• U.S. Soccer: Beasley, Convey head U-23 roster
    Coach Glenn Myernick has named an 18-man roster for the U.S. U-23 team's Feb. 1-14 Europe tour. The team, which will try to qualify for the 2004 Olympic tournament (a U-23 competition), currently comprises of players under age 21. The squad named by Myernick, which will play at the Madeira International Tournament in Portugal and in a friendly in Italy, is led by six players with MLS experience: DaMarcus Beasley (Chicago Fire), Bobby Convey (D.C. United), Kyle Beckerman (Colorado), D.J. Countess (MetroStars), Devin Barclay (San Jose) and defender Jose Burciaga (Kansas City). It also includes three Project-40 signees who will ...
  • MLS: Twellman, Stone, DaPra enter SuperDraft
    MLS has signed three young players SuperDraft 2002 eligibility: ò Forward Taylor Twellman, 21, a St. Louis, Mo., product who played two years at the University of Maryland before spending two years playing with GermanyÆs 1860 MunichÆs amateur team. Twellman won the Bronze Boot at the 1999 U-20 World Cup with four goals. He also played in the 1997 U-17 World Cup. ò Midfielder Jordan Stone, 17, becomes fifth-youngest player currently under contract with MLS. A native of Texas, Stone played for the USA at the 2001 U-17 World Cup. ò Forward Dominic DaPra, 22, of Racine, Wis., played two ...
  • College: UCLA's Saldana will not return
    TODD SALDANA, head coach of UCLA's powerhouse men's program, won't be back in 2002. He agreed to step down after it was revealed he had received his college degree from Columbia State University, shut down in 1998 for being a "diploma mill." UCLA has an expectation that all head coaches have received undergraduate degrees from accredited four-year institutions. Saldana replaced long-time Bruin coach Sigi Schmid after Schmid took the Los Angeles Galaxy head coaching job in 1999. Saldana, one of the first players to turn pro out of high school in the NASL, had a 43-17-4 record in three seasons ...
  • U.S. Abroad (Jan. 30): Vanney starts again
    L.A. Galaxy defender Greg Vanney, on loan to Bastia of the French first division, started his second consecutive match in a 1-0 loss to Auxerre. Joe-Max Moore, meanwhile, played 90 minutes for Everton for the fifth time this season in a scoreless draw at Aston Villa and Brad Friedel's Blackburn Rovers lost to Arsenal. France ò Greg Vanney (Bastia, D1) vs. Auxerre, 0-1. Started: 90 minutes. Vanney started his second straight match for Bastia, who played with 10 men for more than half the game because midfielder Sebastien Piocelle was sent off in the 38th minute for his second caution. ...
  • Gold Cup Scoreboard
    SEMIFINALS Jan. 30 in Pasadena, Calif. USA 0 Canada 0 (USA wins 4-2 on penalties). Penalties: USA -- Donovan G, McBride G, Agoos G, Mathis G; Canada -- McKenna NG, Stalteri G, DeRosario G, Nsaliwa NG. USA -- Keller, Hejduk, Mastroeni, Agoos, Bocanegra, Jones (West, 106), Armas, Lewis (Beasley, 65), Donovan, McBride, Wolff (Mathis, 75). Canada -- Hirschfield, Menezes, deVos, Fletcher, Imhof (Nsaliwa, 70), Stalteri, Bent (Xausa, 11; DeRosario, 75), Hastings, Dasovic, Brennan, McKenna. Yellow cards: USA -- Wolff 48. Canada -- Stalteri 51, McKenna 52, Dasovic 95. Referee: Peter Prendergast (Jamaica). Att.: 7,241. Jan. 30 in Pasadena, Calif. Costa ...
  • From the Locker Room (USA-Canada): æI thought we played great,Æ says Donovan
    Following the USAÆs Gold Cup semifinal win over Canada, on penalty kicks after a 0-0 tie, Coach Bruce Arena, midfielders Landon Donovan and Cobi Jones, and goalkeeper Kasey Keller offered their perspectives on WednesdayÆs victory in Pasadena, Calif. U.S. coach BRUCE ARENA "I thought we played very well tonight. We were a little unlucky tonight not to get a goal and we clearly deserved to win this game. I give Canada credit for fighting hard for 120 minutes, but in all honesty I think the better team won." On the U.S. performance overall: "We created a number of quality chances ...
  • Gold Cup: Hiddink sees red
    By Hijiri Kono South Korea Guus Hiddink, unhappy with his team's play throughout the Gold Cup, finally blew his top late in his team's quarterfinal match with Mexico. The Dutch coach was ejected after kicking the ball on the field to interrupt the match in the 117th minute. He said he kicked the ball because Honduran referee Jose Pineda tried to continue play, ignoring Korean midfielder Lee Eul Yong, who had collapsed after being punched by a Mexican player. "I did that on purpose," Hiddink said afterwards. "I think the organization of this tournament and the judgment of referees are ...
