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World Cup 2006 Referees

The 23 referees for the 2006 World Cup:

ABD EL FATAH Essam (Egypt)
AMARILLA Carlos (Paraguay)
ARCHUNDIA Benito (Mexico)
BATRES Carlos (Guatemala)
BUSACCA Massimo (Switzerland)
CODJIA Coffi (Benin)
DE BLEECKERE Frank (Belgium)
DE SANTIS Massimo (Italy)
ELIZONDO Horacio (Argentina)
IVANOV Valentin (Russia)
KAMIKAWA Toru (Japan)
LARRIONDA Jorge (Uruguay)
MAIDIN Shamsul (Singapore)
MERK Markus (Germany)
MICHEL Lubos ...



Why Hamburg?

By Paul Kennedy Managing Editor, Soccer America in Hamburg

Americans do things a little different in soccer.

While most finalists at the 2006 World Cup will be bunkered in the German countryside, the U.S. national team will be staying in the heart of Hamburg, Germany's entertainment capital.

U.S. Soccer did the castle thing in 1998 in France when Coach Steve Sampson's team ...

COLLEGE: 2006 NCAA Division I MenÆs Recruits

Updates through March 31.

With club affiliations (previous college for transfers is in parentheses).

Elliot Bradbrook M England (Ashland)
Vedran Ilic M Rockford, Ill. Chicago Magic
Ben Zemanski M/F Cuyahoga Falls, OH Cleveland Force

Cameron Petty D Manassas, VA Reston FC
Karsten Smith D Huntington Station, NY BW Gottschee
Jake Van Yahres F Charlottesville, VA ...


USL Transactions this week - March 31

USL First Division

Atlanta Silverbacks: G Felipe Quintero (Lobos BUAP - Mexico)

Miami FC: F Romario (Vasco da Gama - Brazil)

Montreal Impact: Dan Antoniuk (trade from Vancouver), M Leonardo Di Lorenzo (Argentinos Juniors - Argentina), D Gabriel Gervais (re-sign through 2008), M - Antonio Ribeiro (re-sign through 2008)

Portland Timbers: D Josh Brown (Univ. of New Mexico), M Troy Ready ...

MLS CONFIDENTIAL: Quest in the West

By Ridge Mahoney

The maligned Western Conference, deemed inferior to the East last season, may not be any stronger in 2006, but still it boasts the MLS Cup and U.S. Open Cup winner (Los Angeles) as well as the team that posted the best regular-season record (San Jose, now Houston: 18-4-10.)

TOP DOG.How the former Quakes adapt ...


HIGH SCHOOL: NSCAA/adidas Winter Rankings


1 Klein (Spring, Texas) 22-0-0

2 St. Louis (Lake Charles, La.) 31-0-2

3 Clovis West (Fresno, Calif.) 31-2-0

4 Palm Harbor University (Fla.) 26-4-0

5 Coppell (Coppell, Texas) 20-0-2

6 Santa Margarita (Calif.) 25-4-0

7 Countryside (Clearwater, Fla.) 27-4-1

8 Rider (Wichita Falls, Texas) 18-0-2

9 Clinton (Clinton, Miss.) 22-3-4

10 Jensen Beach (Fla.) 22-2-0


1 Douglas (Parkland, Fla.) 23-1-1

2 Upland (Upland, Calif.) 28-0-3

3 Allen (Allen, Texas) 18-0-1

4 San Ramon ...

MLS: Eastern Conference Rosters

Chicago Fire
1 G David Mahoney USA 3 -
2 D C.J. Brown USA 192 2
3 F Calen Carr USA 0 0
4 D Leonard Griffin USA 12 0
5 D Jim Curtin USA 129 3
6 M Craig Capano USA 22 1
7 M John Thorrington USA 8 1
8 ...


MLS: Western Conference Rosters

Chivas USA
2 D Claudio Suarez Mexico 0 0
3 D Carlos Llamosa USA 141 3
4 M Brent Whitfield USA 0 0
5 D Ezra Hendrickson St. Vin. & Gren. 206 21
6 M Francisco Mendoza Mexico 24 0
7 M Ramon Ramirez Mexico 31 2
8 M Francisco Gomez USA 126 ...


MLS: Western Conference Schedules

Chivas USA
April 2 Real Salt Lake
April 8 @D.C. United
April 15 Los Angeles
April 29 Red Bull N.Y.
May 14 New England
May 20 @Red Bull N.Y.
May 27 Chicago
June 3 Colorado
June 8 @Los Angeles
June 11 @FC Dallas
June 17 Columbus
June 21 @Colorado
June 24 @Columbus
June 28 Houston
July 1 FC Dallas


MLS: Eastern Conference Schedules

Chicago Fire
April 1 @FC Dallas
April 8 @Los Angeles
April 15 @Columbus
April 30 @New England
May 6 @Kansas City
May 13 @Red Bull N.Y.
May 20 @Houston
May 27 @Chivas USA
June 3 @Real Salt Lake
June 11 New England
June 17 @Kansas City
June 21 @D.C. United
June 25 Red Bull N.Y.
June 28 Real Salt ...


MLS CONFIDENTIAL: Chelsea changes gear

By Ridge Mahoney, Senior Editor
Soccer America

Chelsea may have pulled out this year's MLS All-Star Game, but it has signed a deal with AEG that takes effect next year.

A press conference scheduled for Monday to announce the matchup of the English Premier League champion and an MLS all-star team at the Fire's new stadium July 29 was canceled, and ...

WOMEN: USA opens residency with 25 players on April 2

The U.S. womenÆs national team will begin residency on April 2 as 25 players come to The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. for a six-month period that will culminate in the fall with CONCACAF qualifying for the 2007 WomenÆs World Cup.

This will be the sixth residency camp for the U.S. women, but the first residency preparation in a year ...

ON THE MOVE: Eddie Gaven swapped for Edson Buddle

Midfielder Eddie Gaven, 19, has been traded from the New York Red Bulls to the Columbus Crew in exchange for 24-year-old forward Edson Buddle.

Gaven, who debuted in MLS at age 16, has played in 69 games (62 starts), and tallied 16 goals and 12 assists in three seasons. Gaven played for Crew coach Sigi Schmid at last year's U-20 World ...

SOCCER AMERICA Premier Tournaments: Champions (March 17-27)

Border Battle
March 18-19

Under 17/18 Boys
KCFC Alliance Rideout 3 Futura Elite 2
(KCFC Alliance Rideout wins on penalties.)
Under 16 Boys
St. Louis SC Blue 2 Lou Fusz 1
Under 15 Boys
CRSA 3 Futura Force 2
Under 14 Boys
KCFC Alliance Rideout 13 EFC Attack 1
Under 14 Girls
J.B. Marine 3 Southern Illinois United 1


WINNERS & LOSERS: Convey, Hahnemann reach the top with Reading

WINNERS & LOSERS: Convey, Hahnemann reach the top with Reading


READING, which had not reached the top tier of English soccer during its 135-year history, clinched promotion to the Premier League after its 1-1 tie with Leicester. The American duo of keeper Marcus Hahnemann and midfielderBobby Convey are among four players who have started all ...