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MIKE WOITALLA: A Sleeping Giant?

It's never a bad idea to find out how we are seen from abroad.

Researching the career of Lothar Matthaeus took me through scores of German newspapers and magazines. In Der Spiegel, best described as like Time but more erudite, an article about MLS was headlined "A Sleeping Giant."

It came from a quote by Reiner Calmund, the ...
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TFC Olympic qualifying: Canada and Guatemala advance

Canada continued its resurgence, beating host Trinidad & Tobago, 2-0, to win the Group A Olympic qualifying tournament and set up a date with the United States in the final round of qualifying. The other group opponent will be the second-place team in Group B (Mexico, Honduras, Jamaica, Costa Rica) which will be played in Guadalajara, Mexico from April 4-8. ...
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World Cup 2002: St. Kitts & Nevis advances

St. Kitts & Nevis beat Turks & Caicos, 6-0, to win their first-round Caribbean series, 14-0, on aggregate. It advances to face St. Vincent & Grenadines in the second round. Austin Huggins had two goals to lead the Kittians. Keith Gumbs, Leroy Francis, George Isaac and John Smith each scored for the second time in the tournament. Both matches were ...
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Olympics: Nigeria, Camerooon and Morocco advance

Defending champion Nigeria, Cameroon and Morocco all won their respective groups and earned a berth in the 2000 Olympics. The Super Eagles needed to goals in stoppage time to take the Group A title on the goal difference after Angola and Zimbabwe also finished the home-and-home round-robin competition with 12 points each Cameroon edged out South Africa by two points ...
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TFC: Group A Olympic Qualifying

March 22 in Port of Spain CANADA 1 (Stalteri 55) NETHERLANDS ANTILLES 0. Canada -- Franks, Clarke, Hastings, McKenna, Bent, Stalteri, Aristodemo (Sulentic, 46), Kindel (Valente, 74), Skinner, Bernier, De Rosario. Netherlands Antilles -- Myers, De Leca, Martha, Petronia, De Abreu, Martina, Bonevacia, Orgenia, Tokaay, Hato, Brunkard. TRINIDAD & TOBAGO 0 GUATEMALA 0. Trinidad & Tobago -- R.Edwards, King, Thomas, ...
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MLS: Television (March 25-26)

Saturday March 25 Los Angeles at D.C. United 2:00 p.m. ABC Saturday March 25 New England at Tampa Bay 7:00 p.m. FOX Sports New England (Taped Delay until March 26 - 10:00 am) Saturday March 25 San Jose at Columbus 7:30 p.m. FOX Sports Bay Areaá BACKHAUL (KU-Band) Telstar 5, Transponder K19 (V) Saturday March 25 Chicago at Kansas City ...
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March Poll: Pick the 2000 MLS champion

We want to know whom you, America's soccer fans, think will win MLS Cup 2000.
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Carla Overbeck Fights for Further Glory

America's most successful captain ever faces challenges from the younger generation

Carla Overbeck, winner of two World Cups and one Olympic gold medal,
is fighting to stay in the U.S. lineup.
The image of captain Carla Overbeck hoisting the World Cup over her shoulders may last forever. But less than a year since that glorious day in Pasadena, questions have arisen ...

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MLS: Coaches Roll the Dice Again

There will be more foreign-born players in the league than ever before

Columbus is counting on a Colombian. An Iranian with a lot of friends in San Jose is bought to shake up the Earthquakes. Tampa Bay hopes a Senegalese is the next best thing to Roy Lassiter. The MLS import class of 2000 is the largest ever, because of ...

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Olympic Qualifying: TFC Group A

March 21 in Port of Spain CANADA 0 GUATEMALA 0 Canada -- Mike Franks - Jeff Clarke, Richard Hastings, Kevin McKenna, Steve McCauley, Jason Bent, Paul Stalteri, Robbie Aristodemo, Steve Kindel (Jeff Skinner, 75), Jason Mathot, Dwayne DeRosario. Guatemala -- Luis Pedro Molina - Pablo Melgar, Edin Lopez, Gustavo Cabrera, Uwaldo Perez, Dwight Pezzaross (Oliver Carias, 77), Luis Swisher, Guillermo ...
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U.S. Soccer: Charles names preliminary Olympic roster

The following is the preliminary roster for the U.S. men's Olympic team that will compete for a spot in this year's Olympics in April. U.S. coach Clive Charles must cut his roster from 25 to 18 players for the tournament April 23-30 in Hershey, Pa. Goalkeepers: Adin Brown (Colorado), Tim Howard (MetroStars), Andy Kirk (Tampa Bay). Defenders: Dan Califf (Los ...
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MLS: Rivalry Temperatures Rising

Creating archenemies in MLS proves to be a work in progress

Don Garber sees the day Major League SoccerÆs fiercest rivalries approach the intensity of some of EuropeÆs biggest derbies. So does Ivan Gazidis, who grew up in the midst of one. Thomas Rongen thinks theyÆre nuts. ôI donÆt think it can ever happen,ö says D.C. UnitedÆs Dutch-born coach, an ...

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MLS: Conference call quotes

Quotes from the March 21 MLS conference call, the first of the 2000 season: Opening Comments by MLS Executive Vice President Ivan Gazidis "We had a very positive opening weekend, we saw the resumption of some old rivalries between Chicago and Dallas, which was probably one of the best opening games we've had in MLS. It was a terrific game ...
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MLS: Injury Report (March 21)

EASTERN DIVISION D.C. UNITED -- OUT: M Micah Cooks (facial fracture); QUESTIONABLE: M Marco Etcheverry (left calf strain); PROBABLE: D Eddie Pope (left knee sprain); D Carey Talley (right foot contusion) METROSTARS -- OUT: D Mark Semioli (right calf strain); M Billy Walsh (right knee surgery); QUESTIONABLE: F Adolfo Valencia (abdominal strain) MIAMI FUSION -- OUT: M Jeff Bilyk (left ...
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MIKE WOITALLA: The Import-Export Business

Foreigners ù how many and what kind ù present an important and controversial issue in leagues around the world.

It's not new, having men from one country play for clubs in another.

The first Argentine moved to Italy about 1925.

By 1930, Italian clubs sent recruiters to Rio and lured 39 Brazilians in 1931.

Paraguayans migrated ...
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