• Men's Semifinal Update: Brazil 3 Nigeria 1 (halftime)
    Brazil continues to lead Nigeria 3-1 at halftime in Athens, Ga. Both teams have had good scoring chances thus far, but the Brazilians have been more efficient. Nigeria has had the ball in the Brazilian end for a good portion of the match. However, the Brazilians are attacking on both sides and through the middle, and the Nigerian defense is having difficulty keeping track of all the Brazilian attackers. Ronaldinho, in particular, has been effective for Brazil.
  • MLS Preview: July 31 games
    Wednesday, July 31 Kansas City at D.C. United Location: RFK Stadium. Kickoff (ET): 7:30 p.m. Television: Home Team Sports; KYFC-TV Kansas City. Satellite: Spacenet 3, Tr. 23; Galaxy 9, Tr. 2. Series History: June xx at Arrowhead Stadium -- Richie Williams was ejected for a handball in the box early in the match, and undermanned D.C. was no match for the Wiz, who romped 5-1. Injuries: Kansas City -- G Garth Lagerwey (mild concussion) is probable, D Uche Okafor (strained patella tendon) is doubtful; D.C. United -- M Marco Etcheverry (strained groin) and F Steve …
  • MLS Game Summaries: July 31, 1996
    July 31 in Foxboro, Mass. New England 2 San Jose 0. Goals: Moore (Naveda) 48, Moore (Naveda, DeBrito) 67. New England -- St. Andre, Fraser, Okaroh, Lalas, Wylie, Woodring, Sawatzky, DeBrito, Naveda, Moore, Keegan. Subs: Baba for Woodring in 68th minute, Tardieu for Keegan in 87th. San Jose -- Salzwedel, Dayak, Martin, Ianni, Draguicevich, Emenalo, Baicher, Iroha, Espinoza, Bravo, Wynalda. Subs: Rodas for Bravo in 70th minute. Yellow cards: New England -- Fraser 11, Wylie 83, Keegan 84; San Jose -- Espinoza 57. Referee: Ruben Rodas. Att.: 12,871. July 31 in Washington, …
  • Men's Olympic Semifinal: Brazil vs. Nigeria starting lineups
    Here are the lineups for the Brazil-Nigeria men's semifinal match at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Ga. Brazil -- Dida, Ze Maria, Aldair, Ronaldo Guira, Roberto Carlos, Flavio Conceicao, Amaral, Juninho, Ze Elias, Bebeto, Ronaldinho. Nigeria -- Dosu, C. Babayaro, Ukechukwu, West, Obaraku, Babangida, Lawal, Okocha, Amunike, Kanu, Amokachi.
  • Contents: Soccer America August 12, 1996 Issue
    Features Americans Get All Tied Up By Mike Woitalla MacMillan Claims Golden Moment By Dean Caparaz Venturini Adds Spark to Attack By Dean Caparaz Women Shatter U.S. Records By Dean Caparaz What's Next For U.S. Fireman? By Mike Woitalla 'El Tanque' Rolls Over MLS Defenses By Scott French First-Round Heroes And Goats By Paul Kennedy Can Maisonneuve Rescue The Crew? By Craig Merz Columns SoccerTalk -- Exploring the modern soccer split By Paul Gardner Departments Up Front; Olympic …
  • Men's Semifinal Final Score: Nigeria 4 Brazil 3 (OT)
    Nwankwu Kanu scored in the third minute of overtime to give Nigeria a stunning 4-3 come-from-behind upset of Brazil in their semifinal match in Athens, Ga. Nigeria's Uche Ukechukwu hit a pass that bounced off of a Nigerian teammate's back and landed near Kanu at the top of the box. He made a nifty move to avoid Aldair, and fired a 16-yard, left-footed shot into the lower right corner of the goal. Nigeria will face Argentina in the gold-medal match at 3:45 eastern time on Saturday.
  • Men's Semifinal Update: Brazil 2 Nigeria 1 (26th minute)
    Bebeto gave Brazil a 2-1 lead with a goal in the 26th minute. Ronaldinho beat Nigerian defender West down the right wing, and took a hard, low shot from an angle about 12 yards out. Dosu got a hand on it, but Bebeto pounced on the ball as it rolled across the goalmouth, and put it into the open goal from six yards out.
