• Olympic qualifying: USA advances
    The all-important semifinal pairings are set: USA-Guatemala and Mexico-Honduras in Hershey, Pa., April 28 for berths at Sydney 2000. The United States won Group D with a 0-0 tie against Canada. The Americans and Canada rarely threatened in the first half until a fractious exchange saw both teams have a player sent off just before the interval. Brian Dunseth, already booked earlier in the match, was sent off for pulling down Steve Kindel after the two tangled scrapping for the ball in the area. Kindel himself was then sent off moments later after he was ruled to have instigated the ...
  • A-League Roundup: Martinez inspires Mariners
    Former MLS Players Shine: Saul Martinez, who tallied four points on a pair of goals in 15 appearances for the Miami Fusion of Major League Soccer a year ago, led the Hampton Roads Mariners to a season-opening, 2-0 victory over Richmond with a pair of strikes in the gameƆs final 10 minutes. Although the game was the season-opener for both teams, it was crucial because of its dual role as a U.S. Open Cup qualifier. With the victory, the Mariners not only keep pace with the Charleston Battery in the Atlantic Division, but jump to the top of three-team Group ...
  • MLS: El Diablo Settles in D.C.
    MLS's most successful foreign player settles comfortably in capital Just moments after D.C. United opened its 2000 campaign with an embarrassing 4-0 home loss to Los Angeles, Marco Etcheverry answered a barrage of questions about his regrettable debut, which ended with a red card just seven minutes after it began. Many players would have taken advantage of their early shower and dodged the media entirely, but even more noteworthy in Etcheverry's case was that he handled every question in the language it was asked - Spanish or English. Teammates have often noted Etcheverry's ability to comprehend English, ...
  • U.S. SOCCER: Howe resigns as director of coaching education
    Bobby Howe, the Director of Coaching Education for the United States Soccer Federation, announced today that he was stepping down from his position to pursue other coaching opportunities. "While I have enjoyed my four years in this position at the Federation, I feel that the time is right for me to move in a different direction," said the 54-year-old Howe. In his role as Director of Coaching Education, Howe was responsible for the administration of U.S. Soccer's Coaching Department, which was established in the early 1970s to oversee the education of coaches through six levels of certification. Earlier this year, ...
  • Olympic qualifying: Scores and summaries (April 21-23)
    GROUP D April 21 in Hershey, Pa. USA 3 Honduras 0. Goals: Albright 33, 77, Thorrington 85. USA -- Brown, Cherundolo, Dunseth, McCarty, Corrales, Olsen, O'Brien, Vagenas (Winters, 73), Beasley (Thorrington, 67), Casey (Wolff, 80), Albright. Honduras -- Valladares, Rosales, Izaguirre, Montoya (Cabrera 46), Turcios, Guerrero, M.Suazo, Chirinos (Oliva 69), Gutiwrrez (Phillips, 46), Pavon, Ramirez. Referee: Peter Prendergast (Jamaica). Att.: 11,241. April 23 in Hershey, Pa. Honduras 2 Canada 0. Goals: Phillips 32, Ramirez 90. Honduras -- Valladares, Guerrero, Izaguirre, Lopez, M.Suazo, Rosales, Cabrera (Chirinos, 56), Ramirez, Phillips, Pavon, Danilo Turcios. Canada -- Franks, Clarke, Hastings, McKenna, McCauley, Bent, Aristodemo, ...
  • Olympic Qualifying: TFC Scores and Standings
    Guatemala has clinched a place in the semifinals of the final round of TFC Olympic qualifying thanks to a 1-1 tie with Mexico. The Guatemalans have four points after having opened with a 2-1 win over Panama. The USA, which opened with a 3-0 win over Honduras, plays Canada on Tuesday. The USA would clinch first place in its group with a tie. Both semifinal winners qualify for Syndey. Scores April 21 Guatemala 2, Panama 1 USA 3, Honduras 0 April 23 Canada 0, Honduras 2 Mexico 1, Guatemala 1 Schedule April 25 Panama vs. Mexico 5:30 p.m. (ET) USA ...
  • Soccer America Online Poll Results (Pick the MLS champion)
    Here are the results from the March online poll, in which online fans predicted the MLS Cup 2000 champion. The Champ (Vote) Los Angeles Galaxy (29.7%) In the Final D.C. United (26.5%) Was Champ Chicago Fire (12.2%) Once again, fourth Dallas Burn (9.6%) Fightin' for scrap) Columbus Crew (3.6%) San Jose Earthquakes (3.4%) MetroStars (3.2%) Miami Fusion (3.0%) Kansas City Wizards (2.6%) Tampa Bay Mutiny (2.6%) N.E. Revolution (2%) There's no relegation, right? Colorado Rapids (1.4%)
  • Q&A With SA Editor: April 22, 2000
    Juan Romero Silver Spring, Md. Recently I have noticed that the D.C. United goalkeeper Tom Presthus has been rushing forward after he receives the ball with his hands in the box. My question is if there is a limit of steps a goalie can take with the ball in his hands in the MLS? Mike Woitalla: Indeed, Juan, goalkeepers are now limited to six seconds with the ball in possession but there is no limit on the number of steps. The reason it seems like it's an MLS rule change is because MLS received permission to implement the change before ...
