• COLLEGE WOMEN: Eva Bergsten leaves Hartford
    Eva Bergsten, who guided the University of Hartford to two America East Conference championships in three seasons as head coach, has left the school to become head coach at Wesleyan College in nearby Middletown, Conn.Bergsten, a former Swedish national team player, was 36-23-3 at Hartford -- 22-5-1 in AEC matches -- following three seasons as Mark Krikorian's assistant coach with the Hawks. She was a three-time Division II All-American under Krikorian at Franklin Pierce College.Krikorian went on to be head coach of the Philadelphia Charge and now guides the U.S. under-19 women's national team.Hartford hasn't announced Bergsten's departure, but Wesleyan, ...
  • MLS: Dallas Burn signs Milton Reyes
    The Dallas Burn signed Honduran defender Milton Reyes following a trade with D.C. United for future considerations.Reyes, a standout for Honduras in qualifying for the 2002 World Cup, was signed by D.C. United in 2002 but missed the 2003 season because of a knee injury.He was waived by D.C. United on Feb. 27, but D.C. United retained his MLS rights, which necessitated the deal with Dallas.''We had Milton in camp for a few games, made a decision to pursue him and, after lengthy negotiations, I'm happy that we were finally able to sign him,'' said Dallas coach Colin Clarke.Former U.S. ...
  • MLS: Previews (May 1)
    Saturday, May 1, 4 pm ET/1 pm PTSAN JOSE (1-2-1, 4 pts) vs. D.C. UNITED (1-2-1, 4 pts)TV: ESPN2.Key Players Out: San Jose -- F Chris Roner (R ankle surgery), DF Eddie Robinson (L -- Ruptured Hamstring); DC United -- FW Santino Quaranta (adductor surgery), FW Eliseo Quintanilla (R fibula fracture), FW Thiago Martins (L ACL surgery).Referee: Abbey Okulaja.Saturday, May 1, 7:30 pm ET/6:30 pm CT/4:30 pm PTCOLUMBUS (0-3-0, 0 pts) vs. DALLAS (2-0-1, 7 pts)TV: HDNet, Fox Sports Net Southwest (Dallas). Direct Kick -- DirecTV: 794; Dish Net: 464.Key Players Out: Columbus -- none; Dallas -- none.Referee: Ramon Hernandez.Saturday, ...
  • U.S. ABROAD: Weekend Action (April 30-May 2)
    ENGLAND* Carlos Bocanegra (Fulham, PL), at Portsmouth, Saturday.Season league stats: 12 games, 0 goals.* Brad Friedel (Blackburn, PL), vs. Man. Utd, Saturday (TV: Fox Sports World, delay, noon ET).Season league stats: 35 games; 1 goal.* Tim Howard (Man. Utd., PL), at Blackburn, Saturday (TV: Fox Sports World, delay, noon ET).Season league stats: 29 games.* Kasey Keller (Tottenham, PL), at Aston Villa, Sunday.Season league stats: 35 games.* Brian McBride (Fulham, PL), at Portsmouth, Saturday.Season league stats: 13 games, 1 goal. * Claudio Reyna (Man. City, PL), vs. Newcastle, Saturday.Season league stats: 20 games; 1 goal.* Frankie Simek (Arsenal, PL), vs. Birmingham, ...
  • COLLEGE WOMEN: April Kater resigns Syracuse post
    April Kater, a Hermann Award winner who guided Syracuse University to 88 victories in eight seasons, has resigned as the Orangewomen's women's soccer coach, the university acknowledged Friday.Kater, who founded the program in 1995, left her post in early April. The school's sports information staff, at Kater's request, did not issue a media release. Kater is planning to pursue environmental studies in New Zealand, the SU Daily Orange reported, and Syracuse is seeking a successor.Syracuse was 88-57-8 in eight seasons under Kater, who guided the Orangewomen to the NCAA tournament in 1998 and 2001. Kater's teams won 14 games on ...
  • U.S. ABROAD: Americans ride relegation roller-coaster
    BY RIDGE MAHONEYThree weeks remain to be played in a English Premier League season during which three teams have broken away to form an elite tier and three American players are caught in a competitive whirlpool that would be unthinkable back home.''I get asked the question a lot over here: 'How can the U.S. leagues be so stable?', says U.S. keeper Kasey Keller, who has played in England and Europe for more than a decade. ''I say, 'The key fact is if you have a bad season you're still in the league.'''In most foreign tongues talking soccer, bad seasons end ...
  • U.S. WOMEN ABROAD (April 29-May 2): Hope Solo's shutout streak stopped
    Reigning European women's champion Umea IK halted Hope Solo's Swedish shutout streak on Thursday, romping to a 5-0 victory over Kopparbergs/Goteborg in Damallsvenskan action.Laura Kalmari scored her fourth and fifth goals of the season and Emma Lindqvist her fiifth to lead Umea before 2,539 home fans. The loss was K/Goteborg's first following 1-0 victories, with Solo shutouts, over Sunnana SK and Sjalevads IK. Umea has scored 19 goals in its first three games.Russian League play begins Saturday. Energy Voronezh, with Solo's former Philadelphia Charge teammate Jenny Benson, opens at home against Rossiyanka of Moscow.RUSSIA* Jenny Benson (FC Energy Voronezh, D1), ...
