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PAUL KENNEDY: Their hands are tied

The MetroStars' utterly dismal performance against the Fusion in Lothar Matthaeus' opener brings back memories of the debut of Franz Beckenbauer, Matthaeus' former coach on the German national team and president at Bayern, with the NASL's New York Cosmos 23 years ago.

Both made their debut for New York teams in Florida. And both lost. Badly.

Few will ...

U.S. Women: Lessons from Algarve Cup Victory

April Heinrichs accomplishes what her predecessors failed to do in four attempts

Winning the Algarve Cup for the first time wasn't the only thing on April Heinrichs' agenda. Equally as important as the 1-0 victory over Norway in the final was the progress the players have made since their hasty debut against Norway in February, days after ending their strike. ...


Q&A with the SA Editors: March 31, 2000

Marcus Pelletier San Jose, Calif. In response to Mike Woitalla's field-wear comparison (March 28 Q&A with SA Editor): It is pretty obvious that football is worse on a grass field than soccer. Just look at the MLS fields that share with a college or NFL football team (just about all of them?). Year after year, nearly an entire MLS season ...

MLS makes move toward womenÆs league

Major League Soccer is sending a letter to the United States Soccer Federation notifying the sport's governing body of the league's intent to submit an application for a Division I professional women's soccer league. This decision follows the Feb. 15 announcement of intentions by billionaire and Discovery Communications CEO Ted Hendricks to start a women's pro league (WUSA). "MLS believes ...

World Cup 2002: South America Qualifying (March 29)

March 29 in Quito Ecuador 2 Venezuela 0. Goals: Delgado 17, Aguinaga 50. Ecuador -- Cevallos, De la Cruz, Jacome, Montano, Cagua (Ayovi, 49), Blano=n, Tenorio (Chalß, 73), Aguinaga, Obregon, Graziani (Porozo, 38), Delgado. Venezuela -- Dudamel, Alvarez, Villafraz (Mea Vitali, 62), Becerra, Rey, Urdaneta, Rojas (Arango, 55), Bidoglio, Vera, Casseres, Garcfa (Ochoa, 55). Att.: 50,000. March 29 in Montevideo ...

MLS Beat: To Build, or Not to Build

Need ancillary revenues? Tired of renting? Do it yourself!

At least four stadiums are in various stages of planning or discussion by MLS teams. A proposal by the Los Angeles Galaxy to build a soccer complex has caught the most attention. Los Angeles. Philip Anschutz routinely refuses to be interviewed or quoted and has turned down requests from Newsweek, "60 ...


MLS: April 1 matchups

Saturday, April 1 - (4:30 p.m. ET). San Jose Earthquakes at Miami Fusion (Telemundo) Key players out: San Jose: M Wade Barrett (athletic hernia -- IR), M Mauricio Solis (foot fracture -- IR), Ronald Cerritos (El Salvador -- World Cup qualifying); Miami: Martin Machon (Guatemala -- World Cup qualifying). Referee: Noel Kenny. Saturday, April 1 - (7:30 p.m. ET). Chicago ...

U.S. roster for Russia match includes 10 Europe-based players

The roster picked by Coach Bruce Arena for the United StatesÆ April 26 game against Russia in Moscow: Armas, Chris (14 caps) Chicago Fire Berhalter, Gregg (9) Cambuur (Netherlands) Deering, Chad (15) Dallas Burn Fraser, Robin (25) Los Angeles Galaxy Friedel, Brad (64) Liverpool (England) Hejduk, Frankie (24) Bayer Leverkusen (Germany) Jones, Cobi (125) Los Angeles Galaxy Keller, Kasey (39) ...

SA Q&A: Bob Bradley

'The league continues to improve on the field'

Embarking on his third season as coach of the Chicago Fire, Bob Bradley talks about the signing of Bulgarian superstar Hristo Stoitchkov, offseason speculation that he might become the Olympic team coach and the state of MLS.

SOCCER AMERICA: How relieved are you to have the Hristo Stoitchkov situation squared away? BOB ...


World Cup 2002 qualifying: Colombia 0 Brazil 0

March 28 in Bogota Colombia 0 Brazil 0. Colombia -- O.Cordoba, Martinez, I.Cordoba, Bermudez, Yepes, Rincon, Dinas, Viveros, Oviedo (Moreno, 75), Angel, Ricard (Maturana, 59). Brazil --Dida, Evanilson, Antonio Carlos, Aldair, Roberto Carlos, Emerson, Ze Roberto, Alex (Ricardinho, 46), Vampeta, Elber (Ronaldo Assis, 68), Jardel (Edilson, 46). Att.: 45,000.

MLS: SA Team of the Week (Week 2: March 25-26)

Soccer AmericaÆs MLS Team of the Week from games played March 25-26. Goalkeeper Scott Garlick (1) Tampa Bay Defenders Joseph Addo (1) Tampa Bay Marcelo Balboa (1) Colorado Robin Fraser (1) Los Angeles Greg Vanney (2) Los Angeles Midfielders Chris Henderson (1) Kansas City Khodadad Azizi (1) San Jose Preki (1) Kansas City Forwards Cobi Jones (2) Los Angeles Diego ...

MLS: Weekly Teleconference call

Participants: MLS Executive Vice President Ivan Gazidis MetroStars Head Coach Octavio Zambrano D.C. United Head defender Jeff Agoos Ivan Gazidis' Opening Comments: "It was another exciting weekend on the field and I think we had some good games. We saw Lothar's debut in Miami, and I know he's disappointed with the result down there. I'm sure that D.C. was also ...

U.S. SOCCER: Heinrichs names residency roster

U.S. women's national team coach April Heinrichs selected 30 players to train at the U.S. women's Olympic residency camp at the ARCO Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. The camp will run from April 17 to June. Five players from the U.S. World Cup '99 team -- Tisha Venturini, Saskia Webber, Tracy Ducar, Tiffany Roberts and Danielle Fotopoulos -- did ...

Q&A with the SA Editors: March 28, 2000

Rick Worthen Edwardsville, Ill. My son's high school varsity soccer team shares the same field as the varsity football team. The football program wants the soccer team to play on another field. They contend the soccer players are harder on the field than they are. I find that hard to believe. Can you shed some light on this? Mike Woitalla: ...

MLS: A Man Named Matthaeus

Klaus Augenthaler captained Bayern Munich when an ambitious young man named Lothar Matthaeus joined the team in 1984. Augenthaler took the 23-year-old midfielder under his wing, but soon noticed that Matthaeus wasn't satisfied being a young soldier. He wanted to be a general. He had his eye on Augenthaler's captain's band. At a team Christmas party, Augenthaler gave each player ...