• GOLD CUP: Mexico claims 2003 title on golden goal
    Substitute Daniel Osorno scored in the ninth minute of overtime to give host Mexico a 1-0 win over Brazil Sunday and capture the 2003 Gold Cup.The Tricolores and their coach, Ricardo Lavolpe, came under heavy fire early in the tournament, but Mexico deserved the victory in the final against Brazil's U-23s.Mexico did not give up a goal in the tournament to capture its fourth CONCACAF title.GOLD CUP FINAL SUMMARY:July 27 in Mexico CityMexico 1 Brazil 0. Goal: Osorno 98.Mexico -- Sanchez, Salazar (Mendez, 77), Briseno, Osorio, Carmona, Valdez, Pardo, Perez, Garcia (Osorno, 65), Borgetti, Arellano (Rodriguez, 66).Brazil -- Gomes, Maicon, ...
  • YOUTH: Snickers Cup Day 3 Results and Final Group Standings (July 25)
    UNDER-19 BOYSChicago Sockers 4 (Micklos 36, Ruud 69, Olsen 71, 90) Edmond (Okla.) Royals 2 (Thomas 76, Tarver 90).FC Delco Arsenal (Pa.) 2 (Coleman 45, Castellanos 90) Colorado Rush Nike 2 (Clark 6, Hendricks 20).Final Standings: Chicago Sockers 9 points; FC Delco Arsenal (9-7), Colorado Rush Nike (8-7) 4; Edmond Royals 0.UNDER-18 BOYSSyracuse (N.Y.) Blitz Blizzard 4 (Perry 25, 88, Wilkie 64, Deane 90) Tulsa (Okla.) Nationals 2 (Moreland 45, Gilbert 60).Marin (Calif.) Utd. 1 (Van Aker 58) Michigan Wolves 1 (Stacy 41).Final Standings: Michigan Wolves 7 points; Marin Utd. 5; Syracuse Blitz Blizzard 3; Tulsa Nationals 1.UNDER-17 BOYSChicago Magic ...
  • YOUTH: National titles are almost evenly divided among regions
    National honors were almost evenly divided at the 2003 Snickers U.S. Youth Soccer National Championships at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Germantown, Md.The Far West (Region IV) took home four titles. The East (Region I) and South (Region III) claimed three championships, and the Midwest (Region II), shut out last year, captured two trophies.The FC Delco Arsenal U-19 boys team successfully defended its title in its age group when it beat the Chicago Sockers, 2-1, to capture the McGuire Cup, the oldest national youth cup in the country. It was started in 1935.The PDA Wildcats of New Jersey were the ...
  • Man U Tour Raises Profile
    Champions World Series raises soccer's profile in the summer In order to figure out how Charlie Stillitano filled several large stadiums well before the kickoff of seven games in 13 days this summer, just work backwards. He wanted to stage successful soccer events. Stillitano's experience as New York's venue director during the 1994 World Cup and as general manager of the MetroStars taught him that the variety of soccer audiences in the United States have one thing in common - they respond to big events. And for exhibition games to be big events, they must involve either national ...
  • WUSA WEEK 17 WRAP: Wambach pulls Freedom from funk
    By SCOTT FRENCH Senior EditorDEAR ABBY: Washington is out of its two-month funk and appears to be cruising toward the WUSA playoffs. Much credit goes to forward Abby Wambach, who has scored six goals in the past six games, including a late strike to forge a 2-2 draw Wednesday at Boston and another late in the first half to start the Freedom on a 2-0 triumph Saturday over visiting San Diego.Both Wambach goals came courtesy of Mia Hamm. She bent an 85th-minute free kick into the 6-yard box for Wambach to head home spectacularly on Wednesday, and she intercepted Spirit ...
  • WPSL: Reading's last-minute goal lifts Utah to title
    The Utah Spiders ended the California Storm's reign as Women's Premier Soccer League champion Sunday, beating the defending champions, 2-1, on Sara Reading's last-minute goal at Kezar Stadium in San Francisco.The Salt Lake City-based Spiders (11-3-2) are the first team outside California to win the WPSL, an amateur league that serves, along with the W-League, as a Second Division to the WUSA.The Storm are the only two-time WPSL champion, winning in 1999 and last season.Amber Brower also scored for Utah, which was invited to the final four only after the Denver Diamonds -- the wild-card qualifier -- were unable to ...
  • Forlan, van Nistelrooy spark Manchester United past America in L.A.
    Uruguayan forward Diego Forlan scored two goals and set up a sensational strike from Dutch striker Ruud van Nistelrooy as English Premier League champion Manchester United beat Mexico's Club America, 3-1, Sunday in a friendly before 57,365 at the Los Angeles Coliseum.The victory, on the six-team, seven-game ChampionsWorld Series exhibition tour, was the second of Manchester United's four-game U.S. tour. United topped Glasgow Celtic, 4-0, in its opener Tuesday in Seattle, and plays Italian champion Juventus on Thursday in East Rutherford, N.J., and Spanish giant Barcelona next Sunday in Philadelphia.Barcelona topped Juventus on penalty kicks following a 2-2 tie in ...
  • NORDIC CUP: Lohman leads U.S. to fifth straight title
    Penn State All-American Joanna Lohman scored two goals as the U.S. women's under-21 team captured the Nordic Cup title for the fifth successive summer, edging Sweden, 2-1, in Sunday's final at Randers, Denmark.Lohman knocked in a rebound to give the Americans a 14th-minute lead, then leaped above the Swedish defense to head home Catherine Reddick's free kick in the 55th. The goals were Lohman's second and third of the tournament.Sweden's Sara Johansson answered Lohman's first goal within two minutes.The Nordic Cup is the annual unofficial world championship for women's U-21 teams. The United States has won the title six times ...
