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U.S. ABROAD (March 22-24): Friedel gets shelled; Barrett debuts in Denmark

Brad Friedel conceded five goals against Newcastle, Wade Barrett made his Danish First Division debut and Greg Vanney returned to the Bastia starting lineup in France.

ENGLAND

* Brad Friedel (Blackburn, PL) at Newcastle, 1-5.

Started: 90 minutes.

Friedel conceded goals to Nolberto Solano, Laurent Robert, Jermaine Jenas, Craig Bellamy and teammate Vratislav Gresko.

The Sun rating (10=high; 1=low): 7. ...
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CONCACAF CHAMPIONS CUP

The Los Angeles Galaxy and Columbus Crew advanced to the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Champions Cup, but the New England Revolution was crushed in its debut in the CONCACAF club championship.

Alexi Lalas' goal with 12 minutes left gave the Galaxy a 1-0 win over Motagua of Honduras Sunday in Fullerton, Calif., and a 3-2 victory on aggregate. Lalas, who ...
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U.S. SOCCER: Americans top China to win Algarve Cup

Shannon MacMillan and Mia Hamm scored goals four minutes apart and the U.S. women's national team captured the Algarve Cup title for the second time with a 2-0 triumph over China Thursday at Loule, Portugal.

MacMillan scored from a rebounded shot in the 52nd minute and Hamm tallied from a MacMillan feed in the 56th to give the Americans their ...
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JAPAN: JFA cancels U.S. tour

Japan canceled its two-game of the United States because of concerns by Japanese clubs about security risks following the outbreak of war in Iraq.

The decision was made by the Japan Football Association (JFA) at a meeting Friday in Tokyo.

The JFA had last month called off the trip to play Uruguay on March 26 in San Diego and the ...
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MLS: Preseason schedules and results

(Subject to change)

CHICAGO FIRE

Training:

March 20-26: Portland, Ore.

Matches:

Feb. 12 vs. U.S. under-17 national team (1-2). Feb. 15 at Univ. of Central Florida (0-1). Feb. 19 vs. U.S. under-17 national team (2-0). Feb. 22 vs. MetroStars (2-0). March 2 vs. Dallas (0-1). March 5 vs. D.C. United (0-0). March 8 vs. San Jose (0-2) in Copa Carnaval. ...
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U.S. SOCCER: Venezuela replaces Japan in March 29 friendly vs. USA

Venezuela will replace Japan as the USA's opponent in the March 29 friendly at Seattle Seahawks Stadium in Seattle, Wash.

Japan, which was also scheduled to play Uruguay March 26 in San Diego, canceled its U.S. tour because of concerns by Japanese clubs about security risks following the United States' military attack on Iraq.

The decision was made by the ...
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My View: Is Freddy Ready for Pros?

The press office of the U.S. Soccer Federation has been inundated with interview requests for Freddy Adu, who has already been featured in Newsweek, Sports Illustrated and major newspapers across the country.

Jim Moorhouse, U.S. Soccer director of communications, is feeling the pressure. He's charged with accommodating the media and popularizing American soccer players. ''But Freddy's only 13,'' ...
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Youth ODP: A Humbling Experience

Immigration staff at the Sao Paulo International Airport scrambled to open additional lanes of its waiting area as chromatic waves of Adidas jackets poured down the escalators. In the jackets, fit young men with groggy faces and myriad hairstyles murmured about how much they slept, or didn't, on the overnight flight from the United States.

The blue ...
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U.S. Abroad: Berhalter Helps Prove Kaiser Wrong

The Kaiser had to say he's sorry, and Gregg Berhalter is one reason why.

Franz Beckenbauer - German World Cup hero of the past and outspoken sage of the present - announced at the halfway mark of the Bundesliga season that Energie Cottbus was a ''hopeless case'' and would for sure drop to the Second Division.

Beckenbauer's ...
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Rising Star: Eddie Johnson

POS.: Forward
AGE:
HOMETOWN: Palm Coast, Fla.
CLUB: Dallas Burn
INTERNATIONAL: U.S. U-20s


ED, EDDIE OR EDWARD? I prefer E.J.

STARTING OUT: I'm from the inner city, the projects. I wasn't into soccer. But all my friends were two years older and playing on this recreational team. One day, when I was 9, I played ...
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COACHES CORNER: Camp Pioneer Hubert Vogelsinger

In 1961, Hubert Vogelsinger, a pro soccer player and coach who was earning his physical education degree in Vienna, fell in love with Lois Ryan, an American Fulbright scholar. He accompanied her back to Massachusetts even though she told him, ''You don't need to pack your boots or a ball, because I've never seen any soccer in the United States.''

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WUSA: The Promised Land

It's easy to see why the WUSA is so gung-ho about ''Bend It Like Beckham'': The league - promoting the film as if it were its own - is the promised land in Gurinder Chadha's delightful comedy of cultural manners, a British smash that wowed festival audiences at Sundance and Toronto and opens in America, finally, in mid-March.

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WUSA: Different Class

Last season is little more than a laugh to the New York Power, Tiffeny Milbrett was saying. It was a horrible campaign, sure, defined by injury, defensive ineptitude and lots of defeat, but what does that have to do with now?

A new coach, lots of new players and a new attitude have made New York a, well, ...
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U.S. ABROAD (March 18-19): O'Brien's Ajax moves into quarterfinals of Champions League

NETHERLANDS (Champions League)

* John O'Brien (Ajax, D1), at Roma (Italy), 1-1

Started: 90 minutes. Ajax, winner of four European Cup titles, finishes second to advance to the quarterfinals for the first time since 1997. If O'Brien plays, he will become the first American to play in the quarterfinal stage of Europe's top club competition.

ENGLAND (Division I

* Marcus Hahnemann (Reading), at Ipswich, ...
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MLS: Preseason schedules and results

(Subject to change)

CHICAGO FIRE

Training:

March 16-20: Santa Clara, Calif. March 20-26: Portland, Ore.

Matches:

Feb. 12 vs. U.S. under-17 national team (1-2). Feb. 15 at Univ. of Central Florida (0-1). Feb. 19 vs. U.S. under-17 national team (2-0). Feb. 22 vs. MetroStars (2-0). March 2 vs. Dallas (0-1). March 5 vs. D.C. United (0-0). March 8 vs. San Jose (0-2) in Copa Carnaval. ...
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