• SA Q&A with Sunil Gulati: 'I'm not going to say we exceeded expectations'
    Sunil Gulati is Director of Project 2010, U.S. Soccer's effort to improve player development, aiming to make the United States a contender for the 2010 World Cup. Gulati attended the U-17 World Cup in New Zealand, where the U.S. U-17s finished fourth. It was the best finish for a U.S. team in eight U-17 world championships. As part of Project 2010, the team was the first ever to prepare by living, attending high school and training together. The team was based in Bradenton, Fla., for 10 months. SOCCER AMERICA: Was a successful U-17 performance in New Zealand important for …
  • Q&A with the SA Editors: Dec. 6, 1999
    Derek J. McCracken Pittsburgh, Pa. I have read, in several articles, that for the past few years, the U.S. has been trying to entice more of the Hispanic-American population to become MLS fans. If that is the case, don't you find it strange that the MLS has only has one Mexican player under contract? Are they doing enough to market to this important soccer-loving population? Mike Woitalla: MLS would love to have more Mexican stars on its teams. Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles and San Jose teams especially could draw fans from their Mexican-American population, whose interest would be piqued by …
  • MenÆs College: NCAA Division I quarterfinal scores (Dec. 4-5)
    Scores from quarterfinal NCAA menÆs Division I playoff action: Santa Clara 3, UAB 2 (OT) UConn 3, Furman 2 Virginia 0, UCLA 2 Indiana 3, Penn State 0 Final four in Charlotte, N.C. Semifinals: Friday, Dec. 10 Santa Clara vs. UConn 4 p.m. Indiana vs. UCLA 6:30 p.m. Final: Sunday, Dec. 12, 1 p.m. All Times Local to Host Site
  • WomenÆs College: North Carolina takes Division I title
    The NCAA womenÆs Division I final: Dec. 5 in San Jose North Carolina 2, Notre Dame 0. Goals: Florance (Patrick, Bush) 55:11, Sheppard (McDonald, Bush) 79:06. North Carolina -- Branam, Fair, Stoecker, Borgman, McDowell, Kluegel, Sheppard, McDonald, Mitchell, Florance, Remy. Subs: Patrick, Bush, Gaston, Ball. Notre Dame -- Beene, Pruzinsky, Grubb, Lindsey, Brown, Sarkesian, Dryer, Makinen, Streiffer, Erikson, Heft. Subs: Gonzalez, Lovelace, Mikacenic, Bakker, Jones, Lancaster. Att.: 14,410. 1999 national champion UNC finishes the year 24-2. Notre DameÆs final record is 21-4-1.
  • MIKE WOITALLA: Boys to men
    They're not allowed to vote. Except for the two who already play with German clubs, they're about four years away from legally buying a beer. By law, they are boys, even though they left home in January. The U.S. U-17 program has been around since 1985. In 1998, the U.S. Soccer Federation began referring to its under-17 team as a "men's" national team. Coincidentally, or not, that's also the year the federation created the residency program and invested $1.5 million in the 1999 world championship effort. Sound like a lot of money? Yes and no. It's …
  • WomenÆs College: NCAA final four results (Dec. 3)
    Scores from NCAA womenÆs Division I semifinal action: North Carolina 2, Penn State 0. Goals: Remy (Bush, Patrick) 32:35, Patrick (Branam) 88:54. Santa Clara 0, Notre Dame 1. Goal: Lovelace (Mikacenic) 74:20. Final Sunday, Dec. 5 (Noon PT)
  • November Poll Results: Pick the top 1999 TFC (CONCACAF) Player
    Here are the responses from the November poll in which 916 fans picked the top TFC player in 1999. TFC, The Football Confederation, formerly known as CONCACAF, is the region covering North and Central America and the Caribbean. (A 3-2-1 point system was used for first, second and third place): 1. Kasey Keller (USA) 1,404 points (271) 2. Claudio Reyna (USA) 709 points (87) 3. Cuauhtemoc Blanco (Mexico) 446 points (63) 4. Luis Hernandez (Mexico) 372 points (37) 5. Stern John (Trinidad & Tobago) 371 points (42) (In parentheses are first-place votes.)
