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U.S. Abroad (March 30-31): Hannover celebrates promotion; rare start for Keller

Two Americans, Steve Cherundolo and Conor Casey, celebrated promotion to the German First Division when their Hannover 96 beat Schweinfurt, 6-0. The result makes it virtually impossible for Hannover not to finish in the top three of the Second Division. ItGs been 13 years since Hannover played at the top tier. Casey scored the third goal -- his 5th of ...

U.S. Abroad: Vanney reaches French Cup final with Bastia

U.S. defender Greg Vanney will be going to the French Cup final thanks to his teamGs 1-0 win at home over Sedan in the semifinal March 30. Vanney played the whole game at left back on BastiaGs four-man defensive line. Bastia won on a Tony Vairelles goal in the 93rd minute in front of 11,460 fans. Bastia has won the ...

MLS (March 30): El Diablo lifts United; Rapids overcome Quakes

Marco Etcheverry scored his first MLS goal since June 17, 2000, curving a wicked free kick into the Chicago goal to spark a 2-0 win over Chicago on Saturday. ... Etcheverry, who scored 25 goals in his first five years, went without a strike during his subpar 2001 season. He gave an inspired performance in UnitedGs home opener. ... UnitedGs ...

MEXICO: Campos is recalled for Denver game

Jorge Campos has been recalled for Mexico's match with the United States April 3 in Denver. Campos, who started on Mexico's 1994 and 1998 World Cup team, has yet to play for Javier Aguirre since he took over as Mexican national team coach last summer. MEXICO ROSTER: Goalkeepers: Oscar Perez (Cruz Azul), Jorge Campos (UNAM). Defenders: Manuel Vidrio (Pachuca), Claudio ...

MLS: Previews (March 30)

Saturday, March 30 (4:00 p.m. ET) CHICAGO FIRE (1-0-0, 3pts) at D.C. UNITED (0-1-0, 0 pts) (ESPN2) Key players out: Chicago: D Jim Curtin (ankle sprain-L), F Hristo Stoitchkov (hernia-R), F Aleksey Korol (bursitis-left knee); D.C.: GK Mike Amman (elbow surgery), M Ben Olsen (ankle surgery), F Jaime Moreno (knee surgery), D Craig Ziadie (eye contusion-L). Referee: Gerry Corrie. Saturday, ...

Arena names roster for April 3 friendly vs. Mexico

Coach Bruce Arena named an 18-man roster, which includes 16 MLS and two foreign-based players, for the USAGs April 3 friendly with Mexico in Denver (live on Telemundo at 10 pm ET). Greg Vanney has been called in for the first time since living the teamGs pre-Gold Cup training camp in January to join French First Division club Bastia. Frankie ...

Portugal & Poland lose at home

The United States wasn't the only World Cup Group D team to get hammered on Wednesday. Portugal and Poland both lost. To make matters worse, both were playing at home. Portugal lost to Finland, 4-1, in Oporto. The Portuguese, who were playing without stars Luis Figo and Rui Costa, were beaten badly in midfield. Japan surprised Poland, 2-0, in Lodz. ...

PORTUGAL: Warmup summaries and schedule

PORTUGAL WARMUP RESULTS Feb. 13 in Barcelona Spain 1 Portugal 1. Goals: Morientes 41; Jorge Costa 28. Portugal -- Ricardo (Quim, 46), Frechault, Jorge Costa (Bento, 90), Fernando Couto, Rui Jorge (Dimas, 46), Vidigal, Viana (Andrade, 62), Figo (Capucho, 80), Conceicao (Simao, 46), Joao Pinto (Barbosa, 46), Pauleta (Nuno Gomes, 46). March 27 in Oporto Portugal 1 Finland 4. Goals: ...

U.S. Soccer: Keller's Quandary

Relegated to the bench at Tottenham Hotspur, Kasey Keller is still pushing hard to start for the USA at the 2002 World Cup.

Once again he's at odds with his coaches, which might cause most players much consternation.

It's business as usual for Kasey Keller. Despite a celebrated, decade-long career in the pros, the 31-year-old keeper has, on ...

The German View: +Second-string shows character'

Reactions from Germany following its 4-2 win over the USA on Wednesday in Rostock: pRudiGs ersatz-ersatz 11 -- they went behind 0-1 yet won 4-2. ThatGs pretty OK! They did it against their fright-opponent USA, which had won the last two matchups (0:3 and 0:2).S -- Bild pThe second-string shows characterS -- Headline, Hannoverische Allgemeine Zeitung. pIn the first half, ...

Game summary: Germany-USA (4-2)

International Friendly March 27 in Rostock, Germany Germany 4 USA 2 Goals: Ziege 44, Neuville 61, Bierhoff (Schneider) 65, Frings (Bierhoff) 68; Mathis (Kirovski) 17, Mathis (Joe-Max Moore) 71. Germany -- Rost (Butt, 46), Baumann, Linke, Ramelow, Jeremies (Heinrich, 69), Frings, Hamman, Schneider (Asamoah, 75), Ziege (Boehme, 61), Bierhoff, Neuville (Brdaric, 80). USA -- Keller, Cherundolo (Sanneh, 72), Agoos (Berhalter, ...

ANALYSIS: Germans were faster, quicker and smarter

BY RIDGE MAHONEY, senior editor The errors were many and the blame can be spread liberally for the Rout in Rostock that transpired Wednesday night. But the bigger, stronger, meaner Germans -- as they were portrayed in several news accounts of the match -- were also faster, quicker and smarter as they pummeled the Americans, 4-2. They should all pitch ...

POLAND: warmup summaries and schedule

POLAND WARMUP RESULTS Feb. 10 in Limassol Poland 2 Faeroe Islands 1. Goals: Zurawski 12, pen. 43; R. Jakobsen 26. Poland -- Wierzchowski (Kowalewski, 77), Ciesielski (Bosacki, 46), Glowacki, Zielinski, Stolarczyk (Kielbowicz, 65), Kaczorowski (Sibik, 46), Lewandowski (Murawski, 46), Piekarski (Drumlak, 46), Kosowski, Moskala (Rasiak, 46), Zurawski. Feb. 13 in Limassol Poland 4 Northern Ireland 1. Goals: Kryszalowicz 6, 67, ...

MLS Summary (March 27)

March 27 in East Rutherford, N.J. MetroStars 0 Columbus 1. Goal: Cunningham (West) 6. MetroStars -- Howard, Jolley, Forko, Petke, Kamler (Davis, 82), Hernandez, Villegas, Paule (Griffiths, 78), Ramos, Serna, Faria. Columbus -- Presthus, Clark, McCarty, Torres, Denton, Warzycha, Maisonneuve, Perez (Oughton, 75), Cunningham, Washington (Dunseth, 75), West (Harkes, 81). Yellow cards: MetroStars -- Hernandez 23, Forko 61; Columbus -- ...

U.S. SOCCER: U-17s move into Montaigu semifinals

The U.S. under-17 national team moved into the semifinals of the Montaigu "Mondial Minimes" with a 2-1 win over Tunisia. Guillermo Gonzalez and John DiRaimondo scored goals one minute apart late in the game to give the Americans, who hit the post four times, the win in Mouilleron, France. They meet host France, winner of the 2001 Under-17 World Cup, ...