• American Century: The 1960s
    The first pro soccer visionary in America When this decade dawned, America was in an audacious mood. In what would prove to be a turbulent period, ambitious men stepped forth. A brash young U.S. president, John F. Kennedy Jr., told the world his nation would put a man on the moon by decade's end. An outspoken young American boxer, Cassius Clay, proclaimed his Olympic gold medal was just the start of his dominance. A quiet yet confident young executive, Pete Rozelle, had been named commissioner of the National Football League in late 1959, and he soon would ...
  • College: Soccer America's Women's Team of the Decade
    Soccer America announces its Women's College Team of the 1990s and its Player of the Decade: Women's Player of the Decade Mia Hamm (North Carolina 1989-90, 92-93) The Soccer America All-Decade Team Goalkeeper Saskia Webber (Rutgers 1989-92) Imposing talent was fearless and peerless. Defenders Sara Whalen (Connecticut 1994-97) Versatile speedster excelled all over the field. Staci Wilson (North Carolina 1994-97) Tenacious marker, ferocious tackler; won three NCAA titles. Midfielders Cindy Daws (Notre Dame 1993-96) Crafty scorer and passer (61 goals, 67 assists) won '95 NCAA title. Julie Foudy (Stanford 1989-92) Playmaker brought Cardinal to national prominence. Kristine Lilly (North Carolina ...
  • College: Soccer America's Men's Team of the Decade
    Soccer America Magazine announces its Men's College Team of the Decade and Player of the Decade: Soccer America Men's Player of the Decade Claudio Reyna (Virginia 1991-93) The Soccer America Men's All-Decade Team Goalkeeper Brad Friedel (UCLA 1990-92) Flawless keeper was key to Bruins' 1990 title. Defenders Brian Bates (Virginia 1990-93) Swept behind and in front of defense and was able in attack. Erik Imler (Virginia 1989-92) Defensive boss of best college lineup ever: 1992 Cavs. Clint Peay (Virginia 1991-94) A paragon of poise, he has four championship rings. Cam Rast (Santa Clara 1989-92) Key to Broncos' emergence as national ...
  • Q&A with the SA Editors: Dec. 16, 1999
    William Malkames Allentown, Pa Frankie Hejduk's playing time seems to have gone from part-time starter, to late-game sub to, at least lately, left on the bench. Any explanation? Ridge Mahoney: William, he did play in four of the six Champions' League games. Leverkusen has been winning in the Bundesliga without him, and the club recently signed two young Croatian players -- one a defender, one a midfielder -- and Frankie's just being squeezed out of a talent-rich roster. You have to remember Hejduk is still very raw, and teams can adjust to his speed. He's also not a great defender, ...
  • CONCACAF: The best eleven
    Mexico and the United States, whose rise in the last five years has secured them places among the Top 20 teams on the world scene, are the heavy favorites to take two of the three CONCACAF spots at the 2002 finals. For the first time in history, every member of The Football Confederation has entered World Cup qualifying. Does every country have a shot? Hardly. Realistically, only 11 of the 35 teams have a chance at qualifying for the 2002 World Cup Korea/Japan. Mexico and the United States are heavy favorites, leaving nine teams to fight ...
  • Q&A with the SA Editors: Dec. 15, 1999
    Omar Salem Morton Grove, Ill. I was just wondering how is the 2000 MLS All-Star game going to be played now that there are three separate divisions. Are they going to go back to the USA vs. World, or are they going to do 2 against 1 or, use the original Eastern and Western divisions? Ridge Mahoney: An excellent question, Omar. The format has yet to be decided. Here are a few of the proposals: 1. Use the Western and Eastern teams as it did the first four seasons, and simply name them something else: Red vs. Blue, Nike vs. ...
  • World Cup 2002 Beat: Co-hosts battle through obstacles
    Full spead ahead, despite severe economic blows TOKYO - These aren't easy times for Japan. The Nikkei, the Tokyo stock market, has recovered all its losses of the last two years. The yen is again strong - down to 102 to the dollar. But the Japanese have paid a price. The latest spending report, issued on the eve of the 2002 World Cup draw, showed a decrease of 1 percent for the third quarter. Japanese are spending less because of the fear of the future. Corporations are cutting back. Nissan, the automaker that was ...
