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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 ...

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, ...


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 ...


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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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). ...


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. ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...