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Gilles Grimandi finally severs ties with MLS

French midfielder Gilles Grimandi, Colorado's main offseason signing who for weeks has refused to follow through on his commitment to the Rapids, has reached an agreement with MLS that allows him to return to France.

''The Colorado Rapids organization is deeply saddened by Gilles Grimandi's decision to return to France.'' Colorado Rapids general manger Dan Counce said. ''The player has cited ...


Player of the Week

Evaud Thompson (Westchester Flames)

Team of the Week

G -- Greg Sherwood (Reading)
* Six saves in 2-1 win at New York

D -- JT Dorsey (Reading)
* Solid play in 2-1 win at New York

D -- Alfredo Esteves (New Hampshire)
* Solid play in 2-1 loss at New Jersey

D -- Glenn Puckrin (Utah)
* Solid play in 2-1 and ...

A-LEAGUE: Week 2 Honors

Player of the Week

Thiago Martins (Pittsburgh Riverhounds)

Team of the Week

G -- Randy Dedini (Pittsburgh)
* Seven saves in 5-0 win at Charlotte

D -- Fred Degand (Charleston)
* Solid performance in 1-0 win over Montreal

D -- Nick DeSantis (Montreal)
* Solid performance in 1-0 loss at Charleston

D -- Kevin Knight (Richmond)
* Solid performance in 3-0 win over Indiana

M -- Justin ...

Nine World Cup 2002 vets on roster for Mexico match

The 18-man roster U.S. coach Bruce Arena has named for the May 8 friendly against Mexico in Houston includes nine players from the 2002 World Cup squad. Six of them -- Brian McBride, Landon Donovan, Eddie Pope, Pablo Mastroeni, Earnie Stewart and Cobi Jones -- played against Mexico in the second-round 2-0 victory that earned the Americans a quarterfinal appearance.

Clint ...

COLLEGE: Fresno State men's team fights for reinstatement

By Mike Woitalla

Two weeks after Fresno State announced the elimination of its 33-year-old men's soccer program, Coach Dave Chesler is hopeful that his team's ambitious fund-raising drive will lead to reinstatement.

''There is more than hope, but we still have an incredible fund-raising challenge,'' says Chesler.

Chesler says he was told by the university on April 23 that his program, which was ...

GOLD CUP: Honduras, Martinique complete 12-team field

Honduras and Martinque came out on top of a three-team playoff with Trinidad & Tobago to fill the final two spots in this summer's Gold Cup.

Honduras beat Martinique, 4-2, on Sunday after both teams had assured themselves of qualification with wins over T&T. Martinique had beaten T&T, 3-2, and the Hondurans won, 2-0.

The groups: Group A (Mexico City): Brazil, Honduras, ...

U.S. Abroad (April 25-27): Friedel, Blackburn get crucial win

American goalkeepers Brad Friedel and Kasey Keller continued to shine in the English Premier League. Friedel's Blackburn Rovers remain in the hunt for a UEFA Cup spot thanks to a 3-2 victory at Leeds. Keller, meanwhile, repeatedly thwarted Manchester United before the league leaders took a 2-0 win.


* Brad Friedel (Blackburn, PL) at Leeds, 3-2.

Started: 90 minutes. This important victory ...

MLS WEEK 4 WRAP: Twellman strike gives Revs first win

By Ridge Mahoney, Senior Editor

HERO: Taylor Twellman ran onto a long diagonal ball from Steve Ralston to thump a left-footed volley for the winning goal in the Revs' 2-1 victory at Dallas.

GOATS: Kansas City defender Nick Garcia let Andy Williams get past him just before the Fire midfielder drilled home the tying goal of the Fire's 3-2 comeback win and ...

WUSA WEEK 4 WRAP: WUSA stars pull double-duty

By Scott French, Senior Editor

LET'S PLAY TWO: Nine WUSA players -- eight Americans and a Canadian -- pulled double-duty this weekend, seeing time in the U.S. women's national team's 6-1 win Saturday over Canada in Washington and in their clubs' league matches.

Three of them -- Atlanta goalkeeper Briana Scurry, San Jose defender Brandi Chastain and San Diego forward Shannon MacMillan ...

U.S. Abroad: Barrett Goes Danish

A few weeks after Wade Barrett arrived in Denmark, he found himself at the fishmonger's selecting a variety of herring to take to his apartment in downtown Aarhus, an eastern port city of 575,000.

''One reason I came was to live in a European environment,'' said Barrett, who was raised in Virginia Beach and spent the last five ...

Claudio Reyna's Road to Recovery May Lead to Summer Comeback

A-C-L. They can be the most frightening three letters an injured player hears. The anterior cruciate ligament. Pliable although not elastic, it connects the bones and pretty much holds the knee together.

Three prominent U.S. players suffered torn ACL's in 2002. Chris Armas missed the 2002 World Cup after going down a month before the tournament. Josh Wolff ...

My View: Ode to the Olde Guard

The inevitable is hap-pening. Those stalwarts who were inspired during the NASL years and witnessed its demise are leaving MLS, which they helped found.

Eric Wynalda, Marcelo Balboa and Tab Ramos each played in three World Cups. John Harkes played in two. Peter Vermes' only showing was in 1990, but if not for Walter Zenga's left buttock, he ...

A-LEAGUE: Results (April 25-27)

April 25

Richmond 3 (Russell 34, Jeffrey 49, Testo 90) Indiana 0.

Charlotte 0 Pittsburgh 5 (Woolfolk 4, Evans 13, Martins 14, 32, Villar 70).

El Paso 0 Minnesota 1 (Morehead 14).

April 26

Atlanta 2 (Nusum 26, Asad 60) Pittsburgh 2 (Woolfolk 4, Martins pen. 70).

Virginia Beach 2 (Washington 15, Fenger 38) Indiana 0.

Charleston (Conway pen. 43) Montreal 0.

April 27

El Paso 2 (Greigo 47, ...

WUSA: Pickup, Fleeting lead Spirit past toothless CyberRays

Kim Pickup's famed ''flip-throw'' led to the winning goal Sunday as San Diego beat toothless San Jose, 2-1, before 5,965 at Torero Stadium.

Julie Fleeting scored one goal and played a role in the winner as the Spirit (2-1, 6 points) rallied from a second-half deficit and moved above .500 for the first time in club history.

Fleeting was dominant up top ...


April 26 at Washington

Washington 1 Atlanta 1. Goals: Golebiowski 67; Dominguez 67.

Washington -- Mullinix, S. Little, Moore, Grubb, Barr, Stoecker, Jones, Lindsey, Golebiowski (Gerardo, 78), Schott (Hamm, 63), Wambach.

Atlanta -- Scurry, Bivens, Nonen (J. Augustyniak, 93+), N. Augustyniak, Gaston, Miller, Serlenga, Crumpton, Sawa, Dominguez, Hooper (Dieke, 87).

Yellow cards: Washington -- Golebiowski 24, Wambach 88; Atlanta -- Hooper 51.

Referee: Erick Simmons.

Att.: ...