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GHANA: Black Stars begin preparations for African Nations Cup

Ghana, which will face the USA at the 2006 World Cup, began a three-week training camp Dec. 27 in Tunisia in preparation for the African Nations Cup Jan. 20-Feb. 10 in Egypt.

Ten players made the trip û six local and four foreign-based players. Most of the players will not join the team until late January. The Black StarsÆ first friendly ...
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SOCCER ON TV (thru Jan. 2): Your Viewing Guide

(Schedules are always subject to change. Check your local listings)

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 28

FOX SOCCER CHANNEL
England EVERTON-LIVERPOOL (live), 3 pm.
England BOLTON-MIDDLESBROUGH (delay), 5 pm.
England BIRMINGHAM-MANCHESTER UNITED (delay) 8 pm.

FOX SPORTS EN ESPANOL
England BOLTON-MIDDLESBROUGH (live), 3 pm.
England EVERTON-LIVERPOOL (delay), 6 pm.
England BIRMINGHAM-MANCHESTER UNITED (delay) 8 pm.

THURSDAY, Dec. ...

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YOUTH: Soccer America Premier Tournaments -- Champions (Dec. 3-11)

DECEMBER 3-4

Germantown Invitational Showcase

Dec. 3-4

Dec. 10-11

Tennessee

Under 19 Boys

Lou Fusz 2 CISA 0

Under 17 Boys

Little Rock FC 1 Jackson FC 0

Under 16 Boys Premier

Stars SC 1 CUP White 0

Under 15 Boys Premier

Scott Gallagher 2 MTSC Magic 0

Under 19 Girls

Ohio Galaxies Elite 1 FC Texas Blue 0

Under 17 Girls

Dallas Texans Red West 4 Citadel FC 0

Under 16 Girls

Silverbacks Select 1 J.B. Marine ...
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U.S. SOCCER: Ryan calls in 28 players to prepare for Four Nations Tournament

U.S. womenÆs national team head coach Greg Ryan has called in 28 players for a week of training Jan. 3-9 at the Home Depot Center before the team heads to Guangzhou, China, for the Four Nations Tournament Jan. 18-22 against host China, Norway and France.

The USAÆs tournament opener against Norway could mark a historic milestone for U.S. captain Kristine Lilly, ...
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MEXICO: Champions (1944-2005)

1943/44 - Asturias

1944/45 - Espana

1945/46 - Veracruz

1946/47 - Atlante

1947/48 - Leon

1948/49 - Leon

1949/50 - Veracruz

1950/51 - Atlas

1951/52 - Leon

1952/53 - Tampico

1953/54 - Marte

1954/55 - Zacatepec

1955/56 - Leon

1956/57 - Guadalajara

1957/58 - Zacatepec

1958/59 - Guadalajara

1959/60 - Guadalajara

1960/61 - Guadalajara

1961/62 - Guadalajara

1962/63 - Oro Jalisco

1963/64 - Guadalajara

1964/65 - Guadalajara

1965/66 - America

1966/67 - Toluca

1967/68 - Toluca

1968/69 - Cruz Azul

1969/70 - Guadalajara

1970 - Cruz Azul ...
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CHAMPIONS: Sao Paulo, Boca Juniors, Toluca, Dep. Cali & Enyimba

WORLD CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP. Sao Paulo was crowned world club champion after beating Liverpool 1-0, in the final Sunday in Yokohama, Japan. A goal from Mineiro in the 27th minute was the first Liverpool had allowed in 12 games. CONCACAF champion Saprissa of Costa Rica beat Al-Ittihad of Saudi Arabia, 3-2, for third place in the six-team FIFA competition.

COPA SUDAMERICANA. ...
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DATEBOOK: Champions League Draw

ROUND OF 16

Chelsea-Barcelona (!)

Real Madrid-Arsenal (!)

Werder Bremen-Juventus

Bayern Munich-AC Milan

PSV-Lyon

Ajax-Inter Milan

Benfica-Liverpool

Rangers-Villarreal

First Leg: Feb. 21-22

Second Leg: March 7-8
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DATEBOOK: Mexico to play five games in U.S.

Mexico will play five 2006 World Cup tune-ups in the United States. Four opponents are set; the obvious choice for the fifth opponent, at the Rose Bowl May 12, is the USA. The two teams have met in the buildup to the last three World Cup.

DATE OPPONENT CITY STADIUM

Jan. 25 Norway San Francisco Monster Park

Feb. 15 South ...
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LABOR: U.S. World Cup bonuses (2006 vs. 2002)



The following are the individual and pool bonuses U.S. national team players will receive for the 2006 World Cup with 2002 World Cup bonuses in parentheses.

INDIVIDUAL
$37,5000 ($25,000):
Making World Cup roster

$3,750 ($2,500):
For each game played during World Cup.

POOL
$1,350,000 ($900,000):
For qualifying for the World Cup.

$150,000 ($100,000):
For ...

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U.S. SOCCER: Arena calls up 30 players



U.S. national team coach Bruce Arena named 30 players to the training camp roster that will begin workouts Jan. 4 at U.S. Soccer's National Training Center at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The group will prepare for three World Cup 2006 warmups this winter in California.

All but one player (Heath Pearce of Danish club ...

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YOUTH: U.S. U-15 roster for Disney's Soccer Showcase

The U.S. Under-15 boys national team will take on France during the Disney's Soccer Showcase Dec. 27-30 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Also competing are four U.S. Youth Soccer U-16 regional teams. Out of the 22 players, 13 of them are already in U.S. SoccerÆs Residency Program, while the other nine are hoping to get picked for the 2006 spring ...
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PDL: Bakersfield hires Wynalda

The Bakersfield Brigade of the PDLÆs Southwest Division has hired Eric Wynalda as technical director of player development.

Eric Wynalda, a three-time World Cup veteran, is a commentator for ESPN2 on its MLS broadcasts.
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WORLD CUP: Put up or shut up

By Ridge Mahoney

Senior Editor

Soccer America

Finally. We get a real chance to match Mexico.

On the heels of disbelief and disgruntlement that they, not us, had received a World Cup seed came the news of their easy draw and our worst nightmare. Supposedly.

I beg to differ. Nay, the Group of Death this is not. This is the Group of Redemption and Hope, ...
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COLLEGE: 2005 Soccer America Women's Awards

2005 Women's Player of the Year

Christine Sinclair, Portland

In a season marked by exceptional individual performances, Sinclair stood out, setting an NCAA Division I record for goals in a season with 39. Her last two goals came in PortlandÆs 4-0 victory over UCLA in the WomenÆs College Cup final. The title was the second for Sinclair, who led UP to ...
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COLLEGE: 2005 Soccer America Men's College Awards

2005 Men's Player of the Year

Jason Garey, Maryland

The senior from Gonzales, La., led the nation with 22 goals and helped the Terrapins win their first national title in 37 years. During the regular season, he put together a string of seven straight games with at least one goal, helping the Terrapins achieve a No. 1 seed for the NCAA ...
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