• Q&A with the SA Editors: Sept. 28, 2000
    Rob Blankenship Seattle, Wash. Besides Roy Wegerle and Frank Klopas, have any other ex-NASL players appeared in MLS? Are any ex-NASL players active still? Mike Woitalla: Great question, Rob. And one of the answers can be found in your city of Seattle. But first of all, Frank Klopas never saw any NASL action. He did sign with the Chicago Sting as a 17-year-old and played for it in the Major Indoor Soccer League for four seasons (1984-88). Roy Wegerle, who played MLS ball for Colorado, D.C. United and Tampa Bay (1996-98), played for the NASL Tampa Bay Rowdies in 1984 ...
  • MLS: Players Are Split
    Can Rongen survive 'perfect storm'? RFK Stadium security demanded that the huge red banner with white letters reading "FIRE THE COACH" be furled during a late-season D.C. United home match. Club president Kevin Payne said afterward that security made a mistake: The club didn't condone the confiscation of banners. That may be as far as Payne goes in sympathizing with the growing group of fans who blame Thomas Rongen for D.C. United's 2000 demise. Payne keeps reiterating that nearly every person involved in United's on-field product is culpable. But several sources within the team, including some ...
  • MLS: Revs named Hershey's Smith GM
    Todd Smith, president and general manager of the A-League's Hershey Wildcats since the team's inception in 1997, is the new General Manager of Major League Soccer's New England Revolution, replacing Brian O'Donovan. Smith is the fourth team executive from the A-League to move on to MLS in the capacity of general manager. Former Minnesota Thunder General Manager Bill Manning was hired by the Tampa Bay Mutiny after leading the Thunder to its first championship in 1999. Peter Wilt, who led the Thunder to a championship appearance during his three-year tenure as president and general manager with Minnesota, became the general ...
  • College Women: Soccer America's Team of the Week (Sept. 18-24)
    POSITION/PLAYER G Maite Zabala (California) (1) Amazing 9 save-effort in Santa Clara tie D Heather Aldama (Santa Clara) (1) Set up 2 goals against Stanford and Cal D Jenny Benson (Nebraska) (1) Hits winner against Baylor M Sarah Rahko (Boston College) (1) Sets up a goal in Syracuse upset M Kate O'Shaughnessy (Holy Cross) (1) Goal means first win over Navy in 6 years M Stacey Tullock (Arizona State) (1) 5th game-winner a golden goal vs. Georgia M Linzy Wolman (Iowa) (1) Set up both goals to stun Wake, 2-1 F Tami Bennett (Washington) (1) Goal snaps 10-game losing streak ...
  • College Men: Soccer America's Team of the Week (Sept. 18-24)
    POSITION/PLAYER G Bryheem Hancock (Connecticut) (1) Had 2 shutouts, stopped PK against Pitt D Rich Bradley (St. JohnÆs) (1) Goal beat Georgetown in Big East D Bryn Ritchie (Washington) (1) Outstanding Defensive Player at Nike Classic M Ryan Mack (Indiana) (2) Unassisted goal in 1-0 win over Michigan St. M Jorge Martinez (San Jose State) (2) 4 goals in wins over LMU and Loyola (Ill.) M Derek Potteiger (Penn State) (2) Winner in OT and an assist against Michigan M Diego Walsh (SMU) (1) 2 goals and 3 assists in pair of wins F Marshall Morehead (Marquette) (1) Hat trick ...
  • SA Q&A with Kevin Payne: æI think we have a pretty decent planÆ
    D.C. United president and general manager Kevin Payne watched his team, the defending MLS champion, perform the largest season-to-season nose dive (27 points) in league history. He talks about what happened and what will happen to his club. SOCCER AMERICA: Is there anything left to say about this season? KEVIN PAYNE: I doubt it. WeÆve said a lot already. You know, everybody wants answers to this stuff ù whether itÆs winning or losing ù to be simple. No disrespect to your profession, but sportswriters are always looking to write one thing ù that they won because ...
  • SA Q&A with Kevin Payne: æI think we have a pretty decent planÆ
    D.C. United president and general manager Kevin Payne watched his team, the defending MLS champion, perform the largest season-to-season nose dive (27 points) in league history. He talks about what happened and what will happen to his club. SOCCER AMERICA: Is there anything left to say about this season? KEVIN PAYNE: I doubt it. WeÆve said a lot already. You know, everybody wants answers to this stuff ù whether itÆs winning or losing ù to be simple. No disrespect to your profession, but sportswriters are always looking to write one thing ù that they won because ...
  • SA Q&A with Brad Friedel: 'Clive Charles did a magnificent job'
    Veteran goalkeeper Brad Friedel, who hasn't played at Liverpool this season, came to the rescue when injury prevented Adin Brown from traveling to Australia for the Olympics. If all goes as expected, his next stop will be Blackburn Rovers. SOCCER AMERICA: You were an Olympian in 1992. How are things different this time around? BRAD FRIEDEL: We're more organized this year, with more experienced players. I think the players are all-around better now than we were then. We were all amateurs in '92, and everyone now with the exception of [Conor Casey] is a professional, and to be ...
