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2000 Year in Review: Carlos Bocanegra & Nick Garcia

When the MLS season kicked off in March, most rookies were hoping just for some playing time. But Chicago's Carlos Bocanegra and Kansas City's Nick Garcia made an immediate impact and didn't let up. In fact, they were key in helping set up their teams' MLS Cup meeting.

The cream of the rookie class

The lives of Nick ...

Happy Holidays From Soccer America

During the holidays follow headline news and a special Soccer America series that recaps the highlights of Soccer 2000 right here at

The staff of Soccer America wishes all of our readers and online visitors a very happy holiday season and a prosperous New Year. Soccer America Magazine is taking its traditional holiday publishing hiatus with the ...

2000 Year in Review: Canada


Canada was one of five continental champions to be crowned in 2000.

Every confederation except South America, which crowned Brazil in 1999, held championships in 2000.

Here are the other champions:

CAMEROON. The Indomitable Lions were the first champions to be crowned, winning the African Nations Cup. They beat host Nigeria on penalty kicks ...

2000 Year in Review: Corinthians goes from top to bottom

The story of Corinthians is symbolic of the state of Brazilian soccer.

It also sums up the topsy-turvy year that was 2000.

Brazil continues to produce more good players than any other country in the world, but it's plagued by disorganization.

The Sao Paulo club was crowned champion of the inaugural FIFA Club World Championship in January, ...

MLS lets WUSA into Spartan Stadium

MLS has announced, that at the request of the WUSA and Spartan Stadium, the home for the past five years of the San Jose Earthquakes, it has agreed to waive the exclusivity provision contained in its lease with Spartan. This waiver allows the WUSA to play at the stadium. In return for doing so, MLS agreed with Spartan Stadium on ...

First Person Singular: Kelly SmithÆs England triumph and her WUSA hopes is pleased to present the debut of Kelly SmithÆs monthly column. Smith, an England international who set the NCAA Division I record for goals and points per game at Seton Hall University, is a member of the WUSAÆs Philadelphia Charge. She checks in shortly after playing in front of record crowd for an England womenÆs national team home game ...

MenÆs College: MVC joins select company

In the past 20 years ù the modern era of college soccer ù only two conferences have sent more than one representative to the NCAA semifinals in the same year. One is the Atlantic Coast Conference, which has thrice seen two of its teams among the final four. The only other league to accomplish that feat since 1980 is the ...

International friendly: Mexico falls to Argentina in Los Angeles

Mexico, the first U.S. opponent in the final round of World Cup 2002 qualifying, fell to Argentina, 2-0, in its final match of the year before 55,000 fans at the Los Angeles Coliseum. Santiago Solari, who spent one year at NCAA Division III school Richard Stockton, had the first goal for Argentina in the 14th minute. Luciano Galletti added an ...

College: NSCAA/adidas Regional Coaches of the Year

Men's College NCAA Division I New England, Ed Kelly, Boston College New York, Scott Dean, SUNY-Stony Brook South Atlantic, George Gelnovatch, Virginia Mid-Atlantic, Dean Koski, Lehigh South, Elmar Bolowich, North Carolina Great Lakes, John Bluem, Ohio State Midwest, Schellas Hyndman, SMU Far West, Gary St. Clair, San Jose State NCAA Division II New England, John Murphy, Assumption College Northeast, Jerry ...

High School/Youth: NSCAA/adidas Regional Coaches of the Year

High School Boys Division I New Eng., Francis Bositis, Franklin HS (Mass.) East, John Butterworth, Penfield HS (N.Y.) South, Ron Benson, Chapel Hill HS (N.C.) Central, Tobey Cook, Strongsville HS (Ohio) Midwest, Bryan Yenor, Brookfield East HS (Wis.) Southwest, Darryl Metcalfe, James E. Taylor HS (Texas) Rocky Mtn, Art Drotar, Horizon HS (Colo.) Far West, Randy Thoreson, SandPoint HS (Idaho) ...

Q&A with the SA Editors: Dec. 21, 2000

Tanya Riedhammer Gainesville, Fla. I am looking for the definition of a bicycle kick. Can you help me? Mike Woitalla: Tanya, IÆm going to refer to the glossary of Paul GardnerÆs book, ôThe Simplest Game.ö The bicycle kick entry reads: ôA volley in which the player kicks the ball over his own head. This is not just a simple overhead ...

WUSA: CyberRays make Bryan the No. 1 American

Former U.S. national team regular is the first American player taken in the leagueÆs Global Draft

Thori Bryan has resurrected what had been a promising career in the early 1990s. Back then, as Thori Staples, she was on the fast track to womenÆs soccer stardom.

After an all-American college career at North Carolina State, where she annually battled ...

College Women: Florance wins Honda Award

Women's College Cup offensive MVP Meredith Florance won another honor -- the 2000-2001 Honda Sports Award. The senior forward, who led North Carolina to its latest NCAA championship, is the second straight Tar Heel to win the award. Lorrie Fair won the 1999 version after leading UNC to that year's championship. Florance's win automatically qualifies her for the Honda-Broderick Cup ...

MLS: Holiday Cheer

D.C. United D.C. United will mix in many December holiday activities with its preparations for Champions Cup ... The team collected new unwrapped toys and clothing at its headquarters to benefit the Salvation Army's collection services ... For every donation, United gave fans a 2001 autographed played card set ... The players assisted in distributing the items to different families ...

MLS: Mutiny to play Celtic in January

The Tampa Bay Mutiny will host Scottish Premier League leader Celtic in an international friendly match on Jan. 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the University of Tampa's Pepin-Rood Stadium. Tickets for the contest are $20 for adults and $15 for children (19 and under). The game will mark Alfonso Mondelo's debut as Mutiny coach. The Mutiny received special permission from ...