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Earthquakes fire first-year head coach Mikael Stahre

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Earthquakes fire first-year head coach Mikael Stahre

With the Earthquakes mired in a 4-8-16 season, management made a change Monday, parting ways with head coach Mikael Stahre and assistant coach Alex de Crook.

The move comes less than a year after Stahre was hired by the Quakes.

Earthquakes general manager Jesse Fioranelli issued a statement regarding the news:

“I would like to thank Mikael and Alex for their hard work and professionalism this season. Mikael has qualities, both as a person and a coach, that will be missed by players, staff and the front office alike.

“We felt we needed a change and decided that the six remaining games represent an opportunity for all of us to begin heading in a new direction and to evaluate our options actively with a single goal in mind: to strengthen our First Team for the upcoming season and beyond.”

Assistant coach Steve Ralston will serve as the interim head coach for the remainder of the 2018 season. The have six games left season, including Wednesday night's game against Atlanta United at Avaya Stadium in San Jose.

 

Manchester City, Kevin De Bruyne bury Arsenal with dominant first half

Manchester City, Kevin De Bruyne bury Arsenal with dominant first half

Arsenal interim coach Freddie Ljungberg's job just got harder. 

The struggling Gunners fell 3-0 to reigning English Premier League champions Manchester City, with Kevin De Bruyne leading City with a dominant first-half display. 

The Belgian midfielder scored in the second minute. City forward Gabriel Jesus cut the ball back to De Bruyne, and he rocketed his right-footed shot into the roof of Arsenal's net.

Raheem Sterling doubled City's lead nearly a quarter-hour later, off an assist from De Bruyne. 

De Bruyne was not done. In the 40th minute, he curled a left-footed shot from outside the box past Arsenal keeper Bernd Leno to give City a 3-0 lead. 

The first half was a tidy summary of De Bruyne's impact since joining City four years ago, as Opta noted.

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Entering Sunday, Arsenal had won just twice since the start of October. The Gunners came back to beat London rivals West Ham on Monday, but beating the league's highest-scoring side proved to be another matter entirely. 

Hosting Man City has been a very difficult proposition for Arsenal lately. The Gunners now have lost three straight home games to City -- under three different managers. 

Ljungberg won one of his first four matches in charge of Arsenal, going 1-2-1 since taking over for the sacked Unai Emery. The Swede told the BBC last week that he has "been told to work on a game-by-game basis," and Sunday's loss won't keep the eyes of Arsenal's board from wandering toward other coaching candidates. 

Arsenal-Manchester City live stream: Watch Premier League game online, on TV

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Arsenal-Manchester City live stream: Watch Premier League game online, on TV

If you like scoring, Sunday's match between Arsenal and Manchester City at the Emirates is for you.

Arsenal have given up 24 goals in 16 matches during the English Premier League season, while Manchester City have scored 44 goals this season.

If Manchester City wants to keep their slim Premier League championship hopes alive, they need to beat the Gunners. Pep Guardiola's club trails Liverpool by 17 points and Leicester City by seven points in the table.

Here's how to watch Sunday's Arsenal-Man City match online and on TV. 

When: Sunday Dec. 15 at 11:30 a.m. ET/8:30 a.m. PT
TV: NBCSN
Live Stream: NBC Sports