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Bruce Arena rehired as U.S. soccer coach to replace Jurgen Klinsmann

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Bruce Arena rehired as U.S. soccer coach 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 for the first time, the U.S. Soccer Federation wants to spark a turnaround when competition resumes March 24 with a home game against Honduras followed four days later with a match at Panama.

"We need to build the chemistry of this team and have a common goal and really work on a team concept," Arena said during a telephone news conference. "I really believe individually and positionally we have good players and we've just got to get them working together as a team.

"There are no real secrets on how you build good teams: It takes a lot of hard work, it takes communication, it takes discipline and it takes some talent, and I think we have enough talent to build a good team and end up in Russia 2018. It's going to take a little time, a little bit patience and a lot of hard work."

Arena first took over as national team coach after the 1998 World Cup and led the U.S. to a 71-30-29 record. His contract runs through the 2018 World Cup.

"I don't view it as Bruce 2, but sort of Bruce 2.0," U.S. Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati said. "I think he's got far more experience than he did when he had the national team the first go-round. He's proven and reproven many times at all levels of the game in the United States that he's an extraordinarily capable and successful coach."

A wisecracking Brooklynite known for blunt talk and sarcasm, Arena coached the University of Virginia to five NCAA titles 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.

Arena was let go after the team's first-round elimination by Ghana in 2006. He 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.

"I think 10 years later I'm better prepared for this job than I was in 1998 and 2002 and ultimately 2006, so I'm hopeful the experiences I had are going to benefit the program," he said. "One of the things you learn from experience is you see things a lot clearer and a lot quicker than you did previously, and the game has slowed down a bit, where I can see as a coach in my position how things are happening on the field.

Union routed by Real Salt Lake

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Union routed by Real Salt Lake

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SANDY, Utah — Jefferson Savarino had two goals and an assist to help Real Salt Lake beat the Philadelphia Union 4-0 on Saturday night.

In the 23rd minute, Savarino ran behind Aaron Herrera's long ball, trapped it forward to where he could get it first and finished with a left-footed shot. In the 71st, Kyle Beckerman found Savarino open 25 yards from goal and Savarino sent home a one-hopper to double the lead.

Savarino pounced on a defensive miscue in the 81st minute and back-heal flicked to Albert Rusnak, who punched it in to make it 3-0 for Real Salt Lake (9-9-2).

Damir Kreilach finished from close range to cap the scoring in the 89th minute. RSL has won three of its last four.

The Union dropped to 10-6-6.

Kacper Przybylko's late goal gives Union a draw vs. Orlando City SC

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Kacper Przybylko's late goal gives Union a draw vs. Orlando City SC

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CHESTER, Pa. — Rookie Santiago Patino scored his first MLS goal, Brian Rowe made five saves, including a diving stop in injury time, and Orlando City tied the Philadelphia Union 2-2 on Sunday.

Patino, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2019 SuperDraft, tapped in from point-blank range the rebound of Chris Mueller's header to give Orlando City (6-9-4) a 2-1 lead in the 81st minute but Kacper Przybylko took a pass from Matt Real and scored on a side-netter to make it 2-2 in the 90th. In the third minute of stoppage time, Rowe's left-handed save of a header by Jack Elliott preserved the tie for Orlando City.

Philadelphia (10-5-6) took a 1-0 lead when Marco Fabian slipped a headed a cross by Fabrice-Jean Picault just inside the far post in the fourth minute.

Dom Dwyer's header of Luis Carlos Almeida da Cunha's entry on a set piece made it 1-1 in the 67th.

The Union outshot Orlando City 21-7 and had 61.8% possession. They beat the Lions 3-1 in Orlando, Florida, on Wednesday.