  • U.S. men seek bronze after Spanish blitz
    BY SCOTT FRENCH IN SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA The U.S. men's soccer team's golden dreams came to a finish Tuesday night, victim to weary legs and a first-class performance by Spain in a 3-1 Olympic semifinal decision in the rain at the Sydney Football Stadium. AC Milan's Jose Mari carved up the American defense, creating goals from Tamudo and Angulo in the first 25 minutes, then finishing off the victory with an 87th-minute strike. The Spaniards advance to Saturday afternoon's gold-medal match against Cameroon at Stadium Australia -- the chief Olympic stadium -- and the Americans will meet Chile for the bronze ...
  • Quote Sheet: Coach Clive CharlesÆ postgame reaction (9-26 vs. Spain)
    U.S. men's Olympic team postgame quote sheet following the USAÆs 3-1 semifinal loss to Spain Sept. 26. U.S. coach Clive Charles Opening remarks: "First of all, Spain were a very, very good team. I felt that we were just a yard off tonight I think the effects of our last game took its toll a little bit on us. The guys have had to work very hard in all of the games that we've played, and I just think it caught up with them. ôPlus, the fact that we're playing against a very, very good team. We tried to play ...
  • College Men: Soccer America Top 20
    The following is Soccer America Magazine's Men's Top 20 covering games through Sept. 24. Team Record LastWeek 1. UCLA 6-0-0 1 2. Connecticut 6-1-0 2 3. Penn State 7-0-0 4 4. St. JohnÆs 7-1-0 5 5. Duke 5-2-0 6 6. Stanford 6-0-0 7 7. Virginia 6-2-0 8 8. Portland 5-1-2 3 9. Furman 6-1-0 14 10. Southern Methodist 6-2-0 15 11. Clemson 5-2-0 16 12. North Carolina 6-2-0 10 13. South Carolina 6-1-1 12 14. Indiana 6-3-0 19 15. Washington 5-3-0 NR ...
  • College Women: Soccer America Top 20
    The following is Soccer America Magazine's Women's Top 20 covering games through Sunday, Sept. 24. Team Record LastWeek 1. Notre Dame 9-0-0 1 2. Clemson 10-0-0 2 3. Nebraska 10-0-0 3 4. North Carolina 10-1-0 5 5. UCLA 6-1-0 6 6. Hartford 7-1-0 7 7. Penn State 8-2-1 8 8. Washington 8-1-0 9 9. California 8-0-1 10 10. Santa Clara 5-3-1 19 11. Connecticut 5-3-1 11 12. Texas A&M 7-3-0 12 13. Stanford 6-2-0 4 14. Florida State 7-4-0 15 15. USC ...
  • Olympics: U.S. Men's Reaction After Quarterfinal Win Over Japan
    Coach Clive Charles, midfielder Peter Vagenas, forward Josh Wolff, midfielder Sasha Victorine and defender Frankie Hejduk react to their passage into the medal round. The U.S. men's Olympic team quote sheet Sept. 23 vs. Japan: U.S. head coach Clive Charles Opening remarks: "I've been involved in a lot of games over the years with World Cup games and World Cup qualifying games, and this may have been the most exciting game that I've ever been involved in. Japan was a tremendous team. ôThey gave us all kinds of problems throughout the game. It was a very entertaining game. Both teams ...
  • U.S. women win ugly, advance to Olympic final
    BY SCOTT FRENCH IN CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA A timely second-half volley by Mia Hamm on Sunday lifted the U.S. women's team to the Olympic gold-medal match for the second time, delivering a 1-0 triumph over Brazil in an ugly semifinal at Bruce Stadium. Hamm, to the left of the goal, finished a sequence from a Brandi Chastain free kick in the 60th minute, and the U.S. defense limited an aggressive and skillful Brazilian side to very few decent chances. The Americans created only one strong opportunity, but Hamm finished it expertly to send the them to Thursday's title game against Norway ...
  • U.S. men beat Japan on PKs, earn trip to semifinals
    BY SCOTT FRENCH IN ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA Sasha Victorine's spot kick glanced off goalkeeper Seigo Narazaki's fingertips and into the net Saturday night to secure a semifinal berth -- and guarantee a place in an Olympic medal game -- for the U.S. men's soccer team with a stirring victory over Japan on penalty kicks. Victorine's blast was the winner for the Yanks, who outfired a technically superb Japanese side, 5-4, in the shootout after a thrilling 2-2 draw before a sellout crowd of 18,345 at Hindmarsh Stadium. Peter Vagenas' penalty kick in the 90th minute, after Zimbabwean referee Felix Onias Tangawarima ...