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FUTSAL: United States blanks Costa Rica, qualifies for World Championship

The U.S. national futsal team qualified for its fourth FIFA Futsal World Championship on Friday, routing host Costa Rica, 4-0, in a CONCACAF semifinal in Heredia.

Greg Howes scored two goals, and Brett Phillips made 20 saves as the heavily favored Ticos outshot the Americans, 41-12, and took 17 corner kicks but were unable to find the net.

Cuba also qualified for ...

COLLEGE WOMEN: McGuire leaves Mississippi State for Texas; Proost hired at Tennessee Tech

Neil McGuire has resigned as Mississippi State's women's soccer head coach to take the open assistant coach position at Texas, and Bulldogs assistant Neil MacDonald has taken charge of the program.

Former James Madison assistant coach Carrie Proost, a longtime W-League star who played in the WUSA last year as a replacement player, has been hired as head coach at Tennessee ...

MLS ALL-STAR GAME: East vs. West; Bruce vs. Bora

Saturday's MLS All-Star Game at RFK Stadium will be using the traditional East vs. West format. Last season, the game was contested between league-wide All-Stars against guest team Chivas of Guadalajara. (MLS won, 3-1, at the Home Depot Center).

Saturday's game will air live on ABC at 2 pm ET/11 am ET.

Frankie Hejduk (Columbus Crew)
Damani Ralph (Chicago ...

U.S. WOMEN ABROAD (July 29-Aug. 1): Hope Solo an MVP finalist in Sweden

Goalkeeper Hope Solo, who has posted seven shutouts in 13 appearances with Kopparbergs/Goteborg, was named one of three MVP finalists Thursday in the Swedish Damallsvenskan.

Umea IK midfielder Malin Mostrom and Djurgarden/Alvsjo forward Kristin Bengtsson are the other finalists.

K/Goteborg (6-5-3) is in fifth place primarily because of Solo, who joined the Swedish club following her rookie season last year with the ...

U.S. U-21 WOMEN: Americans win sixth straight Nordic Cup

The U.S. under-21 women's national team dominated Sweden on Thursday, scoring its fourth successive 3-0 victory to claim its sixth straight Nordic Cup title and seventh in eight years.

University of North Carolina All-American Lori Chalupny scored just before halftime, and Texas' Kelly Wilson and Rutgers' Carli Lloyd added second-half goals three minutes apart as the Yanks held Sweden without a ...

AMERICANS ABROAD: Friedel hurt; Reyna scores; Russell on bench

Massachussetts product ROBBIE RUSSELL stayed on the bench for his new club ROSENBORG in its 2-1 win over Moldova's FC Sheriff Tiraspol in their first-leg encounter in the second qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League. ... In England, a strained thigh muscle will likely keep BLACKBURN keeper BRAD FRIEDEL out of action for the remainder of the preseason schedule ...

W-LEAGUE: Charlotte halts Hampton Roads' repeat hopes

Defending W-League champion Hampton Roads Piranhas were upset Wednesday night in their playoff opener, falling to the visiting Charlotte Lady Eagles, 2-0, in the Atlantic Division final at Virginia Wesleyan University.

Charlotte (12-2-1) beat Hampton Roads (12-2-1) for the second time in four meetings this season to advance to Sunday's Central Conference championship against the Chicago Cobras (13-0-1) in Mooseheart, Ill. ...

FUTSAL: U.S. ties Cuba, advances to CONCACAF semifinals

The U.S. national futsal team moved within one win, and one very difficult test, of qualifying for the FIFA Futsal World Championship, rallying for a 1-1 tie with Cuba at the CONCACAF championship in Heredia, Costa Rica.

Andy Guastaferro converted a 30th-minute penalty kick for the Americans (1-0-2), who finished second to the Cubans (2-0-1) in Group B and will face ...

MLS Results for July 28

July 28 in Columbus

Columbus 2 Dallas 1. Goals: Buddle (Elliott) 38, Buddle (Elliott, Wingert) 43; Kreis (Gbandi, Johnson) 59.

Columbus - Busch, Hejduk, Fraser, Oughton, Marshall, Elliott, Paule, Wingert (Denton, 69), Martino, Lagos (Maisonneuve, 62), Buddle (Cunningham, 75).

Dallas - Cassar, Gibbs, Talley (Rhine, 85), Gbandi (Nunez, 75), Goodson, OBrien, Pareja, Davis (Quill, 64), Valakari, Kreis, Johnson.

Yellow Cards: Dallas - Talley 16, ...

A-LEAGUE: Team of the Week

Preston Burpo (Seattle)
Six saves, assist in 2-0 win and 2-2 draw

Justin Thompson (Vancouver)
Solid play in 4-0 win over Milwaukee

Adam Braz (Montreal)
Solid play in wins over Atlanta, Calgary

Tony Williams (Richmond)
Assist in 4-1 win over Rochester

Steve Shak (Virginia Beach)
Gamewinner in 3-0 win over Rochester

Jonathan Bolanos (Seattle)
Two assists in ...

MLS: Standings, Stats and Schedule

Eastern Conference
Team W-L-T PTS
Metrostars 7-6-5 26
Columbus 5-5-6 21
DC United 5-7-6 21
Chicago 4-7-7 19
New England 4-8-6 18

Western Conference
Team W-L-T PTS
Los Angeles 9-5-6 33
Kansas City 9-4-5 32
Dallas 6-6-5 23
Colorado 5-5-8 23
San Jose 5-6-6 21

SCHEDULE (home team first, times ET)

Wednesday, July 28
Columbus-Dallas 7:30 pm
Kansas City-Metrostars 8:30 pm

MLS GAME PREVIEWS (Wednesday, July 28)

(Home team listed first)

Wednesday, July 28, 7:30 pm ET/6:30 pm CT/4:30 pm PT
COLUMBUS (5-5-6, 21 pts) vs. DALLAS (6-6-5, 23 pts)
TV: Fox Sports Net Southwest, HDNet.
Direct Kick: DirecTV û 794; Dish Net û 461; InDemand.
Key Players Out: Columbus û none; Dallas û none.
Referee: Roni Canales.

Wednesday, July 28, 8:30 pm ET/7:30 pm CT/5:30 pm PT

CHAMPIONSWORLD: Howard, Spector see action in Man United's loss

Premier League Goalkeeper of the Year Tim Howard and fellow American Jonathan Spector were in Manchester United's lineup Wednesday night, but the Red Devils failed to win for the second time in ChampionsWorld action this week.

Craig Beattie scored his fourth goal in the series and Scottish champion Celtic stunned Man United, 2-1, before 55,421 fans at Lincoln Financial Field in ...

W-LEAGUE: Boston Renegades win playoff opener in OT

Meghan Welcome's overtime goal Tuesday night lifted the Boston Renegades to a 1-0 victory over the Western Mass Lady Pioneers in the W-League's New England Division final at Bowditch Stadium in Framingham, Mass.

The Renegades (11-4-0), W-League champions in 2001 and 2002, advance to this weekend's Eastern Conference final four at Mercer County Community College in West Windsor, N.J. Boston will ...

U.S. U-21 WOMEN: Natasha Kai scores twice, Americans reach Nordic Cup final

Natasha Kai scored two second-half goals and Sarah Huffman connected for the second successive game as the U.S. under-21 national team dominated Germany, 3-0, Tuesday at Dalvik, Iceland, to advance to its eighth successive Nordic Cup final.

Kai, a University of Hawaii All-American who was the top goalscorer in NCAA Division I last fall, netted her second and third goals of ...