• Hexagonal Previews: Eyes on the Capital
    The USA hosts Honduras Saturday morning in Washington, D.C. in front of a soldout RFK Stadium crowd. Honduras is in a must-win situation -- because of its poor home record -- while the Americans try to cope with an injury plight and a sputtering offense. Costa Rica, tied for first with the Yanks on points but holding the edge on goals-scored, travel to Trinidad & Tobago, which is firmly mired in last place. Mexico, which already lost three Hexagonal games, can take a large step to reviving World Cup hopes with a win in Jamaica BY MIKE WOITALLA USA-HONDURAS: How ...
  • College Women: Soccer America Top 20 Schedule (Aug. 31-Sept. 2)
    The NCAA Division I women's season opens Labor Day weekend with a matchup between No. 2 Portland and No. 3 UCLA Saturday at the Cal State Fullerton Fila Classic. Penn State travels to Notre Dame to face the Irish Friday and Connecticut Sunday at the Key Bank Classic. 1. North Carolina (21-3-0) 8/31 at Texas, 9/2 at Texas A&M 2. Portland (18-4-0) Sept. 1 UCLA. 3. UCLA (19-4-1) Sept. 1 Portland. 4. Nebraska (22-2-0) 8/31 Arizona, 9/2 UAB. 5. Virginia (11-8-1) 9/1 Mississippi. 6. Santa Clara (16-7-1) 8/31 Cal Poly. 9/2 at San Jose State. 7. Penn State (22-3-1) 8/31 ...
  • Soccer America Men's College Top 20 Schedule (Aug. 31-Sept. 2)
    The top four teams in the Soccer America Men's College Top 20 are in action Labor Day weekend against Top 20 foes. No. 1 Connecticut hosts No. 11 Washington Saturday in the second day of the Huskies' tournament. No. 2 SMU meets No. 17 James Madison Sunday at the George Mason Classic. No. 3 Virginia hosts No. 7 UCLA Sunday at its Virginia Soccer Classic. No. 4 Indiana hosts No. 10 St. John's Friday night at its adidas/IU Credit Union Classic. 1. Connecticut (20-3-2) 8/31 Akron, 9/1 Washington. 2. SMU (20-5-0) 8/31 at George Mason, 9/2 James Madison. 3. Virginia ...
  • Bruce Arena on the Record: 'IÆm definitely considering starting Landon'
    Two days before the USA-Honduras World Cup qualifier Sept. 1, U.S. coach Bruce Arena met the press. On injuries and players not available: "I never would have anticipated having the number of injuries we've had. Injuries are still part of the game in every sport and we see that. It has changed how we've moved people along. ôIn summer of 2000 we made a decision to slowly transition Clint Mathis and Josh Wolff into our team. Those plans obviously went haywire once those players were injured. Every step of the way we've had a couple of roadblocks. "But again, if ...
  • MLS Predictions & Previews (Sept. 1 games)
    Executive Editor Mike Woitalla predicts: D.C. United 3 Tampa Bay 2 MetroStars 2 Chicago 1 Columbus 0 New England 2 San Jose 1 Kansas City 1 Los Angeles 4 Colorado 1 Previews (all times ET) Saturday, September 1 (12:30 p.m.) Tampa Bay Mutiny at D.C. United (Sunshine Network) Did you know? Abdul Thompson Conteh has accounted for one third of D.C. UnitedÆs 36 goals. ... United needs a victory to stave off mathematical elimination from the playoffs. ... This game is a doubleheader with the USA-Honduras World Cup qualifier. SCHEDULED REFEREES: Referee: Rich Grady; Assistant Referees: Jorge Reyes (SAR), Tom ...
  • WUSA shakes up league office
    The Women's United Soccer Association has reshuffled its front office, leading to the removal of CEO Barbara Allen and moving its offices from New York. The WUSA Board of Governors approved a management structure needed to implement the new five-year business plan from a base of operations from Cox Enterprises' headquarters in Atlanta. WUSA named Lynn Morgan, who served as General Manager of Cox Pro Sports and ran the Atlanta Beat and San Diego Spirit for Cox, as its president. "Our company is proud to be a founding investor in WUSA," said Jim Kennedy, Chairman and CEO of Cox Enterprises, ...
  • MLS: The Crop of 2001
    With no clear-cut favorite, the 2001 Rookie of the Year vote could be just as tight as Carlos BocanegraÆs two-point edge over Nick Garcia last year. From the ranks of attackers, teen-ager Santino Quaranta (D.C. United) and Rodrigo Faria (MetroStars) have the best numbers. Defenders Ryan Suarez (Dallas) and Jim Curtin (Chicago) have racked up a lot of minutes, as has midfielder Mark Lisi (D.C. United). Duncan Oughton (Columbus) would get the MLS equivalent of the NBA Sixth-Man Award if it had one. Suarez says he watches tapes by the hour to improve. HeÆs seen a missed ...
