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U.S. Women: Michelle French replaces Michelle Akers

The U.S. womenÆs Olympic team roster spot opened by the retirement of veteran Michelle Akers has been filled by defender Michelle French. French, 22, was one of the four alternates named when the Olympic roster was announced on Aug. 10, and now moves onto the 18-player squad. French is a four-year captain of the U.S. U-21 team and helped lead ...

U.S. Soccer On the Record: Akers on retirement

The following are quotes from an Aug. 25 conference call in which Michelle Akers spoke about her decision to retire from the U.S. women's national team. Akers was joined on the call by U.S. Soccer President Dr. Robert Contiguglia, U.S. national team doctors Mark Adams and Rob Palumbo and U.S. coach April Heinrichs. Palumbo performed shoulder surgery on Akers in ...

U.S. national team: Arena recalls Kirovski, adds Mulrooney

U.S. Men's National Team head coach Bruce Arena has recalled goalkeeper Kasey Keller and midfielders Jovan Kirovski and Richie Williams and called up San Jose midfielder Richard Mulrooney for the first time in his roster of 20 players for the important World Cup qualifying rematch against Guatemala, which will be shown live on ABC from RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. ...

DEAN CAPARAZ... Not a finished product

The U.S. forwards must improve if the women hope to win a medal at the Olympics.

Mia Hamm and Tiffeny Milbrett are two of the best in the world, but when neither can finish against non-Olympic teams such as Canada and Russia, in their second encounter, something is wrong.

The rest of the U.S. team certainly shares the ...

MLS owners ponder stadium projects

MLS clubs are looking at soccer stadiums as the wave of their future. The key: ancillary revenues they can derive from owning their own stadiums. Three clubs are seriously looking at building their own stadiums in the next few years.

The future of MLS is not dependent just on good players, smart marketing and butts in the seats.


Ridge MahoneyÆs MLS Playoff Update

SA Senior Editor Ridge Mahoney puts the MLS playoff picture in focus: The top two teams in MLS labored to a 0-0 tie Wednesday (Aug. 23) night, and so Kansas City (49 points) and the MetroStars (48 points) keep their places as the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds, respectively. Both teams have four matches remaining. A full Saturday (Aug. ...

U.S. Open Cup: Fire advances to final

The 1998 U.S. Open Cup champion Chicago Fire is headed to the 2000 championship match on Oct. 22 after Josh Wolff's golden goal in the second period of overtime gave the Fire a 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Galaxy on Wednesday night. The Fire will have a chance to make U.S. Open Cup history by becoming the first MLS ...

Youth Soccer Letter: Honoring Tommy MacEwen

A story of tragedy and inspiration: The West Bablyon Panthers of New York won the U-17 national championship just weeks after the death of their co-captain Tom MacEwen.

One of the most inspiring stories of the recent Snickers U.S. Youth Soccer National Championships was the West Babylon PanthersÆ journey from dark horse to U-17 boys Don Greer Cup national ...

SA Q&A with Dan Flynn: 'Everyone is committed to grow the game'

U.S. Soccer secretary general Dan Flynn, who succeeded Hank Steinbrecher after serving as the Federation's chief administrative and chief operating officers and as executive director of the U.S. Soccer Foundation, is starting to feel at home again in Soccer House.

SOCCER AMERICA: You've been on the job a month and a week. A progress report?

DAN FLYNN: It's ...

U.S. Soccer: Akers announces retirement

United States women's national team star Michelle Akers announced today that she will not compete in the 2000 Olympic Games due to an injured shoulder and her long-time battle with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.


"After winning the gold medal in 1996, I promised myself to never again play in the condition I was in during those Olympic games. Since then, ...


Soccer America MLS Team of the Week (Week 21: Aug. 16 - 20)

Soccer America Magazine's MLS Team of the Week from games played August 16 - 20.


Matt Jordan (2) Dallas Burn


Carlos Bocanegra (3) Chicago Fire

Greg Vanney (3) Los Angeles Galaxy

Mike Petke (3) MetroStars


Francisco Gomez (1) Kansas City Wizards

Mark ...

College Women: Soccer America Preseason All-Americans

Defending champion North Carolina tops the list with four players, while NCAA semifinalist Santa Clara has three players. There are two Olympians -- Santa Clara's Danielle Slaton (USA) and Oakland's Anita Rapp (Norway) -- and three Women's World Cup '99 players -- Rapp, Nebraska's Karina LeBlanc (Canada) and USC's Isabelle Harvey (Canada).



U.S. Soccer: Heinrichs sticks with Akers and Overbeck

Despite injuries, U.S. captain and '91 scoring sensation return for a shot at second gold medal

April Heinrichs will bring some major question marks to the Olympics.

While her Olympic roster didn't surprise anyone, the selection of Michelle Akers and captain Carla Overbeck raises key issues for the defending Olympic champion. They were among the 15 remaining Women's ...

Q&A with the SA Editors: Aug. 23, 2000

Mark Nester Hoboken, N.J. Why were the MetroStars allowed four substitutions during the Colorado game Aug. 20? Russell Payne was brought on for Tim Howard after the Metros had already used their allotted subs to remove Mathis, Matthaeus and Ramos. Mike Woitalla: Good question Mark, because MLSÆs substitution rule differs with FIFAÆs. HereÆs MLSÆs sub rule: ôA maximum of three ...

MLS: Petke fined for T-shirt message

MLS's disciplinary committee fined MetroStars defender Mike Petke $250 for continuing to escalate the furor surrounding Mike Ammann's potentially season-ending injuries. The MetroStars goalkeeper was hurt in a collision with Tampa Bay's Mamadou Diallo, who stepped on Ammann's face and kneed his chest in an Aug. 16 match won, 4-3, by the Mutiny. Diallo scored a hat trick and the ...