• USA-MEXICO: Coaches prepare for World Cup qualifying
    The United States and Mexico face off Wednesday night at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas (kickoff: 7:30 p.m. CT; TV: Telemundo, FoxSports World, HDNet, live, 8:30 p.m. ET).The game is the 49th meeting between the two teams. Mexico leads the series with a 28-10-10 (W-L-T) record but the United States is 5-3-1 under Coach Bruce Arena.For both teams, the match is a warmup before the second round of World Cup 2006 qualifying in the CONCACAF zone in June.Arena has called in 17 MLS players and Conor Casey, whose 13 goals with German Second Division club Karlsruhe tied Joe-Max Moore's record ...
  • COLLEGE WOMEN: Murder charges, $1 million bail in Jenna Cooper's death
    Second-degree murder charges were filed Tuesday in the shooting death Sunday of University of Nebraska soccer star Jenna Cooper.Lucky Iromuanya, 22, of Lincoln, Neb., faces a 20 years-to-life sentence if convicted in the killing of Cooper, who was shot early Sunday morning during a party outside the U.S. under-21 women's pool player's home. Cooper, 21, died from her wounds Sunday evening.Iromuanya, who told police he meant to fire a ''warning shot'' after an argument broke out about missing shot glasses, also was charged with attempted second-degree murder for shooting Nolan Jenkins and two counts of using a weapon to commit ...
  • INDOOR: Milwaukee's Greg Howes leads 2003-04 All-MISL teams
    Scoring champion Greg Howes, the only player listed on all 40 ballots, is one of three Milwaukee Wave selections to the All-Major Indoor Soccer League team announced Tuesday.Howes, who led the MISL is goals (57) and points (85), is joined by teammates Todd Dusosky (on the first team) and goalkeeper Dan Green (second team) after receiving 39 first-team votes and one second-team mention. Howes and Dusosky are repeat first-team selections from last season.The Philadelphia Kixx also was honored with three All-MISL selections, with goalkeeper Peter Pappas and defender Pat Morris receiving first-team mentions and forward Don D'Ambra selected to the ...
  • U.S. SOCCER: Bruce Arena on USA-Mexico
    The following is an edited transcript of U.S. national team coach Bruce Arena's nationwide media teleconference ahead of Wednesday's match against. Mexico at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. (kickoff 7:30 p.m. CT; TV: Telemundo, FoxSports World, HDNet, live, 8:30 p.m. ET).Bruce Arena's opening comments.''Hello everyone and thank you for joining us. We are looking forward to the match on Wednesday vs. Mexico in the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. The U.S. team has not been in Dallas for a while. As you know we played Mexico last year in Houston and we got a great turnout. We're hoping that we ...
  • U.S. MEN ABROAD (April 24-26): Howard named EPL's top goalie by PFA
    Tim Howard was named goalkeeper of the year by the Professional Footballers Association a day after Manchester United's title hopes ended with a 1-0 loss at home to Liverpool.An excellent performance from goalkeeper Kasey Keller helped Tottenham contain Arsenal and eventual emerge with a 2-2 tie. The result gave Arsenal the Premier League title but also helped slow Spurs' slide toward relegation.Elsewhere, Eddie Lewis scored his seventh goal of the season for Preston in his first game since hernia surgery in March, and Gregg Berhalter scored his fourth of the season for Energie Cottbus in Germany's Second Division.ENGLAND* Tim Howard ...
  • A-League Results (April 24-25)
    April 24 Atlanta 0 Syracuse 1 (Woan 108) (OT).Charleston 1 (Green 48) Richmond 1 (Worthen) 90 (OT).April 25Puerto Rico 0 Montreal 2 (Sebrango 30, Leduc 55).Minnesota 2 (Menyongar 24, Matteo 51) Calgary 0.
  • COLLEGE WOMEN: Nebraska's Jenna Cooper killed in shooting
    Jenna Cooper, a three-year starter for the University of Nebraska women's soccer team who had played for the U.S. under-21 team, died Sunday evening in Lincoln, Neb., from injuries suffered in a shooting early Sunday morning.Cooper, 21, succumbed following several hours of surgery. She was shot in the throat during a barbecue at her home celebrating the close of the Cornhuskers' spring season, according to reports in the Daily Nebraskan and Lincoln Journal Star.The senior-to-be was a team captain and had started 69 of 70 games, most as a defender, in three seasons at Lincoln and led the Cornhuskers in ...
  • U.S. WOMEN ABROAD (April 24-25): Winzen helps Wolfsburg end winless streak
    Only one American woman saw action in Europe last weekend, with former UCLA defender Tracey Winzen playing 90 minutes in VfL Wolfsburg's 1-0 German League victory over visiting SC Freiburg.Claudia Mueller's 20th-minute goal carried Wolfsburg (6-8-2) to its first victory in five games and second in eight matches. The win, in Wolfsburg's first home game since April 14, snapped a three-game losing streak.FFC Turbine Potsdam, featuring Nancy and Julie Augustyniak, fell four points behind Frauen-Bundesliga leader FFC Frankfurt after its match Sunday at FSV Frankfurt was postponed because of German national team call-ups. No makeup date has been announced. FFC ...