  • MIKE WOITALLA... Time to attack
    ItÆs been 19 years since Honduras became the first Central American nation to win a point in the World Cup. That it did so by tying host Spain, which got a generous penalty kick, in their opener made it all the more impressive. Then Honduras tied Northern Ireland and lost on a late penalty kick to Yugoslavia. Honduras hasnÆt been back since, but confidence soared at the start of the 2002 campaign. Hondurans rated the current squad, coached by Æ82 captain Ramon Maradiaga, to be at least as talented as the team of two decades ago. ...
  • College Women: Wisconsin-Milwaukee is team to beat in new Horizon
    Wisconsin-Milwaukee has been chosen to finish first in the Horizon League in a preseason poll of the league's coaches. The Panthers received two first-place votes and 31 total points. UWM coach Michael Moynihan, who received 2000 Co-Coach of the Year honors, led his team to an undefeated record in the league last year (5-0) to win the regular-season championship title. The Panthers advanced to the tournament championship game and finished the season at 11-8-1. Milwaukee returns seven starters to the squad, including 2000 all-league first team selection Erin Blaedow and 2000 Co-Newcomer of the Year Lisa Bengtsson. After winning the ...
  • College Women: Marquette is favored to repeat in Conference USA
    Marquette has been chosen to repeat as the Conference USA regular-season champion in a vote of the league's head coaches. The Golden Eagles won last year's regular season title with an unbeaten 10-0-1 mark and represented C-USA in the NCAA Championship for the second year in a row, winning its first round match for the second straight season. Marquette welcomes back eight starters this fall, including two preseason all-conference selections in midfielder Kristen Jensen and forward Kate Gordon (17 goals last season). Saint Louis goalkeeper Meghann Burke, last season's Defensive Player of the Year, has been selected as the 2001 ...
  • College Women: Missouri Valley coaches like Evansville
    Evansville, which has earned four regular-season titles and four postseason tournament crowns, is still the team to beat in the Missouri Valley. The Purple Aces, directed by head coach Mick Lyon, top the 2001 poll with three-of-seven first-place votes and 45 points. No coach in the league predicts UE to finish lower than second, and with good reason. UE's scoring trio of Kristin Prom (34) Jessica Schwartz (31) and Trayce Burch (15) combined for 80 points last year and enter this year with just as much fire. Prom, the 2000 Freshman of the Year, and her two all-conference teammates will ...
  • College Women: Loyola (Md.) is picked to defend MAAC title
    Loyola (Md.), which captured the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference women's soccer championship last year, has been picked to win the conference crown this season in a preseason poll voted on by the league's 10 head coaches. Loyola finished with 97 points in the poll, just five points ahead of than second-place Fairfield. Marist was picked third with 77 points, and Niagara was fourth with 58 points. Siena placed fifth (55), followed by Iona (51), Manhattan (47), Rider (33), Canisius (26) and St. Peter's (14). Fairfield's Pamela Cluff (Kingston, MA), who was named MAAC Player of the Year in 1999 and ...
  • College Women: Northwestern State gets nod in Southland
    Northwestern State, which last year became the first team in league history to win both the regular-season and tournament championships, has been picked by the Southland Conference women's soccer head coaches and sports information directors as the preseason favorite to win again. The Demons dominated the voting with 11 first-place nods, followed by two for Southwest Texas and one for Southeastern Louisiana. Coaches could not vote for their own team. The Demons return nine starters, including Southland Conference Player of the Year Britiany Cargill, who set the SLC record for most points (37) and most goals (16) in a season. ...
  • College Women: Furman beats out UNCG in Southern poll
    The Southern Conference womenÆs soccer coaches have selected Furman to win the 2001 regular season title, edging last yearÆs tournament champion, UNC Greensboro, by one vote. Two-time defending regular-season champion Furman placed six players on the team. Emily Turgeon, the 2000 Freshman and Player-of-the-Year, highlights the Paladins picks. She is joined by her frontcourt teammates Melissa Turner and Danielle Petro. This trio is joined by midfielders Kaye Brownlee, FurmanÆs first All-American, and Katie Carson and defender Lauren Killey on the squad. Turgeon led the Southern Conference in eight of a possible nine offensive categories last season. She scored 23 goals ...
  • College Women: Oakland is picked to repeat in Mid-Continent
    Oakland has been the team to beat in the Mid-Continent Conference since the league began sponsoring the sport in 1999. The Golden Grizzlies have nabbed a pair of Mid-Con regular-season crowns, and last year, they won their first-ever tournament championship. Mid-Con women's soccer coaches don't expect a new look to the league this season, as Oakland was a convincing choice to finish first in a preseason poll of the league's coaches. The Golden Grizzlies received five first-place votes in the poll. After posting an undefeated conference record in the league's first season in 1999, Oakland (12-5-1, 4-1 Mid-Con last season) ...