• CISL folds
    The Continental Indoor Soccer League announced today that it has ceased operations following the departures of Dallas, Portland and Houston at the end of the 97 season. However, the franchises live on.รก Portland and Dallas have joined the newly-formed Premier Soccer Alliance. - - - - - - - -The official press release follows:LOS ANGELES (December 23, 1997)---The Continental Indoor Soccer League (CISL) announced today that it will cease operations effective immediately. The announcement of the five-year-old league's termination was made by CISL Commissioner/Founder Ron Weinstein.The CISL's roster of teams included the Anaheim Splash, Arizona Sandsharks, Detroit Safari, Indiana Twisters, ...
  • SA Online Holiday Break: Dec. 23-Jan. 4
    Soccer America is taking it's annual two-week publishing break over the holidays, so we won't be posting any new items until Jan. 5, 1998. Season's greetings from all of us at SA.
  • U.S. World Cup training camp roster
    Steve Sampson has called in the following players for the U.S. national team training camp Jan. 5-28 in Orlando, Fla. Goalkeepers -- Mark Dodd (Dallas Burn), Brad Friedel (Liverpool, England). Defenders -- Jeff Agoos (D.C. United), Marcelo Balboa (Colorado Rapids), Gregg Berhalter (Sparta Rotterdam, Netherlands), Mike Burns (New England Revolution), Paul Caligiuri (Los Angeles Galaxy), Ted Chronopoulos (New England Revolution), Thomas Dooley (Columbus Crew), Mike Duhaney (Tampa Bay Mutiny), Alexi Lalas (New England Revolution), Mike Lapper (Columbus Crew), Eddie Pope (D.C. United), Greg Vanney (Los Angeles Galaxy), Peter Vermes (Colorado Rapids). Midfielders -- Mark Chung (Kansas City Wizards), John Harkes ...
  • 1997 NSCAA/Umbro Boys Youth all-Americas
    Here are the 1997 Boys Youth all-Americas, compiled by NSCAA coaches from around the country: Dan Califf (Orange, Calif.) Nick Downing (Redmond, Wash.) Luis Gonzalez (Miami, Fla.) Alberto Gutierrez (Chino Hills, Calif.) Bryheem Hancock (Newcastle, Del.) Beckett Hollenbach (Havertown, Pa.) Gus Kartes (Tarpon Springs, Fla.) Marshall Leonard (Midland, Ga.) Mathew Monsibais (Bakersfield, Calif.) Brian Purcell (Barrington, R.I.) Brad Rupsis (Bradenton, Fla.) Kyle Singer (Plymouth, Minn.) Aaron Thomas (Downingtown, Pa.) Steven Totten (Allentown, N.J.) Taylor Twellman (Chesterfield, Mo.) Fausto Villegas (Half Moon Bay, Calif.) Kevin Wilson (Upland, Calif.) Nozomu Yamauchi (Chapel Hill, N.C.).
  • 1997 NSCAA/Umbro Girls Youth all-Americas
    Here are the 1997 Girls Youth all-Americas, compiled by NSCAA coaches around the country: Pardis Ariazand (Salt Lake City, Utah) Danielle Borgman (Cincinnati, Ohio) Susan Bush (Houston, Texas) Tara Comfort (Carrollton, Texas) Leslie Gaston (Montgomery, Ala.) Anna Kraus (Mountain View, Calif.) Lori Lindsey (Indianapolis, Ind.) Samantha Meyers (Frederick, Md.) Mary Monroe (East Northport, N.Y.) Caroline Putz (Bountiful, Utah) Anne Remy (Norman, Okla.) Kelly Rheem (Littleton, Colo.) Michelle Royal (Arlington, Texas) Danielle Slaton (San Jose, Calif.) Hope Solo (Richland, WVa.) Abby Wambach (Pittsford, N.Y.) Alyson Wagner (San Jose, Calif.) Elizabeth Wagner (Spring, Texas) Kelly Wordan (Spring, Texas).
