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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 ...

YOUTH: Snickers Cup Day 3 Results and Final Group Standings (July 25)


Chicago 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.


Syracuse (N.Y.) Blitz Blizzard 4 (Perry 25, 88, ...

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 ...

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 ...

WUSA WEEK 17 WRAP: Wambach pulls Freedom from funk

Senior Editor

DEAR 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 ...

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 ...

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. ...

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. ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

GOLD CUP: Third-Place Game Summary

July 26 in Miami

USA 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 -- ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...