• U.S. SOCCER: Coach Lolla names U-16 roster
    Coach Ken Lolla has named a 24-player roster for the U.S. U-16 national team's second training camp of 2002 (Feb. 24-March 3 in Chula Vista, Calif.). The team includes Michael Bradley, the son of Chicago Fire coach Bob Bradley. GOALKEEPERS: Chay Cain (Aurora, Ill.), Marcus Rein (Modesto, Calif.), Steve Sandbi (Columbus, Ohio). DEFENDERS: Lamar Chancey (Meriden, Conn.), Leonel Cruz (Round Rock, Texas), Greg Folk (Woodland Hills, Calif.), Grayson Glass (Auburn, Calif.), Julian Valentin (Lancaster, Penn.), Tim Ward (Waukesha, Wisc.), Ryan White (Eugene, Ore.). MIDFIELDERS: Angelo Amato (Livingston, N.J.), Chris Andaur (Kendall, Fla.), Michael Konicoff (Suffern, N.Y.), Brian Mascarenas (Atlanta, Ga.), ...
  • Gold Cup: Golden Interlude
    U.S. coach Bruce Arena was quick to point out that the Gold Cup will have little to do with the World Cup, but there was much to pleased with in his team's remarkable run at the Rose Bowl. U.S. coach Bruce Arena was quick to point out that the Gold Cup will have little to do with the World Cup, but there was much to pleased with in his team's remarkable run at the Rose Bowl. "It took a game or two to sort things out," said defender Jeff Agoos, the only starter available from qualifying, "but once ...
  • FACE TO FACE: Josh Wolff
    He scored two goals and notched a brilliant assist early in qualifying play before injury wiped him out for most of 2001. Now Josh Wolff is ready to be a key World Cup weapon. The Facts Born: Feb. 15, 1977. Hometown: Stone Mountain, Ga. College: South Carolina. Pro clubs: Chicago Fire (MLS) 1998-present. USA: 10 caps, 3 goals. Olympics: 2000. World Youth Championship: 1997. People In My Life Family: I think about having a meal with the people I love back in Atlanta. We just laugh ...
  • U.S. Soccer: Arena names 20-man roster for March friendlies
    U.S. coach Bruce Arena has named a 20-man roster for friendly games against Honduras March 2 in Seattle and Ecuador March 10 in Birmingham, Ala. Three foreign-based players -- Kasey Keller, Eddie Lewis and Gregg Berhalter -- join 17 MLS men. The Columbus Crew is the best represented club with four players: Jeff Cunningham, Brian Maisonneuve, Brian McBride and Brian West. U.S. Roster vs. Honduras & Ecuador Name Pos. Birthdate Caps/Goals Club Agoos, Jeff D 05/02/68 123/4 San Jose (MLS) Armas, Chris M 08/27/72 41/2 Chicago (MLS) Beasley, DaMarcus F 05/24/82 7/1 Chicago (MLS) Berhalter, Gregg ...
  • MLS: LapperGs knee injury not so severe
    Mike LapperGs knee injury does not seem to be as severe as the original diagnosis, which projected that the Columbus Crew defender could be out for the 2002 season. An MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) test last Friday indicated an MCL (medial collateral ligaments) sprain rather than ACL and MCL tears. The veteran defender is now expected to be sidelined for 6-8 weeks. Lapper, 31, was hurt when he went in for a hard slide tackle in an exhibition match vs. the Kansas City Wizards in Bradenton, Fla. Lapper has appeared in 106 games for Columbus since joining team prior in ...
  • U.S. ABROAD: Berhalter in limbo, Kirovski in demand at Crystal Palace
    Last Wednesday, Gregg Berhalter was one of the USA's best players in a 1-0 loss to Italy. He shut down world-class striker Christian Vieri. On Saturday, Berhalter was an 89th-minute substitute for Crystal Palace in its 1-1 tie with Wimbledon in the English First Division. Berhalter, 28, signed a 3-year contract for Palace in the offseason after helping it avoid relegation into the third tier of British soccer. He has been unsatisfied with his lack of playing time since Trevor Francis replaced Steve Bruce as coach. Injuries to two other central defenders, Kit Symons and Tony Popovic, did not result ...
  • U.S. Abroad (Feb. 16-17): Casey, Sanneh notch goals; Vanney an assist
    Conor Casey and Tony Sanneh scored for their respective German clubs and Greg Vanney assisted on an early strike for Bastia in France. Brad Friedel's Blackburn Rovers were eliminated from the English FA Cup, while Joe-Max Moore helped Everton stay alive -- at least for now -- in a scoreless draw with Crewe. Tottenham and Fulham advanced to the quarterfinals, but Kasey Keller and Eddie Lewis did not see action for their employers. Casey's goal helped Hannover rally to a 2-1 win against Karlsruhe while Sanneh's goal was a 90th-minute consolation prize for Nuremberg in a 2-1 loss to Kaiserslautern. ...
