CORRECTION: Unbeaten NAIA teams
Posted by Soccer America on Sep. 29, 5:15 p.m.
Mid-Continent of Kentucky was the only NAIA Top 10 men's team that remained unbeaten from the Sept. 20 rankings after Embry-Riddle's pair of losses. Joe Zakowicz's Cougars, ranked No. 9 this week, are 4-0-2. The only other unbeaten NAIA teams in this week's Top 25 are Oklahoma's Science & Arts at No. 7 and Fresno Pacific at No. 12.
TV PREVIEW: ACC match showcases sophomore stars
Posted by Soccer America on Sep. 29, 5:12 p.m.
No. 3 Maryland hosts No. 7 Duke Friday night in the NSCAA Match of the Week on Fox Soccer Channel (live, 8 pm ET).
The match features two of the country's top sophomore strikers. Maryland's Graham Zusi, last week's Soccer America Player of the Week, has tallied a point in each of the Terps' last four matches with ...
WOMEN: Carolina captures 11th win in a row
Posted by Soccer America on Sep. 29, 5:11 p.m.
No. 2 North Carolina won its 11th game in a row with a 2-0 win at Clemson thanks to first-half goals by freshman defender Ali Hawkins and sophomore midfielder Yael Averbuch. Sophomore Anna Rodenbough picked up her eighth solo shutout of the season in the Tar Heels' 12 games.
No. 3 Florida State's troubles withVirginia as the No. ...
YOUTH: U-17s off to Uruguay and Argentina for 30 days
Posted by Soccer America on Sep. 29, 5:10 p.m.
The U.S. U-17 boys national team will train in Uruguay and Argentina for the entire month of October. The U-17s will begin their month-long tour by spending five days in Montevideo, Uruguay, before traveling to Argentina, where they will split time training in Buenos Aires, San Luis and Rosario.
U-17 coach John Hackworth named a 24-player roster to travel ...
SURVEY: Canadians play big roles at women's powers
Posted by Soccer America on Sep. 29, 4:40 p.m.
Longtime North Carolina coach Anson Dorrancehas called it the biggest change in women's soccer in the last decade.
Canadian players have played a growing role in the success of nationally ranked teams. In 2002 and 2005, Canada national team star Christine Sinclair led Portland to NCAA Division I titles. In 2004, CanadianKatie Thorlaksonwas instrumental in ...
MLS: Weekend action to shape postseason
Posted by Soccer America on Sep. 29, 2:08 p.m.
With three games left in the regular season, three teams have clinched playoff berths - D.C. United, FC Dallas and the Chicago Fire. Nine are vying for the remaining five playoff berths. Here's how this weekend's six games can shape the postseason.
SATURDAY, Sept. 30
NEW ENGLAND-COLORADO7:30 pm ET. TV: Direct Kick, FSN-NE.
New England clinches a ...
USL-1: Rochester faces Vancouver for title
Posted by Soccer America on Sep. 29, 2:07 p.m.
Three-time champ Rochester Rhinos host final debutant Vancouver in the USL-1 championship game on Saturday (live at 7 pm ET on Fox Soccer Channel).
If the Rhinos win the title of the nation's second-tier league they'll set the title record at four; defending champion Seattle Sounders having also lifted the crown three times.
YOUTH: New U-17 national championship
Posted by Soccer America on Sep. 29, 2:05 p.m.
Energy drink Red Bull, which owns the New York MLS franchise of the same name, is launching a U-17 national championship that comprises 16 teams and consists of four weekend-long tournaments, the first of which takes place Nov. 17-19, 2006, in Raleigh, N.C., in conjunction with the Capital Area Soccer League (CASL) Shootout.
''Red Bull National League 17 ...
TV PREVIEW: Madrid derby features hot clubs
Posted by Soccer America on Sep. 29, 2:04 p.m.
The Madrid derby between second-place Real and fifth-place Atletico (TV: Gol TV, Sunday, live, 12 pm ET) takes on new significance this year as both teams are off to strong starts.
This weekend's headline match at Real's Bernabeu Stadium pits Real coach Fabio Capelloand against Atletico's Javier Aguirre, the former NASL player. Both clubs are hoping to end ...
GERMANY: Klinsmann's pick finally gets post
Posted by Soccer America on Sep. 29, 2:03 p.m.
Field hockey coach Bernhard Peters, who became the symbol of Juergen Klinsmann's efforts to remake German soccer, was finally hired by the German federation (DFB) to work as an ''external advisor'' two weeks after he led Germany to a second straight field hockey World Cup title.
Peters, 46, was Klinsman's choice for the job of sports director to restructure ...
U.S. Soccer Youth Development
Posted by Soccer America on Sep. 28, 6:09 p.m.
By Mike Woitalla
Executive Editor, Soccer America Magazine
The U.S. Soccer Federation is reevaluating the nation's approach to youth player development and coaching education.
Even before the USA's unsatisfactory performance at the 2006 World Cup, U.S. Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati, elected in March, decided to launch a complete review of all the Federation's technical areas.
''We're going to try to look at the ...
My View: By Mike Woitalla
Posted by Soccer America on Sep. 28, 6:08 p.m.
How over-coaching and the emphasis on winning stifle young American talent.
The little boy dribbled and kept dribbling. He had taken the ball away from the midfield pack and zoomed toward his own goal. This surprised the other children and allowed him to keep the ball to himself for much longer than any player had managed during this U-8 game.
Having put ...
Posted by Soccer America on Sep. 28, 5:57 p.m.
By Bryan Alvarez
Assistant Editor, Soccer America Magazine
On the field, they played in Freddy Adu's shadows. Even today they marvel at the moves he executed, contributing to the making of a legend. Off the field, they were Freddy's older brothers, all two years older than the phenom who entered the U.S. U-17 residency program in Bradenton, Fla., at the age ...
MLS Youth Development
Posted by Soccer America on Sep. 28, 5:56 p.m.
By Ridge Mahoney
Senior Editor, Soccer America Magazine
By forming a provision by which ''homegrown'' players can sign pro contracts and bypass the leagueÆs distribution procedures, MLS has provided incentive for teams to get serious about finding and developing talent.
Argentinos Juniors isnÆt the equal of glamorous Buenos Aires neighbors River Plate and Boca Juniors, yet it was the first professional club to ...
INJURY REPORT: UCLA loses Griffin and Beltran
Posted by Soccer America on Sep. 28, 3:14 p.m.
UCLA lost its leading scorer, sophomore forward Maxwell Griffin (5 goals, 1 assist), for the season with a torn ACL in his left knee, and transfer Tony Beltran will have a right ankle arthroscopy on Friday and will be out 6-8 weeks.
The Bruins are already without former U-17 defender Brandon Owens (torn ACL suffered in the spring) ...