• COLLEGE: Marshall named Soccer America Men's Freshman of the Year
    Stanford defender Chad Marshall is Soccer America Men's Freshman of the Year. Marshall arrived at The Farm with impeccable credentials. The product of Rubidoux (Calif.) High School and Irvine Strikers was Soccer America's top-rated men's recruit in 2002. The U-20 star's influence on the Cardinal grew as the season went on, leading it to the final of the Men's College Cup, where it fell to UCLA.
  • U.S. SOCCER: U-20s fall to Mexico, 3-1, in Florida
    The U.S. under-23 national team concluded its first camp of the year with a 3-1 loss to Mexico before a crowd of 5,236 at Harris Stadium in Homestead, Fla.The Americans played the last 42 minutes with 10 men after the ejection of U.S. defender Heath Pearce.The U.S. team will return to South Florida in mid-February to continue preparations for the World Youth Championship that is scheduled to take place in the United Arab Emirates March 25-April 16.MetroStars draftee Mike Magee, who had a shot cleared off the line in the first half, had the only goal for the United States, ...
  • U.S. SOCCER: U-23s finish second at the Vale do Tejo tournament
    The United States finished second at the Vale do Tejo under-23 tournament in Portugal when it fell to the host country, 4-2, on penalty kicks Thursday in the final.The game, played in front of a packed house of approximately 5,000 fans at the Municipal Stadium in Abrantes, ended in a 1-1 tie.Nate Jaqua, taken by the Chicago Fire as the No. 3 draft pick in last week's MLS SuperDraft out of the University of Portland, scored in his second straight game, giving the Americans the lead in the 74th minute off midfielder Brian Carroll's corner kick. Portugal equalized just three ...
  • U.S. ABROAD (Jan. 22): Blackburn's League Cup run derailed
    ENGLAND (LEAGUE CUP, Semifinals, Second Leg)* Brad Friedel (Blackburn, PL), vs. Manchester United, 1-3.Started: 90 minutes. Blackburn's bid to repeat as League Cup champion when up in smoke when it fell to Manchester United at home, to go out, 4-2, on aggregate. Blackburn had a two-goal lead on aggregate before a pair of Paul Scholes goals put United ahead. Ruud Van Nistelrooy sealed the series when he converted a penalty after Friedel hauled him down. Friedel was only cautioned for the offense.FRANCE (LEAGUE)* David Regis (Troyes, D1), at Ajaccio, 0-1.Started: 56 minutes. L'Equipe rating (10=high; 1=low); 4.5. Regis remained in ...
  • U.S. SOCCER: Wagner leads U.S. women past Norway, 3-1, in Yiwu
    Santa Clara University star Aly Wagner set up all three goals to lead the United States past Norway, 3-1, on the first of the four-nations tournament in China, site of 2003 Women's World Cup.Thori Bryan scored her first goal in 62 games for the United States, opening the scoring in the 24th minute. Boston Breakers star Dagny Mellgren evened the score shortly before halftime.Wagner then set Tiffeny Milbrett and high school sensation Heather O'Reilly for a pair of second-half goals.China and Germany played to a 0-0 tie in the second game.The doubleheader drew 27,000 fans at the Meihu Sports Center ...
  • COLLEGE WOMEN: Soccer America selects North Carolina's Tarpley as Freshman of the Year
    Teen sensation Lindsay Tarpley, who captained the United States to the FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship and helped lead the University of North Carolina to the NCAA College Cup final four, has been selected the nation's top freshman by Soccer America magazine.Tarpley, equally adept up top or in midfield, led the Tar Heels in scoring and was their pivotal player in midfield down the stretch, excelling despite a nagging shin-splints injury. She was the Atlantic Coast Conference's Freshman of the Year, was selected to the College Cup's All-Tournament team, and earned a spot in the U.S. national team's pool as ...
  • U.S. SOCCER: Arena sticks with Canada-beaters
    Coach Bruce Arena has called back all the players who saw action in the USAÆs 4-0 thumping of Canada last Saturday for his training camp in preparation for a Feb. 8 match against Argentina in Miami and a Feb. 12 encounter with Jamaica Feb. 12 in Kingston.All 23 members of the roster are MLS players. Five were part of the 2002 World Cup team: Clint Mathis, Landon Donovan, Pablo Mastroeni, DaMarcus Beasley and Eddie PopeWith four players, MLS champion Los Angeles Galaxy is the best represented club on the squad.The team convenes for training in Bradenton, Fla., on Sunday.U.S. ROSTER: ...
  • January 2003 Poll Results
    MLS will be conducted the 2003 SuperDraft Jan. 17 in Kansas City. For the first time, the public was allowed to watch the proceedings at the SuperDraft, which was held in conjunction with the NSCAA Convention. Here's your picks for the top college and youth national team prospects by position. Voting ran through January 15, 2003. There were a total of 688 votes. Top MLS SuperDraft Prospects by position: Goalkeepers 7% - Curtis Spiteri (Portland, Sr.) 27% - Doug Warren (Clemson, Sr.) 6% - Jason White (Princeton, Sr.) 14% - Josh Saunders (California, Sr.) 22% - Michael ...