  • Men's Semifinal Update: Brazil 1 Nigeria 0 (5th minute)
    Flavio Conceicao scored on a free kick in the 2nd minute to give Brazil a 1-0 lead over Nigeria. Bebeto was fouled outside the box by Amunike of Nigeria. On the free kick, Flavio Conceicao hit a low liner through a spot in the wall that a Brazilian player had vacated. The shot appeared to deflect off of a defender's foot and then past the Nigerian keeper Dosu into the net.
  • Men's Semifinal Update: Brazil 1 Nigeria 1 (20th minute)
    Nigeria equalized in the 20th minute, when C. Celestine Babayaro, attacking from his defender's position, took the ball down the left side of the box and hit a shot from a very sharp angle. The Brazilian keeper, Dida, was only able to get a hand on the ball, and Roberto Carlos, in an effort to clear it over the crossbar, knocked the ball into the top of his own net.
  • Men's Semifinal Update: Brazil 3 Nigeria 1 (37th minute)
    Brazil now leads 3-1 after Flavio Conceicao scored in the 37th minute. Roberto Carlos lofted a high cross into the penalty area that Juninho chested down for Flavio to run onto. Dosu, the Nigerian keeper came out to meet Flavio at the penalty spot, and the Brazilian knocked the ball over Dosu's head and into the goal.
  • Men's Semifinal Update: Brazil 3 Nigeria 2 (78th minute)
    Victor Ikpeba scored in the 77th minute to pull Nigeria within 3-2. Daniel Amokachi passed the ball on the ground laterally along the penalty-area line, and Ikpeba blasted a shot into the lower right corner. The Brazilian keeper had no chance.
  • Men's Semifinal Update: Brazil 3 Nigeria 1 (65th minute)
    Jay Jay Okocha missed a penalty kick in the 62nd minute, and Brazil continues to lead Nigeria 3-1. Nigeria's Daniel Amokachi was fouled inside the area by Flavio Conceicao. Okocha's spot kick was a weak one, directed slightly to the goalie's left. It was not a difficult save for Dida, who had guessed correctly.
  • Olympic Semifinal Game Summary: Nigeria 4 Brazil 3 (OT)
    July 31 in Athens, Ga. Nigeria 4 Brazil 3. Goals: own goal 20, Ikpeba 77, Kanu 90, 94; Flavio Conceicao 2, Bebeto 27, Flavio Conceicao 37. Nigeria -- Dosu, C. Babayaro, Ukechukwu, West, Obaraku (Oruma, 83), Babangida (Fatusi, 68), Lawal, Okocha, Amunike (Ikpeba, 46), Kanu, Amokachi. Brazil -- Dida, Ze Maria, Aldair, Ronaldo Guira, Roberto Carlos, Flavio Conceicao, Amaral, Juninho (Rivaldo, 67), Ze Elias, Bebeto, Ronaldinho (Savio, 85). Yellow cards: Nigeria -- Obaraku 31, Babangida 39, Lawal 53, Amokachi 87; Brazil -- Roberto Carlos 23, Rivaldo 74, Ronaldo Guira 85. Referee: Garcia-Arunda (Spain). …
  • Men's Semifinal Update: Brazil 3 Nigeria 3 (full time)
    Nigeria's Nwankwo Kanu tied the game 3-3 in the 90th minute, and the two teams are headed into sudden-death overtime in search of the "golden" goal. Daniel Amokachi misplayed a cross to him on the right wing, but he recovered possession of the ball and won a throw-in when Rivaldo cleared the ball away. Jay Jay Okocha's throw-in found Teslim Fatusi at the right corner of the area. Fatusi dribbled in and hit a weak shot that nutmegged Brazil's Ronaldo Guira and rolled through to Kanu, who had keeper Dida behind him. With his back to the goal, …
  • Paul Caligiuri's Silver XI Picks
    Soccer America Silver XI celebrity nominations GK: Antonio (Tony) Meola Comments: Played for the U.S.A. in two consecutive World Cups and became the first American goalkeeper recognized throughout the soccer world and public. Field Players: Rick Davis Comments: Great soccer ambassador Michelle Akers Comments: Elevated women's soccer internationally. A true goal scorer! Mia Hamm Comments: Most exciting and explosive woman player in the world. Marcelo Balboa Comments: First U.S. player to reach 100 caps. Pele Comments: Greatest player ever! Need more be said? Alexi Lalas Comments: …
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