• MIKE WOITALLA: A Sleeping Giant?
    It's never a bad idea to find out how we are seen from abroad. Researching the career of Lothar Matthaeus took me through scores of German newspapers and magazines. In Der Spiegel, best described as like Time but more erudite, an article about MLS was headlined "A Sleeping Giant." It came from a quote by Reiner Calmund, the general manager of Bayer Leverkusen, the German club that has acquired several American players. Calmund proclaimed that the future of soccer lies in the United States. It's just a matter of time, Calmund explained, that sponsors will discover the ...
  • TFC Olympic qualifying: Canada and Guatemala advance
    Canada continued its resurgence, beating host Trinidad & Tobago, 2-0, to win the Group A Olympic qualifying tournament and set up a date with the United States in the final round of qualifying. The other group opponent will be the second-place team in Group B (Mexico, Honduras, Jamaica, Costa Rica) which will be played in Guadalajara, Mexico from April 4-8. Guatemala, the second-place finisher in Group A, will join the winner of Group B and the winner of Group C (Panama, Bermuda, Cuba), which will be played in Panama City from April 5-9. After playing to scoreless ties in its ...
  • World Cup 2002: St. Kitts & Nevis advances
    St. Kitts & Nevis beat Turks & Caicos, 6-0, to win their first-round Caribbean series, 14-0, on aggregate. It advances to face St. Vincent & Grenadines in the second round. Austin Huggins had two goals to lead the Kittians. Keith Gumbs, Leroy Francis, George Isaac and John Smith each scored for the second time in the tournament. Both matches were played in Basseterre, as Turks & Caicos (population: 10,000) does not have a suitable stadium.
  • Olympics: Nigeria, Camerooon and Morocco advance
    Defending champion Nigeria, Cameroon and Morocco all won their respective groups and earned a berth in the 2000 Olympics. The Super Eagles needed to goals in stoppage time to take the Group A title on the goal difference after Angola and Zimbabwe also finished the home-and-home round-robin competition with 12 points each Cameroon edged out South Africa by two points in Group B, while Morocco topped Group C. As the best second-place finisher among all three groups, South Africa will play New Zealand (Oceania winner) in a home-and-home playoff for a spot in the finals. The other finalists are host ...
  • TFC: Group A Olympic Qualifying
    March 22 in Port of Spain CANADA 1 (Stalteri 55) NETHERLANDS ANTILLES 0. Canada -- Franks, Clarke, Hastings, McKenna, Bent, Stalteri, Aristodemo (Sulentic, 46), Kindel (Valente, 74), Skinner, Bernier, De Rosario. Netherlands Antilles -- Myers, De Leca, Martha, Petronia, De Abreu, Martina, Bonevacia, Orgenia, Tokaay, Hato, Brunkard. TRINIDAD & TOBAGO 0 GUATEMALA 0. Trinidad & Tobago -- R.Edwards, King, Thomas, Sancho, Pierre, Mulraine, Peter (Scotland), Rahim, C.Edwards (Narine), Sam (Rique), McFarlane. Guatemala -- Molina, Melgar, L=pez, Swisher, Cabrera, Qui±=nez, Estrada (Gonzßlez), PTrez, Garcfa (Rivera), Ramfrez, Pezzarossi (Leiva). TEAM GP W T L GF GA P Trinidad & ...
  • MLS: Television (March 25-26)
    Saturday March 25 Los Angeles at D.C. United 2:00 p.m. ABC Saturday March 25 New England at Tampa Bay 7:00 p.m. FOX Sports New England (Taped Delay until March 26 - 10:00 am) Saturday March 25 San Jose at Columbus 7:30 p.m. FOX Sports Bay Areaá BACKHAUL (KU-Band) Telstar 5, Transponder K19 (V) Saturday March 25 Chicago at Kansas City 8:30 p.m. FOX Sports Chicago Plus Saturday March 25 Colorado at Dallas 8:30 p.m. FOX Sports Rocky Mountain Sunday March 26 MetroStars at Miami 5:00 p.m. ESPN2 BACKHAUL (KU-Band) Telstar 7, Transponder K09 (V)
  • March Poll: Pick the 2000 MLS champion
    We want to know whom you, America's soccer fans, think will win MLS Cup 2000.
  • Carla Overbeck Fights for Further Glory
    America's most successful captain ever faces challenges from the younger generation Carla Overbeck, winner of two World Cups and one Olympic gold medal,is fighting to stay in the U.S. lineup. The image of captain Carla Overbeck hoisting the World Cup over her shoulders may last forever. But less than a year since that glorious day in Pasadena, questions have arisen about how long her national career will last. Overbeck, who also captained the victorious 1996 Olympic squad, has played for her country since 1988. Her performance in last year's Rose Bowl victory over China was superb. But when the team ...