  • COLLEGE WOMEN: Former WUSA player is Louisiana Tech's first coach
    Jennifer Soileau, who played in six games with the Philadelphia Charge in the WUSA's inaugural season, has been hired as the women's soccer coach at Louisiana Tech University. The program will debut next fall.Soileau, 25, was a three-time All-SEC forward and is the University of Mississippi's career scoring leader. She was an assistant coach at Southeastern Louisiana in 2002 and head coach at Bishop Sullivan High School in Baton Rouge, La., this season. Soileau was a volunteer assistant at her alma mater in 2001.''We believe that Jennifer has the perfect soccer background combined with the youth and energy needed to ...
  • INDOOR: Jamar Beasley leads MISL All-Rookie team
    Kansas City Comets forward Jamar Beasley, who spent four seasons in Major League Soccer and played last year in the A-League, leads the Major Indoor Soccer League's 2003-04 All-Rookie team.Beasley, who scored seven goals with eight assists in four seasons MLS seasons with New England and Chicago, was mentioned on 36 of 40 ballots after scoring 31 goals for the Comets. Kansas City's Brazilian goalkeeper Sanaldo also was honored.Former Miami Fusion defender Jeremy Aldrich, who plays for the Philadelphia Kixx, Cleveland defender Adam Guren and forward Adauto Neto, and Dallas forward Shaun David complete the team.Beasley, the elder brother of ...
  • A-LEAGUE: Team of the Week (April 24-25)
    GOALKEEPERSRonnie Pascale, RichmondFive saves in 1-1 draw at CharlestonDEFENDERSMichael Green, CharlestonGoal in 1-1 draw against RichmondBennito Kemble, SyracuseSolid play in 1-0 OT win at AtlantaNick Downing, CharlestonSolid play in 1-1 draw against RichmondMIDFIELDERSIan Woan, SyracuseGame-winner in 1-0 OT win at AtlantaJoey Worthen, RichmondEqualizer in 1-1 draw at CharlestonJeff Matteo, MinnesotaGoal, assist in 2-0 win over CalgaryGeert Brusselers, CalgarySolid play in 2-0 loss at MinnesotaFORWARDSAlex Pineda-Chacon, AtlantaSolid play in 1-0 OT loss to SyracuseEddie Sebrango, MontrealGoal in 2-0 win at Puerto RicoPatrick Leduc, MontrealGoal in 2-0 win at Puerto Rico
  • USA-MEXICO: U.S. rewarded with Pope winner
    In one of its most convincing performances ever against Mexico, the United States was rewarded for its domination on a goal by captain Eddie Pope in the 93rd minute to record a 1-0 victory Wednesday night at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas.The shutout was the fourth in a row for the U.S. over Mexico and extended its overall shutout streak against the Tricolores to 434 minutes, a span of five games dating back to 2001. Mexico has not scored a goal against the U.S. in the United States in 573 minutes, a span of more than five years and six ...
  • USA-MEXICO: From the U.S. locker room
    U.S. Manager BRUCE ARENA''The U.S. deserved to win. Obviously we were fortunate to get a late goal, but I think we created the best chances in the game and deserved to win. The speed of [Landon] Donovan and [DaMarcus] Beasley in the midfield made a difference. At the end of the day, all it is a little bit of bragging rights. We know that the most important thing for both teams is to qualify for the World Cup. The game gives me an opportunity to see our players in a great environment, and a lot of our players have made ...
  • U.S. SOCCER: Krikorian calls up 18 players for CONCACAF U-19 women's qualifying
    U.S. Under-19 women's national team head coach Mark Krikorian called up 18 players who will compete for a berth in the 2004 Under-19 Women's World Championship at the CONCACAF qualifying tournament in Ottawa and Montreal May 28-June 6.The U.S. team is led by four members of the 2002 team that won the U-19 World Championship in goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris, defender Rachel Buehler, midfielder Angie Woznuk and forward Kerri Hanks, all born after the Jan. 1, 1985, cutoff for the 2004 World Championship. Harris and Buehler were starters for the USA in 2002, while Woznuk and Hanks were key reserves.Krikorian's roster ...
  • USA-MEXICO: U.S. starting lineup
    The following is the U.S. starting lineup against Mexico tonight in Dallas:Walker -- Hejduk, Pope, Mastroeni, Convey -- Armas, Zavagnin -- Donovan, Beasley -- Casey, Wolff.
  • MLS: Injuries take a toll
    One month into the 2004 MLS season, injuries are mounting, leaving teams to scramble to fill their lineups.Earthquakes center back Eddie Robinson will undergo season-ending surgery to repair his ruptured tendon in his hamstring.Robinson was injured in the Quakes' game at Colorado on Saturday. In the same game, Colorado captain John Spencer pulled his left hamstring. He is expected to be out three weeks.San Jose is already depleted in the back. Chris Roner (complications from ankle surgery) is out for the season, and Todd Dunivant (left quadriceps strain) is still sidelined.Meanwhile, San Jose's promising teenager, Antonio Alvarez, sprained an ankle ...