• MLS: Crew names Ohio State marketing executive as new GM
    The Columbus Crew named Jim Smith its new general manager Jan. 25, replacing Jamey Rootes. Smith spent the past four years as an associate athletic director at Ohio State University. He began at OSU in January 1996 as director of marketing and promotions and moved on to director of marketing and communications in March 1998. "We are thrilled to be able to attract an individual of Jim's quality with an outstanding background in sales, corporate marketing, advertising and administration," said Clark Hunt, speaking on behalf of Hunt Sports Group, the CrewÆs operator-investor. "The organization believes Jim's close ties to the ...
  • MLS: Chicago's Klopas retires
    Chicago Fire forward Frank Klopas has retired. The Chicago product will remain with the Fire, joining the coaching staff as strength and conditioning specialist, and will also be involved in many of the team's community affairs. "It's very sad, having to say good-bye to a life-long career," said the 33-year-old Klopas. "I'm thankful for all my accomplishments as a player, but I'm also very excited about taking this next step, especially with a team and a city that holds a special place in my heart. I feel this is the right time to step away and help our young talent ...
  • SOCCER AMERICA Q&A: Claudio Reyna
    Reyna: 'I'm not worried about it' U.S. midfielder Claudio Reyna believes the rapprochement between his club and country is firm. SOCCER AMERICA: You'll be leaving Glasgow Rangers next month to play in the Gold Cup. Aren't you concerned this will cause a recurrence of the problems you had in Germany? CLAUDIO REYNA: At Leverkusen, I was gone throughout the year at different times. Now, it will be three [league] games and that's it. It's obviously not going to help my situation, but I think I've done enough that Coach [Dick] Advocaat knows what he gets from me. The major difference ...
  • Q&A with the SA Editors: Jan. 25, 2000
    Joseph Lam San Jose, Calif. I've just learned that the Rochester Rhinos are proposing a new 20,000-seat stadium. I was wondering if the Rhinos are a strong candidate to join MLS since so far they've demonstrated that they can compete against MLS teams (they beat the Colorado Rapids 2-0 to win the U.S. Open Cup) and they've shown that they can attract a lot of fans to their games since they averaged 11,000 fans last season. They're also showing a lot of commitment to soccer by proposing a new stadium much like the Columbus CrewÆs. What other cities do you ...
  • Gold Cup: Eight games on Univision and Galavision
    Spanish-language networks Univision and Galavision will each broadcast four live matches at the Gold Cup 2000. Galavision will broadcast the opening match in Miami, Fla., between the United States and Haiti on Feb. 12, and three other first-round games, while Univision will show a first-round game on Feb. 13, quarterfinal matches Feb. 19 and Feb. 20 and the final on Feb. 27. Fox Sports World and Fox Sports Espanol will also show all eight matches on tape delay. Other matches will be shown on closed-circuti television.
  • Q&A with the SA Editors: Jan. 24, 2000
    Chris Core New Orleans, La. In a previous issue of Soccer America there was mention of an A-League teamÆs affiliation with an professional club in Europe. What team was that? Poul Swain The Seattle Sounders have established an exchange program with the German Bundesliga's Werder Bremen. Initially, Bremen sent over Alexander Nouri, who played with the Sounders on loan during the second half of the 1999 season. Recently, Sounders defender Jason Annicchero went to Germany to train for six weeks. (If you have a question for a Soccer America Magazine editor, click "Q&A with SA Editors" in the left column ...
  • USA-Iran January 16 Report Card
    USA-IRAN (1-1) Brad Friedel (6). A bit reluctant to leave his line early in the match, and may have been a step too deep before charging quickly on first goal. His dive at the feet of Azizi kept the score at 1-0 as the U.S. defense was reeling. Held his ground to deny Mahdavikia at near post. Frankie Hejduk (5). Served several good balls, and blistering speed forced Iranian midfielder Halali to stay back. Lack of defensive savvy and tendency to wander disrupted U.S. defensive shape in first half hour. Marcelo Balboa (4). Cracked in the face by Daei ...
