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U.S. Soccer: Pearce excels, when she's given a chance

Defender's play in Overbeck's absence makes Heinrichs' Olympic decisions more difficult

Christie Pearce became an overnight sensation in last year's Women's World Cup.

After Kate Sobrero twisted her ankle in practice, Tony DiCicco mentioned at a press conference that Pearce was a possible replacement against Nigeria the following day. Reporters in attendance quickly converged on Pearce.

Microphones ...

Results (7-26): 2000 SNICKERS USYSA National Championships

July 26 Results from round-robin play at the USYSA national championships in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Three teams have already clinched spots in title games: Colorado Rush Nike (U-19 girls), FC Delco Dynamo (U-19 boys) and Chicago Magic Sockers (U-17 boys). Under-19 Boys FC Delco Dynamo (West Chester, Pa.) 2, Jackson (Miss.) FC 0 Scorers: Phil Swenda (15), Kris Bertsch ...

A-League: Road woes for Riverhounds

Pittsburgh still pointless after 10 games away from home

If the Pittsburgh Riverhounds had played all their games in the friendly confines of Bethel Park Stadium, they could well be challenging for first place in the Atlantic Division instead of being mired in last with a 6-11-1 record.

At Bethel Park, the Hounds are a respectable 6-1-1. The ...

Results (7-25): 2000 SNICKERS USYSA National Championships

July 25 Results from round-robin play at the USYSA national championships in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Under-17 Boys San Juan Lightning (Sacramento, Calif.) 1, Team Boca Gunners (Boca Raton, Fla.) 1 Scorers: Jonathan Apilido (90); Consthandivine Harris (11). Chicago Magic Sockers 2, West Babylon (N.Y.) Panthers 1 Scorers: Steve Doster (47), Udo Seidel (90); Anthony Barberio (51). Under-17 ...

MLS On the Record: Gazidis, Mathis, Armas

The following are quotes from MLSÆs July 25 conference call that featured MLS executive vice president Ivan Gazidis, MetroStars forward Clint Mathis and Chicago midfielder Chris Armas. Ivan Gazidis' Opening Comments It's really great to see two players like Chris and Clint who are contributing with the U.S. national team, they both have great futures. First of all, congratulations to ...

MLS Beat: Overtime is time well spent

Additional period is producing excitement and goals

The Mutiny was pressing for its first-ever win in Chicago, and the July 15 game was scoreless. Mamadou Diallo rose to meet a cross from Eric Quill, and the league's top scorer headed toward the net, where Fire keeper Zach Thornton crouched at the ready.

Diallo's header was not hit hard, ...

Results (7-25): 2000 SNICKERS USYSA U-16 National Championships

U-16 USYSA national championship round-robin action from July 25 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Under-16 Girls Prince William Sparklers (Woodbridge, Va.) 4, D'Feeters (Dallas) 0 Scorers: Teresa Powers (19, 63), Liana Wooten (42), Elizabeth Mumley (67) Southern California Blues (Dana Point) 1, Internationals (Cleveland) 0 Scorer: Katie Rivera (40) Under-16 Boys Tempe (Ariz.) Pros 1, Sockers FC (Chicago) 0 Scorer: ...

Costa Rica-USA: Post Game Comments

The following are comments by U.S. coach Bruce Arena, captain Claudio Reyna and defender Gregg Berhalter following the U.S. 2-1 loss to Costa Rica in World Cup qualifying July 23. Bruce Arena: His thoughts on the last-minute goal by Costa Rica: ôDisgraceful. I probably saw the play as well as the referee. ôWe played very hard, very fair, and ...

SA Q&A with Nick Sakiewicz: 'We're no longer the doormat'

MetroStars general manager Nick Sakiewicz believes his team has shaken off the stigma of past failures.

SOCCER AMERICA: What reaction did you have to the photo of Lothar Matthaeus lounging on the beach in St. Tropez with his girlfriend?

NICK SAKIEWICZ: It didn't really factor in. Yesterday [July 17] was a day off for the players, and I'm ...

USA Women win DFB Tournament in Germany

July 22 in Braunschweig Germany 0 USA 1. Goal: Foudy 57. Germany -- Rottenberg, Minnert, Jones (Gotte, 77), Hingst, Stegemann, Meinert, Wiegmann, Lingor, Hoffmann (Smisek, 74), Prinz, Grings (M. Muller, 63). USA -- Mullinix, Pearce, Chastain (Akers, 59), Fawcett, Sobrero (Slaton, 41), Fair, Foudy, Lilly, MacMillan (Lilly, 74), Hamm, Milbrett. Att.: 6,050. July 22 in Celle Norway 1 China 0. ...

U.S. Soccer: One year later for Women's World Cup 20

Striker Danielle Fotopoulos is five months pregnant, keeper Saskia 'Party Girl' Webber models for Wilhelmina.

Danielle Fotopoulos didn't let U.S. national team coach April Heinrichs' decision to cut her keep her off the field.

Nor did her pregnancy.

The former Florida striker, who is five months pregnant, continued to play up until the last week of June. ...

MIKE WOITALLA: A different era for U.S. youth

About 20 years ago, I was refereeing a game in which an 8-year-old boy tried to intercept a cross with a diving header and instead rifled it into his own goal.

He remained on the ground and proceeded to wail in such heart-rending fashion, I felt obliged to offer consolation. So after I pointed to the center mark, I ...

SA Team of the Week (Week 17: July 12-15)

Soccer America Magazine's MLS Team of the Week from games played July 12-15.


Zach Thornton (1) Chicago


Eric Dade (3) Dallas

Steve Trittschuh (1) Tampa Bay


Jaime Moreno (2) D.C. United

Bobby Convey (2) D.C. United

Wilmar Perez (5) Columbus

Oscar Pareja (1) Dallas



MLS All-Star Game: The Starters (incl. Matthaeus) & Final Vote Tally

The MLS All-Star Game takes place at Columbus Crew Stadium on Saturday, July 29, at 3:30 p.m. ET, live on ABC Sports. What follows are the starting lineups (reserves will be named July 24) and final vote tally. Lothar Matthaeus -- the No. 4 vote-getter with 57,160 -- is among the starters and remains on the MetroStarsÆ roster despite rumors ...

SA Q&A with Darren Sawatzky: 'I have zero regrets'

Darren Sawatzky has returned to his hometown of Seattle to play for the Sounders, after stints in MLS with New England, Dallas and Colorado.

SOCCER AMERICA: How are things going in Seattle?

DARREN SAWATZKY: We're doing real well, considering. We just got back from a real tough East Coast road trip. We have a pretty tough schedule. Just ...