  • U.S. Abroad: Reyna returns to action
    On Tuesday, U.S. captain Claudio Reyna played his first English Premier League match since injuring his ankle in a New Year's Day game against Aston Villa. Reyna started for Sunderland in a 1-0 loss to visiting Middlesborough and played 90 minutes. Noel Whelan put struggling Middlesborough ahead in the 14th minute and three minutes later, Reyna had a well-taken shot denied by goalkeeper Mark Crossley. Sunderland was unable to find the equalizer despite dominating possession and playing the final 38 minutes with a man advantage after Gianluca Festa was sent off for spitting at Kevin Phillips. Neither Gregg Berhalter nor ...
  • MLS: Rapids acquire Nigerian World Cup striker
    The Colorado Rapids have acquired Nigerian striker Daniel Amokachi, 29, who played in the 1994 and 1998 World Cups, and on NigeriaÆs 1996 Olympic gold medal-winning team. Amokachi is a former captain of Nigeria, for which he has scored 14 goals in 45 appearances. He has struggled with injuries for the last few years. Amokachi began his European professional career at Club Bruges in Belgium. After a short spell in Belgium, Amokachi moved to the English Premier League, where he spent two seasons with Everton. Amokachi scored two goals at the 1994 World Cup. He scored NigeriaÆs second goal in ...
  • U.S. SOCCER: Arena's men finalize Euro friendlies
    The USA has finalized a trio of World Cup preparation matches against Italy, Germany and Ireland in Europe over the next three months. Feb. 13: ITALY-USA at the Stadio Cibali in Catania, Sicily, at 2:45 p.m. ET/8:45 p.m. local (U.S. television TBD). March 27: GERMANY-USA at the Ostseestadion in Rostock (U.S. television, same-day delay, 10 pm ET). April 17: IRELAND-USA in Dublin 7:30 p.m. local time (U.S. television, live, 2:30 pm ET) In addition to the games in Europe, the USA, after completing its Gold Cup run with games on Jan. 30 and Feb. 2, is scheduled to play: March ...
  • U.S. SOCCER: Stewart, Milbrett earn Athlete of the Year honors
    U.S. Soccer's top two annual awards went to midfielder Earnie Stewart (Chevrolet Male Athlete of the Year) and forward Tiffeny Milbrett (Chevrolet Female Athlete of the Year). Young Male Athlete of the Year went to DaMarcus Beasley and Young Female Athlete of the Year went to Aleisha Cramer. Stewart and Milbrett each receive a one Chevy Cavalier. Beasley and Cramer will each have $1,000 donated by Chevrolet in their names to the U.S. Soccer Foundation. Stewart scored five goals to lead the USA in scoring in 2001. All five goals came during World Cup qualifying. He also had an outstanding ...
  • Gold Cup: U.S. unbeaten streak on the line against Canada
    BY RIDGE MAHONEY in Pasadena, Calif. They've met 13 times in World Cup qualifying and 11 times in friendlies but never before have neighbors Canada and the United States faced each other in the Gold Cup. The CONCACAF championship enters the semifinal stage Wednesday night at the Rose Bowl. After guest team South Korea plays Costa Rica to decide one finalist, the United States faces Canada. The Americans carry an eight-game unbeaten streak against their northern rivals into the match. (USA-Canada kickoff: 11:30 pm ET; 8:30 pm PT; TV: live, CNN closed-circuit; tape, Fox Sports World, Friday, Feb. 1, 11 ...
  • College Soccer: Putting U.S. Experience to Work
    Products of the U.S. national team's rise since the mid-1980s are bringing their expertise to the college game. Occasionally, as his Loyola Marymount men's team watches tapes, Coach Paul Krumpe throws old snippets of his own games into the mix. As expected, his players laugh. Yet the chuckles come not because Krumpe can't play - he earned 25 caps in 1986-91 and played in the 1988 Olympics - but because watching their coach "back in the day" is an amusing diversion. The reaction is typical. Today's college players are less interested in a coach's past than in what ...
  • Gold Cup: USA advances to the final
    The United States beat Canada, 4-2, on penalty kicks to advance to the Gold Cup final for the fourth time after their game ended in a 0-0 tie. The Americans totally dominated the defending champions but they couldn't beat Canadian keeper Lars Hirschfeld. Canada's luck finally ran out in the shootout when Kasey Keller saved shots by 21-year-old Kevin McKenna (first attempt) and 19-year-old Tam Nsaliwa (fourth). Landon Donovan, Brian McBride, Jeff Agoos and Clint Mathis were perfect from the spot for the United States. The United States meets Costa Rica, a 3-1 winner over South Korea in the other ...
  • Youth Soccer Letter: High school and club ball can mix
    A cooperative relationship between club and school created New York's best high school girls team. South Side High School's girls soccer success is legendary. The Rockville Centre, N.Y., squad recently won its 10th New York state championship in 15 years, finishing 23-0-0 for the second consecutive season. The Lady Cyclones ended the year atop the NSCAA/adidas national fall rankings, one spot higher than last year's finish. Lisa Jaffa and Nina Nanavrakis were named All-Americans, the fifth and sixth such selections in six years. Refreshingly, Coach Bob Bigelow - South Side's first and only girls coach, who retired this ...