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MLS CONFIDENTIAL: Flickering Fire, Dallas Test ...

By Ridge Mahoney, Senior Editor
Soccer America Magazine

FLICKERING FIRE: Chicago's attack rarely ignited Wednesday during a dispiriting 3-0 home loss to New England and Saturday the Fire plays at Columbus, which hasn't conceded a goal in two home games this season.

Second-half subs Chris Rolfe, Chad Barrettand Andy Herron did what they could to ...



MLS Previews (April 30)

Saturday, April 30, 4 pm ET/3 pm CT/1 pm PT

KANSAS CITY (1-1-1, 4 pts) vs. D.C. UNITED (1-2-1, 4 pts)


Key Players Out: Kansas City - MF John Minagawa-Webster (R ankle sprain); MF Doug Lascody (R ankle sprain); D.C. United - MF Dema Kovalenko (Jones fracture); DF Bryan Namoff (rib avulsion fracture);

Referee: Brian Hall.

Saturday, April 30, 7:30 ...

MANNY SCHELLSCHEIDT: A coach for all seasons

(From the March 21, 2005 issue ofSoccer America Magazine)

Manfred Schellscheidt, who has collected pro, amateur and youth national championships and now heads U.S. SoccerÆs U-14 boys development program, lets the game do the teaching.

By Mike Woitalla
Soccer America Magazine

It was 34 years ago when Manfred ''Manny'' Schellscheidt became the first coach granted an ''A'' license by the U.S. ...


April 26
AC Milan (Italy) 2 (Shevchenko 42, Tomasson 90) PSV (Net.) 0

April 27
Chelsea (Eng.) 0 Liverpool (Eng.) 0.

MLS SUMMARY (April 27)

MLS SUMMARY (April 27)

April 27 in Chicago

Chicago 0 New England 3. Goals: Dempsey (Joseph, Twellman) 32, Noonan (Riley, Dempsey) 43, Twellman 95+.

Chicago - Thornton, Brown (Herron, 78), Curtin, Caballero, Gray, Armas, Marsch (Rolfe, 69), Guerrero, Thiago, Jaqua (Barrett, 72), Mapp.

New England - Reis, Heaps, Parkhurst, John, Riley (Vercollone, 86), Dempsey, Dorman, Joseph, Leonard, Twellman, Noonan.

Yellow Cards: Chicago - Caballero ...

LANDON DONOVAN: You can go home again

(From the April 25, 2005 issue ofSoccer America Magazine.)

It didn't take long for Landon Donovan to burn his bridges in Germany, yet he insists he left MLS in good faith and returned because Los Angeles made a lot more sense than Leverkusen. He explains why in an exclusive interview.

By Ridge Mahoney, Senior ...


MLS CONFIDENTIAL: 'Game' facts; Not so much Wizardry

By Ridge Mahoney, Senior Editor
Soccer America Magazine

'GAME' RECAP:By now, word has spread that filmmakers Angelo Pizzo and David Anspaugh took some factual liberties with the story of the U.S. team that stunned England, 1-0, in the 1950 World Cup.

The England game was the second game played by the U.S. at the tournament, not ...

MLS Preview (April 26)

MLS Preview (April 26)

Wednesday, April 26, 7 pm ET/6 pm CT/4 pm PT

CHICAGO (2-1-1, 7 pts) vs. NEW ENGLAND (2-0-1, 7 pts)

TV: Fox Soccer Channel, Fox Sports Net New England.

Direct Kick: DirecTV - 791; Dish Net - 464.

Key Players Out: Chicago - MD Craig Capano (L torn ACL); New England - GK Kyle Singer (R shoulder sprain).

Referee: Hilario Grajeda.

USL: Second Division Team of the Week (April 21-23)


Bryan HillHarrisburg. Eight saves, two shutouts in 0-0 tie, 1-0 win


Paul CaffreyLong Island. Goal, assist in 4-1 win over Northern Virginia

Derek SmithCincinnati. Solid play in 0-0 tie versus Harrisburg

Kyle FletcherWestern Mass. Long goal in 3-1 loss at Wilmington


Mo OduorHarrisburg. Game-winner in 1-0 win over Pittsburgh

Dustin SwinehartCharlotte. Hat-trick, assist in win over Northern Virginia

Jack ...

USL: First Division Team of the Week (April 21-23)


Ronnie PascaleRichmond. Nine saves in wins over Atlanta, Virginia Beach


Russell HutchisonVirginia Beach. Game-winner in 1-0 win over Richmond

Rumba MunthaliToronto. Solid play in 0-0 tie at Vancouver

Kevin KnightRichmond. Assist in 3-1 win over Atlanta


Darren CaskeyVirginia Beach. Goal, assist in weekend split against Richmond

Alfredo ValenteVancouver. Solid play in 0-0 tie versus Toronto

Chris GoosCharleston. Lone goal ...

OFF THE POST: Burned, Selling Out, Insulted, Watch Spree ...

Burned ...
Rapid Bucharest captain Vasile Maftei has been forced to sit out a midweek Romanian league game after suffering a burn on his inner thigh while sliding on lime powder used to mark the sidelines at Brasov's field.

Selling out ...
Barcelona, which has always left the front of its azulgrana (blue-maroon) jerseys clean of advertising is set ...


BY THE NUMBERS: World Cup prize money

$281 million
Total prize money at the 2006 World Cup, a 38 percent increase from the 2002 World Cup.

$20.6 million
Prize money winner of the 2006 World Cup will earn, which is more than double of what Brazil hauled in for winning the 2002 World Cup.

$5.9 million
Minimum amount a team will earn at the 2006 ...


YOUTH: U.S. U-20s beat Seattle Sounders, 4-1

Chicago Fire rookie Chad Barrett set up goals by Benny Feilhaber, Will John and Danny Szetela before Tim Ward added a fourth goal as the U.S. under-20 national team beat the Seattle Sounders of the USL First Division, 4-1, Monday night in Seattle.

The Under-20s will play their next preparation match in three weeks when they face Canada on May 18 ...

SOCCER ON TV (thru 5/2): Your Viewing Guide

(All times ET unless noted. Consult your regular television listings guides for availability in your area. Schedules are subject to change.

FRIDAY, April 29

ESPN Deportes
Dutch Eredivisie TWENTE-PSV (live) 12:55 pm.

SATURDAY, April 30


NEW ENGLAND-CHIVAS USA (live), 7:30 pm.
DirecTV: 791; Dish ...


WINNERS & LOSERS: Beasley celebrates Dutch title; Eddie Lewis out for season


Week 4 of the MLS season provided the HIGHEST SCORING WEEKEND of the season as 22 goals fell in six games for a 3.6 goals per game average. D.C. United and New England, in their first meeting since last season's 3-3 playoff barn-burner (followed by a United PK win), treated RFK fans to a 4-3 game, but this ...