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U.S. SOCCER: U.S. falls to Brazil, 1-0, in L'Alcunia final

The United States fell to Brazil, 1-0, Thursday night in the final of the Torneo Internacional de L'Alcunia in Spain.

Tavares beat all-tournament goalie Steve Cronin for the only goal in the ninth minute.

It was the fifth game in six nights for the team and fourth in four days. Brazil beat the United States, 2-1, on the opening day. The Americans, ...
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U.S. U-19s top Germany -- Canada awaits in final

University of Texas All-American Kelly Wilson netted her eighth and ninth goals of the competition and the United States overcame a shaky start on Thursday to earn its spot in the final of the first FIFA U-19 Women's World Cup with a 4-1 semifinal triumph over Germany.

University of North Carolina freshman Lindsay Tarpley's 28th-minute goal answered an earlier strike by ...
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WUSA: Boston tabs Swede Sundhage as head coach

Former Swedish standout Pia Sundhage, who as Mark Krikorian's assistant coach has helped the Philadelphia Charge reach the WUSA semifinals in both seasons, was hired Thursday as head coach of the Boston Breakers.

Sundhage, who also was courted for the vacant San Diego Spirit job, replaces former U.S. Soccer staff coach Jay Hoffman, who was released after the Breakers failed to ...
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U.S. Abroad (Aug. 28): Reyna defends his coach

After helping Sunderland defend a precarious 1-0 victory at Leeds, U.S. midfielder Claudio Reyna voiced his support for his embattled coach, Peter Reid. In Chile, meanwhile, goalkeeper Jonny Walker's team was eliminated from one tournament and faces a possible work stoppage in league play.

England

* Brad Friedel (Blackburn, PL) vs. Liverpool, 2-2.

Started: 90 minutes. An 83rd minute goal by substitute Corrado ...
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MLS Summary (Aug. 28): New England 3 Colorado 1

Aug. 28 in Foxboro, Mass.

New England 3 Colorado 1. Goals: Twellman (Franchino, Griffiths) 27, Hernandez 39, Twellman (Ralston, Heaps) 39; Chung (Henderson, Valderrama) 75.

Colorado -- Kramer, Fraser (Herdsman 46), Stewart, Hart (Kotschau 46), Titus (Trembly 62), Chung, Palacios, Valderrama, Kingsley, Carrieri, Henderson.

New England -- Brown, Llamosa (Pierce 11), Kante, Franchino, Heaps, Cullen, Ralston, Griffiths (Kamler 36), Hernandez, Harris, Twellman (Downing, ...
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U.S. SOCCER: U-20s reach final of La Alcudia tournament with 3-1 win over Uruguay

The United States reached the final of Spain's Torneo Internacional de La Alcudia, considered the top under-20 summer tournament in the world, with a 3-1 win over Uruguay Wednesday.

The Americans play Brazil, which beat them, 2-1, in their opening game, in Thursday's final.

The Americans played the last 28 minutes with 10 men after Devan Barclay's red card but prevailed thanks ...
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Soccer America's College Women's Top 25 schedule (Aug. 30-Sept. 2)

1. North Carolina (24-1-0)
8/30 at Nebraska; 9/1 vs. USC at Nebraska

2. Portland (20-4-0)
8/30 at BYU; 9/1 at Utah

3. Santa Clara (23-2-0)
8/30 vs. Stanford

4. Virginia (17-4-2)
8/31 vs. St. Joseph's

5. Texas (14-6-0)
8/30 vs. New Mexico; 9/1 vs. Duke

6. Penn State (21-4-1)
9/1 vs. Pittsburgh

7. Stanford (15-4-2)
8/30 at Santa Clara

8. Notre Dame (17-3-1)
8/30 at Providence; 9/1 ...
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U.S. ABROAD: German club courts Gregg Berhalter

German First Division club Energie Cottbus is interested in signing U.S. center back Gregg Berhalter, who has fallen out of favor with English First Division club Crystal Palace.

Cottbus, in the former East Germany, is looking for a replacement for Hungarian sweeper Vilmos Seboek, who took blame for Cottbus' bad start to the season -- 5-0 and 4-0 losses to Bochum ...
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U.S. ABROAD: Frankie Hejduk moves from Germany to Switzerland

After almost four years with German First Division club Bayer Leverkusen, U.S. outside back Frankie Hejduk is moving to Swiss First Division club St. Gallen.

Hejduk, 28, played 19 league games for Bayer Leverkusen during his stint in Germany. Last season, when Leverkusen finished runner-up in the league, German Cup and European Champions League, Hejduk didn't see time in any of ...
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A-LEAGUE: Team of the Week (Aug. 19-25)

GOALKEEPER
Josh Lynk (Indiana)
* Seven saves in 0-0 tie against Charleston

DEFENDERS
Dwayne Demmin (Charlotte)
* Gamewinner in 1-0 win over Richmond

Brent Sancho (Portland)
* Solid in pair of road wins

Joe Mattachione (Toronto)
* Goal in 2-1 win over Rochester

MIDFIELDERS
Andy McDermott (Charlotte)
* Two goals in 4-2 win at Richmond

Henry Gutierrez (Pittsburgh)
* Two goals in 3-2 overtime win ...
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A-LEAGUE WEEK 19 WRAP: El Paso, Vancouver & Portland join playoff field

JUST ONE SPOT LEFT: The Milwaukee Rampage's 6-1 win over Cincinnati on Tuesday night qualified El Paso and Vancouver for the A-League playoffs, and Portland clinched last weekend. With Seattle, Minnesota and Milwaukee, the Western Conference's six-team postseason field is complete. The rest of the regular season, which ends Sept. 2, will determine the seedings.

Toronto and Charlotte remain in a ...
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My View: Look abroad for All-Star oomph

The decisions made under duress at this year's MLS All-Star Game were hardly as appalling as some media outlets portrayed them. Considering the awful luck of the day, the solutions were reasonable. The simple fact is that the field was unplayable immediately after the storm. The 10 minutes attempted at that point were laughable. Simply put, Paulina Rubio's performance allowed ...
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College: Soccer America Men's Top 25 Scoreboard

SCHEDULE and RESULTS (Aug. 30-Sept. 2)

Rank Team (2001 Final Record)

1. Indiana (18-4-1)

8/30 -- Rutgers; 8/31 -- Clemson.

2. Virginia (17-2-1)

8/30 -- Kentucky; 9/1 -- Rhode Island.

3. North Carolina (21-4-0)

8/30 -- Akron; 9/1 -- Saint Louis.

4. Stanford (19-2-1)

8/31 -- Sacramento State.

5. Connecticut (15-5-2)

8/30 -- at Seton Hall.

6. St. John's (17-3-3)

9/1 -- Boston College.

7. Washington (13-6-0)

8/31 -- Central Florida (at Portland); 9/2 -- ...
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Mexico Preview: Mighty America

In 1916, two Mexico City clubs, Record FC and Colon FC, decided to unite. Representatives of Colon - the Spanish version of the name Columbus, as in Christopher - noted that the merger was going through on Oct. 12, the date in 1492 that Columbus landed in the New World. They proposed the name ''America.''

With a map of ...
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England Preview: Price of Relegation

The term ''relegation'' once carried with it a foreboding sense of doom quite overstated, even in the hyperbolic, sometimes hysterical tone of sports coverage.

''Safety'' and ''survival'' were the rewards if ''the ax'' didn't fall and thus ''the drop'' could be avoided.

In ancient times, which date back at least three or four years, dropping out of the ...
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