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COLLEGE WOMEN: North Carolina tops Soccer America's Preseason Top 25

Perennial favorite North Carolina, winners of 17 national collegiate women's soccer championships in 22 years, tops Soccer America magazine's College Women's Preseason Top 25.

Pacific 10 Conference champion Stanford, ranked No. 1 most of last season, is ranked second, followed by its conference rival UCLA, NCAA runner-up Santa Clara, Texas, Notre Dame and defending NCAA champion Portland.

Penn State, Virginia and Pepperdine ...

U.S. WOMEN: MacMillan is in as Heinrichs makes World Cup roster announcement

Shannon MacMillan's unlikely quest to return from injury and play in the fourth Women's World Cup paid off on Tuesday when U.S. coach April Heinrichs included the veteran forward on her 20-woman roster for the upcoming championships.

MacMillan, who tore her right anterior cruciate ligament in May, was one of 12 players selected who were part of the victorious U.S. side ...

COLLEGE: Soccer America Men's Preseason Top 25

Rank/Team (Final Record) Final Ranking

1 UCLA (18-3-3) 6

2 Maryland (20-5-0) 1

3 Notre Dame (12-6-3) 20

4 Wake Forest (15-2-4) 2

5 St. John's (13-3-5) 3

6 Stanford (18-4-2) 10

7 Penn State (16-8-0) 24

8 Connecticut (17-6-0) 9

9 Creighton (18-4-2) 15

10 Indiana (15-4-2) 4

11 California (14-6-2) 12

12 SMU (16-3-3) 7

13 Saint Louis (15-4-2) 17

14 Boston College (18-5-0) 5

15 Wisconsin-Milwaukee (19-1-1) 13

16 North Carolina (14-7-1) 19

17 ...

MLS WEEK 21 WRAP: Ruiz scores twice in Galaxy win

By Ridge Mahoney

San Jose and Chicago pull away at the top, the Revs and Wizards still can't win, Columbus subdues the 10-man Burn, and the Galaxy remains imposing at home and winless on the road.

BEST GOALS: Carlos Ruiz's overtime strike in the Galaxy's 2-1 overtime victory over New England was a vintage solo finish.

Ruiz, who also scored the Galaxy's first ...

U.S. ABROAD (Aug. 22-25): Conor Casey scores twice

Conor Casey scored twice for German Second Division club Karlsruhe; Leighton O'Brien struck two for Swedish Second Division club Bodens; Cornell product Adam Skumawitz scored in for Norwegian First Division club Aalesund; Goalkeepers Kasey Keller and Tim Howard celebrated wins with Tottenham and Manchester United, respectively.


* Tim Howard (Manchester United, PL) at Newcastle, 2-1.
Started: 90 minutes.
The Sun rating ...

UNDER-17 WORLD CUP: USA-Brazil summary

Aug. 24 in Turku

USA 0 Brazil 3. Goals: Leonardo 18, Ederson 61, Evandro 64.

USA -- Marfuggi, Helton (Valentin, 87), Spector, Owens, Curfman, Gaven, Ashe, Szetela, DiRaimondo (Harrington, 78), Adu, Watson (Peterson, 78).

Brazil -- Bruno, Leo (Felipe, 67), Joao (Marlon, 86), Leonardo, Sandro, Junior, Jonathan, Arouca, Ederson; Evandro (Thyago, 81), Abuda.

Yellow cards: USA -- Watson 51; Brazil -- 56.

Referee: Martin Hansson ...

UNDER-17 WORLD: Quarterfinal Results (Aug. 23-24)

Aug. 23

Colombia 2 (Otalvero 25, 43) Costa Rica 0.

Argentina 2 (Cardozo 34, Peirone 45) Mexico 0.

Aug. 24

USA 0 Brazil 3 (Leonardo 18, Ederson 61, Evandro 64).

Spain 5 (Sanchez 28, Cesc 42, 78, Xisco 50, Jurado pen. 90) Portugal 2 (Manuel Curto 3, Vieira 87).

