• Mia's Back
    Fatigue, injury, demands on her time and difficulties in her personal life took a heavy toll on Mia Hamm during the WUSA's first season. She's rebounded with an electric performance this summer. Mia Hamm is at her best when the complex becomes simple. When her mind is clear, her attention focused and her heart relieved of burden. When she is surrounded by teammates, coaches and friends from whom she draws strength, support and comfort. That is when the edge returns to her game. She can make the impractical look easy, ripping home a rising first-time shot from ...
  • The Pride of Japan
    HER NAME'S CHINESE CHARACTER literally means a ripe ear of rice. In Japanese, Homare also means a source of pride and is attached to products to indicate their special value. Atlanta Beat midfielder Homare Sawa, the only Japanese player in the WUSA, is the pride of Japanese soccer. She is only 23 but has been the star of the national team for almost a decade. She played in the 1995 Women's World Cup at 16 and made up her mind about moving to the United States just after the 1999 Women's World Cup, where Japan was eliminated in the ...
  • MLS: What a Catch!
    Each day, a dusty courtyard buffeted by high-rise apartments in the Bellas Horizontes subdivision of Guatemala filled with boys playing soccer. Here, Carlos Ruiz was known as one of the best goalkeepers in the barrio. He guarded two large stones as goalposts. When the weekends came and with it league play, Carlos often got bored with goalkeeping because his team, San Juan de Dios, dominated most of its opponents. Around age 11, he started moving to forward at times. One day, Angel Godinez and Renato Morales, two of Carlos' closest friends, showed him an ad in the newspaper. ...
  • MLS: Into the Spotlight
    Selection to the MLS All-Star Game gave Dallas defender Ryan Suarez a weekend to etch into his memory book. Upon taking a cell phone call in an Atlanta hotel lobby last month, Ryan Suarez shouted so loudly, so gleefully that the staff there assumed he was a first-time father. ''Somebody asked if it was a boy or a girl,'' Suarez recalls. ''I said, 'No - I made the All-Star team.''' In part because of the unique format of this year's game, eight players were first-time MLS All-Stars. Suarez, a second-year defender for the Dallas Burn, was one ...
  • MLS's first-year foreigners
    GOOD MOVES. Hands down, Carlos Ruiz is the shrewdest foreign acquisition since the Wizards bagged Miklos Molnar in 2000. Quick and cunning as a fox, yet strong in the box, Ruiz has a propensity for bad dives that he supersedes with good goals. He's dangerous in the air and especially adept at turning half-chances into solid shots. Coach Bob Gansler couldn't recapture the 2000 magic of Molnar with just one player, so he's paired Russian Igor Simutenkov and Argentine Dario Fabbro. They had combined for nine goals as of the All-Star break. Simuntenkov's incisive runs in ...
  • U.S. SOCCER: Magee scores four goals to lead U-20s into La Alcudia semifinals
    Mike Magee scored four goals to lead the United States to a 5-2 win over Ukraine Tuesday at the Torneo Internacional de La Alcudia in Spain.The win pushed the U.S. to the semifinals, where it will meet Group A winner Uruguay Wednesday. Brazil faces Group A runner-up Costa Rica in the other semifinal.Magee has been searching for European team since May, but the new FIFA transfer rules prevent a player under 18 from signing abroad. Magee turns 18 Sept. 2. He's had tryouts with Viking of Norway and Dutch champion Ajax and has most recently been training with Swedish Superettan ...
  • Nomads Reach Out
    9/9 TEAMRECORD9/3PRE1Stanford(3-0-0)342Clemson(2-0-1)5 83UCLA(3-0-0)6124St. John's(2-1-0)965Connecticut(2-1-0)856Virginia(3-1-0)127Furman(3-0-0)10138 North Carolina(3-1-0)239San Diego(4-0-0)112010Washington(1-0-2)12711South Carolina(4-0-0)141812Indiana(1-1-2)4113Wake Forest(2-0-1)172114Notre Dame(2-0-1)222315Portland(2-2-0)715 16SMU(2-1-1)161617Davidson(2-0-1)NRNR18Maryland(3-1-0)NRNR19Creighton(2-1-1)191920Rutgers(1-1-1)20921Seton Hall(2-1-0)21NR22Kentucky(2-2-0)232523Penn State(2-2-0)NRNR24Tulsa(3-0-0)NRNR25Santa Clara(1-1-0)2424 Rankings are through games played Sept. 8.
