• MLS: Quotes from March 23 media teleconference
    The following are quotes from the March 23 MLS media teleconference that featured MLS commissioner Doug Logan, MLS executive vice-president Ivan Gazidis, Chicago coach Bob Bradley and Kansas City coach Ron Newman. Doug Logan Opening Remarks "We're generally pleased with our First Kick '99 ... The average attendance of 16,000-plus was good ... We're also pleased with the quality of play and the number of goals scored [21 in five games for a 4.2 average] ... We ran into a couple of refereeing controversies, including a blown offside call in the MetroStars/Miami contest ... When we spot those types of ...
  • MLS: Game Summaries (March 20)
    TAMPA BAY 2 D.C. UNITED 5 March 20 in Tampa Att.: 16,872. Goals Tampa Bay: Gottardi (Ralston, Kinnear) 67, Gottardi (Quill, Jara) 88; D.C. United: Llamosa (Etcheverry) 50, Moreno (Olsen, Lassiter) 54, Lassiter (Olsen, Etcheverry) 66, Williams (Kamler) 81, Lassiter (Williams) 86. SA Report Card Tampa Bay: Garlick 5, R.T.Moore 4, Eriksson 5, McCarty 5 (Jara, 67th, 6), George 4, Kinnear 6, Dougherty 4 (Kirk, 63rd, 5), Ramos 4, (Quill, 82nd, NR), Ralston 5, Gottardi 7, Sequeira 5 (Shannon, 68th, 5). D.C. United: Presthus 5, Sonora 5, Llamosa 6 (Talley, 83rd, NR), Pope 6, Agoos 5, Etcheverry 7, Williams 6, ...
  • International: UNCAF Nations Cup first-round results (March 17-21)
    Here is a look at the results from the first round of play in the 1999 UNCAF Nations Cup, which is taking place in San Jose, Costa Rica. Group 1 March 17 in San Jose Costa Rica 7 (Wanchope 3, Fonseca 18, 72, Ledesma 27, 31, Soto 55, Drummond 78) Belize 0. Half: 4-0. Att.: 20,000. March 19 in San Jose Honduras 5 (Caballero 13, Nunez 35, Guevara 65, Ramirez 80, Benguche 86) Belize 1 (Garcia 12). Half: 2-1. Att.: n/a. March 21 in San Jose Costa Rica 0 Honduras 1 (Pavon 13). Half: 0-1. Att.: 22,000. FINAL STANDINGS
  • U.S. Women: China beats USA to win Algarve Cup
    The U.S. women's national team allowed a goal against the run of play in the middle of the second half, but could not produce an equalizer despite dominating the flow of the game, and fell to China, 2-1, in the championship match of Algarve Cup. The USA has now competed in five Algarve Cups without taking home the title. "It's definitely frustrating to not win this tournament again," said U.S. captain Carla Overbeck, who played despite a strained neck suffered in the USA's victory over Norway in the final match of group play. "We hate to lose any match, but ...
  • MLS: Results and Standings (March 20)
    Results March 20 Tampa Bay 2 D.C. United 5 Miami 2 MetroStars 3 (SO) Dallas 4 Kansas City 0 Los Angeles 2 Colorado 1 (SO) San Jose 1 Chicago 3 Standings EASTERN GP W L P GF GA D.C. United 1 1 0 3 5 2 MetroStars 1 1 0 1 2 2 Columbus 0 0 0 0 0 0 New England 0 0 0 0 0 0 Miami 1 0 1 0 2 2 Tampa Bay 1 0 1 0 2 5 Shootout records: MetroStars 1-0; Miami 0-1. ...
  • Olympics: U-23s to face Brazil, Canada
    With the final round of CONCACAF qualifying for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games approximately one year away, the U.S. U-23 national team will resume its preparations by playing matches against Brazil on April 7 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and regional rival Canada on May 19 in Charleston, S.C. The USA-Canada match will be played at Blackbaud Stadium, the new 5,100-seat soccer-specific stadium constructed by the A-League's Charleston Battery. The Battery, who are hosting U.S. Soccer at the match, are set to open the new facility this season. "We're very excited about welcoming the U.S. national team to Charleston," said Buckley ...
  • PAUL KENNEDY: Another Mexican market
    Some things never change. Mexico maintained its superiority over the United States by winning its fifth international tournament on American soil in the last four years (U.S. Cup '96, '97, '99 and Gold Cup '96 and '98). And once again, Mexico had a decided home-field advantage. The only difference was that this USA-Mexico showdown took place in San Diego (Qualcomm Stadium, affectionately known as the Murph by locals), not Los Angeles (Coliseum or Rose Bowl). While San Diego has produced a number of good American players -- beginning with Jeff Duback in the early '80s and continuing in recent years ...
  • International: European Cup semifinal draws
    EUROPEAN CHAMPIONS CUP Manchester United (England) vs. Juventus (Italy) Dynamo Kiev (Ukraine) vs. Bayern Munich (Germany) (Matches to be played over two legs April 7 and 21; first team hosts first leg.) EUROPEAN CUP WINNERS CUP Chelsea (England) vs. Mallorca (Spain) Lokomotiv Moscow (Russia) vs. Lazio (Italy) (Matches to be played over two legs April 8 and 22; first team hosts first leg.) UEFA CUP Atletico Madrid (Spain) vs. Parma (Italy) Olympique Marseille (France) vs. Bologna (Italy) (Matches to be played over two legs April 6 and 20; first team hosts first leg.)
