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U.S. SOCCER: Donovan, Beasley join Olympic hopeful U-23s

Landon Donovan and DaMarcus Beasley will join the U.S. U-23 national team, which is aiming to qualify for next summer's Olympic Games, for the team's two-week January training camp in Carson, Calif.

Without Donovan and Beasley, the Americans downed St. Kitts & Nevis in the second round of CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying by an aggregate score of 10-0 after receiving a bye ...

U.S. SOCCER: Adu back in action with U-20s

Less than a month after a quarterfinal run in the 2003 World Youth Championship, U.S. U-20 coach Thomas Rongen gets back to work with a new crop of players that begins preparations for qualifying for the 2005 U-20 World Cup.

Freddy Adu is the lone holdover from the U-20s that played in the UAE. Arturo Alvarez, who was injured and ...

U.S. SOCCER: U-18s head to the Home Depot Center

The U.S. under-18 national team, which is formed every two years to begin a four-year cycle that concludes with the World Youth Championship, travels this weekend to the ODP Interregional Event at The Home Depot Center Jan. 2-9.

The U-18s will play four matches in six games in their first gathering for the squad in 2004. The U-18s will play ...

U.S. Abroad (Dec. 28): Man City ties Liverpool; wins for Howard, Friedel

Claudio Reyna played the full 90 minutes for the third straight Manchester City game in eight days as the Blues tied Liverpool, 2-2. Manchester United, with Tim Howard in goal, held on to the Premier league's first-place spot with a 1-0 win over Middlesbrough.

Brad Friedel helped struggling Blackburn to a 1-0 win over Newcastle while fellow keeper Kasey Keller lost ...

COLLEGE WOMEN: North Carolina's Reddick wins Honda Award

North Carolina defender Catherine Reddick, who missed the first half of her senior season while starting on the U.S. backline during the Women's World Cup, was announced Monday as winner of the Honda Award for women's soccer.

Reddick, a three-time All-American from Birmingham, Ala., anchored the Tar Heels' backline through six NCAA tournament shutouts and was selected the College Cup's Defensive ...

My View: Potential and Product

SIGNING FREDDY ADU was a huge victory for MLS. Granted, some of the hyperbole coming out of those initial press conferences was alarming. ''The best young player in the world''? Please. There are at least 10 players his age, with his potential, in Brazil, Argentina, Africa and Europe. Some haven't been discovered yet, others are smartly being kept under wraps. ...

Donovan is the Man

By all accounts, Landon Donovan's performance at MLS Cup 2003 wasn't his best game. But as he did throughout the playoffs, the 21-year-old San Jose Earthquakes star dominated.

The coach and the star both had their hands full at their latest moment of glory.

When they stepped onto a stage for the MLS Cup 2003 postgame press conference, ...

U.S. ABROAD (Dec. 26): Howard, Kirovski celebrate Boxing Day wins

English clubs played a full schedule on Dec. 26 and seven Yanks saw action in the Boxing Day games. Jovan Kirovski, making his second league appearance of the season for Birmingham, came out on top in a clash with Claudio Reyna and Manchester City.

Tim Howard was the only other American to celebrate a win, Manchester United downing Everton 3-2 and ...

U.S. SOCCER: Arena picks 27 MLS players to 30-man roster

For the U.S. national teamÆs first training camp of 2004, Coach Bruce Arena has named a 30-man roster with 27 MLS players. As expected, Arena did not call in the English-based players, whose league does not have a winter break.

The camp, which begins on Jan. 4, leads up to the USAÆs friendly against Denmark Jan. 18 at the Home Depot ...

Convey, Cronin named to U-20 World Cup all-tournament team

U.S. U-20 midfielder Bobby Convey and goalkeeper Steve Cronin were named to the 20-player FIFA World Youth Championship All-Star Team, as selected by the FIFA Technical Study Group.

The Thomas Rongen-coached U.S. U-20s, who became the first U.S. team to finish atop their group at a World Youth Championship, fell in the quarterfinals to Argentina, 2-1, in overtime.

Convey notched two assists ...

U.S. SOCCER: Arena's men to face the Netherlands

The United States will face the Netherlands in a friendly Feb. 18 in Amsterdam (live on ESPN2, 2:30 pm ET).

The Americans and the Dutch have met twice before in friendlies. The Dutch won 2-0 May 19, 2002 in Foxboro, Mass., and won 2-0 Feb. 21, 1998 in Miami.

The United States will be looking for its first victory on European soil ...

U.S. ABROAD (Dec. 20-22): Howard, Keller meet; Eddie Lewis scores

American keepers Tim Howard and Kasey Keller faced off in the English Premier League as Manchester United downed Tottenham Hotspur, 2-1. Both keepers made good saves and neither was faulted on the goals.

Manchester City's Claudio Reyna saw his first league action of the month in Monday's 1-1 tied with Leeds United.

In the English First Division, Eddie Lewis scored in Preston ...

COLLEGE WOMEN: Tulsa tabs 'Bama assistant

Rena Richardson, an assistant coach the past three seasons at the University of Alabama, was announced Friday as the University of Tulsa's women's soccer coach.

Richardson, 32, spent two seasons in charge of Louisiana-Monroe's program, two seasons as an assistant coach at Texas A&M and three years as head coach at Hardin-Simmons, the first in an interim capacity, before joining the ...

W-LEAGUE: 2004 Alignment

(37 teams in 2004; 26 in 2003)


New England Division Boston Renegades, New Hampshire Lady Phantoms, Rhode Island Lady Stingrays, *Western Mass Lady Pioneers.

North Central Division

*Montreal, Rochester Ravens, Toronto Inferno, Ottawa Fury, *Sudbury Canadians.

Northeast Division

Long Island Lady Riders, New Jersey Lady Stallions, New Jersey Wildcats, New York Magic, South Jersey Banshees.


Atlantic Division

Asheville Splash, *Bradenton Athletics, Carolina Dynamo, Charlotte ...


(55 teams in 2004; 49 teams in 2003)


Mid Atlantic Division

*Carolina Dynamo, Chesapeake Dragons, Raleigh CASL Elite, Richmond Kickers Future, West Virginia Chaos, Williamsburg Legacy.

Northeast Division

Albany Blackwatch Highlanders, Brooklyn Knights, Cape Cod Crusaders, Jersey Falcons, *New Jersey Stallions, *Reading Rage, Rhode Island Stingrays, South Jersey Barons, Vermont Voltage.


Mid South Division

Austin Lightning, *El Paso Patriots, *Las Cruces, Louisiana Outlaw, ...