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Home >Soccer America Daily > Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2007
[MLS CUP PREVIEW] In the first installment of our stories setting up the MLS championship game between New England and Houston at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., Soccer America's Ridge Mahoney looks at the fowards. Read the whole story
[THE SUNDHAGE FILE] Swede Pia Sundhage, 47, has been named U.S. women's national team coach, becoming the first foreign coach to head the team in the 22-year history of the U.S. women's national team program. Sundhage is charged with qualifying the USA for the 2008 Olympics and winning the gold ... Read the whole story
[AUDIO/TRANSCRIPTS] At Tuesday's press conference announcing the hiring of Pia Sundhage, U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati explained why he believes the Swede is the right choice to get the USA back on track. Sundhage discussed how the USA can prevail in an increasingly competitive international arena: "The team is capable ... Read the whole story
[SOUTH AFRICA ROSTER] Like his American counterpart Bob Bradley, South Africa national team coach Carlos Alberto Parreira will rely heavily on foreign-based players for Saturday's Nelson Mandela Challenge in Johannesburg (TV: Fox Soccer Channel, Galavision, live, 9 am ET). Read the whole story
The Concorde Fire broke out with a 6-1 win over AFC Lightning and a 6-3 win over the Atlanta Fire against Georgia rivals in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy U17/18 division over the weekend. Brian Ownby scored his eighth and ninth goals of the season for the Richmond Strikers in ... Read the whole story
Negotiations to play Interliga matches at the Oakland Coliseum were unsuccessful, and so additional games have been scheduled for Robertson Stadium in Houston and Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. Interliga dates for Jan. 3 and Jan. 8 had been left open in the original schedule with the possibility they ... Read the whole story
Former Chicago Fire general manager Peter Wilt, who had been spearheading the effort to land an MLS franchise in Milwaukee, has left his post. As chief executive officer of Milwaukee Professional Soccer LLC, Wilt negotiated a partnership with the Wisconsin Youth Soccer Association but couldn't bring together the necessary financial ... Read the whole story
The USA will host Mexico on Feb. 6 at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas, in a friendly. The game will be shown live on ESPN2 and Univision. Read the whole story


What They're Saying

"I can't remember being involved in a search and selection process where we've had such universal support and acclaim for a candidate. That's from players, coaches, FIFA staff, FIFA elected officials and people at the technical level. So, I'm not going to say it was easy because we had some excellent candidates, but Pia comes with extraordinary credentials and I think the message is that we want to win the gold in Beijing and get the program to higher levels." -- U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati on hiring Pia Sundhage as the new U.S. women's national team coach. (USsoccer.com) ...More


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