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U.S. Abroad (England, Dec. 29): Keller makes league debut for Tottenham; Berhalter scores

Kasey Keller played his first league match of the 2001-2002 season since joining Tottenham Hotspur last summer. In a 1-1 tie at Aston Villa, Keller was beaten on a 90th minute penalty kick by Juan Pablo Angel. British press reports said Keller played well. TottenhamÆs regular starter in goal, Neil Sullivan, was on the bench. Before Saturday's appearance, Keller's service ...

FACE TO FACE: Landon Donovan

In 2001, Landon Donovan went from young phenom to professional star by helping the USA qualify for the 2002 World Cup and playing a vital role in San Jose's capture of the MLS title.

The Facts

Born: March 4, 1982, in Ontario, Calif.

Hometown: Redlands, Calif.

Pro clubs: San Jose Earthquakes (MLS) 2001-present, Bayer Leverkusen ...

World Cup 2002: The Mystery of the Red Mosquitoes

North Korea is the only Asian team to reach the quarterfinals of the World Cup. Its 1-0 win over Italy in 1966 is considered one of the great upsets in World Cup history.

North Korea's 1966 team is the great mystery team of the World Cup.

No one had heard of the North Koreans before arriving in England for ...

World Cup 2002: Koreans Find Success in Japan

The backbone of South Korea's national team plays in the J-League. The exodus of players from South Korea to Japan that began with Noh Jung Yoon in 1993 has steadily increased.

South Korean players have had little success in Europe - former Bundesliga star Cha Bum Kun is the notable exception - but they are big hits in Japan.



U.S. Abroad (England, Dec. 26): Big win for Reyna

In his third game for Sunderland since arriving from Glasgow Rangers, Claudio Reyna celebrated his second English Premier League victory. SunderlandÆs Niall Quinn scored twice against BlackburnÆs American keeper in the 3-0 win.


ò Claudio Reyna (Sunderland, PL) vs. Blackburn (3-0) Started: 90 minutes. Sunderland ended a four-game away losing streak and moved up to ninth place. ò Brad ...


U.S. Soccer hires Rongen as U-20 coach

The U.S. Soccer Federation has hired Thomas Rongen as the head coach of the U.S. U-20 menÆs national team. Rongen, who was released as D.C. United coach after the 2001 season, replaces Wolfgang Suhnholz. Rongen has notched two winning seasons during his six seasons as an MLS coach. In 1996, he coached Tampa Bay to a 20-12 (win-loss) record. In ...

U.S. Abroad (Dutch League, Dec. 23-24): Stewart strikes for NAC

U.S. attacker Earnie Stewart scored on a free kick at the edge of the penalty area to help NAC Breda defeat Heerenveen, 2-1. It marked Stewart's ninth goal this season. NAC is in fourth place on 34 points, behind PSV Eindhoven, which has 34 and a superior goal difference, second-place Feyenoord (35 points) and leader Ajax (36 points). Ajax has ...

U.S. Abroad (Dec. 20-22): Reyna scores in home debut

U.S. midfielder Claudio Reyna scored the game-winning goal in the 77th minute in SunderlandÆs 1-0 home victory over Everton on Saturday. It was ReynaÆs second appearance in the English Premier League since joining Sunderland from Glasgow Rangers for a transfer fee of $6.8 million on Dec. 7. A crowd of 48,013 was at the Stadium of Light. ReynaÆs goal came ...

No decision on MLS contraction until 2002, Garber says

Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber issued the following statement Dec. 21: "In follow-up to the previously issued statement of December 14, MLS is continuing the process of evaluating all team markets," Commissioner Garber said. "At the present time no decisions have been finalized and discussions are on-going. MLS does not anticipate any further announcements prior to the New Year." ...

Mike Woitalla's View: Arena 2002 vs. Sampson 1998

Is the United States better than it was four years ago?

That's the obvious question as we speculate on whether a Bruce Arena-led U.S. team can improve upon the last American World Cup performance - the three losses compiled by Steve Sampson's 1998 squad.

In the 10-game final round of qualifying four years ago, Sampson's squad scored 17 ...

NAIA Men's All-Americas


First Team Goalkeepers -- Oliver Sanders (Rio Grande), Mark Spears (William Carey). Defenders -- Jeff Dolbeer (Berry), Thordur Jensson (Auburn-Mont.), Steven Linpow (Mobile), Jared Origi (St. GregoryÆs). Midfielders -- Ousmane Coulibaly (Mobile), Matt Evans (Azusa Pacific), Jasmin Kadric (Embry-Riddle), Aduato Neto (Mobile). Forwards -- Simon Carey (Rio Grande), Martin Gustavsson (Auburn-Mont.), Boyzzz Khumalo (Lindsey Wilson), Tom Odhiambo (Okla. Christian). ...


World Cup 2002: Korea Mulls World Cup Legacy

Among South Koreans' dreams for 2002 are national unity, an improved relationship with co-host Japan, and a place in the second round.

There is a joke, Chung Mong Joon explains, that sums up his nation's relationship with its most bitter rival:

Every time South Korea elects a new government, Japan is asked to apologize for atrocities committed during ...

JC Division III Men's All-Americas


First Team Goalkeeper -- Jeff Rink (Nassau). Defenders -- Martin Heagney (Santa Rosa), Jacob Kovacs (De Anza), Ross Perich (Macomb). Midfielders -- Bryan Courtney (Holyoke), Chris Gannon (Nassau), Miguel Lopez (CC of San Francisco), Diego Mejia (Raritan Valley). Forwards -- Tony Bonjorno (Mont.-Rockville), Leandro Focco (Canada), Ricky Quest (Herkimer County), Pablo Suarez (Raritan Valley). Second Team Goalkeeper -- Bladimir ...


MLS: Eye on the Bottom Line

MLS's waiver system is used to rid teams of unwanted players - and force others to take pay cuts if they want to remain.

More than two dozen players waived, none claimed. A rather benign beginning to the offseason, one might think.

Far from it. The list of those waived includes one of the most productive players in ...

NCAA Division I Men's All-Americas


First Team Goalkeeper -- Byron Foss (SMU). Defenders -- Chris Gbandi (Connecticut), Danny Jackson (North Carolina), Lee Morrison (Stanford). Midfielders -- Luchi Gonzalez (SMU), Kyle Martino (Virginia), Diego Walsh (SMU). Forwards -- Nicholas McCreath (Rhode Island), Pat Noonan (Indiana), John Barry Nusum (Furman), Dipsy Selolwane (Saint Louis). Second Team Goalkeeper -- Brian Steckroth (Navy). Defenders -- Guy Abrahamson (Rutgers), ...