  • U.S. men's under-23 team: Portugal tour
    The U.S. under-23 team will face three teams in Portugal before returning to Florida for competition against MLS clubs involved in spring training. The U-23s will face Portugal's U-23 team (Jan. 25), Portuguese First Division club Estoril on Jan. 27 and German Second Division club Offenbach Kickers on Jan. 30. Following the Portugal tour, the team will regroup in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. on Feb. 5 for a week of training that will coincide with the first part of Major League Soccer's Spring Training 2000. While in Florida, the Under-23's are tentatively scheduled to face two MLS teams and the senior ...
  • Q&A with the SA Editors: Jan. 22, 2000
    Arnie Peltzer New York, N.Y. Why don't you spell out what the U.S. Soccer leadership has against Lauren Gregg? U.S. Soccer is not entitled to the confidentiality of a private commercial concern. They have a special obligation to the American soccer public. Soccer America should have been able to get to the bottom of this. Instead, SA continues to act like the publicity arm for U.S. Soccer, feeding us fuzzy pap. Come on guys, you are suppose to be journalists. You should be tougher on the soccer bigwigs when you think they act to the detriment of the sport than ...
  • PAUL KENNEDY... Keeping the gold in focus
    One has to feel just a little bit sorry for April Heinrichs. The new U.S. women's national team coach has been placed in a no-win situation. She's been given the task of leading the United States in defense of its Olympic title at the 2000 Sydney Games in September. Before that, Heinrichs will have to pare down the squad to meet the Olympic roster limit, meaning she'll have the fun chore of cutting at least a couple players from the '99 Women's World Cup team. Heinrichs was not the popular choice for the job. By ...
  • MLS: Catching up with Hugo Perez
    Probably the most skillful player ever to wear the U.S. jersey, Hugo Perez earned 73 caps and scored 13 goals for the United States. A native of El Salvador who immigrated to Los Angeles at age 11, he made his NASL debut at 19 in 1982, three years after signing a pro contract, and won three indoor titles with the San Diego Sockers. He played in France, Sweden and Saudi Arabia, and finished his career in El Salvador in 1996 after winning two titles with FAS. Soccer America caught up with Perez, now 36, at Radio Unica's Latin ...
  • Q&A with the SA Editors: Jan. 21, 2000
    Laurie Sullivan Dallas, Texas Do you know of any software, books, info, etc. about setting up a youth soccer tournament? I have searched the Web and am drawing a blank. Monroe Bryant and Mike Woitalla: Laurie, Soccer AmericaÆs biweekly Youth Soccer Letter often features stories and helpful hints on youth tournaments. In fact, the Jan. 31 issue included a story about overcoming weather problems and included advice on setting up your tournament. And Laurie, there are several retailers of tournament software solutions who advertise in Soccer America Magazine. The following are a couple: All American Sportsware at (800) 869.8435 or ...
  • Arena picks roster for Chile game
    U.S. coach Bruce Arena has selected 25 players as candidates to make the final roster for the U.S. match against Chile in Coquimbo, Chile, on Jan. 29. The preliminary roster includes the return of Eddie Pope (D.C. United) and Robin Fraser (Los Angeles), who missed the opening training camp of 2000 in Claremont, Calif. Pope, who played only three games for the national team in 1999, returns to the team following his recent wedding, while Fraser has spent the last few months recovering from a fractured left clavicle suffered in MLS Cup '99. The team will gather in South Florida ...
  • Q&A with the SA Editors: Jan. 20, 2000
    Rob Coulter Tustin, Calif.. I am so disgusted with the women's national team situation, and the selection of April Heinrichs over Lauren Gregg as coach just nauseates me. Granted Heinrichs was captain in the '91 Cup, but she only has 40 something caps and I don't think she has recent international experience. Julie Foudy, Michelle Akers, Carla Overbeck and Kristine Lilly all probably would make better coaches and all certainly have far more international experience. Of course, they are the "problem" aren't they? What does SA think of the choice of Heinrichs? Mike Woitalla: Rob, letÆs start with your cap ...
  • African Nations Cup: New concept is put to test
    Hosts Nigeria and Ghana find themselves in tough groups Co-hosting is a new concept with which fans will soon become quite familiar. Japan and South Korea share the responsibility for organizing the 2002 World Cup. This year's European Championship is a Lowlands special - held in the Netherlands and Belgium. Co-hosting will get its first test when Nigeria and Ghana host the African Nations Cup, which runs Jan. 22-Feb. 13. The 22nd edition of the African championship wasn't intended to be a joint venture. The African soccer confederation (CAF) had originally awarded the tournament to ...