  • WUSA: Meinert lifts Boston to tie in San Jose
    The Boston Breakers took one more step toward its first WUSA playoff berth and the San Jose CyberRays lost needed points in a 1-1 draw Sunday before 6,187 at Spartan Stadium.Maren Meinert scored her ninth goal of the season in a 64th-minute scramble as the Breakers (7-4-7, 28 points) returned to second place, five points behind Atlanta with three games remaining. Washington also has 28 points, but Boston won the season series, the first tiebreaker in determining standings position.Tisha Venturini-Hoch, who is retiring at season's end, scored from Keri Sanchez's feed in the 48th minute for San Jose. CyberRays goalkeeper ...
  • WUSA: Bolstered Charge eliminated; Courage, Freedom post critical wins
    Philadelphia was as close to full strength on Saturday as it has been in months, but it couldn't halt the Charge becoming the first team eliminated from the WUSA playoff chase.Venus James scored a pair of second-half goals as visiting Carolina, bolstering its case for a semifinal berth, scored a 3-1 victory, ending Philly's remote hopes for a third trip to the postseason.Heather Mitts, returning from a broken leg, started on the Charge's backline, and Kelly Smith and Pavlina Scasna, who have seen little of the season because of injuries, made second-half appearances.Washington also aided its playoff hopes, getting a ...
  • MLS Results for July 26
    July 26 in Naperville, Ill.Chicago 2 Kansas City 0. Goals: Whitfield 12, Mapp 53.Chicago - Thornton, Brown, Curtin, Gray, Whitfield, Armas, Mapp (Pause, 83), Marsch, Perez, Ralph (Jaqua, 89), Razov.Kansas City - Meola, Conrad, Talley, Garcia, Klein, Gomez (Armstrong, 57), Preki, Zavagnin, Quill (Gutierrez, 74), Simutenkov, Arnaud (Brown, 66).Yellow Cards: Chicago - Ralph 38; Kansas City - Talley 38, Quill 60, Preki 92+.Referee: Noel Kenny.Att.: 11,877. July 26 in DenverColorado 1 MetroStars 0. Goal: Chung (Henderson, Beckerman) 25.Colorado - Garlick, Hart, Borchers, Fraser, Kotschau, Chung, Beckerman, Trembly, Henderson, Carrieri, Spencer.MetroStars - Walker, Bartolomeu, Ziadie, Addo, Pope (Jolley, 46), Williams, Lisi ...
  • GOLD CUP: Third-Place Game Summary
    July 26 in MiamiUSA 3 Costa Rica 2. Goals: Bocanegra 29, Stewart 56, Convey 67; Fonseca 24, 39.USA -- Keller, Hejduk, Califf, Bocanegra, Vanney, Beasley (Lewis, 78), Convey (Mastroeni, 88), Mulrooney, Ralston (Mathis, 70), Stewart, Donovan. Costa Rica -- Mesen, Marin, A.Castro (Bennett, 35) Wright, L.Gonzalez (Parks, 76), Chinchilla, Lopez (Scott, 60), Solis, Centeno, Bryce, Fonseca. Yellow cards: USA -- Convey 69; Costa Rica -- Wright 62, Parks 76, Marin 77.Referee: Richard Piper (Trinidad & Tobago) Att.: 5,093.STATS:Shots: USA -- 10; Costa Rica -- 6.Saves: USA -- 5; Costa Rica -- 4.Corner Kicks: USA -- 5; Costa Rica -- 3.Fouls: ...
  • GOLD CUP: U.S. rallies to down Costa Rica, 3-2, for third place
    Bobby Convey scored his first goal for the United States to give it a 3-2 win over Costa Rica Saturday night at Miami's Orange Bowl and claim third place in the Gold Cup.If Brazil, a 2-1 winner over the United States in the semifinals, beats Mexico in the final on Sunday at Mexico City's Azteca Stadium, a playoff would be held later to determine the CONCACAF representative at the 2005 Confederations Cup in Germany.The Americans twice came from one goal down against the Ticos in a wide-open game, the first between U.S. national team coach Bruce Arena and his predecessor, ...
  • California, Utah advance to WPSL championship
    Stacie Alberico and Valerie Williams scored goals late in the first half and defending champion California Storm rallied to win its Women's Premier Soccer League semifinal Saturday at Kezar Stadium in San Francisco.The Storm topped the New England Mutiny, 3-1, and will face the Utah Spiders -- 3-1 winners over Ajax Southern California -- in Sunday's title game at Kezar.Alberico tallied in the 41st minute, her 11th goal of the season, and Williams struck in the 44th as the Sacramento-based Storm turned a 1-0 deficit into a 2--1 halftime lead. Katie Tate added a goal in the 61st minute.The Mutiny, ...
  • MLS PREVIEWS (July 26-27)
    (home teams listed first)Saturday, July 26, 8:30 pm ET/7:30 pm CT/5:30 pm PT CHICAGO (7-4-4, 25 pts) vs. KANSAS CITY (7-3-6, 27 pts)TV: Fox Sports World; HDNet.Key Players Out: Chicago - M DaMarcus Beasley (National Team Duty - USA), D Carlos Bocanegra (National Team Duty - USA); Kansas City - D Jose Luis Burciaga (R torn ACL), Josh Wolff (R torn meniscus/knee surgery). Referee: Noel Kenny.Saturday, July 26, 9:30 pm ET/7:30 pm MT/6:30 pm PT COLORADO (5-8-3, 18 pts) vs. METROSTARS (8-4-4, 28 pts)TV: MSG.DIRECTV: 794; DISH: 464.Key Players Out: Colorado - F Zizi Roberts (R MCL tear), D Jeff ...