• YOUTH: U.S. Youth Soccer ODP Girls adidas All-Stars
    Yewande Balogun (FreeState Shooters, Md.)Nikki Bush (Mississippi Utd.)Amanda Carreno (Tulsa SC, Okla.)Kendra Chandhoke (Real Colorado)Gina DeMaio (PDA, N.J.)Michelle Enyeart (Laguna Hills, Calif.)Lauren Fowlkes (JB Marine, Mo.)Amber Gnatzig (Challenge, Texas)Katya Hessel (Metro, Ill.)Hallie Houston (San Diego Surf)Lindsey Johnson (Sereno, Ariz.)Lindsey Lum (Challenge, Txas)Chelsea Potts (Eclipse Select, Ill.)Chelsea Regan (PDA, N.J.)Katie Schoepfer (S. Central Premier, Ill.)Kristen Stalter (Cleveland FC)Alexondra Trusty (Penn Strikers, Pa.)Nicole Weiss (CUFC Wolves, Conn.)* All-Stars beat Scotland's U-18s, 2-1, and Wattenscheid (Germany), 5-0, and tied SV Saestum (Netherlands), 2-2.
  • SA REPORT CARD: High marks for dominating Yanks
    By Mike WoitallaExecutive Editor, Soccer America Magazinein Birmingham, Ala.The United States downed Guatemala, 2-0, on Wednesday in convincing fashion.In the Americans' 4-4-2 formation, Brian Ching paired up with Eddie Johnson on the frontline. Johnson put the Americans ahead in the 11th minute after running on to a back-heeled pass from Landon Donovan inside the penalty area. Johnson controlled the ball with his right foot and shot low from 12 yards with his left foot off the right post. Donovan had received the through pass from Pablo Mastroeni, his central midfield partner.Mastroeni hit superb balls to both forwards and wide midfielders ...
  • WORLD CUP QUALIFYING: Asia Scores
    Group AMarch 30South Korea 2 (Lee Young Pyo 55, Lee Dong Gook 62) Uzbekistan 1 (Geynrikh 79)Kuwait 0 Saudi Arabia 0.Standings: South Korea 6 points; Saudi Arabia 5; Kuwait 4; Uzbekistan 1.Group BMarch 30North Korea 0 Iran 2 (Mahdavikia 33, Nekounam 80).Japan 1 (own goal 72) Bahrain 0.Standings: Iran 7 points; Japan 6; Bahrain 4; North Korea 0.
  • WORLD CUP QUALIFYING: South America results
    March 29Bolivia 3 (own goal 2, Castillo 26, Vaca 84) Venezuela 1 (Maldonado 71).March 30Uruguay 1 (Forlan 49) Brazil 1 (Emerson 68).Paraguay 2 (Moringo 36, Cardozo 60) Chile 1 (Fuentes 73).Argentina 1 (Crespo 65) Colombia 0.Peru 2 (Guerrero 2, Farfan 56) Ecuador 2 (De la Cruz 3, Valencia 45).Standings: Argentina 28 points; Brazil 24; Ecuador 20; Paraguay 19; Uruguay 16; Colombia, Peru, Chile, Venezuela 14; Bolivia 13.
  • USA-GUATEMALA: Reaction from the U.S. locker room
    U.S. Coach Bruce Arena''It was a very good performance from our team. Probably the final score is not an indication of our dominance. I think we were very good tonight. If were at fault at anything, itÆs not finishing off a few more plays. But I think itÆs one of those nights where you canÆt single out any one player for a good performance, because there were a number of them. Basically, our entire team played well. ItÆs a great performance after three games, with two on the road and six points. WeÆre right on schedule, so IÆm pleased.''''Our top ...
  • HEXAGONAL: Standings
    TEAM GP W T L GF GA PMexico 3 2 1 0 5 3 7USA 3 2 0 1 5 3 6Guatemala 3 1 1 1 5 3 4Costa Rica 3 1 1 1 3 3 4Panama 3 0 2 1 2 3 2Trin. & Tobago 3 0 1 2 2 7 1
  • WORLD CUP QUALIFYING: CONCACAF summaries (March 30)
    March 30 in Birmingham, Ala.USA 2 Guatemala 0. Goals: Johnson 11, Ralston 68.USA -- Keller, Bocanegra, Onyewu, Gibbs, Cherundolo, Lewis (Noonan, 84), Mastroeni, Donovan (Dempsey, 90), Ralston, Johnson, Ching (Wolff, 69). Guatemala -- Trigueno, Melgar, Chen (Davila, 46), Cabrera, Martinez, Thompson, Romero, Ramirez, Rodriguez (Sandoval, 69), Pezzarossi, Ruiz. Yellow cards: USA -- Dempsey 90; Guatemala -- Ruiz 73, Quinonez 89.Referee: Ramesh Ramdhan (Trinidad & Tobago) Att.: 31,624.March 30 in Panama CityPanama 1 Mexico 1. Goals: Tejeda 74; Morales 26.Panama -- Penedo, Moreno, Baloy, Torres, Gun, A.Blanco, Solis (Mitre, 79), Phillips (Solanilla, 87), J.Medina, Garces, Brown (Tejada, 55).Mexico -- Sanchez, Carmona, ...
