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MLS Playoffs: Los Angeles

Galaxy is deadly on quick strikes

HOW THEY BEAT YOU: Cobi Jones uses his terrifying speed on both wings to unhinge defenses and open up space for front-line mates Luis Hernandez and Sasha Victorine.

The Galaxy can be deadly on quick strikes and counterattacks.

Victorine often lingers in the goalmouth awaiting opportunities to poach, while Hernandez likes ...

College Men: Soccer America Team of the Week (Week 4: Sept. 17-23)

G KERRY THOMPSON (Ohio State) (1) Six saves in 4-1 win over Creighton, shutout in 1-0 win over Southwest Missouri State D MATT DOMINICK (Georgia State) (1) Helped unbeaten GSU to OT wins over Atlantic Sun foes Mercer and Campbell D MICHAEL NELSON (Loyola, Md.) (1) Scored off corner kick to give Greyhounds first win over Maryland in nine years ...

College Women: Soccer America Team of the Week (Week 4: Sept. 17-23)

G VANESSA SCOTTO (Pennsylvania) (1) Shut out George Mason and William & Mary, making 10 saves to hold Tribe scoreless for first time since '98 in 0-0 tie D MIKEL CASEY (Charlotte) (1) Box clearance creates decisive goal in 2-1 win vs. Davidson, goal and assist in 4-0 romp over Houston, keyed defense that limited Tulane to four shots in ...

College: Men's NCAA Division I Leaders

(Through Sept. 23) POINTS PER GAME

Player, SchoolClassGPGAPPPG
1Luchi Gonzalez, SMUSr.6105254.167
2John Barry Nusum, FurmanSr.463153.75
3Byron Carmichael, MarshallJr.590183.6
4Attila Vendegh, Old DominionSo.6101213.5
5 ...

College Men: Soccer America Top 20 Scoreboard (Sept. 24-30)

9/24 ... TEAM (RECORD) ... 9/17 ... 9/10 1 SMU (6-0-0) 1 1 9/27 at TCU. 2 Virginia (5-0-1) 2 2 9/26 William & Mary, 9/30 at N.C. State. 3 St. John's (4-0-0) 3 3 9/26 Rutgers, 9/29 Villanova. 4 Furman (4-0-0) 4 4 9/25 at College of Charleston, 9/28 VCU, 9/30 Cal Poly. 5 Saint Louis (4-0-0) 8 8 ...

MLS Playoffs: Chicago

Fire employs extensive arsenal of firepower

HOW THEY BEAT YOU: The arsenal of weapons is extensive. Hristo Stoitchkov, Peter Nowak, Dema Kovalenko, DaMarcus Beasley, Ante Razov and Eric Wynalda can all apply the coup de grace.

Kovalenko and Nowak are very tough to knock off the ball and can seldom be stopped by a single challenger. StoitchkovÆs incredible ...

MLS Playoffs: Columbus

Harkes and Maisonneuve spark attacks

HOW THEY BEAT YOU: MLSÆs hardest-working team ù or so says its slogan ù didnÆt always work that hard or that smart until former head coach Tom Fitzgerald got the ax.

Replacement Greg Andrulis has released the brilliance of John Wilmar Perez and Jeff Cunningham and harnessed the savvy of John Harkes and ...

MLS Playoffs: SA Week 1 Report Cards

Here are Soccer AmericaÆs player ratings for MLS playoff games played Sept. 20, 22 and 23. SA Report Cards: 1 (low) to 10 (high) Sept. 20 Chicago 2 Dallas 0. Goals: Bocanegra (Wynalda) 40, Whitfield (Nowak) 98+. Chicago (3-5-2) -- Zach Thornton (6); C.J. Brown (5), Carlos Bocanegra (6), Diego Gutierrez (5); Chris Armas (6), Jesse Marsch (5), David Vaudreuil ...

Under-17 World Cup Scoreboard

Quarterfinals Sept. 23 in Port of Spain France 2 (Sinama Pongolle 38, Le Tallec 40) Brazil 1 (Alberoni 70). Nigeria 5 (Opabunmi 24, 69, 79, Mohammed 81, Temile 85) Australia 1 (Engele 86). Sept. 24 in Malabar Argentina 2 (Rodriguez 38, Fanari 96) Mali 1 (D.Diarra 35) (OT). Burkina Faso 2 (Gorogo 56, Sanou 84) Costa Rica 0. Group A ...

U.S. Abroad Weekend (Sept. 22-23)

Several U.S. players had standout performances for their clubs in Europe this past weekend and John O'Brien returned to action for Ajax. Goalkeeper Brad Friedel's sparkling performance for Blackburn shut out Everton, defender Tony Sanneh scored a decisive goal in Nuremberg's victory over FC Cologne and Cory Gibbs had an assist in St. Pauli's tie at Borussia Monchengladbach. England Brad ...

Soccer America College Men's Top 20 (Sept. 24)

9/24 ... TEAM (RECORD) ... 9/17 ... 9/10 1 SMU (6-0-0) 1 1 2 Virginia (5-0-1) 2 2 3 St. John's (4-0-0) 3 3 4 Furman (4-0-0) 4 4 5 Saint Louis (4-0-0) 8 8 6 Washington (4-1-0) 10 10 7 Indiana (4-2-0) 11 11 8 South Florida (6-0-0) 14 15 9 Stanford (4-0-0) 9 9 10 Penn State (3-1-0) ...

Playoffs: Miami

Fusion passing makes scoring look easy

HOW THEY BEAT YOU: The attack can come from buildups or quick strikes. The lineup is teeming with good passers, and their flank play may be the best in MLS.

The crossing is unusually accurate, and their passing riddles defenses. The player receiving the final pass is often so wide-open the finish ...

Playoffs: San Jose

Donovan and Lagos are keys up front

HOW THEY BEAT YOU: The Earthquakes very seldom beat themselves. The central core ù defenders Troy Dayak and Jeff Agoos and midfielders Richard Mulrooney and Ronnie Ekelund ù is nearly impenetrable. They always seem to have numbers back.

Landon Donovan and Manny Lagos are the key figures in attack.

Donovan ...

Under-17 World Cup Scoreboard

Quarterfinals Sept. 23 in Port of Spain France 2 (Sinama Pongolle 38, Le Tallec 40) Brazil 1 (Alberoni 70). Nigeria 5 (Opabunmi 24, 69, 79, Mohammed 81, Temile 85) Australia 1 (Engele 86). Group A Sept. 13 in Port of Spain Trinidad & Tobago 1 (Blackman 57) Croatia 2 (Krancjar 43, 65). Sept. 14 in Port of Spain Brazil 1 ...

Soccer America Women's Top 20 (Sept. 24)

There was plenty of movement within Soccer America's Top 20 this week, with Stanford (from No. 8 to No. 5), Texas A&M (No. 12 to No. 7), California (No. 13 to No. 8) and Florida State (No. 17 to No. 13), among others, jumping up the rankings following impressive weeks. A&M made its leap despite falling to No. 3 Portland, ...