesday, with the defender's duties expanded to those of a player-coach.

The 37-year-old, who participated in both the 2002 and 2006 World Cups under Bruce Arena, will now join Galaxy GM and head coach Arena's staff as an assistant coach.

Galaxy's Berhalter becomes first player-coach in club history

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The 37-year-old central defender signed a new one-year contract, the club announced this afternoon.

Berhalter slowed visibly last season, his second with the Galaxy after a 15-year career in Europe, and by season's end was mulling retirement.

Injuries limited Berhalter to just 16 games last season.

I’ve got 24 words: Galaxy vs Fire post-game analysis

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And those words are: There's a wake up call for the Los Angeles Galaxy on line one. Los Angeles Galaxy, long-distance, collect, wake up call from Chicago.

I toyed with just reprinting last week's posting of frustration, but decided that the match against the Chicago Fire in Bridgeview was different enough to delude myself into thinking that I might have fresh insight.

Galaxy coach Arena won't be on bench for tonight's game after being hospitalized this week

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Bruce Arena will attend the game and watch from a private box after spending Thursday and Friday night at Hoboken Medical Center with "viral complications, " the club said in a statement released today.

Assistant Head Coach Dave Sarachan will coach the team against the Red Bulls tonight.

Arena fell ill Wednesday and didn't rejoin the team until this morning.

Donovan Gets Assist in Everton Debut

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Although EPL types don't really count assists.

The final score: 2-2 with Arsenal equalizing in second half stoppage time.

The Galaxy's Donovan looks good in blue. Here Arsenal's Andrey Arshavin attempts to hold him off in today's game in London, one of the few to survive England's deep freeze.

A Bad News, Good News Week

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It was a bad week for several old friends of mine, but there was also plenty of good news in my world as well last week.

Denis Hamlett and Peter Wilt in better times.

Denis Hamlett, my first hire with the Chicago Fire in July of 1997 finally saw his tenure with MLS' first expansion team come to an end yesterday as the team announced they will not renew his contract to serve as head coach.

Galaxy's Arena Named MLS Coach of the Year

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Galaxy Head Coach and General Manager Bruce Arena, ably assisted by Assistant Head Coach Dave Sarachan, revitalized the fortunes of the once-moribund Galaxy this season and has the team in the Western Conference Final against the Houston Dynamo at 8 p.m. Friday at Home Depot Center.

And deservedly so after leading the Galaxy from worst to first in MLS and adding a second MLS Coach of the Year honor a dozen years after first claiming the award with D.

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Coaching Search - AKA The 2011/12 KSE Debacle

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Now that we're through the holidays its time to get back to business. Hopefully KSE will make a coaching choice this week, as this debacle of an off-season can't go on much longer. More on that in a moment.

Sizing up Klinsmann's No. 2 man

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Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated comments on U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann naming Martín Vásquez as his No. 2, as well as his strengths and weaknesses-

Let me start off by saying it's rare to hear so much talk about an assistant coach for the U.S. national team. Quick, can you name the No.

Erik Soler: Your 5 Point Offseason To Do List

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Since Mr. Erik Soler is now the Sporting Director and General Manager Supreme, but is admittedly ignorant to the rules and nature of MLS, I figured I could start the good man off with a 5 point orientation plan before the start of the season. I mean, if it isn't me, then whom? Jeff Agoos?

Chris Costello's take on the firing of Denis Hamlett

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I recently re-upped my subscription to the soccer portion of notabbot.com, and Chris Costello rewards with a fairly scathing post on Chicago Fire Confidential's coverage of Denis Hamlett's dismissal from the Chicago Fire head coach job (with a side swipe at Tom Dunmore more good measure):

Oddly enough, the rap on Hamlett ended up being the same as the rap that ultimately did in one of his predecessors -- Dave Sarachan.

Potential Coaches

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One of the big questions of the offseason, is who will be the Wizards coach next season? A few weeks ago after the final home game, Peter Vermes talked about potentially becoming the permanent coach for the Wizards, and Robb Heineman said that he wants to have the head coach in place before the MLS expansion draft, the week after MLS Cup.

Chicago Fire

Catch 22: Charlie Campbell grew up wanting Brimstone Cup for the Fire, now drafted by FC Dallas

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MLSSoccer.com has a great profile on Mundelein, IL native and University of Louisville alum Charlie Campbell. Campbell, like any good Midwestern soccer player, grew up a Chicago Fire fan. He even considers Patrick Nyarko and Baggio Husidic to be good friends. Now there is a twist in that fandom as FC Dallas selected Campbell with the 35th overall pick of the 2011 MLS Draft.

Chicago Fire parts ways with Denis Hamlett

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In a move that seemed inevitable for months, the Chicago Fire has parted ways with head coach Denis Hamlett and has chosen not to re-sign him as head coach. Hamlett's contract expires at the end of the calendar year.

Hamlett took over as Fire head coach before the 2008 season, replacing Juan Carlos Osorio.

Ray Hudson

Who Will Resurrect the DC United Franchise?

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As the MLS world check their passports and descend upon Toronto, the league's premier and winningest team is searching for its next manager, its third in the past three season (if you include interim Ben Olsen). Â The team let go of Curt Onalfo toward the end of the season and turned the reigns over to team legend Olsen.

Ray Hudson on Herculez, Edson and Parrots

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Ray Hudson conquered soccer indoors and outdoors, in England and the US, as a player and a coach and as a commentator for Gol TV.

This week I was excited to once again be a journalist, because it allowed me to interview the legendary Ray Hudson.  I was educated as a journalist. While attending Marian Central High School I spent a summer at Northwestern University's National High School Institute for Journalism.

The Rest

Philadelphia Union trio tapped for international duty

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CJ Sapong and Alejandro Bedoya named to USMNT for Portugal friendly; Warren Creavalle called up by Guyana

The first United States Men's National Team roster since their devastating World Cup exit will feature Philadelphia Union stars Alejandro Bedoya and CJ Sapong.

Sapong and Bedoya were among the 21 players named by acting USMNT head coach Dave Sarachan for the November 14 friendly in Leiria, Portugal.