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U.S. SOCCER: Hank Steinbrecher resigns

U.S. Soccer Secretary General Hank Steinbrecher will step down from his position after more than nine years of guiding the Federation. "After watching him serve the U.S. Soccer Federation through tremendous growth and prosperity over the last nine years, Hank informed me of his decision to step down last week," said U.S. Soccer President Dr. S. Robert Contiguglia. "Hank's values, ...

SA Report Card: USA-Peru

USA-Peru (1-0)

Brad Friedel (7). Solid positionally throughout and spectacular on two occasions in the second half. A short-side reflex stop on Ysrael Zuniga's 10-yard bid and a full extension one-hander on Abel Lobaton's low drive preserved the victory. Carlos Llamosa (5). The least visible player on the team was stable and gritty. No standout plays nor any glaring ...



USA-COLOMBIA (2-2; 1-2 on PKs)

Brad Friedel (5). No chance on first goal. The second was surrendered at the near post, but was an absolute bomb. Well-beaten yet saved by the woodwork on two other occasions. Stopped one PK and got his hand on another. Eddie Pope (5). Often isolated on his side while the U.S. was playing with three ...


PAUL KENNEDY: Eight into three

I'll take Bruce Arena at his word when he says he hasn't lost any sleep over the U.S. elimination from the Gold Cup in the quarterfinals, but I have to say that the road to the 2002 World Cup in South Korea and Japan seems much harder than it was a week earlier. On the U.S. front, no news is ...

Gold Cup: A destination too far

Elimination deprived the U.S. of valuable experience

MIAMI - The new-look U.S. no longer is a new commodity. Its success in the first full year of Coach Bruce Arena's reign brought attention and scrutiny, and opponents once again regard the U.S. seriously. Arena's second competitive tournament at this level brought none of the success the Americans enjoyed in the Confederations ...


U.S. SOCCER: Portland hosts Nike U.S. Women's Cup in May

Civic Stadium in Portland, Ore., will play host to the United States, Mexico, Canada and South Korea in the Nike U.S. Women's Cup in May. The USA, which has won all six previous U.S. Cups, takes on Mexico while Canada plays South Korea on May 5. The two winners will play in the final on May 7 at 11:30 am ...

Paul Gardner: A tribute to Stanley Matthews

English soccer legend Stanley Matthews died Feb. 23 at age 85. As a tribute, Soccer America presents the following article by SA columnist Paul Gardner. The column appeared in the Sept. 27, 1990 issue of Soccer America. It is also a part of GardnerÆs latest book, ôSoccerTalk, Life Under The Spell of the Round Ball.ö Memories of a Boyhood Idol ...

Then and Now: Catching Up with Bruce Murray

When Bruce Murray's U.S. career ended in 1993, he held the all- time record for caps (93) and goals (21). Soccer America tracked down Murray, 34, a veteran of the 1988 Olympics and 1990 World Cup, at his home near Atlanta.

SOCCER AMERICA: Did you know that Soccer America named you to its College Team of the 1900s?


MLS: Knocking on the Door

For the veterans, preseason is simply about getting in shape for the real season. For many others, like the four players Soccer America followed in Florida, it's about realizing the dream of being a professional athlete.

Getting A-League lessons

JOHN WILSON. A year later, John Wilson is able to say that being released by Kansas City was the best thing ...


Women's league's answers raise questions

WUSA's John Hendricks announces investors and other details, but he leaves plenty out

The unveiling of what might become the professional league for which America's best female players have long lobbied answered some weighty questions. It left plenty more unanswered. Billionaire John S. Hendricks, who backed one previous attempt to start a pro women's league, on Feb. 15 identified his ...


Gold Cup: U.S.-Haiti Report Card


Brad Friedel (6). Not seriously tested, but not inactive, either. Reacted sharply to block, if not catch, several hard shots from sharp angles, and unwittingly flattened C.J. Brown while cutting out a ball driven into the box.

C.J. Brown (5). Outrun at times in the first half as Haiti countered forcefully. Distribution, one of his ...

MLS: MetroStars cut Sorber

Mike Sorber, the 1994 World Cup veteran, was waived by the MetroStars Feb. 21. Sorber, 28, who has 67 U.S. caps, last played for the United States in 1998. The midfielder played in every 1994 World Cup game for the United States and subsequently played for UNAM Pumas in the Mexican First Division. He started his MLS career in the ...

Gold Cup 2000 Results

The Gold Cup 2000 Schedule and Results: GROUP A Date Feb. 12 Colombia 1 Jamaica 0 Feb. 14 Jamaica 0 Honduras 2 Feb. 16 Honduras 2 Colombia 0 GROUP B Date Feb. 12 USA 3 Haiti 0 Feb. 14 Haiti 1 Peru 1 Feb. 16 USA 1 Peru 0 GROUP C Date Feb. 13 Mexico 4 ...

MIKE WOITALLA: The immigrant and soccer

During the 1996 Olympics, 83,810 fans watched the United States play Argentina in Birmingham, Ala. So impressed was U.S. Soccer with the rare pro-U.S. support that officials immediately inquired about using the venue for World Cup qualifying.

Finally, a place to play Mexico that won't feel like Guadalajara.

That dream lasted 24 hours, because when Italy played Mexico ...

Colombia ousts USA from Gold Cup

Colombia beat the USA, 2-1, in the penalty-kick tiebreaker after the teams played to a 2-2 tie in their Gold Cup quarterfinal match Feb. 19 in Miami. In the semifinal Feb. 23 at Qualcomm Stadium (8 pm PT), Colombia faces the winner of the Honduras-Peru quarterfinal. The USA drew first blood in the Orange Bowl clash. Brian McBrideÆs 20th minute ...