• Q&A with the SA Editors: Nov. 23, 1999
    Dennie Wendt Portland, Ore. The time on Ben Olsen's goal in the MLS Cup is listed as 48+. When did this annoying habit of listing injury time goals in this fashion start? If he had scored three minutes into the second half, would it also have been 48+? Did MLS Cup '99 last 93 minutes? If it really did take place in the 48th minute of the first-half play (which I understand that it did not), then L.A. must surely have been robbed. A question of semantics, but it's bothersome just the same. Mike Woitalla: I first encountered the plus-sign ...
  • MLS Beat: MLS presents its bold new face
    Overtime to replace shootout; refs grab the clock The dark clouds are lifting. The malaise is ending. MLS may be far behind the top foreign leagues in players and revenue, but it's falling in line in at least a couple of ways. Starting next season, games will no longer be decided by shootout, and the referee will keep time. These are the changes most welcome to traditional soccer fans, but MLS has a lot more in store for 2000. A telephone conference call of the board of governors Nov. 16 ran nearly 3 1/2 hours, and some ...
  • U-17 World Cup: USA falls on penalties to Australia
    The United States fell to Australia, 7-6, on penalty kicks in the semifinals of the U-17 World Cup after the two teams tied, 2-2, in Christchurch. It was a heart-breaking loss for the U.S. U-17s, who recovered from a 2-0 first-half deficit to tie the score. Landon Donovan and Oguchi Onyewu scored for the United States. In the eighth round of penalty kicks, U.S. captain Ken Cutler shot over the bar to send the United States into the third-place game.
  • Q&A with the SA Editors: Nov. 22, 1999
    Gregg Norton Los Osos, Calif. What is the acrobatic soccer move where a player can strike a ball over his head with his foot in mid-air while the body is upside down? Mike Woitalla: Gregg, it sounds like you're referring to the bicycle kick. Here's are the appropriate excerpts from the glossary of "The Simplest Game" by Soccer America columnist Paul Gardner. "Bicycle kick: A volley in which the player kicks the ball over his own head. This is not just a simple overhead kick, which can be accomplished keeping one foot on the ground. In the true bicycle kick, ...
  • U-17 World Cup: Quotes from the Nov. 22 U.S. media teleconference
    The U.S. U-17s take on Australia Tuesday Nov. 23, 10 pm (U.S. Eastern Time) in the U-17 World Cup semifinals. The following are quotes from the Nov. 22 media teleconference from New Zealand that featured Coach John Ellinger and Landon Donovan, DaMarcus Beasley and Kyle Beckerman. Ellinger's opening comments about how the U.S. got to the semifinals: "The opening game against New Zealand [a 2-1 U.S. win] was played in a mini-cyclone, and we had to play it without Seth Trembly (who was suspended for the match), so we had Greg Martin in there and Oguchi Onyewu was moved to ...
  • MenÆs College: NCAA first-round playoff results (Nov. 19-21)
    Scores from first-round NCAA menÆs Division I playoff action: St. John's 1, Maryland 0 Connecticut 2, Hartford 1 (OT) Wake Forest 2, VCU 1 Duke 4, UMBC 3 (OT) Brown 2, Rhode Island 1 (OT) Virginia 2, Princeton 1 (OT) Furman 2 North Carolina 1 (OT) Indiana 1, Kentucky 0 (OT) UAB 2, Southwest Missouri St. 1 Washington 3, Portland 2 UCLA 4, San Diego 1 Penn State 1, William & Mary 0 Saint Louis 3 Illinois-Chicago 2 Creighton 1 SMU 2 (OT) Yale 1, Rutgers 0 (OT) Santa Clara 2, Stanford 2 (Santa Clara wins on penalty kicks, 6-5)
  • MLS: SA Team of the Year
    Soccer America MagazineÆs Team of the Year is based on SA Team of the Week Selections during the regular season. In parentheses is the number of times a player was named to the Team of the Week. Goalkeeper Kevin Hartman (5) Los Angeles Defenders Lubos Kubik (6) Chicago Mauricio Wright (11) San Jose Jeff Agoos (4) D.C. United Midfielders Peter Nowak (5) Chicago Carlos Valderrama (5) Tampa Bay Mauricio Cienfuegos (5) Los Angeles Marco Etcheverry (8) D.C. United Forwards Jason Kreis (8) Dallas Jamie Moreno (6) D.C. United Roy Lassiter (5) D.C. United
  • WomenÆs College: NCAA third-round playoff results (Nov. 19-21)
    Scores from third-round NCAA womenÆs Division I playoff action: Penn State 5, SMU 0 Notre Dame 1, Stanford 0 Connecticut 5, Boston College 0 Hartford 3, Virginia 2 (OT) Santa Clara 7, UCLA 0 UNC 5, William & Mary 1 Nebraska 1, Texas A&M 0 Clemson 0, Wake Forest 0 (Clemson wins, 3-1, on PKs.)