UNDER-17 WORLD CUP: Reaction after USA-Brazil

Coach John Ellinger

On Freddy AduÆs play in the tournament:

öHeÆs drawn a lot of attention. HeÆs a wonderful young player and will develop into an even better player, no question about it. HeÆs still learning and maturing as a soccer player in as far as what to do and when to do it on the field. I think his youth gets ...

Gold Cup: An Elephant in the Living Room

After Steve Sampson and Bruce Arena squared off at the Orange Bowl for the first time since sharing the 1989 NCAA title, nobody made it personal.

One of the most memorable and controversial championship games in NCAA history was the 1989 final, at Rutgers in frigid weather conditions. With temperatures in the teens and wind chill of minus-30, Santa ...

Face to Face: Freddy Adu

Freddy Adu, the most celebrated teenager in American soccer history, climbs the world stage at the U-17 World Cup Aug. 13-30 in Finland.

The Facts

Born: June 2, 1989 in Tema, Ghana.

Hometown: Potomac, Md.

Height: 5-8. Weight: 150.

Club: Bethesda International.

International: U.S. under-17 national team.

Favorites ...

Soccer player: Zinedine Zidane.

Soccer teams: Real Madrid, Manchester United.

Non-soccer ...

U.S. ABROAD (Aug. 22-24): Conor Casey scores twice


* Tim Howard (Manchester United, PL) at Newcastle, 2-1.
Started: 90 minutes. Howard was beaten on a 6-yard header by Alan Shearer. The Sun rating (10 high; 1 low): 6.

* Brad Friedel (Blackburn, PL) at Bolton, 2-2.
Started: 90 minutes. The Sun rating (10 high; 1 low): 7. Trinidadian Dwight Yorke scored twice for Blackburn.

* Kasey Keller (Tottenham, PL) vs. ...

WUSA: Wambach leads Freedom in Founders Cup thriller

Abby Wambach's sliding volley from a Jennifer Meier cross lifted the Washington Freedom to the WUSA title on Sunday with a 2-1 overtime victory over the Atlanta Beat in a gripping encounter at Torero Stadium in San Diego.

Wambach, selected Most Valuable Player of Founders Cup III, netted both goals for the Freedom, which had fallen to Carolina in last year's ...

MLS Results for Aug. 22-24

Aug. 22 in Kansas City

Kansas City 2 Colorado 2 (OT). Goals: Arnaud (Preki) 1, Preki pen. 93+; Henderson (Spencer, Mastroeni) 29, Spencer (Hart) 41.

Kansas City -- Meola, Jewsbury (Talley, 46), Conrad, Garcia, Armstrong (Harris, 46), Klein, Zavagnin, Zotinca, Quill (Wolff, 62), Arnaud, Preki.

Colorado -- Vallow, Kotschau, Borchers, Fraser, Hart, Chung, Beckerman, Mastroeni, Henderson, Spencer, Carrieri (Roberts, 67).

Yellow Cards: Kansas City ...

WUSA: Washington, Atlanta square of for title

WUSA Founders Cup III

Washington Freedom vs. Atlanta Beat
Sunday, Aug. 24,
4:00 pm ET /1:00 pm PT
Torero Stadium
Live on ESPN 2.

Founders Cup III features the runners-up from the previous two championship games in Atlanta and Washington. The Beat advanced to the title match during the inaugural season, but fell to the Bay Area CyberRays on penalty kicks, 4-2, ...

Pole, Costa Rican, Northern Irishman join MLS

Polish international striker Andrzej Juskowiak, whose most recent club was Energie Cottbus of the German Bundesliga, is set to join the Metros.

The Metros acquired a discovery slot for 33-year-old Juskowiak from the Quakes in exchange for a third-round draft pick in 2005. They used their two allotted discovery slots on Argentines Juan Forchetti and Jose Galvan.

Juskowiak, a member of Poland's ...