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How MLS players keep busy in offseason

(From the Feb. 14/21 issue of Soccer America Magazine)

MLS isn't a year-round job, but that doesn't mean the league's players didn't keep busy in the offseason.

By Mike Woitalla

Troy Dayak (San Jose)
Farmer, store owner, coach

On a cold January evening in the California's Central Valley, Troy Dayak ...

YOUTH: U.S. U-17 boys national team roster

U.S. U-17 national team head coach John Hackworth selected 20 players for the team's trip to Guatemala City, Guatemala, where it will take on Municipal on Tuesday (Feb. 22), Comunicaciones on Thursday (Feb. 24) and Aurora on Saturday (Feb. 26).

Goalkeepers: Bryant Rueckner (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), Brian Perk (Santa Margarita, Calif.).

Defenders: Michael Balogun (Houston, Texas), Eric Lichaj (Downers Grove, Ill.), ...

YOUTH: U.S. U-18 boys national team roster

The U.S. under-18 boys national team coach Bob Jenkins called up the following players for the second camp of the year, beginning Feb. 26 in Bradenton, Fla:

Goalkeepers: Chay Cain (Aurora, Ill.), Steve Sandbo (SMU).

Defenders: Pavelid Castenada (Babylon, N.Y.), Greg Folk (UCLA), Aaron Pinckney (Corona, Calif.), David Rodriguez (Dallas, Texas), Chris Schuler (Aurora, Ill.), William Swetra (Egg Harbor City, N.J.), Mark ...

REF WATCH: Monkey chants stop game

In the latest chapter of the Spanish league's battle with racist behavior by fans, Alfonso Perez Burrull became the first La Liga referee to stop a game because of racist chants.

When Malaga fans made monkey noises as Espanyol goalkeeper, Carlos Kameni of Cameroon, got the ball, Perez Burrull halted the game and asked club officials to make a public address ...

ON THE MOVE: John O'Brien leaves Ajax

American John O'Brien, 27, is leaving Ajax Amsterdam, whose youth system he joined in 1994 at age 16, for Dutch Eredivise club ADO Den Haag on a free transfer.

O'Brien, who has played only 19 games in the last three seasons because of recurring injuries, has played in 85 Eredivisie games since 1998. In 2003 he became the first ...

WINNERS & LOSERS: Beasley notches sixth goal; Ailton shells Keller


DaMARCUS BEASLEY scored his sixth league goal in PSV EINDHOVEN's 4-1 win over NEC Nijmegen with a low 14-yard shot after entering the game in the 27th minute. Eindhoven is in first-place, four points ahead of second-place AZ.

FEYENOORD and American defender CORY GIBBS celebrated a 2-0 win over Utrecht. Feyenoord is in fourth place.

A ...

WOMEN: U.S. calls up 20 players for Algarve Cup

Twenty players were called up for the U.S. women's national team's trip to the12th annual Algarve Cup, to be played in Portugal March 9-15.

The USA will play France on March 9, Finland on March 11 and Denmark on March 13 in group play. The placement matches will be played March 15. The U.S. team will leave for Europe on March ...

Soccer on TV (through Feb. 21): Your Viewing Guide

(All times ET unless noted. Consult your regular television listings guides for availability in your area. Schedules are subject to change.)

FRIDAY, Feb. 25

UNCAF Cup Semifinal HONDURAS-PANAMA (live), 7 pm ET. (east feed)
UNCAF Cup Semifinal HONDURAS-PANAMA  (delay), 7 pm PT. (west feed, cable only)


Fan Poll: 2005 Hexagonal Predictions

In February, the final round of 2006 World Cup qualifying will begin in the CONCACAF region. The top three teams will advance to Germany 06, and the fourth-place team will meet Asias No. 5 team in a playoff with a berth at stake. Heres your chance to tell us how you think the six CONCACAF contenders ...

Tiffeny Milbrett reacts to Heinrichs resignation

By Ridge Mahoney
Senior Editor, Soccer America Magazine

A year and a half ago, Tiffeny Milbrett quit the U.S. women's national team, citing philosophical differences between her and then-coach April Heinrichs.

The news of Heinrichs' resignation surprised Milbrett, as it did many people, and she's making no assumptions that simply because Heinrichs is out it means that Milbrett, 32, is in.

''I ...

MLS CONFIDENTIAL: DwayneÆs Connection

By Ridge Mahoney
Senior Editor, Soccer America Magazine

The trial of ex-Quake Dwayne DeRosario at English club Blackburn has been extended.

DeRosario arrived in Blackburn Feb. 11, attended the clubÆs 3-0 win over Norwich the following day and began training with Blackburn Monday. In a full-field scrimmage Tuesday he scored a pair of goals, according to his agent, Lyle Yorks.

ôTheyÆve asked ...

OFF THE POST: Ref ejects cat

Referee Lee Probert, who red-carded Preston North End's American midfielder Eddie Lewis for fouls during Preston's 2-1 win over Queens Park Saturday, also sent QPR mascot Jude the Cat to the stands for dissent.

The ejection of Jude the Cat, who had protested an offside call, prompted QPR coach Ian Holloway to say, ''The ref is from my neck of the ...

DATEBOOK: Arena's men to face Colombia, Honduras

The USA, which had canceled two friendlies in Janaury because of the labor dispute, has scheduled two exhibitions before its next World Cup qualifying games (March 27 at Mexico & March 30 vs. Guatemala in Birmingham, Ala.).

Coach Bruce Arena's team will face Colombia Wednesday, March 9 in Fullerton, Calif., at Titan Stadium and Honduras Saturday, March 19, in Albuquerque, N.M. ...

ON THE MOVE: April Heinrichs resigns

April Heinrichs, who last year guided the U.S. women's national team to the Olympic title, has resigned after five years as head coach.

Heinrichs, 40, succeeded Tony DiCicco after the USA's 1999 World Cup win. Under Heinrichs, the U.S. women finished runner-up at the 2000 Olympics in Australia and third at the U.S.-hosted 2003 Women's World Cup. She compiled an 87-17-20 ...

HIGH SCHOOL: National Winter Rankings

NSCAA/adidas Boys W-L-T

1 Miami (Fla.) Sunset 26-0-2

2 Plano (Texas) West 10-0-1

3 Damien (Calif.) 21-0-2

4 New Orleans Jesuit 27-0-2

5 American Heritage (Fla.) 25-0-3

6 Saddleback (Calif.) 20-0-2

7 Klein (Texas) 15-1-0

8 Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) Aquinas 23-1-3

9 Allen (Texas) 8-0-3

10 St. Joseph's (Miss.) 18-2-0

NSCAA/adidas Girls W-L-T

1 American Heritage (Fla.) 22-2-1

2 La Costa Canyon (Calif.) 16-2-0

3 Ursuline (Texas) 17-3-1

4 Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) Aquinas 27-2-0

5 ...