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U.S. SOCCER: Coach Lolla names U-16 roster

Coach Ken Lolla has named a 24-player roster for the U.S. U-16 national team's second training camp of 2002 (Feb. 24-March 3 in Chula Vista, Calif.). The team includes Michael Bradley, the son of Chicago Fire coach Bob Bradley. GOALKEEPERS: Chay Cain (Aurora, Ill.), Marcus Rein (Modesto, Calif.), Steve Sandbi (Columbus, Ohio). DEFENDERS: Lamar Chancey (Meriden, Conn.), Leonel Cruz (Round ...
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Gold Cup: Golden Interlude

U.S. coach Bruce Arena was quick to point out that the Gold Cup will have little to do with the World Cup, but there was much to pleased with in his team's remarkable run at the Rose Bowl.

U.S. coach Bruce Arena was quick to point out that the Gold Cup will have little to do with the World ...
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FACE TO FACE: Josh Wolff

He scored two goals and notched a brilliant assist early in qualifying play before injury wiped him out for most of 2001. Now Josh Wolff is ready to be a key World Cup weapon.

The Facts

Born: Feb. 15, 1977.

Hometown: Stone Mountain, Ga.

College: South Carolina.

Pro clubs: Chicago ...
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U.S. Soccer: Arena names 20-man roster for March friendlies

U.S. coach Bruce Arena has named a 20-man roster for friendly games against Honduras March 2 in Seattle and Ecuador March 10 in Birmingham, Ala. Three foreign-based players -- Kasey Keller, Eddie Lewis and Gregg Berhalter -- join 17 MLS men. The Columbus Crew is the best represented club with four players: Jeff Cunningham, Brian Maisonneuve, Brian McBride and Brian ...
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MLS: LapperGs knee injury not so severe

Mike LapperGs knee injury does not seem to be as severe as the original diagnosis, which projected that the Columbus Crew defender could be out for the 2002 season. An MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) test last Friday indicated an MCL (medial collateral ligaments) sprain rather than ACL and MCL tears. The veteran defender is now expected to be sidelined for ...
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U.S. ABROAD: Berhalter in limbo, Kirovski in demand at Crystal Palace

Last Wednesday, Gregg Berhalter was one of the USA's best players in a 1-0 loss to Italy. He shut down world-class striker Christian Vieri. On Saturday, Berhalter was an 89th-minute substitute for Crystal Palace in its 1-1 tie with Wimbledon in the English First Division. Berhalter, 28, signed a 3-year contract for Palace in the offseason after helping it avoid ...
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U.S. Abroad (Feb. 16-17): Casey, Sanneh notch goals; Vanney an assist

Conor Casey and Tony Sanneh scored for their respective German clubs and Greg Vanney assisted on an early strike for Bastia in France. Brad Friedel's Blackburn Rovers were eliminated from the English FA Cup, while Joe-Max Moore helped Everton stay alive -- at least for now -- in a scoreless draw with Crewe. Tottenham and Fulham advanced to the quarterfinals, ...
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MLS: Preseason results and schedules

CHICAGO Training Feb. 12-27 -- Rio Maior, Portugal. March 2-10 -- Birmingham, Ala. March 10-15 -- Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Matches Jan. 28 -- Univ. of Tampa (3-0). Feb. 4 -- U.S. U-18 national team (2-0). Feb. 6 -- Kansas City Wizards (1-4). Feb. 16 -- at Portuguese union all-stars (6-0). Feb. 20 -- at Benfica (Portugal) (2-0). March 5 -- ...
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Fan Poll: Pick your ideal U.S. starting XI

The U.S. victory at the 2002 Gold Cup has increased the competition for starting spots on the U.S. World Cup team. Here's your chance to pick your ideal U.S. starting XI in Bruce Arena's 4-4-2 lineup.
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MLS: preseason schedules and results

CHICAGO Training Feb. 12-27 -- Rio Maior, Portugal. March 2-10 -- Birmingham, Ala. March 10-15 -- Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Matches Jan. 28 -- Univ. of Tampa (3-0). Feb. 4 -- U.S. U-18 national team (2-0). Feb. 6 -- Kansas City Wizards (1-4). Feb. 16 -- at Portuguese union all-stars. Feb. 20 -- at Benfica XI (Portugal). Feb. 26 -- at ...
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U.S. ABROAD: Jonny Walker wins in Libertadores Cup

American goalkeeper Jonny Walker, who was named in the top keeper in the Chilean League last season by Don Balon, celebrated a 3-1 Libertadores Cup win on Thursday. He helped Universidad Catolica down Flamengo, 3-1, in Rio de JaneiroGs Maracana Stadium. Catolica, which was opening its Group 8 play, had never notched a win in Brazil. It becomes the second ...
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WUSA: Join the Party

Foreign arrivals - especially Chinese and Germans - boost the WUSA's star power.

When their players returned from their first seasons in the WUSA, China's soccer authorities were thrilled. The players were sharper, bolder, better.

"The area that stood out most was combativeness, physical risk-taking," reports Lauren Gregg, the WUSA's vice president of player personnel, whose persistence in ...
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Game Analysis: Italian formula subdues USA

BY RIDGE MAHONEY, Senior Editor A spirited first half without reward, a sloppy second half during which a mistake was punished. For decades, teams have been losing to Italy in this manner, and so did the United States succumb, 1-0, Wednesday night in Catania, Sicily despite generating 15 shots to the host's eight. Regardless of David Regis being fouled by ...
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MLS: Crew's Lapper could miss season

Columbus Crew defender Mike Lapper suffered a knee injury in a exhibition game against Kansas City in Bradenton, Fla., on Wednesday. The club fears it could endanger his availability for the entire 2002 season. Lapper, 31, hurt his on a slide tackle. It was diagnosed initially as torn anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments by team doctor Scott Van Steyn. ...
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From the Locker Room (USA-Italy): +Many positive thingsG

Following their 1-0 loss to Italy on Wednesday, Coach Bruce Arena, captain Claudio Reyna, forward Landon Donovan and midfielder John OGBrien met the press.

U.S. coach BRUCE ARENA:

"We missed opportunities in the first half. With Italy making four changes at halftime, it made a big difference for them. There were many positive things for us in the game today, ...

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