• 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 remaining spots will be filled by the winner of the Municipal (Guatemala) vs. Plaza Amador (Panama) match and the winner of the Platense (Honduras) vs. Jong Colombia (Curacao) match. "This is a tremendous honor to host this tournament and an ...
  • 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 (New England Revolution), *Chad McCarty (Tampa Bay Mutiny), Eddie Pope (D.C. United). Midfielders -- John Harkes (D.C. United), Frankie Hejduk (Tampa Bay Mutiny), Chris Henderson (Colorado Rapids), Cobi Jones (Los Angeles Galaxy), Brian Maisonneuve (Columbus Crew), Preki Radosavljevic (Kansas City ...
  • 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 teams received their second Project-40 players. D.C. United (which already has Ben Olsen) received Judah Cooks of Maryland. Olathe, Kan. native Scott Vermillion was assigned to Kansas City, joining last year's Project-40 allocation, Nino DaSilva. San Jose added U-23 keeper ...
  • 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 organization." Under Dir, Dallas won the 1997 U.S. Open Cup and reached the Western Conference finals. The team has amassed a league-best 15-17 road record in his two years as coach. "The last two years with the Burn have been ...
  • 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 the reigning world champions," said U.S. coach Tony DiCicco, whose 1995 World Cup team was beaten by Norway in the semifinals. "Norway is an outstanding team with a great tradition, and they are very well-coached. It was an impressive effort ...
  • 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 of the box. He took the ball in towards the left post, beating the Swedish keeper Kihlstedt and slotting the ball home before two defenders could reach it. The U.S. had a marked advantage in possession for most of the ...
  • 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 Cromwell, Julie Foudy, Debbie Keller, Christie Pearce and Sara Whalen played in the W-League in 1997. W-1 teams will play an expanded national schedule beginning May 15, while W-2 teams will continue to play only within their region. "We have ...
  • 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, WAGS and VSYSA; Alan Maher, Massapequa Soccer Club. NSCAA Hall of Fame Dr. A. Marvin Allen Howard R. DeNike College Coaches of the Year NCAA Division I Men: Sigi Schmid, UCLA. NCAA Division II Men: Simon Tobin, Cal-State Bakersfield. NCAA ...
  • 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, Chad McCarty, Matt Napoleon and Scott Vermillion will occur next week. Ben Olsen (D.C. United) and Brian West (Columbus) have already been allocated.
  • Contents: Soccer America Feb. 2, 1998 issue
    Features 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 To Affect World Cup 2002 Columns Soccer Talk -- A young American star emerges By Paul Gardner Short Passes By Lynn Berling-Manuel Departments Up Front Gold Cup Schedule Q&A: Sigi Schmid World Cup '98 Group F Digest Men's Freshman ...
  • 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 unable to turn that advantage into a victory. "It was a tough game because both teams like to play a technical style," said U.S. midfielder Julie Foudy. "But because of the mud, it was really hard to play, and it ...
  • 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 also scored. The U.S. needed a win or a draw against host Brazil to advance to the final, but were beaten 12-2. The loss, coupled with Argentina's victory over Italy, meant the Americans had to settle for third place. Brazil ...
  • 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 against Ohio State. SA Men's All-Freshman Team Chris Albright (Virginia) midfielder Third-leading scorer for Cavs with 11 goals Carlos Bocanegra (UCLA) defender Maturity and composure helped Bruins win title Ali Curtis (Duke) forward Shined in star-studded Atlantic Coast Conference Matt ...
  • 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 Women's All-Freshman Team Jennifer Carlson (Connecticut) forward Set school record with 24 goals in a season Claire Elliott (Texas A&M) defender Sweeper marshaled D that allowed just 17 goals Meotis Erikson (Notre Dame) forward 9-game goal streak in banner year ...
  • 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 the type of player that will excite the fans at Arrowhead with his play, and make life miserable for our opponents." Rideout, 33, has played professionally since the age of 16, when he made his debut for Swindon Town. He ...
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