  • Nomads Reach Out
    9/9 TEAMRECORD9/3PRE1Stanford(3-0-0)342Clemson(2-0-1)5 83UCLA(3-0-0)6124St. John's(2-1-0)965Connecticut(2-1-0)856Virginia(3-1-0)127Furman(3-0-0)10138 North Carolina(3-1-0)239San Diego(4-0-0)112010Washington(1-0-2)12711South Carolina(4-0-0)141812Indiana(1-1-2)4113Wake Forest(2-0-1)172114Notre Dame(2-0-1)222315Portland(2-2-0)715 16SMU(2-1-1)161617Davidson(2-0-1)NRNR18Maryland(3-1-0)NRNR19Creighton(2-1-1)191920Rutgers(1-1-1)20921Seton Hall(2-1-0)21NR22Kentucky(2-2-0)232523Penn State(2-2-0)NRNR24Tulsa(3-0-0)NRNR25Santa Clara(1-1-0)2424 Rankings are through games played Sept. 8.
  • U.S. Listings
    Selection to the MLS All-Star Game gave Dallas defender Ryan Suarez a weekend to etch into his memory book. Upon taking a cell phone call in an Atlanta hotel lobby last month, Ryan Suarez shouted so loudly, so gleefully that the staff there assumed he was a first-time father. ''Somebody asked if it was a boy or a girl,'' Suarez recalls. ''I said, 'No - I made the All-Star team.''' In part because of the unique format of this year's game, eight players were first-time MLS All-Stars. Suarez, a second-year defender for the Dallas Burn, was one ...
  • Fiorentina Starts Over
    Each day, a dusty courtyard buffeted by high-rise apartments in the Bellas Horizontes subdivision of Guatemala filled with boys playing soccer. Here, Carlos Ruiz was known as one of the best goalkeepers in the barrio. He guarded two large stones as goalposts. When the weekends came and with it league play, Carlos often got bored with goalkeeping because his team, San Juan de Dios, dominated most of its opponents. Around age 11, he started moving to forward at times. One day, Angel Godinez and Renato Morales, two of Carlos' closest friends, showed him an ad in the newspaper. ...
  • Same Old Problems
    HER NAME'S CHINESE CHARACTER literally means a ripe ear of rice. In Japanese, Homare also means a source of pride and is attached to products to indicate their special value. Atlanta Beat midfielder Homare Sawa, the only Japanese player in the WUSA, is the pride of Japanese soccer. She is only 23 but has been the star of the national team for almost a decade. She played in the 1995 Women's World Cup at 16 and made up her mind about moving to the United States just after the 1999 Women's World Cup, where Japan was eliminated in the ...
  • Americans Abroad
    HER NAME'S CHINESE CHARACTER literally means a ripe ear of rice. In Japanese, Homare also means a source of pride and is attached to products to indicate their special value. Atlanta Beat midfielder Homare Sawa, the only Japanese player in the WUSA, is the pride of Japanese soccer. She is only 23 but has been the star of the national team for almost a decade. She played in the 1995 Women's World Cup at 16 and made up her mind about moving to the United States just after the 1999 Women's World Cup, where Japan was eliminated in the ...
  • Money Matters
    Each day, a dusty courtyard buffeted by high-rise apartments in the Bellas Horizontes subdivision of Guatemala filled with boys playing soccer. Here, Carlos Ruiz was known as one of the best goalkeepers in the barrio. He guarded two large stones as goalposts. When the weekends came and with it league play, Carlos often got bored with goalkeeping because his team, San Juan de Dios, dominated most of its opponents. Around age 11, he started moving to forward at times. One day, Angel Godinez and Renato Morales, two of Carlos' closest friends, showed him an ad in the newspaper. ...
  • Newsmakers
    Each day, a dusty courtyard buffeted by high-rise apartments in the Bellas Horizontes subdivision of Guatemala filled with boys playing soccer. Here, Carlos Ruiz was known as one of the best goalkeepers in the barrio. He guarded two large stones as goalposts. When the weekends came and with it league play, Carlos often got bored with goalkeeping because his team, San Juan de Dios, dominated most of its opponents. Around age 11, he started moving to forward at times. One day, Angel Godinez and Renato Morales, two of Carlos' closest friends, showed him an ad in the newspaper. ...
  • An Olimpian Effort
    Each day, a dusty courtyard buffeted by high-rise apartments in the Bellas Horizontes subdivision of Guatemala filled with boys playing soccer. Here, Carlos Ruiz was known as one of the best goalkeepers in the barrio. He guarded two large stones as goalposts. When the weekends came and with it league play, Carlos often got bored with goalkeeping because his team, San Juan de Dios, dominated most of its opponents. Around age 11, he started moving to forward at times. One day, Angel Godinez and Renato Morales, two of Carlos' closest friends, showed him an ad in the newspaper. ...