• NCAA Division I womenÆs quarterfinal results
    UCLA, Portland, North Carolina and Notre Dame have reached the 2000 Division I womenÆs final four in San Jose. UCLA will play Portland and Notre Dame faces North Carolina in the semifinals. Three of the four have reached this far before; UCLA make its final four debut. Here are the quarterfinal results: Nov. 24 at Chapel Hill, N.C. North Carolina 3 UConn 0 UNC -- Meredith Florance (Anne Remy, Kalli Kamholz) 13:13. UNC-- Meredith Florance (Alyssa Ramsey, Danielle Borgma) 60:26. UNC -- Maggie Tomecka 73:03. Nov. 24 at Notre Dame, Ind. Notre Dame 2 Santa Clara 1 (OT) ND ...
  • Q&A with the SA Editors: Nov. 24, 2000
    Jim Doyle (Endwell, N.Y.) asks: I understand the term CAPS used in soccer refers to the number of international matches a player has been in. Is CAPS an acronym? If yes, what do the letters stand for? Mike Woitalla: Indeed, a cap refers to a playerÆs appearance in a full international game. That is, playing for your nation against another. When a national team plays a club team, the national team players donÆt get caps. Nor does one get a cap for Olympic team games. But the word ôcapö is not an acronym. It refers to the caps (as in ...
  • Minister's Task: Restore South African Credibility
    Robin Peterson, a former University of Chicago theology student, tackles PSL's problems When South Africa's troubled Premier Soccer League began looking for a new chief executive officer recently, everybody agreed that a higher power was requiredWho knew it would be God? Yet the appointment of Robin Petersen, an ordained minister who studied theology at the University of Chicago, signaled the PSL's desperate desire for change. Petersen spent the last two years as general manager of South Africa's unsuccessful 2006 World Cup bid, and he accepted this new post determined to restore respectability to one of Africa's most competitive ...
  • Clive Charles: A Blessing in Disguise
    Once upon a time, Clive Charles was an up-and-coming defender with World Cup dreams. When those faded away, he found his true calling in the Pacific Northwest Things didn't turn out as Clive Charles expected them to, certainly not as he'd planned, but blessings often are disguised as something else. When the native Londoner first arrived on this continent 30 years ago, for an offseason stint in the North American Soccer League, he was a young pro with a little international experience and big plans. He was going to be England's left back, play in a World Cup ...
  • College: Men's Small College Playoff Scores
    Men's NCAA Division II FIRST ROUND St. Anselm 0 New Hampshire Col. 1 Dowling 1 East Stroudsburg 1 (East Stroudsburg wins on penalties.) Francis Marion 1 Clayton State 1 (Francis Marion wins on penalties.) Barry 4 Christian Brothers 0 Wis.-Parkside 0 Lewis 1 Wheeling Jesuit 3 Mercyhurst 2 West Texas A&M 1 Metro State 0 CS Dominguez Hills 4 Seattle Pacific 0 QUARTERFINALS East Stroudsburg 4 New Hamp. Coll. 2 Barry 3 Francis Marion 0 Lewis 1 Wheeling Jesuit 0 Cal State Dom. Hills 2 West Texas A&M 0 SEMIFINALS Dec. 1 in Miami Shores, Fla. Cal State Dom. Hills ...
  • College: Women's Small College Playoff Scores
    Women's NCAA Division II FIRST ROUND So. Connecticut 1 Franklin Pierce 3 Lock Haven 0 Bloomsburg 2 Cen. Oklahoma 1 Mesa State 0 UC San Diego 2 Sonoma State 0 No. Florida 2 Francis Marion 0 Barry 4 Lynn 1 No. Kentucky 6 Minn.-Duluth 2 Mercyhurst 1 Ashland 0 (Mercyhurst wins on penalties.) QUARTERFINALS Nov. 18 Franklin Pierce 6 Bloomsburg 0 Barry 1 North Florida 0 No. Kentucky 1 Mercyhurst 0 Nov. 19 UC San Diego 6 Cen. Oklahoma 2 SEMIFINALS Nov. 30 in Miami Shores, Fla. Franklin Pierce (18-2-2) vs. UC San Diego (18-2-0) Barry (18-0-0) vs. No. Kentucky ...
  • MLS: Offseason player news
    While Columbus Crew forward Brian McBride continues to recover from surgery to remove a blood clot, a procedure which interrupted his stay at Preston North End in England's First Division, a number of other MLS players are currently training or playing on loan with clubs in the same country. D.C. United midfielder Ben Olsen continued with his impressive showings at Nottingham Forest. Last Saturday he started in a 2-1 last-minute home loss to Wimbledon. It was Olsen's second start and his sixth appearance. He appears to have a grasp on the left flank position as the regular starter will miss ...
