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HOME DEPOT CENTER: Johnny Torres helps PDL team tie Sweden's Hammarby

Former MLS forward Johnny Torres scored two goals as Orange County Blue Star, which plays in the fourth-division Premier Development League, held Swedish club Hammarby to a 2-2 tie Saturday in a closed-door match at Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

Torres, a 1997 Hermann Award winner at Creighton who played for the New England Revolution and Miami Fusion in a ...

U.S. SOCCER: Myernick names roster for Olympic qualfying

Coach Glenn Myernick has named his 20-man roster for the U.S. U-23 men's national team, which begins its Olympic qualifying campaign on Feb. 3 in Guadalajara.

The U.S. U-23s face Canada Feb. 5 and Honduras Feb. 7. The top two finishers in the group reach the semifinals, whose winners will earn a spot in next summer's Olympic Games in Greece.

The U.S. ...

COLLEGE: Vedad Ibisevic of Saint Louis leads Soccer America Men's Freshman All-American team

Soccer America Magazine named Saint Louis forward Vedad Ibisevic its 2003 Men's College Freshman of the Year:

Unpredictable on the dribble, quick on the trigger with either foot and nasty enough to intimidate some defenders, Ibisevic stormed past Brian McBride's freshman scoring record at SLU and finished with 40 points.

COLLEGE: Soccer America 2003 Men's Freshman All-Americans


Forward from Beaver ton, ...

U.S. SOCCER: Shannon Boxx, Lindsay Tarpley pace Four Nations romp over Sweden

Shannon Boxx scored one goal and helped set up one of two by Lindsay Tarpley as the U.S. women's national team rocked World Cup runner-up Sweden, 3-0, Friday in the opener of the annual Four Nations tournament in Shenzhen, China.

Teng Wei scored twice as China dominated Canada in a 2-1 victory in the second game of the doubleheader.

Boxx headed home ...

COLLEGE: Soccer America 2003 Men's Freshman All-Americans


Forward from Beaver ton, Ore.

A hard-nosed approach yielded 10 goals 8 assists for Oregon native, the only non-Californian on the Pac-10 champion Bruins.


Goalkeeper from Cumberland Foreside, Maine

Finished the season with a 1.12 GAA; helped Cavaliers win ACC Tournament by making six saves in penalty kick tiebreakers.


Defender from Poway, Calif.

Started every game as ...

COLLEGE WOMEN: North Carolina's Heather O'Reilly leads Soccer America's Freshman All-America team

U.S. national team forward Heather O'Reilly is Soccer America's choice as the nation's top college women's freshman.

The University of North Carolina star, who scored eight of her 16 goals during the Tar Heels' march through the NCAA tournament toward its 18th national championship, heads Soccer America's 2003 College Women's All-America team.

The 11-player team features six players from the Atlantic Coast ...

U.S. SOCCER: U-17 87s head for Carson camp

Coach John Ellinger has invited three South Californians -- Eder Robles, Andreas Andrews and David Arvizu -- to join his U-17 residency players in a six-camp in Carson, Calif., beginning Jan. 31. The camp will include a scrimmage with the Los Angeles Galaxy.


Marcus Rein (Modesto, Calif.), Stephen Sandbo (Columbus, Ohio), Matthew Walker (Grand ...

Mexico to face Chile at Home Depot Center

Mexico will face Chile at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., on Wednesday, Feb. 18. It will mark the Mexican national team's second appearance at the Depot, having played El Salvador there last July, a month after the stadium's unveiling.

Mexico's last game on U.S. soil was a scoreless tie with Iceland in San Francisco Nov. 19.

Mexico begins its World ...

Marco Etcheverry to appear in Carlos Valderrama farewell game

Marco Etcheverry, who has left D.C. United after eight years, will play in Sunday's farewell game for Colombian great Carlos Valderrama.

Valderrama, a veteran of three World Cups, played seven seasons in MLS (1996-2002) for Tampa Bay, Miami and Colorado.

The game in Barranquilla will pit Colombians against a world all-star team including Eric Cantona, Jose Luis Chilavert, Cafu, Emilio Butragueno, Juan ...

MLS: 2004 Regular-Season Schedule

Saturday, April 3
San Jose at D.C. United
MetroStars at Columbus
Chicago at Kansas City
Colorado at Dallas
New England at Los Angeles

Saturday, April 10
Chicago at San Jose
D.C. United at Los Angeles

Saturday, April 17
D.C. United at MetroStars
San Jose at New England
Columbus at Kansas City
Dallas at Chicago
Los Angeles at Colorado

MLS: Alexi Lalas named president of San Jose Earthquakes

Alexi Lalas, who played for the Los Angeles Galaxy last season, has been named president and general manager of the 2003 MLS champion San Jose Earthquakes.

''There is no one as qualified to help us take the sport and franchise to the next level as Alexi,'' said Timothy Leiweke, president of the Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG), which operates the franchise.

The during ...

U.S. ABROAD: Bocanegra shines in FA Cup

ENGLAND (FA Cup, Fourth Round)
* Carlos Bocanegra (Fulham, PL), at Everton (PL), 1-1.
The Sun rating (10 high; 1 low): 8.
Bocanegra, who helped set up Fulham's goal, was The Sun's ''Dream Team Star Man ... Looks like he has been playing over here for years.'' Bocanegra saved a shot off his own goal line in the 14th minute ...


U.S SOCCER: Arena names preliminary roster for Netherlands game

U.S. coach Bruce Arena has named 17 MLS players for a training camp beginning Feb. 4 in Bradenton, Fla., in preparation for a Feb. 18 friendly against the Netherlands in Amsterdam.

The group will train for 10 days prior to Arena selecting the final roster, which will consist of a mix of MLS and European-based players, with a likely 20-man roster ...

CONCACAF: U.S. to host 2005 U-20 qualifying group.

CONCACAF has unveiled the venues for the Under-20 and U-17 final qualifying stages that will take place in 2005.

The United States and Honduras have been selected as the host nations for the respective qualifying groups in winter 2005 for the U-20 competition that will lead four CONCACAF places into the World Youth Championship later in the year in the Netherlands.

The ...

MLS: Fire to build $70 million stadium in Bridgeview

The Chicago Fire has signed an agreement with the Village of Bridgeview to build a $70 million, 20,000- to 25,000-seat soccer stadium in Chicago's Southland region that will house the Major League Soccer team permanently with a targeted move-in date of Spring 2006.

With last summer's completion of The Home Depot Center, home to MLS's Los Angeles Galaxy and all ...