  • PAUL KENNEDY: Land of opportunity
    I've always held that you can learn a heck of a lot about the world by following soccer. You can also learn a lot about the United States by listening to those involved in soccer abroad. I always remember a conversation I had with a colleague at the Paris magazine France Football a few years back at the World Cup '98 draw in Marseilles. He had covered the '94 World Cup in the United States, and he talked about his stay in the Bay Area. When he departed, he turned to me and said, "You're lucky to ...
  • Olympic Qualifying: USA downs Honduras, 3-0
    The United States won its first game of the final round of Olympic qualifying 3-0 over Honduras. Chris Albright scored the first two goals before John Thorrington came off the bench to hit the third. The USA meets Canada on Tuesday (April 25) Guatemala beat Panama, 2-1, in the other group, which also includes Mexico. The group winners and runners-up qualify for the semifinals, and both semifinal winners qualify for Sydney. April 21 in Hershey, Pa USA 3 Honduras 0 Goals: Albright (Olsen), 37, Albright, (Thorrington) 77, Thorrington, (Olsen), 85. USA starting lineup: G: Adin Brown D: Ramiro Corrales D: ...
  • A-League preview: A plea for patience
    Is more less? The A-League kicked off the 2000 season April 8 with 25 teams, down from the record 30 in 19999, but Commissioner Francisco Marcos is exasperated by all the talk about his league's first reduction in numbers since the merger of teams from the old APSL and USISL three years ago. Marcos, who founded what is today the United Soccer Leagues out of his Dallas garage in 1986, sticks by his "accordion" theory that the A-League, the top of the USL's five-league pyramid, will contract and expand until it reaches its optimal size. Just as ...
  • MLS: Cardozo on MLS court victory
    MLS conference call on Major League Soccer's victory in the lawsuit filed against the league by eight of its players. The lawsuit was thrown out by Boston Federal Court Judge George A. O'Toole last night, dismissing the heart of the players' antitrust case against Major League Soccer and upholding MLS's "single entity" structure. The Court ruled that it was not unlawful for MLS to require that all players be signed by the League, and not individual teams. A summary of key quotes follows. Today's guests: MLS Chief Operating Officer -- Mark Abbott MLS Lead Attorney -- Michael Cardozo (Proskauer Rose ...
  • MLS: Judge upholds single entity
    Federal Court Judge George A. O'Toole has dismissed the heart of the players' antitrust case against Major League Soccer and upheld MLS's "single entity" defense. O'Toole granted partial summary judgment, ruling that it was not unlawful for MLS to require that all players be signed by the League, not individual teams. "MLS is what it is," said O'Toole in his 23-page decision. "As a single entity, it cannot conspire or combine with its investors in violation of [the antitrust laws], and its investors do not combine or conspire with each other in pursuing the economic interests of the entity." The ...
  • Television: Cantor joins Telemundo
    Popular announcer Andres Cantor has signed a multi-year agreement to work with Telemundo, Spanish-language rival of Univision, where he had worked for many years. The Argentine-born Cantor is reunited at Telemundo with former Univision talent Norberto Longo and Jessie Losada as well as Jorge Hidalgo, the VP Sports of Telemundo and a former executive at Univision. Cantor, who recently left Univision, was signed by NBC to cover Olympic soccer in English on its cable broadcasts. Cantor won an Emmy for his coverage of the 1994 World Cup in the United States.
  • Olympic Qualifying: Hershey Six Rosters
    USA Name Pos. Birthdate Ht. Wt. Hometown Club Albright, Chris F 01/14/79 6'1" 185 Philadelphia, Pa. D.C. United - MLS Beasley, DaMarcus M 05/24/82 5'7" 135 Fort Wayne, Ind. Chicago Fire- MLS Brown, Adin GK 05/27/78 6'4" 200 Pleasant Hill, Calif. Colorado Rapids - MLS Califf, Danny D 03/17/80 6'1" 185 Orange, Calif. Los Angeles Galaxy - MLS Casey, Conor F 07/25/81 6'1" 170 Gilpin, Colo. University of Portland Cherundolo, Steve D 02/19/79 5'6" 145 San Diego, Calif. Hannover 96 - Germany Corrales, Ramiro D 03/29/77 6'1" 170 Salinas, Calif. NY/NJ MetroStars - MLS Denton, Eric D ...