• World Youth Championship: U.S. drawn with China, Chile and Ukraine
    The U.S. Under-20 men's national team got a favorable draw for the 2001 World Youth Championship in Argentina, where they will face Chile (4th in South America), China (3rd in Asia) and Ukraine (2nd in Europe) in Group C. The U.S. will open play against China on June 17, and will follow with matches against Chile on June 20 and against Ukraine on June 23. All six of the Group D matches will take place in the western city of Mendoza. "Our team is extremely excited to finally learn what our next step is going to be, and we are ...
  • MLS Injury/Suspension Report (updated)
    The following is a brief team-by-team injury overview entering Week 4 of the 2001 MLS Regular Season: EASTERN DIVISION D.C. UNITED - OUT: M Ben Olsen (ankle fracture-R); QUESTIONABLE: M Marco Etcheverry (hip flexor strain-R, partial shoulder separation-R), F Jamie Moreno (knee surgery-R), D Eddie Pope (big toe sprain-L); PROBABLE: M Brian Kamler (groin strain-R), F Chris Albright (lower leg contusion-L) METROSTARS - IR: D Daniel Hernandez (fractured knee cap-R), D Mark Semioli (2nd degree hamstring strain-L -R), M Billy Walsh (foot stress fracture-R), F Martin Klinger (hamstring tear-L); PROBABLE: GK Tim Howard (thigh contusion-L), D Mike Petke (1st degree ...
  • WUSA Media Notes
    Dorrance, Akers join Atlanta's announcing team North Carolina coach Anson Dorrance has a busy offseason ahead of him. The former U.S. national team coach will do color commentary for the Atlanta Beat in addition to his color commentary for the Carolina Courage. Dorrance will call the Beat's nine-game package on Fox Sports Net, including this Saturday's home match against the Philadelphia Charge at 7:30 pm ET. Retired U.S. star Michelle Akers will handle sideline reporting for the Beat. Beth Mowins, who worked the Women's College Cup last December for the ESPN networks, will do play by play.
  • SAÆs Rising Star Profile: Pierce takes to Boston
    Rusty Pierce joined the Revolution in 2000 as a Project-40 player after three years of college and nailed down a starting spot. Get to know the 21-year-old Texan in this segment of socceramerica.comÆs series on the USAÆs top young talent. INTERVIEW BY BRYAN ALVAREZ Name: Rusty Pierce Position: Defender Height: 5-10. Weight: 165 Born: July 24, 1979 Hometown: The Woodlands, Texas College: UNC-Greensboro 2000 MLS Season: 29 games, 0 goals, 0 assists, 0 points. SOCCER AMERICA: What do you do when you are not playing soccer? RUSTY PIERCE: I love to play pool! I like to read a ...
  • Media Notebook: Downs takes charge at Univision Sports
    David Downs has been promoted to president of Univision Sports, replacing Stephen J. Solomon, who stepped down April 12. Downs, the VP of Univision Sports since 1999, was responsible for acquiring the rights to the 2002 and 2006 World Cups and other FIFA properties through 2005 for a fee believed to be in the range of $150 million. Univision also owns the U.S. rights to the Copa America. While Univision weekend soccer has been cut back since the departure of its major talent to Telemundo, Univision cable affiliate Galavision has been expanding its soccer coverage. Many of the FIFA competitions ...
  • World Youth Championship: Schedule
    Group A June 17 Argentina vs. Finland in Buenos Aires June 17 Egypt vs. Jamaica in Buenos Aires June 20 Egypt vs. Argentina in Buenos Aires June 20 Jamaica vs. Finland in Buenos Aires June 23 Argentina vs. Jamaica in Buenos Aires June 23 Finland vs. Egypt in Buenos Aires Group B June 17 Brazil vs. Germany in Cordoba June 17 Iraq vs. Canada in Cordoba June 20 Iraq vs. Brazil in Cordoba June 20 Canada vs. Germany in Cordoba June 23 Brazil vs. Canada in Cordoba June 23 Germany vs. Iraq in Cordoba Group C June 17 USA vs. ...
  • WUSA Week 3 Previews (all times ET)
    Saturday, April 28 - (noon) - Washington Freedom at Carolina Courage (TNT). Season series: First Meeting; All-time regular season series: First Meeting. Leading scorers: Washington: F Pretinha (1 goal = 2 pts); Carolina: none. Did you know? Carolina coach Marcia McDermott won three NCAA championships while playing for Courage color commentator Anson Dorrance at North Carolina. Key players out: Washington: Anne Makinen (school); Carolina: D Staci Wilson (hip flexor), M Nicole Roberts (fractured tibia and fibula in leg-R). Notes: Washington's former North Carolina Tar Heels -- F Mia Hamm, G Siri Mullinix and D Lindsey Stoecker -- make their return ...
  • Q&A with the SA Editors: April 27, 2001
    Sam Khazai of Madison, Wis. asks: I was wondering where IranÆs standing was in terms of World Cup qualifying. Where can I find a reliable Web site that will keep me posted on how my favorite team is doing? Mike Woitalla: Sam, you can get standings, scores and scorers for Asian World Cup qualifying on our Web site in the World Cup section. (Iran cruised to its first-round group victory by outscoring Tajikstan and Guam 21-0 and joins nine other group winners in the next round. Two teams from that round qualify and the two next best finishers play off ...
