• U.S. Abroad (Sept. 24-25): Ajax loses
    John O'Brien's Ajax team put up a good fight, but eventually lost to Italian powerhouse Inter Milan, 1-0 at San Siro in the Champions League. In England, Eddie Lewis came on as a sub in a lopsided loss at Wolverhampton.CHAMPIONS LEAGUE* John O'Brien (Ajax, Netherlands) at Inter Milan (Italy) 0-1. DNP. Hernan Crespo's 74th minute tally spared the hosts from an embarassing draw. O'Brien did not make the trip because of an injury to his Achilles' tendon. Belgian teenager Jelle Van Damme took his spot at left back. Ajax rarely threatened to score.ENGLAND* Eddie Lewis (Preston North End, D1) at ...
  • MLS Playoffs: New England-Chicago Preview
    (The MLS playoffs continue tonight with the first game of the New England-Chicago quarterfinal series. Soccer America Senior Editor Ridge Mahoney breaks down the series.)BY RIDGE MAHONEYOn to the showcase series of the quarterfinals, and not just because Game 1 Thursday will be the only postseason match nationally televised until MLS Cup 2002 on Oct. 20.The Cinderella Angle has the Revs scraping into the playoffs -- done that -- and by knocking off Chicago and (fill in the blank) reaching MLS Cup 2002 as host in the spanking-new Gillette Stadium packed to the brim with long-suffering New Englanders and duplicating ...
  • MLS: Quarterfinals, Game 1 Summaries (Sept. 25)
    Sept. 25 in DallasDallas 4 Colorado 2.COL--Valderrama (Carrieri, Henderson) 2DAL--Morrow (Martinez) 26DAL--Kreis (O'Brien, Suarez) 49DAL--Deering (Johnson, Pareja) 68DAL--Martinez (Pareja) 70COL--Spencer (PK) 75DALLAS BURN--Matt Jordan, Ryan Suarez, Paul Broome, Tenywa Bonseu, Steve Morrow, Chad Deering, Ronnie O'Brien, Oscar Pareja, Antonio Martinez, Bobby Rhine (Edward Johnson 67), Jason Kreis (Jorge Rodriguez 83).Yellow cards: Suarez 36, Kreis 54, Broome 54.COLORADO RAPIDS--David Kramer, Rick Titus (Ritchie Kotschau 71), Zach Kingsley (Seth Trembly 74), Steven Herdsman, Robin Fraser, Chris Henderson, Mark Chung, Pablo Mastroeni (Wes Hart 71), Carlos Valderrama, John Spencer, Chris Carrieri.Yellow cards: Mastroeni 18, Henderson 67, Fraser 86.Referee: Alex Prus.Att.: 6,360.Sept. 25 in ...
  • College: Soccer America Men's Top 25 Scoreboard (Sept. 23-29)
    9/23 Ranking ... Team (Record) ... 9/16 Ranking1 Stanford (7-0-0) 19/27 -- Tulsa; 9/29 -- Santa Clara.2 St. John's (5-1-1) 39/26 -- Notre Dame; 9/28 -- Pittsburgh.3 Wake Forest (5-0-2) 59/25 -- UNC Greensboro (3-0); 9/28 -- Maryland.4 Indiana (5-1-2) 89/27 -- at Penn State.5 South Carolina (7-0-1) 69/29 -- at Davidson.6 Clemson (4-1-1) 109/27 -- Gonzaga; 9/29 -- Fairfield.7 UCLA (4-1-0) 29/29 -- San Diego State.8 San Diego (8-1-0) 119/25 -- at UC Irvine (2-1); 9/29 -- UNLV.9 Connecticut (4-2-0) 49/27 -- Portland (at Washintgon); 9/29 -- at Washington.10 Maryland (8-1-0) 159/25 -- Manhattan (3-0); 9/28 -- at Wake ...
  • Deja Vu
    Looking a lot like the U.S. squad that captured the first Women's World Cup title 11 years ago, a new generation of Americans claimed the first U-19 title with a golden triumph over its host. It was eerie, once Tracey Leone and April Heinrichs began to look closer. So much of the U.S. under-19 women's team's experiences leading to its riveting triumph in FIFA's first U-19 World Championship mirrored what they'd gone through with the American squad that captured the first Women's World Cup 11 years earlier. There was the obvious similarity - the historical significance of ...
  • Working both sides of the touchline
    Northern California youth coach Brian Hall refs World Cup games in his spare time. In late August, the DeAnza Ruckus U-17 boys lost a close match in the Super Y-League national tournament in Raleigh, N.C., and headed to a local eatery for lunch. In a scene familiar from youth tournaments across the nation, the assistant coach drove the team van and helped clean up after his players. No one gave him a second look. Except for one onlooker, who noticed something familiar about the man. He asked the assistant's name, and his suspicions were confirmed. Brian Hall was ...
