Group F and the USA's Chances of Advancing TOM (email@example.com) Honestly, I do not know whether to cheer or cry over the draw. Iran, on paper, is a somewhat easy task; however, we all know that they will be gunning for us with all their might. The Germany game does not scare me, simply due to the fact that we all knew we would face one impossible task. That leaves Yugoslavia. This, obviously is the "must" game. Should we win this one, I think our chances of reaching the second round are fair. ROBERT (firstname.lastname@example.org) Well, barring any upsets that …
Former U.S. national team coach Bora Milutinovic, recently fired by Mexico despite guiding them to the 1998 World Cup, has been named the new coach of Nigeria. Milutinovic, 53, will become the first person to coach four different teams in the World Cup. He previously led Mexico (1986), Costa Rica (1990) and the USA (1994). All three teams advanced to the second round, and Mexico reached the 1986 quarterfinals before falling to West Germany on penalties. He replaces Frenchman Phillipe Troussier, who was let go in September after guiding the Super Eagles to a World Cup berth.
The following is the schedule for the twelve MLS games that will be aired live on ABC in 1998: Note: the April 25 San Jose- MetroStars game will be aired on a four-hour time delay to the Pacific time zone; all other games will be aired live to the entire country. Date Matchup Time Sunday, March 15 D.C. United at Miami 4:00 p.m. ET Saturday, April 11 Los Angeles at MetroStars 3:00 p.m. ET Saturday, April 18 D.C. United at New England 3:00 p.m. ET Saturday, April 25 San Jose at MetroStars 2:00 p.m. ET/3:00 p.m. PT …
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Plans for a U.S. women's pro league next year were scrapped when backers of the National Soccer Alliance pulled out. Most of the U.S. national team players had hoped to play in the new league. The NSA had plans to play in eight cities, commitments from most of the country's top players and even a logo, but it lacked one critical element: the endorsement of U.S. Soccer. Opposition within U.S. Soccer ranks successfully stonewalled during the approval process, leaving investors with little alternative but to withdraw plans to finance the league. Many within U.S. Soccer's leadership do not want a …
Dec. 17 in Riyadh Czech Republic 6 UAE 1. Goals: Own goal 11, Nedved 22, 42, Smicer 31, 68, 71; Altalyani 78. Czech Rep. -- Srnicek, Hornak (Lasota, 65), Svoboda, Rada, Vlcek, Nemec, Nedved, Bejbl, Siegl (Lokvenc, 82), Kuka, Smicer (Ulich, 75). UAE -- Faraj, Mubarak, Rashed, Bakhit, A.Ahmed (Abdulla, 59), Altalyani, Salem (Aljunaibi, 46), Ali, H.Ahmed, Gholam, Obaid (Saad, 46). Att.: 5,000. Uruguay 4 South Africa 3. Goals: Silva 12, 66, Recoba 42, Callejas 90; Radebe 11, Mkhalele 70, Ndlanya 77. Uruguay -- Nicola, Lopez (De Los Santos, 68), Hernandez, Diaz, Pelegrin, Coelho (Garcia, 78), Rivas, Pacheco (Vespa, 78), …
- Bayer Leverkusen (Germany) vs. Real Madrid (Spain)
- Juventus (Italy) vs. Dynamo Kiev (Ukraine)
- Bayern Munich (Germany) vs. Borussia Dortmund (Germany)
- Monaco (France) vs. Manchester United (England)
(Matches to be played over two legs March 4 and 18; first team hosts first leg.) Cup Winners Cup
- Roda JC Kerkrade (Netherlands) vs. Vicenza (Italy)
- Slavia Prague (Czech Republic) vs. VfB Stuttgart (Germany)
- AEK Athens (Greece) vs. Lokomotiv Moscow (Russia)
- Real Betis (Spain) vs. Chelsea (England)
(Matches to be played over two legs March 5 and 19; first team hosts first leg.) UEFA Cup
Dec. 16 in Lakeland, Fla. Tampa Bay (MLS) 1 IFK Gothenburg (Sweden) 2. Goals: Shannon (Hejduk) 29; P.Andersson (Magnusson) 8, Par Karlsson 60. Tampa Bay -- Busch, Frye, Yallop, Toste, Duhaney, Hejduk, Vasquez, Ralston, Hunjak, Shannon, Bell. Subs: Ravelli, Ziober, Gutierrez, McKnight, Graf. IFK Gothenburg -- Ravelli, Petras, Johansson, Magnusson, Lucic, Lundstrom, Patrik Karlsson, P.Andersson, Par Karlsson, R.Anderson, Nilsson. Subs: Jurelon, Svensson, Hoglund. Att.: 1,200. Note: Thomas Ravelli played the first half in goal for Gothenburg, then switched jerseys and played for Tampa Bay in the second half.