  • MLS: Pro-40s notch win in Portugal
    Two goals in 17 minutes gave U.S. Pro-40 a 2-1 victory on Dec. 14 over Benfica's reserve team. The win marked the team's first of its international tour, which started with a 3-0 loss Dec. 1 against the Benfica reserves. On Dec. 7, the P-40s beat the Belenenses reserves, 3-1. After an early sixth-minute goal by Benfica midfielder Paulo Cesar, Pro-40 responded in the 39th minute with a goal by midfielder Sergi Daniv (Dallas Burn.) Daniv's goal came off a cross from forward Jamar Beasley (New England). Nine minutes into the second half, U.S. Pro-40 clinched its win. Pro-40 captain ...
  • Q&A with the SA Editors: Dec. 14, 1999
    Nader Nattagh Los Altos, Calif. Despite Tab Ramos' volatile temper and his outbursts during World Cup 98, he is still an outstanding player. Can you offer an explanation as to why he has been totally left out of Bruce Arena's national team plans? Mike Woitalla: Nader, there is no doubt that Tab Ramos was one of the most talented players ever to play for the United States. It would be wonderful if our last image of Ramos will not be from France '98. However, Ramos has not been healthy since the beginning of the 1999 season. He played only five ...
  • World Cup Draw: 'Dump Truck' drops a heavy load
    European powers England and Germany found themselves grouped in World Cup 2002 preliminary qualifying. The United States will wait until later to find out whom - and, most important, when - it will play in the semifinal stage of qualifying. Outside Japan, few soccer fans would have heard of Ozeki Konishiki before the World Cup 2002 preliminary draw. The Hawaiian-born Konishiki made a name for himself as a top-ranked sumo wrestler in the 1980s. Japanese gave the star yokuzuna the nickname "The Dump Truck" for his wide girth. Well, Konishiki dropped a heavy load on Germany and England, ...
  • MLS: Finding the right head coach
    Men like Zambrano and Clavijo have mixed results They came to the United States from different countries and traveled very different paths to MLS, yet in Fernando Clavijo and Octavio Zambrano the Revs and the Metros, respectively, may have found a type of coach who can succeed in MLS. They are not from the same mold as another type of MLS coach. The savvy, native-born products like Bruce Arena and Bob Bradley have not succeeded solely through a mystical affinity with the American player. It is not their mastery of a made-in-the-USA Ouija board that motivates players and ...
  • Q&A with the SA Editors: Dec. 13, 1999
    Tim Mahoney St. Louis, Mo. What is your opinion on Spartak Moscow (Indiana) winning the NCAA Division I championship? My opinion ... this is a slap in the face for American athletics and soccer development in the U.S. in general when we can't even recruit from within our shores. By the way, how do you say Hoosier in Russian? And did they have to play both national anthems before the game? I guess it's quite appropriate though that Indiana's colors are "red" and white. Mike Woitalla: I'll have to correct you on a few items before I get to the ...
  • Indiana is 1999 NCAA Division I menÆs champion
    The Indiana Hoosiers won the 1999 NCAA Division I menÆs national title with a 1-0 win over the Santa Clara Broncos. IndianaÆs goal came from Yuri Lavrinenko in the 30th minute. The victory marked IndianaÆs second straight title and fifth overall. Coach Jerry Yeagley has been at the HoosiersÆ helm for all five.
  • NCAA Division I MenÆs Championship History
    The Indiana Hoosiers meet the Santa Clara Broncos for the NCAA 1999 Division I menÆs title at 1:00 (Eastern Time) Sunday (ESPN). Santa Clara last reached the final in 1991, losing to Virginia on penalty kicks. The Broncos, in their other final appearance, tied Virginia in 1989 to share the national title. Indiana is aiming for a second straight title, having defeated Stanford, 3-1, last year. Hoosiers coach Jerry Yeagley is aiming for his fifth national title with the Hoosier program he founded. He celebrated national championships in 1982, 1983 and 1988 before last yearÆs victory. Only four other coaches ...
  • MIKE WOITALLA: A preemptive strike
    I always look forward to World Cup qualifying play in this region of North and Central America and the Caribbean ù also known as CONCACAF, and lately, TFC. At this year's draw, all 35 nations in the region entered. Believe me, it will be exciting. We've got Latin-style soccer, the swift and skillful Caribbeans, and countries like Honduras and Costa Rica that combine the two. In this region, a nation of 270 million people plays a country of 3.6 million and it's the big one that has a losing record in the matchup. But there's one thing I don't look ...