  • MLS: Preseason results and schedules
    CHICAGO Training Feb. 12-27 -- Rio Maior, Portugal. March 2-10 -- Birmingham, Ala. March 10-15 -- Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Matches Jan. 28 -- Univ. of Tampa (3-0). Feb. 4 -- U.S. U-18 national team (2-0). Feb. 6 -- Kansas City Wizards (1-4). Feb. 16 -- at Portuguese union all-stars (6-0). Feb. 20 -- at Benfica (Portugal) (2-0). March 5 -- at UAB. March 9 -- at Birmingham Southern. March 16 -- at Municipal (Guatemala) in first round, first leg of FC Champions Cup. March 20 -- Municipal (Guatemala) in Naperville, Ill., in first round, second leg of FC Champions Cup. ...
  • Fan Poll: Pick your ideal U.S. starting XI
    The U.S. victory at the 2002 Gold Cup has increased the competition for starting spots on the U.S. World Cup team. Here's your chance to pick your ideal U.S. starting XI in Bruce Arena's 4-4-2 lineup.
  • MLS: preseason schedules and results
    CHICAGO Training Feb. 12-27 -- Rio Maior, Portugal. March 2-10 -- Birmingham, Ala. March 10-15 -- Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Matches Jan. 28 -- Univ. of Tampa (3-0). Feb. 4 -- U.S. U-18 national team (2-0). Feb. 6 -- Kansas City Wizards (1-4). Feb. 16 -- at Portuguese union all-stars. Feb. 20 -- at Benfica XI (Portugal). Feb. 26 -- at Academica (Portugal). March 5 -- at UAB. March 9 -- at Birmingham Southern. March 16 -- at Municipal (Guatemala) in first round, first leg of FC Champions Cup March 20 -- Municpal (Guatemala) in Naperville, Ill., in second round, first ...
  • U.S. ABROAD: Jonny Walker wins in Libertadores Cup
    American goalkeeper Jonny Walker, who was named in the top keeper in the Chilean League last season by Don Balon, celebrated a 3-1 Libertadores Cup win on Thursday. He helped Universidad Catolica down Flamengo, 3-1, in Rio de JaneiroGs Maracana Stadium. Catolica, which was opening its Group 8 play, had never notched a win in Brazil. It becomes the second team to win in at Maracana since Colo Colo beat Botafogo, 2-1, in 1973. In its next Libertadores Cup clash, Catolica hosts ParaguayGs Olimpia Feb. 27. The Chilean League kicks of this weekend.
  • WUSA: Join the Party
    Foreign arrivals - especially Chinese and Germans - boost the WUSA's star power. When their players returned from their first seasons in the WUSA, China's soccer authorities were thrilled. The players were sharper, bolder, better. "The area that stood out most was combativeness, physical risk-taking," reports Lauren Gregg, the WUSA's vice president of player personnel, whose persistence in China - and elsewhere - has brought a good deal of the world's best female players to America. "Those are more traditionally American qualities," she says, "and you add [the Chinese's] exceptional technical and tactical abilities, and they were ...
  • Game Analysis: Italian formula subdues USA
    BY RIDGE MAHONEY, Senior Editor A spirited first half without reward, a sloppy second half during which a mistake was punished. For decades, teams have been losing to Italy in this manner, and so did the United States succumb, 1-0, Wednesday night in Catania, Sicily despite generating 15 shots to the host's eight. Regardless of David Regis being fouled by Gianluca Zambrotta as he coughed up the ball from which Italy launched its successful counterattack, that was not the first time the U.S. had lost possession its own third of the field. In an otherwise solid first half, several players ...
  • MLS: Crew's Lapper could miss season
    Columbus Crew defender Mike Lapper suffered a knee injury in a exhibition game against Kansas City in Bradenton, Fla., on Wednesday. The club fears it could endanger his availability for the entire 2002 season. Lapper, 31, hurt his on a slide tackle. It was diagnosed initially as torn anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments by team doctor Scott Van Steyn. He will under an MRI in within days. Lapper tore the ACL in his left knee on May 9, 1998 and missed the remainder of that season. Lapper has appeared in 106 games for Columbus, since joining The Crew prior ...
  • From the Locker Room (USA-Italy): +Many positive thingsG
    Following their 1-0 loss to Italy on Wednesday, Coach Bruce Arena, captain Claudio Reyna, forward Landon Donovan and midfielder John OGBrien met the press. U.S. coach BRUCE ARENA: "We missed opportunities in the first half. With Italy making four changes at halftime, it made a big difference for them. There were many positive things for us in the game today, but it would be foolish to look at this game as a moral victory. We are pleased with the effort as we continue to move forward in our preparations." On the play of Landon Donovan: "He continues to get better. ...