Bosnia-Herzegovina v Iran: Group F - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

Iran and Honduras coaches quit after failing to advance in 2014 World Cup


Carlos Queiroz and Luis Fernando Suarez, the 2014 World Cup coaches of Iran and Honduras, respectively, quit their jobs on Wednesday following their side’s failure to advance out of the group stage.

Queiroz (pictured) made the announcement shortly after his side’s 3-1 defeat at the hands of Group F opponent Bosnia-Herzegovina saying he was leaving due to the failure to agree to financial terms with Iranian soccer authorities.

“I showed my commitment and credibility, but I did not see any commitment to extend the contract,” Queiroz said. “I fell in love with Iran, but you can’t have a marriage in which only one side wants to marry.”

Despite a 0-0 draw in the opener with Nigeria and a 0-1 loss to Argentina in stoppage time, Queiroz was criticized by some for overly defensive tactics, a style the 61-year-old Portuguese manager claims he adopted due to his players’ lack of offensive experience. No word has come down regarding the status of Queiroz’ assistant coaches, including goalkeeping coach, American Dan Gaspar.

Suarez announced his time with Honduras had come to an end due to his expiring contract and desire to see someone else take control. “It’s not a resignation. It’s not an issue with the contract,” Suarez said. “I unilaterally take the decision of not continuing.”

“I’m leaving with a good conscience. I don’t think this is a defeat,” he added. “I leave with a clean soul and conscience thinking I gave my best.”

The Hondurans failed to earn a single point in Group E, losing all three matches they played. After opening the tournament with a 3-0 loss to France, they then lost 2-1 to Ecuador and 3-0 to Switzerland, a string of defeats that Suarez, at least in part, felt responsible for.

“I’m sorry I didn’t manage more,” said Suarez, who has been Honduras coach since March 2011. “I’m sad because I had a dream about this World Cup.”

The resignations of Queiroz and Suarez come one day after Cesare Prandelli quit his post as Italy manager following the 0-1 loss to Uruguay.

MLS Snapshot: Seattle Sounders 1-1 Los Angeles Galaxy

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The game in 100 words (or less): The Los Angeles Galaxy became the second team in the Western Conference to clinch a berth in the playoffs following a 1-1 draw against the Seattle Sounders. A terrible mistake from Seattle defender Zach Scott led to an easy goal for Robbie Keane, and it looked like that would be the winner until deep into stoppage time. In the 93rd minute, Chad Barrett got his knee on a corner kick to save a draw for Seattle, although the point was enough for LA. The Galaxy join FC Dallas as the two Western Conference teams headed to the postseason.

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Three moments that mattered

36′ — Robbie Keane capitalizes on Seattle’s mistake — Zach Scott misplayed a ball across the Sounders’ back line, as Robbie Keane intercepted the pass and finished one of the easiest goals he’s going to score. A true striker’s goal, Keane doesn’t miss ones like this.

64′ — Steven Gerrard denied by the woodwork — Los Angeles nearly made it 2-0 right after the hour mark, but Steven Gerrard was just inches off. Gerrard rose up to meet a corner kick from Juninho, but his header took a deflection and hit the crossbar before being cleared out of the box by Seattle.

90’+3′ — Chad Barrett finds a late, late equalizer — Just when it looked like LA was going to leave Seattle with a win, Chad Barrett stole a point for the Sounders. Marco Pappa whipped in a corner kick to the near post, which was flicked on by Brad Evans. Barrett surged into the box and got a knee on the ball as the match ended in a draw.

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Man of the match: Steven Gerrard

Goalscorers: Keane (36′), Barrett (90’+3′)

MLS Snapshot: Colorado Rapids 1-2 Real Salt Lake

SANDY UT - MARCH 14: Olmes Garcia #13 of Real Salt Lake celebrates his goal during their game against the Philadelphia Union at Rio Tinto Stadium on March 14, 2015 in Sandy, Utah. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr/Getty Images)
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The game in 100 words (or less): Real Salt Lake stays alive in the hunt for a playoff berth in the Western Conference with a crucial 2-1 win over the Colorado Rapids. After falling behind early, RSL scored twice before halftime and held onto the lead for the rest of the match, moving within three points of the final playoff spot in the West. Real Salt Lake has three matches remaining, including a massive clash against the Portland Timbers, which will pretty much decide their season. For Colorado, it’s another year without playoff soccer.

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Three moments that mattered

16′ — Doyle heads Colorado into the lead — The former Premier League man gave the home side an early lead, thanks to a powerful header from quite a bit out. Sean St. Ledger played in a cross, where Doyle snapped a header into the top corner past Nick Rimando.

33′ — Joao Plata bends in the free kick — Trailing 1-0, Joao Plata drew RSL level with a brilliant free kick. Plata’s shot dipped over the wall and under the crossbar, as Clint Irwin stood helpless in goal for Colorado.

43′ — Mulholland fires home a volley to put RSL ahead — Luke Mulholland scored his first goal of the season, and it was a beauty. A corner kick popped out to the midfielder at the top of the box, as he rifled a shot off the bounce and into the side netting.

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Man of the match: Luke Mulholland

Goalscorers: Doyle (16′), Plata (33′), Mulholland (43′)