Dec. 16 in Riyadh Saudi Arabia 1 Australia 0. Goal: Al-Khilaiwi 40. Saudi Arabia -- Al-Deayea, Al-Dossari, Al-Khilaiwi, Zubromawi, Sulimani, Al-Harbi, Owairan (Al-Zahrani, 89), Al-Mowallid (Al-Temawim, 76), K.Al-Dossary, Al-Jaber, Mehalel (O.Al-Dossary, 67). Australia -- Bosnich, Horvat, Lazaridis, Ivanovic, Tobin, Zelic, Slater, Foster, Skoko (A.Vidmar, 74), Mori (Viduka, 66), Aloisi (Kewell, 66). Att.: 30,000. Brazil 3 Mexico 2. Goals: Romario (pen.) 41, Denilson 58, Junior Baiano 66; Blanco 52, Ramirez 90. Brazil -- Dida (Rogerio, 82), Aldair, Junior Baiano, Roberto Carlos, Ze Maria, Dunga, Flavio Conceicao, Denilson, Juninho, Ronaldo (Bebeto, 46), Romario. Mexico -- Perez, Suarez, Gabriel (Garcia, 61), Davino, Pardo, …
Here are the 1998 home opener dates for the 12 MLS teams, announced today by commissioner Doug Logan. The remainder of the 1998 MLS schedule will be unveiled in January. Date Matchup Kickoff (ET) Sunday, March 15 D.C. United at Miami 4:00 p.m. (ABC) Saturday, March 21 Columbus at Tampa Bay 7:00 p.m. Saturday, March 21 Kansas City at D.C. United 8:00 p.m. (ESPN2) Saturday, March 21 Colorado at Dallas 8:30 p.m. Saturday, March 21 San Jose at Los Angeles 10:00 p.m. Saturday, March 28 Colorado at San Jose 10:30 p.m. Saturday, April 4 D.C. United at …
The Chicago Fire inked its first international star when it signed veteran Polish midfielder Peter Nowak from German club 1860 Munich in a transfer deal valued at one million marks ($560,000). Nowak, 33, has had more than 100 appearances in the Bundesliga for 1860 Munich, Kaiserslautern and Dynamo Dresden. He also played in Turkey and Switzerland after leaving Poland. He is expected to be the Fire's playmaker. He helped 1860 Munich finish seventh in the Bundesliga in 1996-97 and earn a berth in the UEFA Cup. "We felt our first international player needed to be a starting point for building …
Dec. 15 in Riyadh UAE 1 South Africa 0. Goal: Mubarak 1. UAE -- Mosabbah, Mubarak, Rashid, A.Ahmed, Obaid, Bakhit, Ali (Juma, 67), H.Ahmed, Al Talyani (Khamis, 67), Gholam (Munther, n/a), Salim. South Africa -- Arendse, Motaung, Jackson (Naythi, 46), Fish, Tovey, Moeti (Ndlanya, 83), Ngobe, Moshoeu, Mkhalele, Augustine (Williams, 59), Masinga. Att.: 5,000. Uruguay 2 Czech Republic 1. Goals: Olivera 25, Zalayeta 87; Siegl 89. Uruguay -- Flores, Lopez, Montero, Mendez, De Los Santos, Adinolfi, Garcia, Vespa (Hernandez, 86), Silva (Callejas, 76), Zalayeta, Olivera (Recoba, 65). Czech Rep. -- Srnicek, Hornak (Kozel, 68), Svoboda, Rada, Vlcek, Lasota (Frydek, 46), …
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Championship Dec. 14 in Guangdong China 2 (Liu Ailing 48, 59) North Korea 0. Half: 0-0. Att.: n/a. Third-Place Match Dec. 14 in Guangdong Japan 2 (Sawa 27, 38) Chinese Taipei 0. Half: 2-0. Att.: n/a. China, North Korea and Japan qualify for 1999 Women's World Cup.
John Nance Rochester, MI Why didn't Notre Dame use their man-marker Kate Sobrero on UConn's Sara Whalen in their women's semifinal game? She was UConn's only threat. It certainly looked as if all-American defenders Grubb and Sobrero and especially keeper Beene (maybe never tested) were overrated. Dean Caparaz: Thanks for the question. I don't know why Notre Dame coach Chris Petrucelli did not use Kate Sobrero to man-mark Connecticut's Sara Whalen. (By the way, UConn's Naomi Stone, a speedster in her own right, also caused the Irish problems.) At times Sobrero and Grubb ended …