  • MLS: Disciplinary Committee rules on Diallo incident
    The MLS Disciplinary Committee has rendered a decision in the incident that occurred near the conclusion of the match between the MetroStars and Tampa Bay Mutiny on Saturday, April 21, 2001. In reaching its decision, the Disciplinary Committee consulted with a technical panel consisting of an ex-professional player, an ex-professional coach and an ex-referee. The Challenge While the video evidence is inconclusive as to whether Tampa Bay forward Mamadou Diallo made contact with MetroStars defender Mike Petke in the challenge that earned Diallo a red card from referee Kevin Stott, the Disciplinary Committee concludes that, in the context of the ...
  • Trinidad & Tobago-Mexico Wrapup: Small step for Soca Warriors
    Trinidad & Tobago's 1-1 tie with Mexico was as good as a loss for the Soca Warriors, who remain in last place. For Mexico, four points in three games is a disappointment, but the Tri is still in good shape with four home games remaining. TURNING POINT: Angus Eve set up Marvin Andrews for T&T's first goal in the Hexagonal in the 13th minute but was ejected 20 minutes later for throwing an elbow at Mexican Victor Ruiz. The ejection forced T&T to play short-handed for the next 42 minutes, until Rafael Marquez joined Eve in the showers. By then, ...
  • World Cup 2002 Update: Europe
    World Cup 2002 Qualifying: Europe Standings, complete results and schedule There were only six World Cup qualifiers in Europe on a day dominated by friendlies. The biggest result was Russia's 1-0 win over Yugoslavia in Belgrade that gives the Russians a five-point lead in Group 1 at the midway point in qualifying. RESULTS Group 1 April 25 in Belgrade Yugoslavia 0 Russia 1 (Beschastnykh 72). Group 2 April 25 in Eindhoven Netherlands 4 (Hasselbaink 29, Overmars 35, Kluivert 44, Van Nistelrooy 82) Cyprus 0. April 25 in Dublin Ireland 3 (Klbane 34, Kinsella 36, Breen 76) Andorra 1 (Lima 33). ...
  • MLS Transactions Update (April 26, 2001)
    A summary of MLS transactions for April 2001: April 25 MetroStars -- Placed forward Martin Klinger on injured reserve. San Jose Earthquakes -- Waived midfielder Harut Karapetyan. April 19 Colorado Rapids -- Traded a second-round draft pick in 2002 to the MetroStars for midfielder/defender Christopher Dawes (Jamaica). Waived midfielder Keyeno Thomas (Trinidad & Tobago). MetroStars -- Signed midfielder/defender Christopher Dawes (Jamaica) as a Discovery player. Traded Dawes to Colorado for a second-round draft pick in 2002. Placed defenders Daniel Hernandez and Mark Semioli on injured reserve. Called up defender Mersim Beskovic from Long Island Rough Riders. April 12 Chicago Fire ...
  • A-League Preview: Rochester Remains King of the Hill
    Defender Fuseini Dauda (above), who played with the Rochester Rhinos from 1996-98, is back after a stint in Belgium. It's hard to bet against them. In the last five years, the Rochester Rhi nos have made it to the A-League final four times and won the championship twice. They're also won one U.S. Open Cup title and finished second another time. The 2001 season could prove the most challenging yet for the Rhinos, who lost several key players. Defender Craig Demmin, midfielder Yari Allnutt and striker Onandi Lowe are all gone. Yet Rochester has managed to ...
  • Jamaica-Honduras Wrapup: An exciting day at The Office
    Jamaica and Honduras settled for a 1-1 tie in an exciting match that featured a goal directly off a corner kick and a missed penalty. TV NOTE: Galavision will be showing the Jamaica-Honduras game today: East feed -- 7 p.m. ET, 6 p.m. CT, 5 p.m. MT; West feed -- 7 p.m. PT. GOAT: Honduran keeper Noel Valladares, whose poor positioning cost him on Clint Mathis' winning free kick in the U.S. win in San Pedro Sula, was handcuffed on Ricardo Gardner's wicked corner kick to the near post, punching it into his own net for the Jamaican goal. TURNING ...
  • World Cup 2002 Qualifying Update: South America
    Argentina has all the luck, and Brazil has no luck at all. The Argentines escaped from La Paz with a 3-3 tie against Bolivia, scoring twice in the last five minutes Brazil had to settle for a 1-1 tie with lowly Peru in Sao Paulo, leaving it in fourth place in South American qualifying. RESULTS April 24 in Quito Ecuador 2 (Delgado 45, 52) Paraguay 1 (Cardozo 26). April 24 in Santiago Chile 0 Uruguay 1 (own goal 12). April 24 in San Cristobal Venezuela 2 (Rondon 22, Arango 82) Colombia 2 (Bedoya 83, Bonilla 88). April 25 in Sao ...