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U.S. SOCCER: Women blast Costa Rica in Gold Cup

Nikki Serlenga's first career hat trick powered the U.S. women to its second straight rout, 8-0 over Costa Rica, in the first Women's Gold Cup. The match at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium in Louisville, Ky., featured five different starters from the June 23 thrashing of Trinidad & Tobago. The USA victory, combined with Brazil's 11-0 win over Trinidad & Tobago, ...

WILL KUHNS... A fresh breath of air time

Watching the premier of MLS Extra Time, a weekly highlight show on ESPN2, the reflex is to critique. We soccer fans are fickle, always appalled by any variance from the way we think the game should be covered.

In this case, we should quell those impulses. The show left room for improvement in its debut, but to focus on ...

U.S. SOCCER: Women crush T&T in Gold Cup

Cindy Parlow's fourth hat trick of the year powered the world champion U.S. women to an 11-0 rout of Trinidad & Tobago in the inaugural Women's Gold Cup. The match, played in Hershey, Pa., also featured two goals each by Mia Hamm, Sara Whalen and Lorrie Fair. Women's Gold Cup June 23 in Hershey, Pa. United States 11, Trinidad & ...

SA Q&A with Earnie Stewart: æIÆd love to play in the U.S.Æ

Bruce Arena nearly sent Earnie Stewart home because of a mouth injury. Yet Stewart set up the equalizer against Ireland, then started against Mexico.

SOCCER AMERICA: Tell us about your injury.

EARNIE STEWART: Against South Africa, I took an elbow in the mouth, so I had to go to the dentist and have oral surgery ... I severed ...

SA Q&A with Tony Sanneh: One more year in Berlin

Tony Sanneh, the new U.S. right back, returns to Hertha Berlin, where he's had mixed results since joining the club in February 1999.

SOCCER AMERICA: How often have you played right back?

TONY SANNEH: One or two games at D.C. United when we needed help. One or two games at Hertha Berlin when they needed help. Sometimes if ...

Heinrichs and Foudy on the Women's Gold Cup

U.S. coach April Heinrichs and U.S. midfielder Julie Foudy spoke on a June 22 conference call previewing the inaugural tournament
Heinrichs' thoughts on her job as national team coach so far I haven't felt nervous on the bench, I haven't felt pressure. These girls play so hard that as a coach you don't have to get on them. You get ...

Colorado's lineups based on availability

Coping with an avalanche of injuries has been Coach Myernick's biggest challenge

The vast number of new faces on the Rapids' preseason roster suggested that adjusting to personnel turnover would be Colorado's greatest challenge for the 2000 season.

Instead, an onslaught of injuries - plus absences due to national team duty - presented Coach Glenn Myernick an even ...

World Cup 2002: USA qualifying schedule (with TV info)

Here is the United StatesÆ schedule for the semifinal round of World Cup qualifying. (The USA is in Group E. The top two teams in the three four-team groups will advance to the final round of qualifying, which will also be a home-and-away round robin.) Sat., July 15 Guatemala vs. USA in Guatemala City, Guat. Kickoff: 4 p.m. (CT). TV: ...

MLS: SA Team of the Week (Week 14: June 17)

Soccer America Magazine's MLS Team of the Week from games played June 17 GOALKEEPER Matt Jordan (1) Dallas DEFENDERS Danny Califf (1) Los Angeles Jorge Rodriguez (2) Dallas Richard Mulrooney (2) Sam Jose MIDFIELDERS Simon Elliott (1) Los Angeles Peter Nowak (2) Chicago Ian Russell (1) San Jose Bill Walsh (1) MetroStars FORWARDS Ariel Graziani (2) Dallas Adolfo Valencia (4) ...

U.S. SOCCER: Women add Italy friendly

The world champion U.S. women will play Italy in a July 7 friendly in Central Islip, N.Y. The 7 p.m. ET game will be part of a doubleheader with the A-League match between Long Island Rough Riders and Montreal Impact, who play at 9:15 p.m. Midfielder Sara Whalen, a member of the 1999 Women's World Cup championship team and a ...

USA Beat: A leadership wheel with many spokes

Reyna speaks softly at the hub and lets others make noise

East Rutherford, N.J. - The question underlying the entire U.S. Cup - Is this team ready for qualifying? - broke down primarily into discussions of the United States' strengths and weaknesses on the field. But because of the off-field dissension that detonated the United States' chances at France ...

On the Record: Luis Hernandez and Tony Meola

The following are quotes from MLSÆs June 20 conference call featuring Los Angeles forward Luis Hernandez and Kansas City goalkeeper Tony Meola. Luis Hernandez's Opening Comments "I have adapted well. This is a new stage in my career. Everything is going well in the city. I am getting to know my teammates, they are getting to know me. Things are ...

U.S. Cup serves up mixed bag

For the incumbent U.S. players, U.S. Cup 2000 was a fine prelude to World Cup qualifying. For Coach Bruce Arena, it was a mixed bag of encouraging results and disruptive variables. For U.S. Soccer, it was a disappointing year in the tournament's otherwise estimable history.

The United States' victory in the event was overshadowed by the absence of Mexico's ...

U.S. Soccer: Has U.S. found its backs?

Tony Sanneh enters Bruce Arena's defense puzzle

The last time Bruce Arena found a new position for Tony Sanneh, it worked gloriously.

It was 1996, MLS's first year, and Arena's D.C. United had lost five games and won one. It called up Sanneh from the Milwaukee Rampage in the A-League, where he had scored 18 goals and finished ...

U.S. SOCCER: Branam replaces Scurry in Gold Cup

Goalkeeper Jenni Branam has replaced Briana Scurry for the second straight tournament, the inaugural Women's Gold Cup, because Scurry continues to suffer from shin splints. The 19-year-old Branam also replaced Scurry, the World Cup '99 starter, at the recent Pacific Cup in Australia.