• 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 and questions that previously had been directed at Mia Hamm and Michelle Akers were turned toward the unassuming Pearce. Reporters asked how Pearce switched from playing forward in college to playing in the back for the United States. They asked ...
  • 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 (60). Colorado Rush Nike (Lakewood) 1, Vardar III (Southfield, Mich.) 0 Scorer: Brian Crossan (81). Under-19 Girls Colorado Rush Nike (Lakewood) 3, Windy City FC (Chicago) 0 Scorers: Kathleen Antongiovanni (15), Camile Flenniken (18), Lindsey Griffin (38) Northport/Cow Harbor (N.Y.) ...
  • 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 road has been a very inhospitable place, as Pittsburgh has yet to pick up a point in 10 away games this season. Despite the futility away from home, Coach John Kowalski remains optimistic that the Riverhounds still have time ...
  • 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 Girls San Diego Surf 2, Sting '83 (Dallas) 0 Scorers: Jennifer Williams (6), Kelley Schweighart (57). Carmel (Ind.) Cosmos 1, Chantilly (Va.) Hotspurs 0 Scorer: Ashley Swinehart (63). Under-19 Girls Windy City FC (Chicago) 3, Sting '81 (Dallas) ...
  • 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 D.C. United on a tremendous 3-1 victory over Newcastle United of the English Premier League on Saturday. The only way we can prove ourselves on an international club level and demonstrate our level of improvement is by playing different international ...
  • 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, but it was well-placed, far to Thornton's left and a yard or so inside the post. With both feet on the goal line, Thornton had a long way to go. Chicago fans roared when the ball came spinning out ...
  • 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: J.T. Hare (17) FC Westchester (N.Y.) 2, Charlotte (N.C.) SC Blue 1 Scorers: Michael Marcellino (48), Chris Fisher (55); (C) Graham Scales (75)
  • 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 very honest today. Our players have conducted themselves wonderfully these last two games. They have nothing to be ashamed of. Our whole team is disappointed. ThatÆs not the way to decide a game.ö ôI thought we outplayed them in both ...
  • 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 sure you would have found half of them at the beach or by a pool. We knew he had a bad-back situation and I didn't expect him to stay in isolation. The photo was not an issue, for ...
  • 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. Final Standings: TEAM GP W T L GF GA P USA 3 2 1 0 3 1 7 Norway 3 2 0 1 5 2 6 China 3 1 1 1 4 3 4 Germany 3 0 0 3 2 ...
  • 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. She still runs and lifts weights to stay ready for WUSA's start in 2001. Fotopoulos was one of five U.S. World Cup '99 veterans, along with Tiffany Roberts, Tisha Venturini, Saskia Webber and Tracy Ducar, cast off when Heinrichs ...
  • 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 approached the fallen boy. I grabbed his shoulder and he pulled his tearful face out of the dirt. "Franz Beckenbauer once scored own goals two games in a row," I said. He didn't know Franz Beckenbauer from Adam ...
  • 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. GOALKEEPER Zach Thornton (1) Chicago DEFENDERS Eric Dade (3) Dallas Steve Trittschuh (1) Tampa Bay MIDFIELDERS Jaime Moreno (2) D.C. United Bobby Convey (2) D.C. United Wilmar Perez (5) Columbus Oscar Pareja (1) Dallas FORWARDS Junior Agogo (1) Colorado Ariel Graziani (4) Dallas Dante Washington (4) Columbus Brian West (2) Columbus * In parentheses is the number of times a player has been named to the Team of the ...
  • 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 that he would leave the league. Luis Hernandez led all write-in vote-getters with 12,980 votes. key: s=Starter WEST Forwards (2) 1. s-Cobi Jones (Los Angeles) 54,698 votes 2. s-Ante Razov (Chicago) 33,242 3. Ronald Cerritos (San Jose) 19,461 4. Jason ...
  • 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 about every team in our division is a playoff-caliber team, and then we go out of our division to Minnesota, Montreal and Rochester, the last three champions. SA: You're a hometown boy done good. How has the reception been ...
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