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Q&A with the SA Editors: Aug. 31, 1999

Ron King Arlington, Texas. Please explain the "fitness test" that is sometimes referred to on telecasts (particularly from European leagues). Is it only for recently injured players? Is there a standard test? How about specific tests for certain injuries? Scott French: "Fitness test" is just a phrase for "medical exam"; basically, it's when the team doctor or trainer checks an ...

MLS Beat: Referees wrestle with consistency

Rule interpretations skewed toward league directives

The night was warm, the drinks were cold, and the hot topic was officiating in MLS. It was All-Star week, a few hours after the game, and those at this table were concerned with referees: Their consistency, their expertise, and their demeanor. Since among those gathered were two head coaches, one general manager, and ...


A-League: Standings and game summaries (through Aug. 31)

STANDINGS Eastern Conference
Northeast GP W L GF GA P
*Rochester 26 21 5 44 19 87
*Staten Island 26 19 7 52 26 82
*Long Island 26 17 9 56 40 70
*Pittsburgh 27 15 12 58 40 67
Lehigh Vly. 26 14 12 39 41 60
Boston 27 12 15 46 31 60
Toronto 26 ...

MLS: Quotes from Aug. 31 media teleconference

The following are quotes from the Aug. 31 MLS media teleconference, which featured MLS Executive Vice President Ivan Gazidis, Dallas Burn Forward and MLS Leading Scorer Jason Kreis, Miami Fusion Forward Eric Wynalda. Ivan Gazidis' Opening Comments "It's nice to have two very positive pieces of news to talk about today ... There are probably some questions regarding our Competition ...

USL: D3 Pro League Playoffs results and schedule (through Aug. 31)

Northern Conference Final Aug. 28 Western Mass. 1 New Hampshire 0 (OT). Goal: Jachym 98. Atlantic Conference Final Aug. 28 Charlotte 3 Wilmington 2. Goals: Leib 18, 37, Mott 51; Walker 79, Panos 86. Western Conference Final Aug. 28 Chico 2 Texas 2 (Chico wins shootout, 2-1). Goals: Munoz 54, Freeman 90; Gentile 41, Bazan 70. SCHEDULE Semifinals Sept. 3 ...

MLS: Game summaries (Aug. 25-29)

METROSTARS 1 NEW ENGLAND 2 (SO) Aug. 25 Att.: 9,143. Goals MetroStars: Duhaney (Zambrano, Curcic) 14. New England: Moore (Chronopoulos, Harkes) 46. (New England wins shootout, 3-1.) SA Report Card MetroStars: Howard 7, Kalonji 5, Semioli 4, Walsh 5, Corrales 4, Kelly 5 (Villegas, 85th, NR), Sorber 5, Duhaney 6 (Chung, 17th, 5), Curcic 6, Zambrano 6, Hurtado 4. New ...

College: SA Women's Team of the Week (Aug. 23-29)

Goalkeeper Sarah Wilson (1) Navy 12 saves to shut out George Mason, 2-0 Defenders Emily Janss (1) Maryland Senior scores winner in 2-0 victory over GW Danielle Slaton (1) Santa Clara Left back gets 2 assists in win over Cal Midfielders Meghan Anderson (1) Nebraska Beats Baylor with 36-minute free kick Cameron Chorn (1) Texas A&M Sets up 3 goals ...

College: Soccer America Women's Top 20 (Aug. 30, 1999)

Here is the Soccer America women's Top 20, taking into account games played through Aug. 29,1999.
Rank/Team Record Last Week
1. Santa Clara 1-0-0 1
2. North Carolina 0-0-0 2
3. Notre Dame 0-0-0 3
4. Portland 1-0-0 4
5. Connecticut 0-0-0 5
6. Nebraska 2-0-0 6
7. Florida 2-0-0 7
8. Penn State 1-0-0 8
9. ...

U.S. Men: Arena goes with youth for Sept. 8 match in Jamaica

With a full-international match versus CONCACAF foe Jamaica set for Sept. 8, U.S. national team coach Bruce Arena today named the 18-player roster that will travel to Kingston for the match. The roster features several of the top young MLS players, and includes four members of the U.S. U-23 national team, which in April will compete in CONCACAF Qualifying for ...

Q&A with the SA Editors: Aug. 30, 1999

Bob Carmona Stratford, Conn. Where can I get a book, or listing, of college women's soccer Division I All-Americans from say 1977 to 1985 as well as national tournament results for the same years? Mike Woitalla: Bob, don't waste your time hunting for NCAA women's soccer information before 1982, because that's the first year that the NCAA sponsored a women's ...

U.S. Women: DiCicco names roster for Sept. 4 Ireland match

The stars of the 1999 Women's World Cup champion U.S. Women's national team will return to Foxboro Stadium this weekend as U.S. coach Tony DiCicco puts his troops back on the field for the first time since winning the world championship. The USA will take on the Republic of Ireland on Saturday, Sept. 4 at 4:30 p.m. ET, followed by ...

PAUL KENNEDY: Can MLS save new Yorke?

While Commissioner Don Garber was hired to handle MLS's business affairs, he will ultimately succeed or fail based on how he handles soccer questions. Case in point: What does he do about Stern John? The Crew striker, whom our Columbus correspondent, Craig Merz, features on page 8 [Sept. 6, 1999 issue of SA], is the best pure striker MLS has ...

College '99: Bruins hope new era will be like old one

UCLA's Todd Saldana inherits plenty of talent and championship hopes from Sigi Schmid

Todd Saldana's primary job this autumn, and in the next few to follow, is to convince that this new era in UCLA soccer isn't all that much different than the one that has passed. The immediate task might be simple ù he inherits a squad with a ...


International: UEFA Cup first-round draw

Note: matches will be played over two legs Sept. 16 and 30, with the first team hosting the first leg.
Aris (Greece) vs. Servette (Switzerland)
Red Star Belgrade (Yugoslavia) vs. Montpellier (France)
Inter Bratislava (Slovakia) vs. Rapid Vienna (Austria)
Juventus (Italy) vs. Omonia Nicosia (Cyprus)
Ajax Amsterdam (Netherlands) vs. Dukla (Slovakia)
Leeds Utd. (England) vs. Partizan Belgrade ...

Q&A with the SA Editors: Aug. 27, 1999

Ray Sadr Storrs, Conn. I have been looking for the book "Pele, My life and the Beautiful Game," which is Pele's autobiography. No one seems to have it and they say it is out of print, since it was published in the late 1970s. Do you know of any source that would help me buy this book? Mike Woitalla The ...