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RUSSIA '06: USA falls in shootout

The USA fell to China, 5-4, on penalty kicks Thursday in the semifinals of the Under-20 Women's World Championship in Moscow.

Tim Schulz's Americans had a chance to win the shootout, but Notre Dame's Brittany Bock hit the outside of the right post on the fifth U.S. attempt after goalie Val Henderson had stopped the fifth Chinese ...

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MLS: De Rosario scores from halfway; Wizards hold Bulls; Hartman howler hurts L.A.

Houston's Dwayne De Rosario scored his ninth goal of the season by beating Chicago goalkeeper Zach Thornton with a shot from the halfway line. The incredible strike gave the Dynamo a 2-1 lead, but Chicago came away with a 2-2 tie thanks to Andy Heron's 75th minute penalty kick, awarded for a Brad Davis foul on Chris Armas. De Rosario's ...
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MLS: The Job Doesn't Change

A scintillating series of friendlies showcasing many of the world's best players generated excitement but won't change Major League Soccer's reliance on stadiums and sound business practices to flourish.


If nothing else, a six-game swing through the United States by Chelsea, Barcelona and Real Madrid vividly demonstrated to MLS officials that their nomenclature needs refining.

A ''sellout'' refers to stadiums full, or ...
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Major League Soccer

By Ridge Mahoney
Senior Editor, Soccer America

Only one-third of the MLS season remains after the All-Star break, yet many teams are still riddled with concerns heading into the final phase.

Time is running out for the teams chasing playoff spots, and those that do figure to play in the postseason are filing away rough spots in preparation for games that can redeem ...
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Backline: John Skipper

By Ridge Mahoney
Senior Editor, Soccer America

Skipper says Major League Soccer coverage will have a new look in 2007 on ESPN2.

Even in a suit and tie, summoned to a press-conference microphone or posing for pictures with the commissioner of a professional league, John Skipper exudes a hang-loose persona quite unlike that normally associated with corporate America.

''Nobody ever said taking my picture ...
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OFF THE POST: Laughing Matter

As part of his quest to instill positive team spirit into his squad, England's new coach Steve McClaren took his players on a comedy club field trip prior to its Euro 2008 qualifiers against Andorra and Macedonia. Said Steven Gerrard, ''We went to a comedy place and had a few comedians who were fantastic. They got us giggling and that ...
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COLLEGE: SOCCER AMERICA MEN'S TEAM OF THE WEEK (Week 1)

SOCCER AMERICA MEN'S TEAM OF THE WEEK
G Kevin Guppy (Cal State Northridge)
D Leone Cruz (SMU)
D Dustin Kirby (Ohio State)
D Georgios Spanos (St. John's)
M Sal Caccavale (American)
M Stephen King (Maryland)
M ...
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MLS: Game Summaries (Aug. 30)

MLS: Game Summaries (Aug. 30)

Aug. 30 in Kansas City
Kansas City 2 New York 2.
Goals: Sealy 28, Wolff (Burciaga Jr., Victorine) 71; Wolyniec (Guevara) 30, Dunivant (Djorkaeff) 53.
Kansas City - Oshoniyi, Groenwald (Zotinca, 74), Garcia (Wahl, 11), Thomas, Burciaga Jr., Zavagnin, Arnaud, Victorine, Sealy, Johnson, van den Bergh (Wolff, 54).
New York - Meola, Wynne, Mendes, Parke, ...
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COLLEGE: SOCCER AMERICA WOMEN'S TEAM OF THE WEEK (Week 1)


WOMEN'S PLAYER OF THE WEEK
M Mami Yamaguchi (Florida State)

WOMEN'S TEAM OF THE WEEK
G Alison Whitworth (Auburn)
D Lauren Leslie (San Diego State)
D Alivia Mazura (California)
M Paige Carmichael ...

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COLLEGE WOMEN: FSU's Yamaguchi takes women's honors



Florida State’s Mami Yamaguchi was selected as the Soccer America Women’s Player of the Week after scoring the game-winning goal in the Seminoles’ 2-1 win over defending champion Portland on Sunday.
 
The goal by Yamaguchi, a Japanese international, completed Florida State’s comeback from a 1-0 halftime deficit and helped end Portland’s 26-game unbeaten streak.  The ...

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COLLEGE: SMU's Cruz named Men's Player of the Week



SMU defender Leone Cruz won't quickly forget his college debut.

The defender from Round Rock, Texas, is the Soccer America Men's Player of the Week after scoring both game-winning goals in the No. 2 Mustangs' 1-0 victories over Wisconsin and then-ranked Wisconsin-Milwaukee at Tulsa's Great Western Downtown Plaza/
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U.S. ABROAD: New coaches for Cherundolo, Onyewu

Hannover 96, for which American Steve Cherundolo starts at right back and serves as vice captain, became the first Bundesliga club to discard its coach in the 2006-07 season. After Hannover lost its first three games by a combined score of 11-2, the club accepted Peter Neururer's resignation. Hannover's next coach will be the Cherundolo's eighth since the 27-year-old Californian ...
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MLS: Several teams in danger of back-to-back playoff failure

With the MLS season winding down, playoff hopes remain for all 12 teams, but Columbus' chances look dim and if it fails to catapult itself into the top four of the East Conference it will miss the playoffs in back-to-back seasons. Also in danger of repeat failure are Kansas City, Real Salt Lake and Chivas USA.

Teams that ...

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RECORD BOOK: Women's college crowds

Texas A&M shattered the NCAA women's attendance record for a non-NCAA Tournament game when it drew 8,204 fans Friday night for the Aggies' 1-0 victory over North Carolina. The Aggies or Tar Heels have played in the games drawing nine of the 10 largest crowds. The 1999 Big East game between UConn and Syracuse that ranks No. 3 on ...
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SMALL COLLEGES: Ft. Lewis blitzes SIUE

No. 1 Ft. Lewis opened the defense of its NCAA Division II men's title with a 4-0 victory over No. 4 SIU-Edwardsville in Denver. Star John Cunliffe scored one goal and set up freshman David Barden for the second of his two goals. Barden's goals came after the Cougars had players sent off in the 59th and 66th minutes.

Several clashes ...
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