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Kansas City to host U.S. World Cup qualifier

Kansas City's Arrowhead Stadium has been chosen to host the United States' second home World Cup qualifying match of 2001, against the winner of a playoff game between Guatemala and Costa Rica, on Wednesday, April 25 at 6:30 p.m. CT. The match will be shown live on ESPN2. After opening the final round of qualifying against Mexico in Columbus, Ohio, ...

U.S. Abroad (Spain): Razov scores in debut

Californian Ante Razov scored in his debut with Spanish Second Division club Racing de Ferrol Dec. 20. Razov, who transferred to Spain from the Chicago Fire following its MLS Cup 2000 runner-up finish and U.S. Open Cup triumph, scored in the 17th minute of a 1-1 tie with Sporting Gijon. RazovÆs goal, which equalized a 13th minute strike by Sporting ...

Reyna wins Honda Award

Claudio Reyna won the Honda Award as the top American player of the year for the first time, edging keeper Tony Meola (who had been voted MLS MVP). Reyna received 54 first-place votes, 20 second-place votes and 24 third-place votes for 226 points in balloting by 233 American journalists. Meola had 210 points and Joe-Max Moore finished third with 134 ...

MLS: Verdict for league may not be conclusion

PlayersÆ side vows to fight on following the Boston federal court victory in antitrust suit

The lawsuit is over, but the acrimony between MLS and its players may continue.

Jeffrey Kessler, lead counsel for the players, says the Dec. 11 decision in favor of the league will be appealed. Goalkeeper Mark Dodd, one of the eight named plaintiffs ...

Q&A with the SA Editors: Dec. 20, 2000

Patrick Boateng Washington, D.C. Why didn't WUSA teams select any African players, especially the skillful Nigerians? Scott French: Hello, Patrick. There are only a few African players -- Mercy Akide, Patience Avre, Florence Omagbemi -- for whom the WUSA would have any interest, as there are only 32 foreign-player slots available. Lauren Gregg, who is charge of player-personnel, initiated contact ...

MLS: Rapids name Hankinson coach

The Colorado Rapids named former Tampa Bay Mutiny head coach Tim Hankinson as their new head coach. Hankinson, 45, guided the Mutiny to a 39-38-3 mark in two-and-a-half seasons. The victories are the most by a Mutiny head coach. Hankinson (0-4-0 in the playoffs) was not offered a contract extension after the 2000 season when the Mutiny fell to Los ...

Q&A with the SA Editors: Dec. 19, 2000

Jacob Wang San Francisco, Calif. Is the Youth Soccer Letter article by Dan Woog in the Dec. 18th issue about Silent Soccer available at Mike Woitalla: Jacob, the Youth Soccer Letter appears once every two weeks in Soccer America Magazine (print) and is not available on the Web site, but I will include "Silent Soccer" story below. And as ...

College Cup: Huskies ride Gbandi to the top

After the Creighton Bluejays destroyed IndianaÆs dream of three in a row, they ran into Chris Gbandi. The Liberian native inspired Connecticut at both ends of the field to bring the Huskies their first national championship since 1981.

The makeup of the 2000 MenÆs College Cup was peculiar but intriguing: No California schools, no Atlantic Coast Conference schools. Just ...

U.S. Women: Heinrichs takes team to China

The U.S. women's national team will travel to China for its first games of 2001, facing its long-time rival in two matches on Thursday, Jan. 11, in Pangyu, and on Sunday, Jan. 14, in Hangzhou. The Americans will depart for the Far East on or around Saturday, Jan. 6. Both matches are in the southwest region of China as Pangyu ...

U.S. Abroad (Spain): Keller gives up three vs. Real

In only his second appearance in Spanish League play this season, U.S. goalkeeper Kasey Keller gave up three goals as his Rayo Vallecano fell, 3-1, to Real Madrid Dec. 19. Keller, who has been playing in Rayo VallecanoÆs UEFA Cup games with more success, suffered a bad outing in his other league start. On Nov. 1, Keller was in goal ...

College Women: Wilkins named head coach at Penn State

Penn State has promoted assistant coach Paula Wilkins to head coach, replacing Pat Farmer, who left the Nittany Lions to coach the WUSA's New York Power. "Paula was the obvious choice to head our women's soccer team," Penn State athletic director Tim Curley said. "She has been an integral part of the program's success from the beginning and has a ...

World Cup 2002: Costa Rica-Guatemala playoff at Orange Bowl

The playoff between Costa Rica and Guatemala for the final berth in next year's Hexagonal will be played Jan. 6 at Miami's Orange Bowl. Kickoff time is 8 pm. Adult general admission tickets are $20 in advance, and $25 on the day of the match. Youth general admission will be $10 both in advance and on day-of-game, for children 12 ...

U.S. Soccer: U-20s begin camp in January

The U.S. under-20 men's national team will return to action early in 2001 with a training camp in San Diego scheduled for Jan. 2- 15. Head coach Wolfgang Suhnholz has called in 21 players, including four professionals. Also eligible for Suhnholz's U-20s are several other professionals who have seen action with the U.S. senior national team or Olympic team: Landon ...

U.S. Abroad Weekend (Dec. 15-17)

Update on Americans in Europe Croatia Erik Kuster, Cakonec (D1) winter break Denmark Will Orben, Viborg (SL) winter break England Brad Friedel, Blackburn (D1) started (90 min.) at Burnley 2-0 Ben Olsen, Nottingham Forest (D1) started (90 min.) vs. Queens Park Rangers (0-1) Marcus Hahnemann, Fulham (D1) DNP at Tranmere Rovers (3-1) Eddie Lewis, Fulham (D1) DNP at Tranmere Rovers ...

Club Profile: Coast Soccer League Premier: Getting It Right

by Soccer America Youth Soccer Letter executive editor Dan Woog

A Southern California league for elite teams impresses from top to bottom.

Across America, there are many well-organized soccer leagues. Numerous leagues also offer top-notch competition. Then there is the Coast Soccer League Premier.

Chances are, if any league has innovative ideas for administration, publicizing players, ...