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U.S. Abroad (Sept. 24-25): Ajax loses

John O'Brien's Ajax team put up a good fight, but eventually lost to Italian powerhouse Inter Milan, 1-0 at San Siro in the Champions League. In England, Eddie Lewis came on as a sub in a lopsided loss at Wolverhampton.

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

* John O'Brien (Ajax, Netherlands) at Inter Milan (Italy) 0-1. DNP. Hernan Crespo's 74th minute tally spared the hosts from ...
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MLS Playoffs: New England-Chicago Preview

(The MLS playoffs continue tonight with the first game of the New England-Chicago quarterfinal series. Soccer America Senior Editor Ridge Mahoney breaks down the series.)

BY RIDGE MAHONEY

On to the showcase series of the quarterfinals, and not just because Game 1 Thursday will be the only postseason match nationally televised until MLS Cup 2002 on Oct. 20.

The Cinderella Angle has the ...
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MLS: Quarterfinals, Game 1 Summaries (Sept. 25)

Sept. 25 in Dallas

Dallas 4 Colorado 2.

COL--Valderrama (Carrieri, Henderson) 2

DAL--Morrow (Martinez) 26

DAL--Kreis (O'Brien, Suarez) 49

DAL--Deering (Johnson, Pareja) 68

DAL--Martinez (Pareja) 70

COL--Spencer (PK) 75

DALLAS BURN--Matt Jordan, Ryan Suarez, Paul Broome, Tenywa Bonseu, Steve Morrow, Chad Deering, Ronnie O'Brien, Oscar Pareja, Antonio Martinez, Bobby Rhine (Edward Johnson 67), Jason Kreis (Jorge Rodriguez 83).

Yellow cards: Suarez 36, Kreis 54, Broome 54.

COLORADO RAPIDS--David Kramer, Rick ...
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College: Soccer America Men's Top 25 Scoreboard (Sept. 23-29)

9/23 Ranking ... Team (Record) ... 9/16 Ranking

1 Stanford (7-0-0) 1

9/27 -- Tulsa; 9/29 -- Santa Clara.

2 St. John's (5-1-1) 3

9/26 -- Notre Dame; 9/28 -- Pittsburgh.

3 Wake Forest (5-0-2) 5

9/25 -- UNC Greensboro (3-0); 9/28 -- Maryland.

4 Indiana (5-1-2) 8

9/27 -- at Penn State.

5 South Carolina (7-0-1) 6

9/29 -- at Davidson.

6 Clemson (4-1-1) 10

9/27 -- Gonzaga; 9/29 -- Fairfield.

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Deja Vu

Looking a lot like the U.S. squad that captured the first Women's World Cup title 11 years ago, a new generation of Americans claimed the first U-19 title with a golden triumph over its host.

It was eerie, once Tracey Leone and April Heinrichs began to look closer.

So much of the U.S. under-19 women's team's experiences leading ...
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Working both sides of the touchline

Northern California youth coach Brian Hall refs World Cup games in his spare time.

In late August, the DeAnza Ruckus U-17 boys lost a close match in the Super Y-League national tournament in Raleigh, N.C., and headed to a local eatery for lunch. In a scene familiar from youth tournaments across the nation, the assistant coach drove the team ...
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MLS: Quarterfinals, Game 1 (September 25) in brief

Wednesday, September 25

COLORADO at DALLAS (8:30 pm ET).

TV: ATT Broadband (DIRECTV: 794; DISHNET: 465; live on inDemand)

Key Players Out: Colorado -- GK Scott Garlick (fractured thumb-L); Dallas -- F Ronald Cerritos (knee surgery-R), GK D.J. Countess (shoulder surgery-R), D Chris Gbandi (knee surgery-R).

Referee: Alex Prus.

Wednesday, September 25

COLUMBUS at SAN JOSE (10:00 pm ET)

TV: SportTV (DIRECTV: 795; DISHNET: 464; live on ...
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MLS: Breaking down quarterfinal series

BY RIDGE MAHONEY

The bizarre format be damned: this year's MLS playoffs figure to be every bit as compelling and competitive as was the regular season.

Flaws abound in the first-to-five system but even the most strident critics can't dispute that it does tend to reward the team playing better soccer. Any one game can be decided on a fluke, but in ...
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The U.S. 20

Looking a lot like the U.S. squad that captured the first Women's World Cup title 11 years ago, a new generation of Americans claimed the first U-19 title with a golden triumph over its host.

It was eerie, once Tracey Leone and April Heinrichs began to look closer.

So much of the U.S. under-19 women's team's experiences leading ...
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Canada's Reward

Looking a lot like the U.S. squad that captured the first Women's World Cup title 11 years ago, a new generation of Americans claimed the first U-19 title with a golden triumph over its host.

It was eerie, once Tracey Leone and April Heinrichs began to look closer.

So much of the U.S. under-19 women's team's experiences leading ...
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U.S. Listings

(The MLS playoffs continue tonight with the first game of the New England-Chicago quarterfinal series. Soccer America Senior Editor Ridge Mahoney breaks down the series.)

BY RIDGE MAHONEY

On to the showcase series of the quarterfinals, and not just because Game 1 Thursday will be the only postseason match nationally televised until MLS Cup 2002 on Oct. 20.

The Cinderella Angle has the ...
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Early Bloomers

No rookie has logged more minutes in MLS than Colorado defender Jeff Stewart. A relative unknown when drafted out of Santa Clara in the second round, the Rapids rookie defender is a poster child of perseverance.

It's never been harder for a rookie to step into the starting ranks.

Contraction down to 10 teams and the reduction of ...
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MLS' Rookie Americans

No rookie has logged more minutes in MLS than Colorado defender Jeff Stewart. A relative unknown when drafted out of Santa Clara in the second round, the Rapids rookie defender is a poster child of perseverance.

It's never been harder for a rookie to step into the starting ranks.

Contraction down to 10 teams and the reduction of ...
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Euro 2004 Qualifying

Northern California youth coach Brian Hall refs World Cup games in his spare time.

In late August, the DeAnza Ruckus U-17 boys lost a close match in the Super Y-League national tournament in Raleigh, N.C., and headed to a local eatery for lunch. In a scene familiar from youth tournaments across the nation, the assistant coach drove the team ...
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Ajax's New Look

The U.S. under-17 national team is in first place in its group after two days of the Football International Solidarity Foundation Tournament in Gaeta, Italy.

The Americans opened with a 2-1 win over England Thursday thanks to goals from Guillermo Gonzalez and Jacob Peterson. Gonzalez, who is being courted by MLS and several foreign clubs, scored on a penalty. Peterson was ...
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