  • MLS: Quarterfinals, Game 1 (September 25) in brief
    Wednesday, September 25COLORADO at DALLAS (8:30 pm ET).TV: ATT Broadband (DIRECTV: 794; DISHNET: 465; live on inDemand)Key Players Out: Colorado -- GK Scott Garlick (fractured thumb-L); Dallas -- F Ronald Cerritos (knee surgery-R), GK D.J. Countess (shoulder surgery-R), D Chris Gbandi (knee surgery-R).Referee: Alex Prus.Wednesday, September 25COLUMBUS at SAN JOSE (10:00 pm ET)TV: SportTV (DIRECTV: 795; DISHNET: 464; live on inDemand)Key Players Out: Columbus -- none to report; San Jose -- M Richard Mulrooney (fractured ankle-R).Referee: Ricardo Salazar.Wednesday, September 25KANSAS CITY at LOS ANGELES (10:30 pm ET)TV: Metro Sports (DIRECTV: 796; DISHNET: 463; live on inDemand)Key Players Out: Kansas City ...
  • MLS: Breaking down quarterfinal series
    BY RIDGE MAHONEYThe bizarre format be damned: this year's MLS playoffs figure to be every bit as compelling and competitive as was the regular season.Flaws abound in the first-to-five system but even the most strident critics can't dispute that it does tend to reward the team playing better soccer. Any one game can be decided on a fluke, but in the series superiority usually prevails.San Jose finished as the No. 5 seed last year but rolled past Columbus and Miami in five games despite playing only two of them at home. In those five games, the Quakes gave up only ...
  • The U.S. 20
    Looking a lot like the U.S. squad that captured the first Women's World Cup title 11 years ago, a new generation of Americans claimed the first U-19 title with a golden triumph over its host. It was eerie, once Tracey Leone and April Heinrichs began to look closer. So much of the U.S. under-19 women's team's experiences leading to its riveting triumph in FIFA's first U-19 World Championship mirrored what they'd gone through with the American squad that captured the first Women's World Cup 11 years earlier. There was the obvious similarity - the historical significance of ...
  • Canada's Reward
    Looking a lot like the U.S. squad that captured the first Women's World Cup title 11 years ago, a new generation of Americans claimed the first U-19 title with a golden triumph over its host. It was eerie, once Tracey Leone and April Heinrichs began to look closer. So much of the U.S. under-19 women's team's experiences leading to its riveting triumph in FIFA's first U-19 World Championship mirrored what they'd gone through with the American squad that captured the first Women's World Cup 11 years earlier. There was the obvious similarity - the historical significance of ...
  • U.S. Listings
    (The MLS playoffs continue tonight with the first game of the New England-Chicago quarterfinal series. Soccer America Senior Editor Ridge Mahoney breaks down the series.)BY RIDGE MAHONEYOn to the showcase series of the quarterfinals, and not just because Game 1 Thursday will be the only postseason match nationally televised until MLS Cup 2002 on Oct. 20.The Cinderella Angle has the Revs scraping into the playoffs -- done that -- and by knocking off Chicago and (fill in the blank) reaching MLS Cup 2002 as host in the spanking-new Gillette Stadium packed to the brim with long-suffering New Englanders and duplicating ...
  • Early Bloomers
    No rookie has logged more minutes in MLS than Colorado defender Jeff Stewart. A relative unknown when drafted out of Santa Clara in the second round, the Rapids rookie defender is a poster child of perseverance. It's never been harder for a rookie to step into the starting ranks. Contraction down to 10 teams and the reduction of rosters to 18 players have sharpened competition for spots. Those young men coming out of college have to battle rivals seasoned by international experience and/or stints in the A-League. One poster child of perseverance in 2002 has been Colorado ...
  • MLS' Rookie Americans
    No rookie has logged more minutes in MLS than Colorado defender Jeff Stewart. A relative unknown when drafted out of Santa Clara in the second round, the Rapids rookie defender is a poster child of perseverance. It's never been harder for a rookie to step into the starting ranks. Contraction down to 10 teams and the reduction of rosters to 18 players have sharpened competition for spots. Those young men coming out of college have to battle rivals seasoned by international experience and/or stints in the A-League. One poster child of perseverance in 2002 has been Colorado ...
  • Euro 2004 Qualifying
    Northern California youth coach Brian Hall refs World Cup games in his spare time. In late August, the DeAnza Ruckus U-17 boys lost a close match in the Super Y-League national tournament in Raleigh, N.C., and headed to a local eatery for lunch. In a scene familiar from youth tournaments across the nation, the assistant coach drove the team van and helped clean up after his players. No one gave him a second look. Except for one onlooker, who noticed something familiar about the man. He asked the assistant's name, and his suspicions were confirmed. Brian Hall was ...
  • Ajax's New Look
    The U.S. under-17 national team is in first place in its group after two days of the Football International Solidarity Foundation Tournament in Gaeta, Italy.The Americans opened with a 2-1 win over England Thursday thanks to goals from Guillermo Gonzalez and Jacob Peterson. Gonzalez, who is being courted by MLS and several foreign clubs, scored on a penalty. Peterson was taken down in the box for the penalty and scored the gamewinner.The Americans tied Russia, 0-0, Friday. They meet Yugoslavia in their group finale Sunday. The group winners meet at the Stadio Riciniello in Gaeta Monday.Standings after Day 2 in ...