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COLLEGE: Marshall named Soccer America Men's Freshman of the Year

Stanford defender Chad Marshall is Soccer America Men's Freshman of the Year. Marshall arrived at The Farm with impeccable credentials. The product of Rubidoux (Calif.) High School and Irvine Strikers was Soccer America's top-rated men's recruit in 2002. The U-20 star's influence on the Cardinal grew as the season went on, leading it to the final of the Men's College ...
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U.S. SOCCER: U-20s fall to Mexico, 3-1, in Florida

The U.S. under-23 national team concluded its first camp of the year with a 3-1 loss to Mexico before a crowd of 5,236 at Harris Stadium in Homestead, Fla.

The Americans played the last 42 minutes with 10 men after the ejection of U.S. defender Heath Pearce.

The U.S. team will return to South Florida in mid-February to continue preparations for the ...
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U.S. SOCCER: U-23s finish second at the Vale do Tejo tournament

The United States finished second at the Vale do Tejo under-23 tournament in Portugal when it fell to the host country, 4-2, on penalty kicks Thursday in the final.

The game, played in front of a packed house of approximately 5,000 fans at the Municipal Stadium in Abrantes, ended in a 1-1 tie.

Nate Jaqua, taken by the Chicago Fire as the ...
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U.S. ABROAD (Jan. 22): Blackburn's League Cup run derailed

ENGLAND (LEAGUE CUP, Semifinals, Second Leg)

* Brad Friedel (Blackburn, PL), vs. Manchester United, 1-3.

Started: 90 minutes. Blackburn's bid to repeat as League Cup champion when up in smoke when it fell to Manchester United at home, to go out, 4-2, on aggregate. Blackburn had a two-goal lead on aggregate before a pair of Paul Scholes goals put United ahead. Ruud ...
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U.S. SOCCER: Wagner leads U.S. women past Norway, 3-1, in Yiwu

Santa Clara University star Aly Wagner set up all three goals to lead the United States past Norway, 3-1, on the first of the four-nations tournament in China, site of 2003 Women's World Cup.

Thori Bryan scored her first goal in 62 games for the United States, opening the scoring in the 24th minute. Boston Breakers star Dagny Mellgren evened the ...
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COLLEGE WOMEN: Soccer America selects North Carolina's Tarpley as Freshman of the Year

Teen sensation Lindsay Tarpley, who captained the United States to the FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship and helped lead the University of North Carolina to the NCAA College Cup final four, has been selected the nation's top freshman by Soccer America magazine.

Tarpley, equally adept up top or in midfield, led the Tar Heels in scoring and was their pivotal player ...
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U.S. SOCCER: Arena sticks with Canada-beaters

Coach Bruce Arena has called back all the players who saw action in the USAÆs 4-0 thumping of Canada last Saturday for his training camp in preparation for a Feb. 8 match against Argentina in Miami and a Feb. 12 encounter with Jamaica Feb. 12 in Kingston.

All 23 members of the roster are MLS players. Five were part of the ...
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January 2003 Poll Results

MLS will be conducted the 2003 SuperDraft Jan. 17 in Kansas City. For the first time, the public was allowed to watch the proceedings at the SuperDraft, which was held in conjunction with the NSCAA Convention. Here's your picks for the top college and youth national team prospects by position.

Voting ran through January 15, 2003. There were a ...
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NSCAA Honor Award Speech: Cliff McCrath on Raymond Cieplik

The following is the transcript of the speech given by Cliff McCrath at the NSCAA Coaches Convention in January in Kansas City for Raymond Cieplik, the 61st recipient of the NSCAA Honor Award.

By C. Clifford McCrath


Every organization has its cornerstones and every cornerstone has a symbol, motto or mission statement reminding its viewers of why ...

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WUSA, in 'survival mode,' courts Chinese investor

By SCOTT FRENCH, Senior Editor

Savior or not, no question Chinese businessman Xu Ming is the biggest thing to happen to the WUSA since the league kicked off nearly two years ago.

The 31-year-old industrialist and owner of Dalian Shide, the top men's soccer club in China, is in discussions with WUSA brass to become an investor in the league. How ...
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My View: Two More Years Is Just Enough

Let's set aside the marketing and iconic appeal of Landon Donovan. As important as they are, his development into a great player is crucial and it can't be done if he stays in MLS indefinitely.

As a league entering its eighth season, MLS ain't bad and is getting better. As a testing ground for brilliance, the league isn't ...
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U.S. ABROAD (Jan. 18-19): McBride scores twice; Onyweu debuts in France

ENGLAND

* Brian McBride (Everton, PL) vs. Sunderland, 2-1.
Started: 90 minutes.

McBride, who last week scored 10 minutes into his English Premier League debut, followed up in the second game of his three-month loan spell with two goals in six minutes.

McBride equalized the game in the 51st minute when his bicycle kick, from a Scott Gemmill cross, deflected off a defender ...
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U.S. Abroad (England, Jan. 18-19): McBride scores twice as Everton downs Sunderland

* Brian McBride (Everton, PL) vs. Sunderland, 2-1.

Started: 90 minutes.

McBride, who last week scored 10 minutes into his English Premier League debut, followed up in the second game of his three-month loan spell with two goals in six minutes.

McBride equalized the game in the 51st minute when his overhead volley of a Scott Gemmill cross deflcted off a defender and ...
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U.S. SOCCER: Americans crush Canada, 4-0

The Unites States opened its 2003 international season with a 4-0 win over Canada before 6,549 fans at Lockhart Stadium in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

Carlos Bocanegra, Clint Mathis and Chris Klein scored to give the Americans 3-0 lead after 32 minutes. The goals for Bocanegra and Klein were the first of their international careers.

Sub Steve Ralston completed the scoring in the ...
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MLS: 2003 SuperDraft Selections (Rounds 1-3 & Trades)

ROUND 1

1 D.C. United -- F Alecko Eskandarian (Univ. of Virginia, Jr.).

2 MetroStars -- M Ricardo Clark (Univ. of Furman, Soph.).

3 Chicago -- M/F Nate Jaqua (Univ. of Portland, Jr.).

4 MetroStars -- F Mike Magee (U.S. under-20 national team) (1).

5 D.C. United -- D David Stokes (Univ. of North Carolina, Jr.).

6 San Jose -- D Todd Dunivant (Stanford Univ., Sr.).

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