• BY THE NUMBERS: U.S. women's goals
    21 Abby Wambach's goal in the 3-0 victory over Iceland Wednesday night in Pittsburgh was her team-leading 21st goal of the year, tying Tiffeny Milbrett for the second most goals in a calendar year in the history of the women's national team behind Michelle Akers (39 in 1991).99 Kristine Lilly's goal against Iceland Wednesday gave her 99 goals in her U.S. career. Her next goal will make her the fifth player to enter the century club. Mia Hamm leads all women's players with 154 goals, followed by Italian Elisabetta Vignotto at 107 and Akers and Italian Carolina Morace at 105.
  • Soccer America's OFF THE POST: Mixing samples
    Midfielders Iulian Apostol and Adrian Senin of Romanian First Division club Farul Constanta have learned that if you need help filling your cup, don't trust a teammate. Mihai Baicu, who according to club vice president Robi Urs, ''put his urine in his teammates' test tubes with their agreement'' during post-game testing, had taken a banned diuretic, which explains his ability contribute so genrously. All three players are under investigation and could face bans up to two years. Baicu says he took the diuretic substance of furosemide to lose weight.
  • Soccer America's WINNERS & LOSERS: Champions League
    WinnersWAYNE ROONEY. In his first Man U appearance since bought from Everton for $54.2 million, the 18-year-old notched a hat trick in a 6-2 European Champions League win over Fenerbahce. Rooney scored all three, including a free kick, from outside the penalty area.ROBBIE RUSSELL. The Massachusetts product was the only American to see European Champions League action this week, coming on in the 74th minute for Rosenborg in a 1-1 tie with Arsenal.JOSE MOURINHO. The Portuguese coach who left 2004 European Champions League winner Porto for Chelsea celebrated a win over his old club as Alexei Smertin, Didier Drogba and ...
  • YOUTH: Tournament Honor Roll of Champions (Sept. 24-26)
    CAPITAL CITY CUPLittle Rock, Ark.Sept. 25-26, 2004(USYSA)U11 Boys1. Norman Celtic Green 2 (4)2. ASC Heat 2 (3)U12 Boys1. Little Rock FC Blue 32. Russellville Strikers Yellow 1U13 Boys1. AR Predators 42. Shreveport USC Arsenal 1U14 Boys1. Little Rock FC Blue 12. Tulsa National 0U16 Boys1. Tulsa Thunder White2. Conway FusionU17 Boys1. Genesis 42. Little Rock FC Blue 0U18 Boys1. Little Rock FC 12. Celtic Green 0U11 Girls1. Mighty Bluebirds Black 62. NOKC United Red 3U12 Girls1. Mighty Bluebirds Green 62. Memphis FC Blue 1U13 Girls1. Little Rock FC Blue2. Tulsa Blitz 93 NavyU14 Girls1. Little Rock FC Blue2. Tulsa NationalsU15 ...
  • COLLEGE WOMEN: Soccer America Top 25 Scoreboard (Sept. 30)
    RANK/TEAM (RECORD) LAST WEEK 1. Notre Dame (10-0-0) 1Oct. 1 -- at No. 20 West Virginia.Oct. 3 -- vs. Providence. 2. North Carolina (9-0-1) 2Sept. 30 -- at N.C. State. 3. Virginia (9-0-0) 3Sept. 28 -- vs. Richmond (ppd.)Oct. 1 -- at Wake Forest. 4. Washington (8-0-0) 4Oct. 1 -- at San Diego.Oct. 3 -- at San Diego State. 5. Penn State (7-1-1) 5Oct. 1 -- at No. 14 Michigan.Oct. 3 -- at Michigan State. 6. Portland (8-2-0) 6Oct. 1 -- vs. BYU in Pullman, Wash.Oct. 3 -- at Washington State. 7. Santa Clara (6-2-1) 9Sept. 30 -- vs. No. ...
  • COLLEGE MEN: Soccer America Top 25 Scoreboard (Sept. 28)
    RANK/TEAM (RECORD) LAST WEEK1. UC Santa Barbara (8-0-0) 1Oct. 1 -- at San Francisco. 2. Duke (10-0-0) 22Sept. 29 -- vs. Appalachian State W 3-0.Oct. 3 -- vs. North Carolina. 3. California (7-0-1) 4Oct. 2-- at No. 7 Stanford. 4. Santa Clara (7-1-0) 3Oct. 1 -- at St. Mary's.Oct. 3 -- vs. San Francisco. 5. New Mexico (6-0-0) 7Sept. 30 -- vs. San Diego State.Oct. 3 -- vs. UNLV. 6. Indiana (6-2-0) 8Oct. 1 -- at No. 9 Penn State. 7. Stanford (5-1-2) 5Oct. 1 -- vs. No. 3 California. 8. Creighton (6-1-0) 10Oct. 1 -- vs. No. 19 SMU.Oct. ...
  • U.S. SOCCER: Early goals power U.S. women past Iceland, 3-0
    The United States got goals by Cindy Parlow and Abby Wambach in the second and 18th minutes, respectively, and coasted to a 3-0 victory over Iceland Wednesday night in Pittsburgh in the second game of the Fan Celebration Tour.Kristine Lilly scored the 99th goal of her career in the second half to complete the scoring.The match drew only 6,386 fans at Heinz Field.USA-ICELAND SUMMARY:Sept. 29 in PittsburghUSA 3 Iceland 0. Goals: Parlow 2, Wambach 18, Lilly 61.USA -- Scurry (Luckenbill, 46), Rampone, Reddick, Chastain, Markgraf (Mitts, 46), Wagner (Hucles, 46), Boxx, Foudy (Roberts, 65), Lilly, Parlow, Wambach (MacMillan, 72).Iceland -- ...