  • MLS Results for April 24-25
    April 24 in Washington D.C.DC United 0 Chicago 1. Goal: Ralph (Williams) 57.DC United - Rimando, Namoff, Nelsen, Petke, Stewart (Gros, 72), Carroll, Kovalenko, Olsen, Convey, Eskandarian (Cerritos, 62), Moreno (Adu, 72).Chicago - Ring, Brown, Curtin, Gray, Pause, Mapp (Selolwane, 64), Armas, Williams (Capano, 88), Beasley, Jaqua, Ralph.Yellow Cards: DC United - Namoff 28, Petke 69, Adu 76; Chicago - Jaqua 20, Gray 34, Brown 74.Referee: Ricardo Valenzuela. Att.: 21,235. April 24 in DallasDallas 1 Kansas City 0. Goal: Nhleko 17.Dallas - Garlick, Salyer, Gibbs (Gbandi, 79), Jolley, Behncke, O'Brien, Davis, Valakari, Quill (Talley, 83), Johnson, Nhleko (Rhine, 73).Kansas City ...
  • INDOOR: Baltimore stuns Milwaukee, is one win from second straight MISL title
    The Baltimore Blast moved within one victory of claiming a second successive Major Indoor Soccer League championship with Saturday night's 8-4 victory over host Milwaukee Wave at U.S. Cellular Arena.The Blast won Friday's opener in the best-of-five series, also in Milwaukee, and can clinch the title at home. Game 3 will be played May 1 at 1st Mariner Arena, and Game 4, if needed, will be played May 2.Milwaukee, which lost to Baltimore in last year's title series, had the best regular-season record in the MISL and was 17-2 on its home floor this season heading into the games with ...
  • OLYMPICS: China, Japan complete women's soccer field
    China's and Japan's national women's soccer teams advanced Saturday to the Athens Olympics, winning semifinal matches at the Asian Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Japan.Japan, led by former Atlanta Beat midfielder Homare Sawa, routed North Korea, 3-0, to earn its spot among the 10 teams in the Olympic women's soccer tournament. China edged South Korea, 1-0, in the other semifinal.China has outscored four opponents in the tournament, 24-0, routing Myanmar and Guam and beating South Korea, 3-0, in Group B play.Japan handily beat Thailand and Vietnam in Group C.North Korea routed Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore to win Group A.The Olympic ...
  • U.S. WOMEN: Wambach, Hamm pace 5-1 rout of Brazil
    Abby Wambach netted her 10th and 11th goals of the year and Mia Hamm played a role in four tallies as the U.S. women's national team routed Brazil, 5-1, Saturday in its first domestic match of 2004.Hamm ran roughshod over the Brazilians, assisting three first-half goals --Julie Foudy's 13th-minute opener and Wambach's scores in the 31st and 42nd minutes -- and adding a late strike before 11,527 at Legion Field in Birmingham, Ala.''Soccer is one of those games that when you play well and do the simple things, it does look easy, but it's not,'' U.S. coach April Heinrichs said. ...
  • INDOOR: Baltimore blasts Milwaukee in MISL Championship opener
    Carlos ''Chile'' Farias netted a hat trick and seven other Baltimore Blast players scored goals as the reigning Major Indoor Soccer League champions romped to a 12-3 victory Friday night over host Milwaukee Wave in the opener of MISL Championship series.Farias, who played two games with the MLS's San Jose Clash in 1999, broke a 3-3 tie 11:12 into the third quarter, and Baltimore scored seven fourth-quarter goals to grab a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five series. Game 2 is Saturday night, also at U.S. Cellular Arena in Milwaukee.Marcelo Fontana gave Milwaukee a quick lead just 22 seconds into the ...
  • COLLEGE WOMEN: Central Michigan confirms Tony DiTucci as coach
    Tony DiTucci, in charge of Central Michigan University's women's soccer program since head coach Mark Salisbury departed in January for Idaho State, has been confirmed as the Chippewas' head coach.DiTucci served two years as Salisbury's assistant, directing the program's youth camps and playing key roles in recruiting and fundraising.Salisbury, Central Michigan head coach for six seasons, was hired Jan. 29 at Idaho State, replacing Gordon Henderson, who took the head coaching job at Arkansas.NCAA DIVISION I COACHING CHANGES/HIRES Alabama State (SWAC) -- Open; new program Arkansas (SEC) -- Gordon Henderson (Idaho State head coach) for Alan Kirkup (contract not renewed) ...
  • INDOOR: MISL Championship preview
    The Baltimore Blast faces an uphill battle as it seeks its second successive Major Indoor Soccer League title starting Friday with the opening game of the best-of-five championship series.The Milwaukee Wave, which fell in a best-of-three series to the Blast last season, appears to have an edge after posting the best regular-season record in the MISL, beating the Blast in three of four meetings this season, and arriving with a five-game winning streak and victories in 11 of its past 12 encounters.The Wave, which won three titles in the four years before the National Professional Soccer League became the MISL ...