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U.S. U-17 boys fall to Costa Rica in friendly

The U.S. U-17 national team, which is preparing for March's qualifying tournament for the 2003 U-17 World Cup, lost 2-1 on Wednesday against Costa Rica in San Jose, Costa Rica. The teams meet again today.

Eddie Gaven, recently drafted by the MetroStars, scored the U.S. goal in the 33rd minute off a Brandon Owens assist. But the Americans gave up two ...
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JAMAICA: Boyz call up Marshall, Williams and Ziadie

Jamaica called up three players who played in MLS last season for the Boyz's friendly against the United States Feb. 12 in Kingston.

Tyrone Marshall of the MLS champion Los Angeles Galaxy and Craig Ziadie and Andy Williams, who played for the MetroStars in 2002, were called up. Williams did not have his MLS option picked up for 2003.

Coach Carl Brown ...
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U.S ABROAD (Jan. 29): Last-minute goals sink Tottenham and Blackburn

ENGLAND

* Brad Friedel (Blackburn, PL), at West Ham, 1-2.

Jermain Defoe scored with a blast to the near post in the 89th minute, five minutes after entering the game, to give West Ham the victory, its first in 13 games. Blackburn is now 11th in the Premier League.

* Kasey Keller (Tottenham, PL), vs. Newcastle, 0-1.

Jermaine Jenas' goal off a rebound in ...
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ARGENTINA: Bielsa brings 20 players on Honduras and U.S. tour

Argentina national team coach Marcelo Bielsa is bringing 20 players on his team's thre game tour of Honduras and the United States: Jan. 31 vs. Honduras in Tegucigalpa, Mexico Feb. 4 in Los Angeles and the U.S. Feb. 8 in Miami (TV: ESPN2, live, 11:55 a.m. ET).

Missing are Argentina's European-based stars, but the squad is loaded with young players from ...
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WORLD YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIP: U.S. drawn with Paraguay, South Korea and Germany

The United States was drawn today with Paraguay, South Korea and Germany in the World Youth Championship, scheduled to be held in the United Arab Emirates March 25-April 16.

Thomas Rongen's U-20s will face Paraguay, third in the South American under-20 championship completed last night in Uruguay, on March 27, Asian champion South Korea on March 30 and European runner-up Germany ...
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WORLD YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIP: Draw

Group A -- UAE (host), Slovakia (Europe No. 3), Panama (CONCACAF No. B1), Burkina Faso (Africa No. 4) in Abu Dhabi.

Group B -- Argentina (South America No. 1), Spain (Europe No. 1), Uzbekistan (Asia No. 4), Mali (Africa No. 3) in Sharjah.

Group C -- Brazil (South America No. 2), Canada (CONCACAF No. A1), Czech Republic (Europe No. 5), Australia (Oceania) ...
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U.S. women down Germany, 1-0, to win China tourney

A 1-0 win over Germany in Shanghai on a goal by midfielder Devvyn Hawkins earned the U.S. womenÆs national team the 2003 Four Nations Tournament title.

Coach April HeinrichsÆ team had beaten Norway, 3-1, and had lost to host China, 2-0, but finished atop the round-robin standings because China and Norway played to a 1-1 tie in their final game. China ...
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WUSA: Atlanta Beat signs German forward Conny Pohlers

Forward Conny Pohlers, one of Germany's best young players, will play for the Atlanta Beat in the upcoming WUSA season, Beat coach Tom Stone said Tuesday. An announcement is expected Wednesday.

Pohlers, 24, will fill part of the foreign void created with the departures of Chinese stars Sun Wen and Liping Wang.

Pohlers, who has scored seven goals in 12 appearances for ...
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MLS: Moore rejoins Revs after three-year absence

Joe Max Moore, the New England Revolution's all-time scoring leader, is returning to the Revs after three years at English club Everton.

He left the Premier League this winter after failing to play for Everton's first team since last spring. He netted 10 goals in the 37 games with the first team (League and Cup matches).

Moore was a three-time Revolution Most ...
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U.S. ABROAD (Jan. 28): Another start for McBride and another win for Everton

ENGLAND

* Brian McBride (Everton, PL), at Bolton, 2-1.

Started: 90 minutes. McBride held scoreless for his time in three starts.

* Claudio Reyna (Sunderland, PL), vs. Southampton, 0-1.

DNP -- out after knee surgery.

* Marcus Hahnemann (Reading, D1), vs. Leicester, 1-3.

Started: 90 minutes. Three goals in first 34 minutes doom Royals, whose promotion hopes are fading.

FRANCE

* Oguchi Onyewu (Metz, D2), vs. Istres, 4-1.

Came ...
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COLLEGE: FIU menÆs soccer saved for two years

Florida International University, which on Jan. 16 announced the elimination of its menÆs soccer program, has decided keep the team for two more years. It will review the ''overall'' situation in one yearÆs time.

FIU menÆs soccer, the universityÆs most successful sport, became endangered when the school strained its athletic budget by introducing football for the 2002 season. The womenÆs soccer ...
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MLS: Stoitchkov leaves Chicago for D.C. United

Hristo Stoitchkov will play -- and serve as assistant coach -- for D.C. United after Chicago traded the 36-year-old Bulgarian star for a second-round pick in the 2004 MLS SuperDraft.

The deal marks the Fire's fourth major trade in a month as the team tries to stay under MLS's budget guidelines. It has sent Josh Wolff to Kansas City, Dema Kovalenko ...
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U.S. ABROAD (Jan. 25-26): Friedel still in FA Cup; Berhalter returns to lineup

Brad Friedel's Blackburn Rovers remain alive in England's FA Cup thanks to a late goal by Dwight Yorke that tied Sunderland. In Germany, Gregg Berhalter and Energie Cottbus blanked host Bayer Leverkusen, 3-0.

ENGLAND

FA Cup, Fourth Round

* Brad Friedel (Blackburn, PL) vs. Sunderland, 3-3. Started: 90 minutes.

An extra-time goal by Dwight Yorke spared Blackburn from exiting its second cup competition in ...
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U.S. SOCCER: China dominates U.S. in freezing Wuhan

Host China scored two first-half goals to beat the United States, 2-0, Sunday before 40,000 fans at Wuhan Sports Center Stadium.

China's WUSA stars proved to be the difference. China dominated the first half and was rewarded with goals by San Diego Spirit defender Fan Yunjie (off a corner by Zhao Lihong of the Philadelphia Charge) in the 19th minute and ...
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COLLEGE: Soccer America Men's Freshman All-Americans

Ben Ashwill, New Mexico (F)

Finished as the top scorer in the MPSF (12 goals) to lead the Lobos to a school-record 18 victories and second straight NCAA Tournament berth.

Mehdi Ballouchy, Creighton (M)

Moroccan by way of Henry Gunn High in Palo Alto, Calif., scored five goals and added four assists for the NCAA Division I semifinalists.

Jeff Curtin, Georgetown (D)

Was named ...
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