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Hackworth and Klopas find themselves on hot seat
by Paul Kennedy, by Ridge Mahoney, May 11th, 2014 1:06AM

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[MLS: Week 10] Some first-year head coaches are finding success, a few others are struggling, and at least one incumbent could be on the hot seat.

Carl Robinson took the Vancouver job with no experience at the helm, yet by winning, 1-0, at Columbus, the ‘Caps earned their first road victory of the season and moved into fourth-place with a 4-2-4 record. On the other hand, Columbus lost its third straight game during a brutal seven-day stretch, and after an initial flurry of success to start his MLS head coaching career, Gregg Berhalter is staring at a seven-game winless streak.

The incredible 5-4 game at Red Bull Arena that featured hat tricks by New York’s Bradley Wright-Phillips and Chicago’s Harry Shipp also earned the first win at the helm of the Fire for Frank Yallop, who is in his fourth MLS stint. Yallop won a pair of titles with San Jose in 2001 and 2003 and following a stint with the Galaxy, returned to San Jose when MLS revived the franchise in 2007. He coached the Quakes until June of last year, when management promoted former assistant Mark Watson.



Yallop replaced Frank Klopas, who got his first win with the Impact two weeks ago but after a 3-0 thumping administered Saturday at Saputo Stadium by Sporting Kansas City is last in the Eastern Conference at 1-5-3. Despite the hiring of Klopas during the offseason to replace Marco Schallibaum, the Impact has won just two of its last 17 regular-season games.
Times are tough in Philadelphia, which lost at home for the first time this season, 1-0 to D.C. United, and is ahead of only Montreal in the Eastern Conference standings at 1-5-5.

Four losses in the last five games and no wins in nearly two months aren't what the fans expected from the makeover instilled by head coach John Hackworth, who has only a few days to rally his players for a daunting visit to SKC on Wednesday. Frustrated fans at PPL Park booed the team, yet in postgame comments Philly players stood by their leader.

“It’s upsetting,” Union midfielder Danny Cruz told MLSsoccer.com. “You won’t find a guy in this locker room that doesn’t believe in our manager. We’ll continue to believe in him. And he believes in us.”

MAKING A LIST. In his first season out of Notre Dame, Shipp has already make a reputation as a formidable set-up man. But add to his resume the first three goals of his MLS career for just the fifth hat trick by an MLS rookie. He also had an assist on Patrick Nyarko's golazo for his fourth assist of the season.

Rookie Hat Tricks:
YEAR PLAYER (TEAM) OPPONENT
2014 Harry Shipp
(Chicago), vs. New York
2013 Kekuta Manneh (Vancouver), vs. Seattle
2010 Zach Schilawski (New England), vs. Toronto FC
2003 Pat Noonan (New England) vs. MetroStars
1996 Brian Maisonneuve (Columbus), vs. San Jose

MLS WEEK 10, Results:
Saturday, May 10
Philadelphia 0 D.C. United 1.
DC: Chris Rolfe 6
Att.: 18,522.

Montreal 0 Sporting KC 3.

SKC: Dominic Dwyer (Toni) 64
SKC: Paulo Nagamura (Chance Myers) 34
SKC: Dominic Dwyer 18
Red Card: MTL -- Collen Warner 17.
Att.: 16,529.

New York 4 Chicago 5
CHI: Harry Shipp (Greg Cochrane) 4
NY: Tim Cahill (Eric Alexander) 6
NY: Bradley Wright-Phillips (Thierry Henry) 39
CHI: Quincy Amarikwa (Jeff Larentowicz) 49
CHI: Harry Shipp (Patrick Nyarko) 53
CHI: Harry Shipp 58
CHI: Patrick Nyarko (Harry Shipp) 64
NY: Bradley Wright-Phillips (Lloyd Sam, Jonathan Steele) 67
NY: Bradley Wright-Phillips 78

Columbus 0 Vancouver 1.
VAN: Erik Hurtado (David Ousted) 37
Att.: 14,495.



San Jose 2 FC Dallas 1.
SJ: Cordell Cato (Clarence Goodson, Jon Busch) 25
SJ: own goal 73
DAL: Michel 76
Red Card: SJ -- Shea Salinas 45.
Att.: 10,525.

Wednesday, May 7
Houston 1 Columbus 0.
HOU: Will Bruin (Brad Davis) 50
Att.: 15,030.

Seattle 2 FC Dallas 1.

DAL: Michel pen. 16
SEA: Lamar Neagle (Obafemi Martins) 62
SEA: Kenny Cooper (Obafemi Martins) 88
Att.: 38,489.

