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MLS: Don't forget refs

What if MLS forgot to get referees? It seems possible, considering all the time the league has had to dedicate toward finding funding, coaches, players and sponsors -- not to mention debating goal size.

So I called Vincent Mauro -- the leader of American referees. He joked that the league almost forgot. But yes, his department at the ...

European Championship: Warmup Summaries

March 27 in Vienna

Austria 1, Switzerland 0. Goal: Ogris (73).

Austria -- Konsel, Schopp, Kartalija, Pfeffer, Feiersinger, Marasek, Pfeifenberger, Wetl, Polster (Ogris 58), Vastic, Stumpf (Haas, 58).

Switzerland -- Pascolo, Hottiger, Quentin, Henchoz, Jeanneret, Colombo, Comisetti, Ohrel (Cesa, 61), Knup, Koller (Vogel, 61), Grassi.

Att.: 23,800.

March 27 in Brussels

Belgium 0, ...

USISL: Transactions

Select League

Cap Cod Crusaders -- Named Roger Thompson head coach.

Hampton Roads Mariners -- Named general manager Shawn McDonald head coach.

Milwaukee Wave -- Named former U.S. national team head coach Bob Gansler.

Reno Rattlers -- Named Pete Petersen head coach.

Sacramento Scorpions -- Named Santa Rosa JC coach James Maxey head coach.


USISL: TV Deal With Prime Announced

The USISL has reached an agreement with Prime Network to do 17 soccer dates in 1996, including a season preview show, delayed broadcasts of 12 regular-season matches, delayed broadcasts of the Premier Six and Pro Six championship games and live broadcasts of the USISL All-Star Game July 17 in Blaine, Minn., and the Select Six final Sept. 1 in Richmond, ...

Olympics: All but two men's teams set

All but two of the 16 teams that will compete in the 1996 Olympic men's soccer tournament have qualified.

Following victories by France, Spain and Italy in European qualifying March 26 and 27 and Saudi Arabia in the third-place game of the Asian U-23 tournament March 27, these are the teams that have qualified:

Host -- USA.


College: Irish class has Heft

Notre Dame loses two starters from its defending NCAA championship squad, but the Irish will still have plenty of fight next fall.

Coach Chris Petrucelli's team adds arguably the top recruit in the nation in U.S. national team defender Jen Grubb as well as possibly the top striker in the country in Jenny Heft. Both are from Region II. ...

Olympics: Saudi Arabia takes Third Asian Spot

Saudi Arabia scored on a goal by Hussain Omar Sulaiman in the sixth minute of overtime to beat Iraq 1-0 March 27 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and take third place in the Asian U-23 Championship.

The win gave the Saudis a berth in the 1996 Olympic men's soccer tournament. The other two berths went to South Korea and Japan. ...

Olympics: European Finalists Set

France, Spain and Italy all earned berths to the 1996 Olympic men's soccer tournament with wins in the quarterfinals of European U-21 Championship.

France crushed Germany 4-1 before 25,000 fans in Metz to win their series 4-1 on aggregate. Hometown star Robert Pires and Florian Maurice of Lyon both had two goals. The French led 3-0 at halftime.


U.S. to meet Scotland

The United States will face Scotland in an international friendly May 26 in New Britain, Conn.

It will be the first U.S. match since its third-place finish at the Gold Cup and its only match before U.S. Cup '96 in June. Scotland, which is preparing for the European Championship, has won all three meetings between the two teams: 4-0 ...

U.S. U-23s to meet USISL teams

Two USISL teams will face the U.S. under-23 men's team preparing for the Olympics.

The U.S. Olympic team meets the New Orleans Riverboat Gamblers March 31 in New Orleans, and the Hampton Roads Mariners April 27 in Virginia Beach. It finished with two wins and a tie in three scrimmages against MLS opposition at MLS spring training in Del ...

Olympics: Japan and South Korea advance

Japan and South Korea have claimed two of the three Asian spots for the Olympic men's soccer tournament after semifinal victories in the Asian qualifying group March 24.

The two countries will meet March 27 to decide the Asian U-23 champion, while semifinal losers Saudi Arabia and Iraq will play to see who will win the final Olympic ...

MLS: Spring Training News & Results

The MLS training camps in Boca Raton, Fla., and Del Mar, Calif. are winding down.

All of the Del Mar teams are heading for home, as are Columbus, Kansas City, and Tampa Bay. New England and the MetroStars will remain in Boca Raton for another week.

The MetroStars earned their first victory of the spring when they edged ...

MLS: Players Placed On Waivers

The following were the players placed on waivers to get MLS rosters down to 22 players by March 24 (players training with the U.S. U-23 team don't count against 22-man limit):

Colorado -- Brian Hurley, Eric Puls, Joel Shanker.

Columbus -- Manny Catano, Michael Robles.

Dallas -- Brandon Cavitt, Vagner.

Kansas City -- Ken Snow, Phil ...

Contents: Soccer America April 1, 1996 Issue


Del Mar Diary

MLS opened its Southern California training camp, which included, finally, some games. By Ridge Mahoney

The Start Of Something Big?

Players opened MLS's first Florida training camp with a clear sense of what is at stake. By David Brousseau

Chastain Works Way Back

She was a striker in an earlier ...

Men's College: Diamonds in the Rough

The talent pool might be down, but coaches still seem happy.

While some college coaches say the talent level of the recruiting pool is down this year as compared to years past, Wisconsin's NCAA champion coach Jim Launder is of a different opinion.

"I had a discussion with [another college coach] who told me talent is down this ...