  • Q&A with the SA Editors: Nov. 22, 2000
    Mike Murray Ashland, Mo. Goalkeeping has been touted for years as the strength of the American game, the one area in which the USA is supposedly competitive at the highest levels. Yet Kasey Keller rides the bench in Spain. Brad Friedel faded at Liverpool, only caught on with Division I [second tier] Blackburn, and is described as erratic by the English press. Tony Meola played well above the MLS level this year but gets no serious interest from top flight foreign clubs. Our lesser keepers playing abroad languish. What gives? How about a a realistic appraisal of U.S. goalkeeping? Mike ...
  • An SA First XI (All-time MLS Foreigners)
    1. Marco Etcheverry. The benchmark of what a foreign player can be. He wears the No. 10 shirt, he's learned to speak English, and he's led United to domestic and international titles. 2. Carlos Valderrama. A living embodiment of Johan Cruyff's pronouncement that "soccer is a game you play with your brain." 3. Jaime Moreno. Other guys have better stats, so perhaps we should label him the best player to play forward in MLS. 4. Peter Nowak. Led Chicago to a pair of MLS finals and two U.S. Open Cups with a slashing yet deft style of ...
  • MLS: Foreign rules to change again
    Rosters are trimmed in anticipation of leagueÆs player limit being reduced When Lothar Matthaeus arrived in New York, one of the first things he did was send out girlfriend Maren Mueller-Wohlfarth to buy furniture. The league, you see, had filled his apartment ù for which MLS was paying $10,000 a month ù with rented furnishings not suitable to his tastes. Thus did his sojourn with the MetroStars begin. But MatthaeusÆ thirst for tufted chairs could have been tolerated had he not played with the immobility of a leather ottoman for most of the season. Not until the ...
  • Q&A with the SA Editors: Nov. 21, 2000
    Mike Grey Rockport, Maine. Recently I have been given the opportunity to send a group of players to England on a tournament package. My question to you is about fundraising: What are some creative ways to raise a rather large sum of money to help with cost of this trip? (It will cost approximately $1,800 per player.) I would hate to deprive a player of this experience because of money. Mike Woitalla: For a start, go to the Soccer America Yellow Pages by clicking the icon on the right column of our home page. Then type in "fundraising" after the ...
  • MIKE WOITALLA... Why college game still matters
    What will happen to college soccer? That was the question when MLS launched in 1996 and created Project-40. Project-40 would offer players the pro opportunity and provide funds for college tuition. So far, it has signed 46 players, only 13 of whom never attended college. That is the otherwise successful programÆs biggest flaw. That it hasnÆt found, or taken a chance, on more talent outside the traditional source ù the college-bound suburban kids who we know from ODP. MLS has an excuse for not having a more ambitious development program. Its investors are preoccupied with the immediate challenges. ...
  • WUSA: Krikorian leaves Hartford for Charge
    Mark Krikorian, who led the University of Hartford women's team to three America East Conference titles and four NCAA tournament appearances over the last five years, was named the first-ever head coach of the Philadelphia Charge. Krikorian compiled a 75-30-3 record with three NSCAA top-15 final rankings during his five seasons at Hartford. The Hawks went 17-4 this year, including an 8-1 America East record, before falling in the second round of the NCAA tournament. Hartford registered 10 consecutive shutouts from Sept. 9-Oct. 13 and finished with 12 for the season, which is one shy of the school record. In ...
  • U.S. Abroad Weekend (Nov. 17-19)
    Update on Americans in Europe Shutout for Friedel in Blackburn debut; Heavy loss for Sanneh's Hertha; Olsen starts but Forest loses at home. Croatia Erik Kuster, Cakonec (D1) n/a Marsonia (1-0) Denmark Will Orben, Viborg (SL) DNP vs. AGF (4-2) England Ian Feuer, Wimbledon (D1) DNP at Nott. Forest (2-1) Brad Friedel, Blackburn (D1) started (90 min.) vs. Wolves (1-0) Marcus Hahnemann, Fulham (D1) DNP vs. Portsmouth (3-1) Eddie Lewis, Fulham (D1) DNP vs. Portsmouth (3-1) Brian McBride, Preston North End (D1) DNP at Watford (3-2) Joe-Max Moore, Everton (PL) DNP vs. Arsenal (2-0) Ben Olsen, Nottingham Forest (D1) started ...
  • TFC: 2000 Champions Cup finals
    Quarterfinalists Toluca (Mexico -- 2000 Torneo Verano champion) Pachuca (Mexico -- 1999 Torneo Invierno champion) D.C. United (USA -- 1999 MLS Cup champion) Los Angeles Galaxy (USA -- 1999 MLS regular-season champion) Olimpia (Honduras -- 1999 Liga Nacional champion) Real Espana (Honduras -- 1999 Liga Nacional runner-up) Alajuela (Costa Rica -- 1998/99 Primera Division runner-up) Caribbean Zone champion (TBD) Schedule Quarterfinals Jan. 16 in Fullerton, Calif. 6:30 pm: Toluca vs. Olimpia 8:30 pm: Pachuca vs. Caribbean champion Jan. 17 in Fullerton, Calif. 6:30 pm: D.C. United vs. Alajuela 8:30 pm: Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Real Espana Semifinals Jan. 19 in ...
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