  • FIFA Confederations Cup Final: Brazil 6 Australia 0
    Championship Dec. 21 in Riyadh Brazil 6 Australia 0. Goals: Ronaldo 15, 28, 59, Romario 38, 53, (pen.) 75. Brazil -- Dida, Cafu, Aldair, Roberto Carlos, Junior Baiano, Dunga, Cesar Sampaio, Denilson, Juninho, Ronaldo, Romario. Australia -- Bosnich, Horvat (Bingley, 56), Lazaridis, Ivanovic, Tobin, A.Vidmar (Aloisi, 30), T.Vidmar (Muscat, 30), Foster, Kewell, Viduka. Att.: 65,000. Third-Place Match Dec. 21 in Riyadh Czech Republic 1 Uruguay 0. Goal: Lasota 63. Czech Rep. -- Srnicek, Lokvenc (Hornak, 87), Svoboda, Rada, Vlcek, Fukal, Nemec, Nedved, Bejbl (Lasota, 58), Kuka, Smicer (Poborsky, 77). Uruguay -- Flores, Lopez (Hernandez, 68), Montero, Mendez, De Los Santos ...
  • 1997 NSCAA/Umbro Boys High School all-Americas
    Goalkeepers -- John Politis (Herricks, N.Y.), Ryan Sickman (Hudson, Ohio). Defenders -- Brad Devilbiss (Carmel, Ind.), Nick Downing (Eastlake, Wash.), Blair Engel (Fayetville Manlius, N.Y.), Joe Hammes (Marquette U., Wisc.), Dana Kurttila (Stillwater Area, Minn.), Nelson Martelle (Burlington, Vt.), Greg Stunzenas (Marshfield, Mass.), Sanjee Weliwitigoda (Bullis School, Md.). Midfielders -- John Andrade (East Providence, R.I.), Brian Bergeron (Groton-Dunstable, Mass.), Zachary Bland (Wheaton North, Ill.), Daniel Brienza (Sachem, N.Y.), Robby Carson (John Stark, N.H.), Jon Cole (McDonogh, Md.), Chad Deshler (Shawnee Mission South, Kan.), Matthew Duntsch (Arapahoe, Colo.), Sam Glasson (North Branford, Conn.), Mike Godwin (Mt. Lebanon, Pa.), Jeff Hendrix (Irmo, ...
  • 1997 NPSL Amateur Draft
    The following are the results of the 1997 NPSL Amateur Draft Montreal Impact -- (Territorial Round) Sandro Grande (Vanier), (3) Jim Larkin (Va. Commonwealth), (4) Joe Mattacchione (UAB). Philadelphia Kixx -- (Territorial) Cesidio Colasante (LaSalle), (1) Jason Cairns (Coll. of New Jersey), (2) Tom McLaughlin (Harvard), (3) Scott Pearson (American), (4) Ian Checcio (Rutgers). Baltimore Spirit -- (Territorial) Eric West (Johns Hopkins), (1) David Hesch (Rowan), (1) Kevin Ridpath (Rowan), (2) Ian Wildey (Towson State), (3) Rich Eger (Keane), (4) Justin Abbey (Rowan). Detroit Rockers -- (Territorial) Tino Scicluna (Butler), (1) Chris Klein (Indiana), (2) Paul Zgalish (USC-Spartanburg), (3) Caleb ...
  • 1997 NSCAA/Umbro Girls High School all-Americas
    Goalkeepers -- Katie Carson (Chagrin Falls, Ohio), Kristin DePlatchett (Harbor Creek, Pa.). Defenders -- Jamie Anderson (Clear Creek, Texas), Lauren Bishar (Garden City, N.Y.), Meghan Chismark (Houston, Tenn.), Betsy Dopps (Westerville North, Ohio), Meghan Galbreath (Essex, Vt.), Lindsay Slomer (Springdale Pa.). Midfielders -- Angeline Alexakos (Manchester, N.H.), Candance Bribiesca (Wichita Northwest, Kan.), Katie Brothers (Shepherd Hills, Mass.), Loren Cerami (Erie McDowell, Pa.), Leigh Clark (Collegiate, Ky.), Stefanie Hosni (Catholic Memorial, Wisc.), Stacey Hunt (Sprayberry, Ga.), Sandra Kayulu (Winchester, Mass.), Jena Kluegel (Mahtomedi, Minn.), Kelly Kolodczak (A. I. DuPont, Del.), Susan Kraeger (Visitation Academy, Mo.), Bonnie McAuliffe (Green Mountain, Colo.), Kase ...
