• 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 complete the Top 10.North Carolina, which has won one AIAW title (in 1981) and 16 NCAA crowns (1982-84, 86-94, 96-97, 99-2000), boasts one of the most talented and unquestionably the deepest team in college women's soccer.The Tar Heels feature four ...
  • 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 at the 1999 Women's World Cup and one of 13 silver medalists from the 2000 Sydney Olympics.University of North Carolina freshman Heather O'Reilly, also trying to make the roster while recuperating from a broken leg and ankle ligament surgery, was ...
  • COLLEGE: Soccer America Men's Preseason Top 25
    Rank/Team (Final Record) Final Ranking1 UCLA (18-3-3) 62 Maryland (20-5-0) 13 Notre Dame (12-6-3) 204 Wake Forest (15-2-4) 25 St. John's (13-3-5) 36 Stanford (18-4-2) 107 Penn State (16-8-0) 248 Connecticut (17-6-0) 99 Creighton (18-4-2) 1510 Indiana (15-4-2) 411 California (14-6-2) 1212 SMU (16-3-3) 713 Saint Louis (15-4-2) 1714 Boston College (18-5-0) 515 Wisconsin-Milwaukee (19-1-1) 1316 North Carolina (14-7-1) 1917 New Mexico (18-4-0) NR18 Santa Clara (10-6-1) NR19 Virginia (15-7-0) 1120 UAB (9-7-3) NR21 Clemson (14-3-3) 1422 Portland (13-5-2) 1623 Virginia Commonwealth (15-4-2) 2224 Coastal Carolina (19-2-3) NR25 South Florida (11-7-0) NR
  • MLS WEEK 21 WRAP: Ruiz scores twice in Galaxy win
    By Ridge MahoneySan 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 goal, ran onto a ball from Hong Myung Bo, faked defender Jay Heaps off his feet at the edge of the penalty area, then cut right to drive a shot just over keeper Adin Brown's left shoulder and off the ...
  • 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.ENGLAND* Tim Howard (Manchester United, PL) at Newcastle, 2-1. Started: 90 minutes. 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. Leeds, 2-1. The Sun rating ...
  • UNDER-17 WORLD CUP: USA-Brazil summary
    Aug. 24 in TurkuUSA 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 (Sweden).Att.: 6,150.
  • UNDER-17 WORLD: Quarterfinal Results (Aug. 23-24)
    Aug. 23Colombia 2 (Otalvero 25, 43) Costa Rica 0.Argentina 2 (Cardozo 34, Peirone 45) Mexico 0.Aug. 24USA 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 EllingerOn 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 in the way sometimes there, but when he does get the ball he can be a very electric player and has a very bright future in the game.öOn the teamÆs play:''We were very disappointed in the teamÆs performance against Spain. ...
  • 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 Clara and Virginia remained tied, 1-1, after regulation and four 15-minute overtime periods. At the time, no regulations were in place for a penalty kick tiebreaker, so the NCAA declared co-champions. In the postgame press conference, Steve Sampson, 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 athlete: Kobe Bryant. Non-soccer team: Los Angeles Lakers. Other sports you enjoy: Golf, basketball, ping-pong. Hobbies: Going to the mall, being around friends and family. Music: Rap, Hip Hop. Musical artist: Eminem (my favorite), 50 Cent, Nas, Jay-Z. Movie: ''Lord ...
  • U.S. ABROAD (Aug. 22-24): Conor Casey scores twice
    ENGLAND* 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. Leeds, 2-1. The Sun rating (10 high; 1 low): 7.* Bobby Convey (Tottenham, PL) vs. Leeds, 2-1. Convey is awaiting a UK work permit.* Jovan Kirovski (Birmingham, PL) at Southampton, 0-0. DNP.* Marcus Hahnemann (Reading, D1) at Derby, 3-2. Started: ...
  • 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 championship.Atlanta's Charmaine Hooper converted a penalty kick in first-half stoppage time to answer Wambach's first strike, but the Beat was unable to take advantage of its second-half dominance and lost a playoff heartbreaker for the third successive year.The winner came ...
  • MLS Results for Aug. 22-24
    Aug. 22 in Kansas CityKansas 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 -- Garcia 31; Colorado -- Hart 49, Carrieri 49.Referee: Gus St. Silva.Att.: 12,778.Aug. 23 in Carson, Calif.Los Angeles 2 New England 1 (OT). Ruiz (Jones, Hong) 22, Ruiz (Hong) 98; Cancela pen. 86. Los Angeles -- Hartman, Califf, Hong, Suarez, ...
  • WUSA: Washington, Atlanta square of for title
    WUSA Founders Cup IIIWashington 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, after playing to a 3-3 draw after 105 minutes. Washington, meanwhile, lost Founders Cup II, 3-2, to the Carolina Courage.Atlanta posted two victories over Washington during the 2003 regular season. The first Beat win came courtesy of a Charmaine Hooper ...
  • 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 silver-medal team at the 1992 Olympics, has played for Lech Poznan, Sporting Lisbon, Olympiakos, Borussia Moenchengladbach, Wolfsburg and Cottbus.The Chicago Fire has acquired Costa Rican midfielder Jonathan Bolanos. The 25-year-old has played for Deportivo Saprissa and Alajuela in Costa Rica ...