  • MLS: New England picks up Hurtado
    Eduardo Hurtado, waived by the MetroStars Dec. 1, has been claimed by the New England Revolution. Hurtado, 30, has scored 47 goals and recorded 28 assists in four years -- the fifth-best all-time in league history -- while playing for the L.A. Galaxy and the MetroStars. "Eduardo is one of the most difficult players in MLS to defend one-on-one," Revolution coach Fernando Clavijo said. "I know his capabilities after coaching him with the MetroStars last year. He is excellent with his back to the goal, shields the ball extremely well, is an accomplished finisher, and combines well with his teammates." …
  • U.S. Cup 2000: Ireland, Mexico, South Africa join field
    The Nike U.S. Cup 2000 will take place June 3-11. U.S. Soccer has yet to announce the venues and exact tournament schedule, which it expects to release in the coming weeks. The field, however, has been set. Joining host USA in the four-team, six-game tournament are Ireland, Mexico and South Africa. "With today's hectic worldwide soccer schedule, putting together a major tournament with these caliber of teams, this far in advance, is extremely difficult," said U.S. Soccer's secretary general Hank Steinbrecher. "With the participation of Major League Soccer, we were able to isolate the dates in early June to get …
  • A-League: Charleston's Blackbaud has raised the bar
    The Battery's home stadium, designed to resemble an English ground, has been likened to a cathedral The inaugural game at Blackbaud Stadium earlier this year wasn't as enjoyable for the man who footed the $4.5 million bill for the facility as it could have been. Instead of relishing a dream come true, Tony Bakker, who owned Blackbaud, Inc., a software company he has since sold, spent the day running around making sure everything was going smoothly. "There was still painting being done, there was pandemonium," Bakker said. "But we had a sell-out crowd, and the team …
  • Q&A with the SA Editors: Dec. 3, 1999
    Duncan Richter Lexington, Va. Can you explain the Roy Lassiter trade? I don't see what D.C. gets out of this. I know it's supposed to complete a previous trade, but what each team has already got from that looks fair. Is this another example of MLS interfering to produce parity? Ridge Mahoney: D.C. thought so highly of Chris Albright they agreed to let Miami pick any player it wanted as part of the trade. The club didn't have to make that agreement. To get Albright, the league said D.C. had to make a trade, since Miami was owed the next …
  • December Poll: Pick the top American soccer story of 1999
    Pick the top American soccer story of 1999: For a year after a men's World Cup, 1999 was loaded with major stories. With that in mind, pick your top stories in American soccer in 1999.
  • Soccer America College Cup Contest Results
    HE'S GOING TO COLLEGE CUP '99! Ryan Grezeszczak of Bethlehem, Penn., wins Soccer America contest, free trip to NCAA Men's College Cup Lehigh University student Ryan Grezeszczak is the Grand Prize Winner of a free trip to College Cup, including round trip tickets for two to Charlotte, N.C., four nights accommodation at the Charlotte Marriott Hotel and free tickets to the semifinals and finals at Ericsson Stadium! The following 24 lucky runners-up also won a free pair of tickets to the games, all courtesy of contest sponsors Chevy, Charlotte Marriott City Center and of course, Soccer America. Congratulations! Ernesto Staroswiecki
  • MLS: Pro-40 falls to Benfica reserves
    The U.S. Pro-40 team kicked off its five-game tour of Portugal with a 3-0 loss to Benfica's second team Dec. 1. Playing in front of a crowd of 1,500 at Benfica's Stadium of Light reserve venue, U.S. Pro-40 faced a team that started several members of Benfica's first squad, according to MLS. Three of U.S. Pro-40's four shots were stopped by the Benfica goalkeeper. Chicago Fire forward Dema Kovalenko had the best scoring chance of the game for the American team. In the 60th minute Kovalenko fired a rocket from the top of the 18-yard box that hit the left …
  • Q&A with the SA Editors: Dec. 2, 1999
    Joe Hamm St. Louis, Mo. This is in response to the question [Dec. 1] about why soccer died out in the 1930s in the United States. It did not really die, but was confined to urban areas such as St. Louis, where it was as popular as any game played in the schoolyard. Teams from St. Louis competed without embarrassment against international competition in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. Soccer also was played by American kids then in Philadelphia, Chicago, San Francisco, and other urban areas on the East Coast. Mike Woitalla: Thank you, Joe! For further information on the …
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