  • USA-GUATEMALA: Game Report
    March 30 in Birmingham, Ala.USA 2 Guatemala 0. Goals: Johnson 11, Ralston 68.USA -- Keller, Bocanegra, Onyewu, Gibbs, Cherundolo, Lewis (Noonan, 84), Mastroeni, Donovan (Dempsey, 90), Ralston, Johnson, Ching (Wolff, 69). Guatemala -- Trigueno, Melgar, Chen (Davila, 46), Cabrera, Martinez, Thompson, Romero, Ramirez, Rodriguez (Sandoval, 69), Pezzarossi, Ruiz. Yellow cards: USA -- Dempsey 90; Guatemala -- Ruiz 73, Quinonez 89.Referee: Ramesh Ramdhan (Trinidad & Tobago) Att.: 31,624.STATSShots: USA 19, Guatemala 10.Saves: USA 5, Guatemala 4.Corner Kicks: USA 7, Guatemala 4.Fouls: USA 25, Guatemala 14.Offside: USA 1, Guatemala 6.STANDINGS:TEAM GP W T L GF GA PMexico 3 2 1 0 5 ...
  • WORLD CUP 2006 QUALIFYING: EUROPE (March 30)
    WORLD CUP 2006 QUALIFYINGEUROPEMarch 30 GROUP ONEAndorra 0 Czech Rep. 4 (Jankulovski pen. 30, Baros 39, Lokvenc 52, Rosicky pen. 92).Macedonia 1 (Maznov 31) (Mitea 18, 58).Netherlands 2 (Castelen 3, van Nistelrooy 34) Armenia 0.Standings: Netherlands 16 points; Czech Rep. 15; Romania 13; Finland 9; Macedonia 5; Armenia, Andorra 4.GROUP TWOUkraine 1 (Voronin 67) Denmark 0.Georgia 2 (Amisulashvili 15, Iashvili 41) Turkey 5 (Seyhan 10, Tekke 21, 37, Avci 74, Sanli 90).Greece 2 (Haristeas 34, Karagounis 85) Albania 0.Standings: Ukraine 17; Greece 14; Turkey 12; Denmark 9; Albania 6; Georgia 5; Kazakhstan 0.GROUP THREEEstonia 1 (Terehhov 62) Russia 1 (Arshavin ...
  • MLS: 2005 Rosters
    Chicago FireNo. Goalkeepers/Country GP 1 David Mahoney USA 018 Matt Pickens USA 024 Zach Thornton USA 170No. Defenders/Country GP 2 C.J. Brown USA 1723 Samuel Caballero HON 05 Jim Curtin USA 10233 Hollis Donaldson USA 06 Kelly Gray USA 784 Leonard Griffin USA 923 Ivan Guerrero HON 020 Tony Sanneh USA 7725 Gonzalo Segares CRC 013 Jack Stewart USA 0No. Midfielders/Country GP 14 Chris Armas USA 19022 Scott Buete USA 1319 Craig Capano USA 2216 Will John USA 032 Chris Karcz USA 021 Justin Mapp USA 4815 Jesse Marsch USA 18712 Logan Pause USA 4429 Thiago BRA 07 John Thorrington ...
  • FEEDBACK: SA readers on Mexico-USA
    Stop the lineup jugglingHere are the key questions that need to be answered by Bruce Arena:1. For a coach who always wants experience in his lineup, why did he have Onyewu, with only 2 caps, starting?2. Why play Donovan in wide midfield and Beasley in central midfield when each of their strengths are in the opposite position?3. Why was Reyna on the field after only having a handful of competitive matches in the last six months and why wasn't he substituted after he obviously labored to run at all?4. Why do we revert to long balls to a lone forward ...
  • BY THE NUMBERS: Germany World Cup bonuses
    $390,000 -- bonus for each player on Germany's national team if it wins the 2006 World Cup.$195,000 -- bonus for each player if Germany finishes second.$97,500 -- bonus for each player if Germany reaches semifinals.$65,000 -- bonus for each player if Germany reaches quarterfinals.$0 -- bonus for each player if Germany fails to reach quarterfinals.(German players also receive sponsorship bonuses as part of an agreement between them and the German federation for federation sponsors to use players in promotional activities.)$1,660 plus a television set -- bonus for each player on the West German national team that won the 1954 World ...
  • GUATEMALA BRIEFING: Chapines' best shot
    SCOUTING REPORT. Guatemala, which first entered World Cup qualifying in 1957, has its best shot at finally reaching the finals.With four points, the Chapines are in second place after two games, and a win or tie against the United States Wednesday in Birmingham, Ala. (TV: ESPN2, live 8 pm ET) would boost their chances of winning one of the three direct berths to Germany '06. At worse, Guatemala is expected to finish fourth, ahead of Panama and Trinidad & Tobago, and earn a playoff berth against Asia's No. 5 team.Guatemala is expected to make only one change from the team ...
  • NEWSMAKER: Shannon Higgins-Cirovski
    Maryland women's coach Shannon Higgins-Cirovski is stepping down due to spend more time with her family.Higgins-Cirovski compiled a 62-51-10 (.549) record during her six seasons at the helm of the Terrapin womenÆs soccer program. Maryland earned berths into the NCAA tournament five times, including a run to the Sweet 16 in 2004.Higgins-Cirovski, a star on the U.S. team that won the 1991 Women's World Cup, was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2002, becoming just the third woman, and the youngest person ever, to be enshrined. Her husband, Sasho Cirovski, is the men's coach at Maryland. They ...
  • Soccer America Online Poll (MLS's Greatest Team)
    As MLS is about to move into its 10th season, here's your chance to tell us who you think is the greatest team in MLS history. Which of the D.C. teams stands out? Was it one of the four MLS championship teams or the team that won everything but the MLS title? The Chicago expansion team that won the double in 1998? Or one of the San Jose title-winning teams? You have until March 1, 2005, to make your pick. MLS's greatest team? (pick three)#1 Pick 14% - Chicago 1998 5% - Chicago 2000 9% - D.C. United 1996 ...