  • NSCAA Honor Award Speech: Cliff McCrath on Raymond Cieplik
    The following is the transcript of the speech given by Cliff McCrath at the NSCAA Coaches Convention in January in Kansas City for Raymond Cieplik, the 61st recipient of the NSCAA Honor Award. By C. Clifford McCrath Every organization has its cornerstones and every cornerstone has a symbol, motto or mission statement reminding its viewers of why its history is so significant. Metaphorically, the founding fathers of the National Soccer Coaches Association were the cornerstones of what has become the largest -- and best -- sports organization in the world. And somewhere in their collective wisdom, they ...
  • WUSA, in 'survival mode,' courts Chinese investor
    By SCOTT FRENCH, Senior Editor Savior or not, no question Chinese businessman Xu Ming is the biggest thing to happen to the WUSA since the league kicked off nearly two years ago.The 31-year-old industrialist and owner of Dalian Shide, the top men's soccer club in China, is in discussions with WUSA brass to become an investor in the league. How much cash he would provide, and what he would get for his investment, isn't clear.Xu was in the United States in November to meet with officials from the WUSA, the Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS) and the Home Depot National Training ...
  • My View: Two More Years Is Just Enough
    Let's set aside the marketing and iconic appeal of Landon Donovan. As important as they are, his development into a great player is crucial and it can't be done if he stays in MLS indefinitely. As a league entering its eighth season, MLS ain't bad and is getting better. As a testing ground for brilliance, the league isn't there yet. Two more years in MLS is about right. By then, he should have four pro campaigns, a second Olympic Games, and a couple dozen more caps to his credit. By then, he'll have charmed ...
  • U.S. ABROAD (Jan. 18-19): McBride scores twice; Onyweu debuts in France
    ENGLAND* Brian McBride (Everton, PL) vs. Sunderland, 2-1. Started: 90 minutes.McBride, who last week scored 10 minutes into his English Premier League debut, followed up in the second game of his three-month loan spell with two goals in six minutes.McBride equalized the game in the 51st minute when his bicycle kick, from a Scott Gemmill cross, deflected off a defender and beat keeper Thomas Sorensen. He scored his second after running onto to Tomasz Radzinski's pass and shooting low into the corner. Everton is in 5th place.* Claudio Reyna (Sunderland, PL) at Everton, 1-2. Reyna is recovering from knee surgery ...
  • U.S. Abroad (England, Jan. 18-19): McBride scores twice as Everton downs Sunderland
    * Brian McBride (Everton, PL) vs. Sunderland, 2-1.Started: 90 minutes.McBride, who last week scored 10 minutes into his English Premier League debut, followed up in the second game of his three-month loan spell with two goals in six minutes.McBride equalized the game in the 51st minute when his overhead volley of a Scott Gemmill cross deflcted off a defender and beat keeper Thomas Sorensen. He scored his second after running onto to Tomasz RadzinskiÆs pass and shooting low into the corner.* Claudio Reyna (Sunderland, PL) at Everton, 1-2Reyna is recovering from knee surgery and is out until next spring. * ...
  • U.S. SOCCER: Americans crush Canada, 4-0
    The Unites States opened its 2003 international season with a 4-0 win over Canada before 6,549 fans at Lockhart Stadium in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.Carlos Bocanegra, Clint Mathis and Chris Klein scored to give the Americans 3-0 lead after 32 minutes. The goals for Bocanegra and Klein were the first of their international careers.Sub Steve Ralston completed the scoring in the 61st minute off an assist by Landon Donovan, his second of the game.The game marked the debut of Bobby Convey at left back.The win was the biggest win over Canada in more than 75 years and stretched the U.S. unbeaten ...
  • MLS: 2003 SuperDraft Selections (Rounds 1-3 & Trades)
    ROUND 11 D.C. United -- F Alecko Eskandarian (Univ. of Virginia, Jr.).2 MetroStars -- M Ricardo Clark (Univ. of Furman, Soph.).3 Chicago -- M/F Nate Jaqua (Univ. of Portland, Jr.).4 MetroStars -- F Mike Magee (U.S. under-20 national team) (1).5 D.C. United -- D David Stokes (Univ. of North Carolina, Jr.).6 San Jose -- D Todd Dunivant (Stanford Univ., Sr.).7 Columbus -- M Diego Walsh (SMU, Sr./BRAZIL).8 Los Angeles -- M/F Guillermo Gonzalez (U.S. under-17 national team).9 New England -- F Pat Noonan (Indiana Univ., Sr.).10 Dallas -- D Shavar Thomas (Univ. of Connecticut, Soph./JAMAICA) (2).ROUND 211. D.C. United -- ...
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