  • MLS: 1999 Awards
    Individual Awards Honda MVP: Jason Kreis (Dallas). Kreis, the first American-born player to garner Honda MVP honors in the league's four seasons, also captured the league's scoring title with 18 goals and 15 assists for 51 points. The Duke University product led the Burn to a club-best 19-13 finish (second in the Western Conference) and an appearance in the Western Conference finals. Kreis, the Burn's all-time leading scorer with 48 goals and 34 assists, enjoyed his most prosperous season in four years with the Burn. Besides winning the league scoring title, he set the standard in becoming the first player ...
  • MLS: D.C. wins third league crown
    D.C. United won the MLS final, 2-0, over the Los Angeles Galaxy to claim its third league title in MLSÆs four-year history. D.C. United , which won titles in 1996 and 1997 before losing the 1998 final to the Chicago Fire, overcame Los Angeles on first-half goals by Jaime Moreno and Ben Olsen. Look for Senior Editor Ridge MahoneyÆs reports from Foxboro, Mass., in the next issue of Soccer America Magazine. Let us know what you thought of MLS Cup æ99. Is D.C. as deserving champ? Is the D.C. United dynasty good for MLS?
  • Paul Kennedy: Pressure on young shoulders
    Monday, the day before we go to press, is our late night. Usually, IÆm the last one to leave, shortly after midnight, but last night when I left at my usual time, the TV room was filled with staffers, many of whom returned from home, watching the U.S. U-17s play Uruguay in New Zealand. I left already knowing the U.S. was through to the second round, but many stayed around to watch John EllingerÆs boys beat Uruguay, 1-0, on a last-minute goal and clinch first place in their group. Only in the United States would a bunch of fans stay ...
  • MLS Cup: Goals aren't Cobi's goals
    Cobi Jones may have left the wrong impression. The phenomenal numbers he posted as the point man in the Los Angeles Galaxy's explosive attack last season suggested the emergence of a new, improved Cobi, one who offered all the advantages of the old Cobi ù the speed, the abilities to combine and exploit space, the defense-shattering runs ù with a lot more scoring. That explains some of the disappointment that has accompanied Jones' current MLS campaign. He had eight goals and eight assists as L.A. captured its third Western Conference regular-season title, respectable figures unless compared with his ...
  • MLS: Quotes from Nov. 19 MLS Cup press conference
    The following are quotes from the Nov. 19 MLS Cup press conference from Dallas Burn forward and 1999 Honda Most Valuable Player Jason Kreis, D.C. United coach Thomas Rongen, Los Angeles Galaxy coach Sigi Schmid, D.C. United defender Jeff Agoos and Los Angeles Galaxy defender Robin Fraser. MLS MVP Jason Kreis: "My biggest comment is wow ... wow. I'm shocked, I'm flattered and I'm proud. This was a great year and there are so many people I'd like to thank, but I'd most like to thank the MVP. of my house, my wife Kimberly." D.C. United coach Thomas Rongen: ...
  • U-17 World Cup: USA reaches semifinals
    The United States reached the semifinals of the U-17 World Cup with a 3-2 win over Mexico in a quarterfinal clash in Auckland, New Zealand. The USA plays the winner of the Australia-Qatar quarterfinal. Mexico opened the scoring in the third minute through a close-range blast from Hector Vallejo after a low cross found its way through the U.S. defense. The USA equalized in the 38th minute off a spectacular, 24-yard volley from DaMarcus Beasley. The go-ahead goal came in the 43rd minute on a Jordan Cila breakaway. Taking advantage of a Mexican defender's inability to head away a high ...
  • Q&A with the SA Editors: Nov. 18, 1999
    Brian Breslin Philadelphia, Pa. How good is this young kid named Bobby Convey. Obviously he must be a star to be on the U.S. under-17 national team at such a young age. However, is he really capable of turning pro within a year some rumors are saying? Also, are they referring to the MLS or the U.S. national team? Being from Philadelphia I'm very curious to what the majority of experts think! Scott French: Hi, Brian: This is a tough question to answer because, as with most outstanding young players, Bobby Convey's potential is enormous, but when or whether he ...