  • MLS: Coaches Roll the Dice Again
    There will be more foreign-born players in the league than ever before Columbus is counting on a Colombian. An Iranian with a lot of friends in San Jose is bought to shake up the Earthquakes. Tampa Bay hopes a Senegalese is the next best thing to Roy Lassiter. The MLS import class of 2000 is the largest ever, because of the introduction of expanded rosters that protect young players, both of foreign vintage and Project-40 status. There are now junior internationals and transitional internationals as well as senior internationals. They are classified by origin, not caps, and the specifics aren't ...
  • Olympic Qualifying: TFC Group A
    March 21 in Port of Spain CANADA 0 GUATEMALA 0 Canada -- Mike Franks - Jeff Clarke, Richard Hastings, Kevin McKenna, Steve McCauley, Jason Bent, Paul Stalteri, Robbie Aristodemo, Steve Kindel (Jeff Skinner, 75), Jason Mathot, Dwayne DeRosario. Guatemala -- Luis Pedro Molina - Pablo Melgar, Edin Lopez, Gustavo Cabrera, Uwaldo Perez, Dwight Pezzaross (Oliver Carias, 77), Luis Swisher, Guillermo Ramirez (Jorge Estrada, 46), Carlos Quinonez, Walter Estrada (Julio Ariz Leiva, 89), Freddy Garcia. Referee: Armundo Archundia (MEX). TRINIDAD & TOBAGO 6 (Sam 34, 52; Scotland 56, 70; Rahim 89 pen, 91+ pen) NETHERLANDS ANTILLES 0. Trinidad & Tobago -- ...
  • U.S. Soccer: Charles names preliminary Olympic roster
    The following is the preliminary roster for the U.S. men's Olympic team that will compete for a spot in this year's Olympics in April. U.S. coach Clive Charles must cut his roster from 25 to 18 players for the tournament April 23-30 in Hershey, Pa. Goalkeepers: Adin Brown (Colorado), Tim Howard (MetroStars), Andy Kirk (Tampa Bay). Defenders: Dan Califf (Los Angeles), Matt Chulis (Columbus), Ramiro Corrales (MetroStars), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96, Germany), Eric Denton (D.C. United), Brian Dunseth (New England), Chad McCarty (Tampa Bay), Evan Whitfield (Chicago). Midfielders: DaMarcus Beasley (Chicago), Joey DiGiamarino (Colorado), John O'Brien (Ajax, Netherlands), Ben Olsen ...
  • MLS: Rivalry Temperatures Rising
    Creating archenemies in MLS proves to be a work in progress Don Garber sees the day Major League SoccerÆs fiercest rivalries approach the intensity of some of EuropeÆs biggest derbies. So does Ivan Gazidis, who grew up in the midst of one. Thomas Rongen thinks theyÆre nuts. ôI donÆt think it can ever happen,ö says D.C. UnitedÆs Dutch-born coach, an Ajax fan taught to hate Feyenoord at a tender age. ôWe need to be realistic, and we will be long dead before we see that. ... If I ice myself for 300 years, and then come back, maybe then.ö Garber, ...
  • MLS: Conference call quotes
    Quotes from the March 21 MLS conference call, the first of the 2000 season: Opening Comments by MLS Executive Vice President Ivan Gazidis "We had a very positive opening weekend, we saw the resumption of some old rivalries between Chicago and Dallas, which was probably one of the best opening games we've had in MLS. It was a terrific game for those of you who didn't see it and certainly there were a lot of positives that came out of it, one of which was the performance of Hristo Stoitchkov, and the fact that he was very fit and motivated. ...
  • MLS: Injury Report (March 21)
    EASTERN DIVISION D.C. UNITED -- OUT: M Micah Cooks (facial fracture); QUESTIONABLE: M Marco Etcheverry (left calf strain); PROBABLE: D Eddie Pope (left knee sprain); D Carey Talley (right foot contusion) METROSTARS -- OUT: D Mark Semioli (right calf strain); M Billy Walsh (right knee surgery); QUESTIONABLE: F Adolfo Valencia (abdominal strain) MIAMI FUSION -- OUT: M Jeff Bilyk (left knee torn medial meniscus); PROBABLE: F Eric Wynalda (right ankle sprain) NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION -- NONE reported CENTRAL DIVISION CHICAGO FIRE -- OUT: GK Zach Thornton (right calf muscle tear); PROBABLE:á M Dema Kovalenko (right shin contusion); M Yuri Lavrinenko ...
  • MIKE WOITALLA: The Import-Export Business
    Foreigners ù how many and what kind ù present an important and controversial issue in leagues around the world. It's not new, having men from one country play for clubs in another. The first Argentine moved to Italy about 1925. By 1930, Italian clubs sent recruiters to Rio and lured 39 Brazilians in 1931. Paraguayans migrated to Argentina in 1932 to raise money for their nation's Chaco War with Bolivia, and Arsenio Erico stayed to become the league's greatest scorer ù and had a tango named after him. Moves weren't always money-inspired. German keeper Bernd ...