San Jose 0 Colorado 0.

MLS WEEK 10, Schedule:
Sunday, May 11
2:30 pm ET
Portland vs. LA Galaxy, NBCSN, MLS LIVE
3 pm ET
Colorado vs. Chivas USA, UniMas
6 pm ET
New England vs. Seattle, MLS LIVE
7 pm ET
Houston vs. Real Salt Lake
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MLS Standings:
EASTERN CONFERENCE
PTS TEAM W-L-T GF/GA
17 Sporting KC 5-2-2 14/6
14 D.C. United 4-3-2 13/11
14 Houston 4-4-2 13/14
14 New England 4-3-2 9/10
14 New York 3-3-5 18/17
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12 Columbus 3-3-3 10/11
9 Toronto FC 3-4-0 7/9
9 Chicago 1-2-6 17/16
8 Philadelphia 1-5-5 10/14
6 Montreal 1-5-3 7/17

WESTERN CONFERENCE
PTS TEAM W-L-T GF/GA
22 Seattle 7-2-1 22/14
17 Real Salt Lake 4-0-5 16/10
16 FC Dallas 5-5-1 20/19
16 Vancouver 4-2-4 16/12
15 Colorado 4-2-3 10/9
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10 San Jose 2-3-4 10/11
8 LA Galaxy 2-2-2 7/5
8 Portland 1-3-5 12/15
6 Chivas USA 1-5-3 9/18
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MLS: Leading Scorers
G PLAYER, TEAM
9+3 Bradley Wright-Phillips, New York
8 Clint Dempsey, Seattle
7 Erick Torres, Chivas USA
6+2 Dom Dwyer, Sporting KC
6+1 Will Bruin
, Houston
5+1 Quincy Amarikwa, Chicago
5+1 Michel, FC Dallas
5 Joao Plata
, Real Salt Lake
5 Chris Wondolowski
, San Jose
5 Alvaro Saborio, Real Salt Lake
5 Vicente Sanchez, Colorado

MLS WEEK 11, Schedule:
Wednesday, May 14
8:30 pm ET
Sporting KC vs. Philadelphia, MLS LIVE
Saturday, May 17
4:30 pm ET
Toronto FC vs. New York, MLS LIVE
7 pm ET
D.C. United vs. Montreal, MLS LIVE
Philadelphia vs. New England, MLS LIVE
8:30 pm ET
FC Dallas vs. Chivas USA, MLS LIVE
Houston vs. LA Galaxy, MLS LIVE
9:30 pm ET
Real Salt Lake vs. Colorado, MLS LIVE
10 pm ET
Seattle vs. San Jose, MLS LIVE
10:30 pm ET
Portland vs. Columbus, MLS LIVE
Sunday, May 18
3 pm ET
Chicago vs. Sporting KC, UniMas

MLS WEEK 12, Schedule:
Wednesday, May 21
7 pm ET
D.C. United vs. Houston, MLS LIVE
10:30 pm ET
LA Galaxy vs. FC Dallas, MLS LIVE
Friday, May 23
8:30 pm ET
Sporting KC vs. Toronto FC, MLS LIVE, UDN
Saturday, May 24
7 pm ET
Vancouver vs. Seattle, MLS LIVE
New York vs. Portland, MLS LIVE
7:30 pm ET
Columbus vs. Chicago, MLS LIVE
New England vs. D.C. United, MLS LIVE
9 pm ET
Colorado vs. Montreal, MLS LIVE
9:30 pm ET
Real Salt Lake vs. FC Dallas, MLS LIVE
Sunday, May 25
8 pm ET
LA Galaxy vs. Philadelphia, UDN
10:30 pm ET
San Jose vs. Houston

MLS WEEK 13, Schedule:
Tuesday, May 27
8 pm ET
Sporting KC vs. New York, ESPN2, WatchESPN, ESPN Deportes
Wednesday, May 28
10:30 pm ET
Chivas USA vs. Portland, MLS LIVE
Saturday, May 31, 2014
4 pm ET
Seattle vs. Real Salt Lake, MLS LIVE
5 pm ET
Toronto FC vs. Columbus, MLS LIVE
7 pm ET
Montreal vs. New England, MLS LIVE
D.C. United vs. Sporting KC, MLS LIVE
8:30 pm ET
FC Dallas vs. San Jose, MLS LIVE, UDN
10:30 pm ET
Chivas USA vs. Philadelphia, MLS LIVE


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