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MONTREAL -- It will be up to Frank Klopas to salvage something from an all-but lost 2014 season and try to build the Montreal Impact into a winning team. Emmitt Smith Jersey . Club president Joey Saputo removed his friend and long-time Impact player, coach and manager Nick De Santis from his job as sporting director on Wednesday and handed control of the Major League Soccer team to Klopas, the head coach and director of player personnel. "Nick will have an administrative role, but will not be involved in the management of the technical team," said Saputo. Pressure from fans and the media had been building since the end of last season to replace De Santis, who seemed to be out of answers for a free fall that began with a 1-6-1 finish to the 2013 regular season and a 3-12-5 start to the 2014 campaign. De Santiss failure to make off-season changes other than replacing coach Marco Schallibaum with Klopas was his undoing, as the same weaknesses on defence and in the midfield that were exposed late last summer carried into this season. Now Klopas will have full control to decide who will play and who will sit out, and what trades or signings will be made. "He will have the responsibility to tweak this team according to what he feels he needs to be more competitive for the remainder of this season, the 2014 CONCACAF champions league and the 2015 season," said Saputo. The Impact have already made a handful of player moves since April, shipping out defender Jeb Brovsky, midfielders Collen Warner and Sanna Nyassi and forward Andrew Wenger. Midfielder Hernan Bernardello left in midseason to sign with a Mexican club. None of the moves made much difference as the Impact, now on a five-game losing run, sank further into the MLS basement. Saputo hopes to eliminate confusion over who is in charge, particularly among the players brought in by De Santis and those acquired by Klopas. "I want the message passed to the players that the person on top is Frank Klopas and not Nick De Santis. Its Frank who is the players boss," he said. Klopas is the Impacts third head coach in as many seasons in MLS, following Jesse Marsch for the expansion season in 2012 and Schallibaum last year. Saputo said he has assured Klopas, who signed in December for two years plus an option year, that he will have his job at least until the end of the 2015 campaign. "He has the security regardless of what happens this year, so if Frank decides tomorrow that he wants to start playing some of the younger players, I give him full responsibility, knowing that his job is not on the line," said Saputo. "Its obvious we need to change." The 47-year-old Klopas has extensive MLS experience as a player and as a former technical director and head coach of the Chicago Fire. It was De Santis who pushed for him to be hired. While reaching the MLS playoffs will be a long shot with only 14 regular season games left to play, the Impact can save face with a strong showing in the Champions League. They begin CONCACAF play Tuesday at home against FAS of El Salvador. One of the clubs high points came in 2009 when they drew more than 50,000 fans to Olympic Stadium for a quarter-final against Santos Laguna of Mexico. They also expect to have a second designated player, Argentine midfielder Ignacio Piatti, in camp starting next week. More player signings, although not a new DP, are planned for the off-season. Saputo did not say what De Santiss new duties will be. Montreal native De Santis has been part of the Impact since the team was formed from the ashes of the defunct Montreal Supra in 1993. The 46-year-old won an APSL championship as a player in 1994, won the A-League title as coach in 2004 and got a USL First Division championship as a manager in 2009. "He was a key element and architect of this organization and one of the reasons we are in MLS today," Saputo said of De Santis. "He is a friend, however, we are in a results-driven business and unfortunately, since July 2013, our results have not been what we expected them to be and hes paying the price for it." The Impacts next game is at home Saturday against Toronto FC. Rolando McClain Cowboys Jersey . So far, his encore is even better. Wainwright became the National Leagues first eight-game winner by dominating Cincinnati again, and the St. Roger Staubach Jersey . A goal machine for the MLS team when healthy, the former striker is back in his native Netherlands these days.ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Jordan Walden literally had the game in his grasp in the ninth inning. Then it all came apart for the rookie closer and the Angels in a devastating defeat that left Los Angeles on the brink of elimination. Walden wasted a three-run lead in the ninth inning, throwing away a potential game-ending, double-play grounder Sunday in a 6-5 loss to the Oakland Athletics. Los Angeles dropped three games behind Boston and two back of Tampa Bay in the AL wild-card race with three games left. "It hurts to lose a game like that," Angels right-fielder Torii Hunter said. "We got insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth and just couldnt close it out. There were some mistakes there, and they capitalized on them. When youve got a chance to get that wild card, you just cant make mistakes -- defensively for sure. So this game really hurts, trust me. Weve got an uphill battle. But at the same time, weve still got life left and were still breathing." Trying to get a four-out save, Walden gave up Josh Willinghams 28th homer leading off the ninth. Scott Sizemore and Chris Carter singled with one out. Walden then threw Adam Rosales comebacker past shortstop Erick Aybar and into centre field as Sizemore scored. "I knew I was working with Aybar," Walden said. "But the ball was hit back to me so hard and so quick, I hesitated for a second and the ball just sailed on me." Kurt Suzuki followed with a tying, opposite-field double to right on a 1-2 pitch, giving Walden his 10th blown save in 42 chances. Coco Crisps second sacrifice fly of the game put the As ahead. "I blew one by Suzuki and then threw another one that was better, but he just stuck his bat out there and it went down the line," Walden said. "I let the team down. We battled all day, and I lost the game for us. Its tough. Im really disappointed in myself. I feel like if I take it home with me, I might stay awake until 6 in the morning and not get any sleep." Fautino De Los Santos (3-2) got the victory despite giving up a two-run single to Peter Bourjos in the eighth. Andrew Bailey got three outs for his 23rd save in 25 attempts. "We were down three runs and we battled back," Willingham said. "They gave us a couple of things, and we took advanttage of it. Dez Bryant Jersey. We had a couple of great at-bats, like Kurt Suzuki on that ball to right field in a key situation, and then that ground ball up the middle that could have ended the game gave us a chance." Joel Pineiro made his final start of the season for the Angels on his 33rd birthday, allowing three hits over 6 1-3 scoreless innings and retiring his first 13 batters. He took a one-hitter and a 3-0 lead into the seventh, then watched the collapse on television in the clubhouse. Oaklands Rich Harden from Victoria, allowed three runs and eight hits in six innings and finished his season with a 5.12 earned-run average. Bobby Abreus RBI single in the first and third-inning homer built a two-run lead, and Vernon Wells 25th homer made it 3-0 in the fifth. Jemile Weeks RBI single and Crisps first sacrifice fly cut the gap to 3-2 in the eighth -- the latter driving in the first run against Downs at home in 28 appearances this season. "You can never count anybody out until the last out is made," Pineiro said. "No lead is safe at any time. This one hurts a lot. Weve got our work cut out for us the next three days." NOTES: DeJesus robbed Howie Kendrick of extra bases in the fifth, making a backhanded grab of his drive toward the corner and colliding with the short padded fence. He bruised his left hip on the play, but played one more inning before leaving the game. ... For the second straight game, Angels 1B Mark Trumbo had to come out after six innings because of discomfort in his right ankle. ... A ceremonial first pitch was thrown by David Eckstein, the shortstop on the Angels 2002 World Series championship team. ... Abreu batted .237 against Oakland this season with one home run. Last season, he hit .328 against the As with six homers. ... Harden was 0-4 with a 6.75 ERA in seven starts against AL West teams this year, and 4-0 with a 3.86 ERA in eight starts against other clubs. ... Jered Weaver, whose final start of the season is Wednesday against Texas, has a chance to join John Lackey and Frank Tanana as the only Angels pitchers to win an ERA title in the past 35 years. His 2.41 ERA is one point behind Justin Verlander, who made his final regular-season start on Saturday. ... Oakland concludes its season with a three-game series at Seattle. cheap nfl jerseys ' ' '
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