  • Soccer America's BY THE NUMBERS: Man U's millions
    $9.9 million Amount Manchester United paid in agents' fees last season.$50 million Man U's pre-tax profits last season.$20.5 million Amount by which last season's pre-tax profits fell from the previous season.
  • MLS CONFIDENTIAL: Bruce ArenaÆs options
    By Ridge Mahoney, Senior Editor U.S. national team coach Bruce Arena was in attendance last Saturday at Spartan Stadium to watch the Galaxy and Quakes lurch their way to a 0-0 tie.He refused to specify which players he might be observing as possible call-ups for the next two World Cup qualifiers against El Salvador and Panama. Not only did Arena not say when he would announce his roster, he also refused to say if he had decided it would be announced at all. The U.S. is a bit short on the right side of midfield as well as in the ...
  • EUROPEAN CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
    EUROPEAN CHAMPIONS LEAGUEGroup ASept. 28Monaco (France) 2 (Kallon 5, Saviola 10) Dep. Coruna (Spain) 0.Olympiakos (Greece) 1 (Stoltidis 17) Liverpool (England) 0.Standings: Olympiakos 4 points; Liverpool, Monaco 3; Dep. Coruna 1. Group BSept. 28Dyn. Kiev (Ukraine) 4 (Rincon 30, 69, Cernat 73, 93) B. Leverkusen (Germany) 2 (Voronin 59, Nowotny 68).Real Madrid (Spain) 4 (Raul 39, 72, Figo pen. 53, Carlos 79) Roma (Italy) 2 (De Rossi 3, Cassano 22).Standings: Dyn. Kiev 6; B. Leverkusen, Real Madrid 3; Roma 0. Group CSept. 28Juventus (Italy) 1 (Camoranesi 37) M. Tel Aviv (Israel) 0.Bay. Munich (Germany) 4 (Makaay 28, 44, pen. 52, ...
  • COLLEGE WOMEN: Soccer America Team of the Week (Week 5: Sept. 20-26)
    GOALKEEPERMegan Rivera (Auburn), Sr. (1)Breaks SEC career shutout record with shutouts in Auburn's 1-0 win over then-No. 7 Florida and 1-0 win over South Carolina, giving her 30 in her Tiger career.DEFENDERSMichelle Biehl (Villanova), Sr. (1)Leads the Cats' defense that shuts out then-No. 11 West Virginia (1-0) and Seton Hall (1-0) to give it seven shutouts in 10 games.Brea Griffiths (Princeton), Sr. (1)Scores first goal in a 3-0 win over Yale and leads backline that holds Hartford to just four shots in 4-0 win.Gillian Hatch (Virginia), Sr. (1)Anchors defense that allows Florida State just five shots and zero corners in ...
  • COLLEGE MEN: Soccer America Team of the Week (Week 4: Sept. 20-26)
    GOALKEEPERKris Rake (William & Mary), Soph. (1)Ties career-high with 10 saves in 1-0 victory over No. 2 Maryland, adds second shutout for the week in 1-0 win over American.DEFENDERSCameron Knowles (Akron), Sr. (1)Defensive MVP of the Husky Fever Classic, where Zips beat host Washington (2-1) and loses to Portland (0-1).Laurent Manuel (Brown), Fr. (1)Key on Bears' defense that shuts out ranked Stanford (0-0) and California (0-0) at Santa Clara adidas Classic.Guy Melamed (Boston College), Sr. (1)Records an assist in both 2-0 wins (over Providence and St. John's) and shuts down St. John's star Simone Salino.MIDFIELDERSJ.D. Moon (South Carolina), Fr. (1)Scores ...
  • OFF THE POST: The Separation of Church and Soccer
    Rosenborg has won the last 12 Norwegian championships. Valerenga hasn't won a title since 1984 but is in the hunt this season. After it beat Rosenborg, 4-1, Reverend Einar Gelius told his parish, ''It's going well for Valerenga for the moment and it is a positive lift for many people and that is what we want to thank God for.''Norway's Minister of Culture and Church, Valgerd Svarstad Haugland, responded with: ''I do not wish to comment on what people pray for in private, but I think this is a little too much of a joke when praying [about soccer] in ...
  • Soccer America NEWSMAKER: Yuri Morales
    Yuri Morales, a Santa Cruz, Calif., product who played collegiate ball at the University of Massachusetts, made his Danish Super League last Wednesday when he came on in the 61st minute for Viborg in a 1-1 tie with Midtjylland. The 22-year-old forward assisted on the tying goal in the 90th minute. On Sunday, Morales started and played the first 67 minutes of a 2-0 win over Esbjerg. Viborg is in fifth place.
  • COLLEGE MEN: Soccer America Top 25 Scoreboard (Sept. 29)
    RANK/TEAM (RECORD) LAST WEEK1. UC Santa Barbara (8-0-0) 1Oct. 1 -- at San Francisco. 2. Duke (9-0-0) 22Sept. 29 -- vs. Appalachian State.Oct. 3 -- vs. North Carolina. 3. California (7-0-1) 4Oct. 2-- at No. 7 Stanford. 4. Santa Clara (7-1-0) 3Oct. 1 -- at St. Mary's.Oct. 3 -- vs. San Francisco. 5. New Mexico (6-0-0) 7Sept. 30 -- vs. San Diego State.Oct. 3 -- vs. UNLV. 6. Indiana (6-2-0) 8Oct. 1 -- at No. 9 Penn State. 7. Stanford (5-1-2) 5Oct. 1 -- vs. No. 3 California. 8. Creighton (6-1-0) 10Oct. 1 -- vs. No. 19 SMU.Oct. 3 ...