  • MLS: San Jose receives Costa Rican defender Mauricio Wright
    The San Jose Clash have made another significant roster addition, adding Costa Rican international Mauricio Wright. "Mauricio Wright is one of the best central defenders in Central America, and he's right at the peak of his career," said Clash GM Lynne Meterparel. "Adding him to our back line improves our defense." Wright, 28, has played 50 times for his country, representing the Ticos at the 1997 Copa America, the 1998 Gold Cup and 1998 World Cup qualifying. "I've been trying to get Mauricio Wright for over a year, since we saw him play for Costa Rica in Oakland last year ...
  • MLS: 1999 Western Conference Preview
    There's no sense in expecting something new, something different from the Western Conference in 1999. Chicago and L.A., L.A. and Chicago -- no matter which way you look at it, the West remains the province of its two finest practitioners. Possessing alternate philosophies, embodying the personalities of their coaches -- Chicago's Bob Bradley and Los Angeles' Octavio Zambrano -- the structured, blue-collar Fire and glittery, freewheeling Galaxy blossomed into Major League Soccer's most intense rivalry in 1998. The climax: Chicago's thrilling sweep of the conference finals, with wins on an 86th-minute goal and in a shootout. The Fire, which has ...
  • MLS: News briefs (March 19)
    AJAX, BENFICA, PANATHINAIKOS AT 1999 GOTHAM CUP European soccer powers Ajax Amsterdam, Benfica of Portugal and Panathinaikos of Greece will all compete in the inaugural Gotham Cup, to be hosted by the MetroStars at Giants Stadium July 23 and 25. A fourth club will be added in the near future. "Ajax, Benfica and Panathinaikos are some of the biggest names in world soccer history," said MetroStars GM Charlie Stillitano. "The [Gotham] Cup will be similar to the Parmalat Cup we put together in the summer of 1995, with the four teams competing for the trophy in a total points tournament." ...
  • Youth National Teams: U-17s rally but fall to D.C. United 3-2
    The U.S. U-17 national team fell 3-2 to D.C. United of MLS in a March 17 friendly in Bradenton, Fla. Eddie Pope, Jaime Moreno and rookie David Hayes scored to give the defending MLS Eastern Conference champions a 3-0 lead, but the U-17s rallied for a pair of late goals from Landon Donovan and Jordan Cila. Kyle Beckerman set up both U-17 goals. The U-17s next head to Dallas on March 27 to participate in the 1999 Dallas Cup. The USA will play in Group D of the Under-19 Super Group featuring teams from Germany, Brazil and Mexico. The Americans ...
  • International: European Cup Winners Cup results (March 18)
    Quarterfinals, Second Leg March 18 in Haifa Maccabi Haifa (Israel) 0 Lokomotiv Moscow (Russia) 1. Goal: Chugainov (pen.) 72. M. Haifa -- Davidovich, A.Harazi, Benado, Kesei, Kopel, Nagar (Duro, 73), Benayoun, Janno, R.Harazi (Katan, 32), Patcha (Hromatko, 62), Brzeczek. Lok. Moscow -- Nigmatullin, Arifullin, Drozdov, Maminov, Lavrik, Chugainov, Smertin, Gurenko, Dzhanashia, Loskov (Kharlatchev, 46), Bulykin (Borochliouk, 60). Att.: 16,000. (Lok. Moscow wins 4-0 on aggregate.) March 18 in Mallorca Mallorca (Spain) 3 Varteks Varazdin (Croatia) 1. Goals: Ibagaza 53, Paunovic 55, Dani 75; Balajic 88. Mallorca -- Roa, M.Soler, Siviero, Marcelino, Olaizola, Ibagaza ("Chichi" Soler, 73), Engonga, Lauren, Biagini (Luque, ...
  • MLS: Gulati to be league consultant; Fire's Kosecki suspended
    The Commissioner of Major League Soccer, Douglas G. Logan, and former MLS Deputy Commissioner, Sunil Gulati, have concluded an agreement under which Mr. Gulati will provide consulting services to Major League Soccer relating to player, team and game-related matters of a national and international scope. Details of the consulting agreement were not disclosed. Chicago's Kosecki suspended for three games Major League Soccer's Disciplinary Committee has suspended Chicago Fire forward Roman Kosecki for Saturday's season opener at San Jose and the Fire's subsequent two games. Kosecki also will be fined for his abusive behavior toward a referee during the Fire's 1-0 ...
  • U.S. Women: Foudy, Lilly rally USA to 2-1 win over Norway
    The U.S. women's national team gave up a goal just 11 minutes into the match, but stormed back to tie the game one minute later on a goal by Julie Foudy, and then got a winning goal from Kristine Lilly in the second half to defeat arch-rival Norway, 2-1. The win clinched Group A for the USA and a berth in the championship game of the Algarve Cup, only the second time in five trips to the tournament that the Americans have made the final. A tie would have sent Norway to the championship game. The USA, which has come ...
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