  • U.S. Youth Soccer Girls Youth National Team Pools
    The following players were selected to the U.S. Youth Soccer Girls Olympic Development Program National Pool. Selections were made in the 1980, 1981 and 1982 age groups at the interregional event held Nov. 26-30 in Bradenton, Fla. Selections were made by the USSF National Teams Staff. 1980 Girls ODP National Team Pool Meghan Anderson (Omaha), Pardis Ariazan (Salt Lake City), Krista Boling (San Jose), Susan Bush (Houston), Danielle Borgman (Cincinnati), Tara Comfort (Carrollton, Texas), Leslie Gaston (Montgomery, Ala.), Laura Gaworecki (Houston), Devvyn Hawkins (Olympia, Wash.), Anna Kraus (Mountain View, Calif.), Lori Lindsey (Indianapolis), Samantha Meyers (Fredrick, Md.), Mary Monroe (East ...
  • U.S. Youth Soccer Boys Youth National Team Pools
    The following players were selected to the U.S. Youth Soccer Girls Olympic Development Program National Pool. Selections were made by the USSF national teams staff at the interregional event held Nov. 26-30 in Bradenton, Fla. 1980 Boys ODP National Team Pool Aaron Biddle (Bordentown, N.J.), John Bradford (Winston-Salem, N.C.), Chris Carrieri (Stafford, Va.), Jonathan Cole (Pasadena, Md.), Nicholas DeGraw (Clinton Township, Md.), Chris Fehrle (Hatboro, Pa.), Ryan Futagaki (Fountain Valley, Calif.), John Hemphill (Asheville, N.C.), Marshall Leonard (Midland, Ga.), Mike Nugent (Cranbury, N.J.), Mike Piserchio (Littleton, Colo.), Kevin Sakuda (Fremont, Calif.), Timothy Santori (St. Louis, Mo.), Kyle Singer (Plymouth, Minn.), ...
  • Friedel Gets Work Permit
    U.S. keeper Brad Friedel's transfer to Liverpool appears to be set. The English Premier League club had filed an appeal with the Department of Employment, and received word Dec. 19 that Friedel would be granted a work permit. Friedel, who spent last season with the Columbus Crew of MLS, has had four previous applications for a work permit denied because the Department wasn't convinced of his international standing. With over 50 caps for the USA and appearances in seven World Cup Qualifying matches, Friedel appears to have proved himself at last. All that remains, apparently, is for Liverpool to receive ...
  • FIFA Confederations Cup Semifinal Results
    Dec. 19 in Riyadh Brazil 2 Czech Republic 0. Goals: Romario 54, Ronaldo 83. Brazil -- Dida, Cafu, Aldair, Roberto Carlos, Junior Baiano (Goncalves, 70), Dunga, Flavio Conceicao, Leonardo (Denilson, 46), Juninho, Ronaldo, Romario. Czech Rep. -- Srnicek, Hornak (Poborsky, 80), Svoboda, Rada, Vlcek, Lasota, Nemec, Nedved (Ulich, 73), Bejbl, Kuka, Smicer. Att.: 28,000. Australia 1 Uruguay 0 (OT). Goal: Kewell 92. Australia -- Bosnich, Muscat, Lazaridis, Ivanovic, Tobin, Zelic, T.Vidmar, A.Vidmar (Skoko, 82), Foster, Viduka, Kewell. Uruguay -- Flores, Lopez, Montero, Mendez, De Los Santos, Adinolfi, Garcia, Vespa, Zalayeta, Olivera, Recoba (Silva, 81). Att.: 22,000. Third-Place Match Dec. 21 ...
  • U.S. to face Sweden Jan. 24 in Orlando
    The U.S. Men's national team will host Sweden Jan. 24 at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla., U.S. Soccer announced Dec. 18. The match will be the U.S. team's first of the year in preparation for World Cup '98 and will be shown live on ESPN2 (2:00 p.m., ET). Sweden will be making its first appearance in the U.S. since the 1994 World Cup. It failed to qualify for France '98. The game is being presented in conjunction with Florida Citrus Sports, a non-profit organization that benefits charities and educational institutions. Tickets ($12-$20) can be purchased by through Ticketmaster at ...
  • Parlow, Torres win MAC Awards
    North Carolina's Cindy Parlow and Creighton's Johnny Torres were named the winners of the Missouri Athletic Club (MAC) Player of the Year award The winners will be honored at a dinner Jan. 9, 1998 at the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis. Former MAC award winner and current U.S. international Alexi Lalas will be the featured speaker. Proceeds from the awards dinner go to amateur athletic programs throughout the country. Here are the top five finishers in the MAC Player of the Year voting (3 points were awarded for a first-place vote, 2 for a second-place vote, and 1 for ...