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Dallas Burn to Host CONCACAF Cup Winners Cup

The Dallas Burn will host the 1998 CONCACAF Cup Winners Cup tournament at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas on March 4, 6 and 8. The six-team tournament, which will consist of three doubleheaders, will feature the Burn, defending champion Necaxa, 1997 Mexican Cup champion Cruz Azul and Olimpia of Honduras, which defeated Belen of Costa Rica last weekend. The two ...

U.S. Soccer: Roster for CONCACAF Gold Cup

Steve Sampson has named the following players to the 22-man roster for the 1998 CONCACAF Gold Cup: Goalkeepers -- Brad Friedel (Liverpool, England), Juergen Sommer (Queens Park Rangers, England). Defenders -- Jeff Agoos (D.C. United), Marcelo Balboa (Colorado Rapids), Gregg Berhalter (Sparta Rotterdam, Netherlands), Mike Burns (New England Revolution), Thomas Dooley (Columbus Crew), *Brian Dunseth (New England Revolution), Alexi Lalas ...

MLS: Project-40 Players Assigned

The seven players who recently signed with Project-40 have now been assigned to MLS teams, league deputy commissioner Sunil Gulati announced Jan. 26. Expansion teams Chicago and Miami each received their first Project-40 player, with former South Carolina striker Josh Wolff joining the Fire and former Columbia keeper Matt Napoleon heading south to become a member of the Fusion. Four ...

MLS: News and Notes (Jan. 26)

Dir Signs Two-Year Contract Dallas' Dave Dir has signed a two-year contract to continue as head coach of the Burn. "Dave has done an outstanding job in our first two years," said Burn GM Billy Hicks. "His commitment and dedication to the Burn and his genuine love for the game and his players have been a huge plus for our ...

U.S. Women Blank Norway 3-0, Win Guangzhou Tourney

Behind goals from Tisha Venturini, Mia Hamm and Cindy Parlow, the U.S. women's national team defeated archrival Norway 3-0 Jan. 24 to win the 1998 Guangzhou International Women's Tournament in China. The victory took place in the Tianhe Stadium, site of the USA's victory over Norway in the final of the 1991 Women's World Cup. "It's always satisfying to beat ...

U.S. Downs Sweden 1-0 In Friendly

In its first match in preparation for the 1998 World Cup, the United States defeated Sweden 1-0 in a friendly match Jan. 24 in Orlando, Fla. 33-year-old forward Roy Wegerle scored the U.S. goal in the second minute of play. Joe-Max Moore made a fine flick over Swedish defender Johan Mjaellby and Wegerle ran onto the ball at the top ...

USISL: Elite Division of W-League Created

The USISL has created a 15-team elite division of the W-League that will begin play in 1998. W-League teams promoted to the W-1 Division will adhere to the same minimum standards of the USISL's Men's D3 Pro League. In addition, each W-1 team will be required to employ at least one national team or national team-caliber player. Brandi Chastain, Amanda ...

1997 NSCAA Awards

The following awards were presented at the NSCAA Convention in Cincinnati:

Honor Award

Jerry Yeagley, Indiana University

Bill Jeffrey Award

Mel Lorback, West Chester University

Long-Term Achievement Awards

High School: Robert Sims, The Westminster Schools (Ga.). Youth: Dr. Robert Contiguglia, United States Youth Soccer Association.

Letters of Commendation

Ron Broadbent, NSCAA; U.S. men's national team; Horst Richardson, NSCAA; Adele Dolansky, ...


MLS: Cooks, Wolff Sign With Project-40

Two more college players have signed with Project-40. South Carolina forward Josh Wolff, who competed for the U.S. at both the U-20 World Championship and the World University Games, and Maryland midfielder Judah Cooks have both given up their remaining collegiate eligibility. MLS has said that an announcement about the allocation of Wolff, Cooks and fellow Project-40 signees Andy Kirk, ...

Contents: Soccer America Feb. 2, 1998 issue


The Gold Cup's Colorful History By Duncan Irving Q&A: Tony Meola -- Back In The Fold Interview by Ridge Mahoney Q&A: Tim Hankinson -- MLS Prepares For Drafts Interview by Duncan Irving Zenga Says 'Arrivederci' To New England By Frank Dell'Apa Norway Practices Long-Ball Magic In England Jerry Yeagley Wins NSCAA Honors Award Speech by Cliff McCrath Ecomonic Woes ...


U.S. Women, China Tie 0-0

The U.S. women's national team played to a 0-0 tie with host China at the Guangzhou International Tournament on Jan. 21. It was the first meeting between the two countries since the USA's victory in the 1996 Olympic gold-medal match. In a game that was played during steady rainfall on a muddy field, the Americans outshot China 15-5, but were ...

U.S. Futsal Team Takes Third in Mundialito Tourney

The U.S. national futsal team placed third at the Mundialito tournament in Brazil. After opening with a win and a draw, the U.S. rallied from a 4-2 deficit to upend Belgium 5-4. St. Louis Ambush forward Mark Moser had a hat trick, including the gamewinning goal on a penalty kick with two seconds to play. Rusty Troy and Franklin McIntosh ...

College: 1997 Soccer America All-Freshman Team

SA Men's Freshman Player of the Year

Nick Garcia (Indiana) Garcia stepped in as a freshman to sweep for the Hoosiers, who went all the way to the NCAA semifinals before losing. His play at the back enabled the Hoosiers' marquee players to do their thing in attack. Scored the only goal in the final of the Big Ten tournament ...


College: 1997 SA Women's All-Freshman Team

SA Women's Freshman Player of the Year

Anne Makinen (Notre Dame) Notre Dame's Finnish international splashed onto the college scene, bringing a wealth of experience to a team already brimming with talent. The playmaking midfielder exploded for a hat trick to beat Connecticut in the Big East final and had four goals and three assists in the NCAA tournament.

SA ...

MLS: Wizards Receive English Veteran Rideout as Discovery Player

The Kansas City Wizards have acquired former Premier League forward Paul Rideout as a discovery player from Major League Soccer. He arrived in Kansas City Jan. 19 and joined the Wizards pre-season training today. "Paul is going to bring a number of things to our team," said Wizards GM Doug Newman. "In addition to being a seasoned pro, he is ...