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Home > Soccer America Daily > Monday, Dec. 8, 2008
[UNDER-20 WOMEN'S WORLD CUP] North Korea displayed persistence and precision while reaching the  U-20 Women's World Cup final; the USA got there by utilizing both of those elements, plus an occasional dash of brilliance. In the final Sunday in Santiago, Chile, opportunistic strikes by Sydney Leroux and Alex Morgan -- ... Read the whole story
[ENGLAND] U.S. goalkeepers Brad Friedel of Aston Villa and Tim Howard of Everton faced off in a lively five-goal game that Villa edged, 3-2, at the very death. Elsewhere, the Big Four all won to keep things unchanged at the top. Read the whole story
[MEXICO] U.S. product Edgar Castillo scored for defending champ Santos in its second-leg semifinal clash with Toluca but Santos fell 2-1, which combined with the first leg's scoreless tie sends Toluca to the Apertura 2008 final against Cruz Azul. Read the whole story
[MLS] A two-for-one ticket deal failed to fill the 32,000-capacity Mt. Smart Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand but the 16,600 who did show up were by all accounts satisfied with the performance of David Beckham and the Los Angeles Galaxy in a 3-0 win over the Oceania All-Stars. Read the whole story
[AMERICANS ABROAD] DaMarcus Beasley got his first Scottish Premier League start since Oct. 25 when he went 79 minutes for Glasgow Rangers in a 7-1 win over Hamilton. Read the whole story
[OFF THE POST] Hibernian's John Rankin scored on Celtic keeper Artur Boruc with a shot taken just outside the center circle. Read the whole story
[NIKE INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLIES] One of the biggest weekends of the year in American youth soccer was marred by the sudden death of Australia U-17 national team coach Martyn Crook, who died of a suspected heart attack at the Joeys' hotel Friday before their opening game against a U.S. U-17 split ... Read the whole story
[GERMANY] Bayern Munich beat Hoffenheim with a late, late goal from Luca Toni to win the table-top clash. Michael Bradley was dropped to the bench for Borussia Moenchengladbach, coming on too late to save it from another defeat. Read the whole story


What They're Saying

"I'd like to congratulate North Korea on a wonderful effort. It was obviously very difficult for us to hold onto the lead because they kept coming at us and giving us trouble possessing the ball, but I am very, very proud of my players tonight. We won because we played very good defense throughout this tournament and because Sydney Leroux and Alex Morgan scored as many goals as they did." -- Coach Tony DiCicco after guiding the USA to the U-20 Women's World Cup title. ...More


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