• MLS CONFIDENTIAL: Swap City
    By Ridge MahoneySenior EditorSoccer America MagazineTeams are using allocations and the corresponding moneys through new rules adopted by MLS.Teams can use allocation money to re-sign players and can trade chunks of allocation money in the same manner as draft picks, players, and salary-cap space. They can also trade allocation slots as well as portions of same.Allocation-money maneuvering delayed the announcement that U.S. international Greg Vanney would go to Dallas as an allocation, as well as the Galaxy trade of defender Danny Califf to San Jose, which has ample allocation money as well as room under the salary cap.According to sources ...
  • MLS: Ranking of Allocations
    Here's is the ranking of MLS allocations:1. FC Dallas Expansion allocation acquired from L.A. Galaxy (originally held by Chivas USA), Greg Vanney2. Real Salt Lake Expansion allocation Clint Mathis3. Chicago Fire Portion of missing '04 Playoffs (split) John Thorrington4. FC Dallas Missing '04 Playoffs (major) UNUSED 5. Chicago Fire DaMarcus Beasley replacement allocation (major) UNUSED6. Chicago Fire Damani Ralph replacement allocation (major) UNUSED7. Los Angeles Galaxy Portion of Cory Gibbs replacement allocation (from FC Dallas, split) acquired Guillermo Ramirez8. S.J. Earthquakes Portion of Etcheverry retirement allocation acquired from FC Dallas (originally held by D.C. United, split) UNUSED9. S.J. Earthquakes Portion ...
  • MAKING A LIST: U.S. Scorers Against Mexico
    The USA has outscored Mexico 12-4 in its 10 games (6-3-1 record) against El Tri under Bruce Arena. The U.S. scorers were: Frankie Hejduk (1-2 loss, 1999) Gregg Berhalter (3-0 win, 2000) Brian McBride (3-0 win, 2000) Frankie Hejduk (3-0 win, 2000) Josh Wolff (2-0 win, 2000) Landon Donovan (2-0 win, 2000) Josh Wolff (2-0 win, 2001) Earnie Stewart (2-0 win, 2001) Clint Mathis (1-0 win, 2002) Brian McBride (2-0 win, 2002) Landon Donovan (2-0 win, 2002) Eddie Pope (1-0 win, 2004)
  • PREVIEW: Americans hunt for Easter prize in Mexico
    Mexico-USA World Cup Qualifying, CONCACAF Hexagonal, Game Day 2 Sunday, March 27, in Mexico City, Azteca Stadium TV: ESPN2 (live) 1 pm ET/10 am PT TV: Telemundo 1 pm ET/10 am PT (pregame show at noon ET/9 am PT) HOLIDAY CLASH. The last time the USA got a result in Azteca Stadium against Mexico, it was on the Day of the Dead. This time it's on an Easter Sunday that the Americans will attempt to improve on a 0-21-1 record against El Tri on its turf. In the 1997 encounter, on the day when Mexicans joyfully honor ...
  • YOUTH: Dallas Cup knockout phase brackets
    Super Group Atletico Paranaense (Brazil) vs Tigres (Mexico)Hartlepool United (England) vs. Santos (Mexico)U19 GroupIMG Academy (Fla.) vs River Plate Red (Texas) Santa Clara Sporting Ruckus/TM (Calif.) vs Chicago Magic (Ill.)Santa Clara Sporting Ruckus/CH (Calif.) vs Toronto Lynx (Canada)Comets Blue (Texas) vs Knowsley Youth (England) U17 GroupUniv. de Monterrey (Mexico) vs Arsenal FC (Calif.)Sockers FC (Ill.) vs Dallas Inter (Texas)DFW Tejanos (Texas) vs FC Delco Crunch (Pa.)Brujas Escazu (Costa Rica) vs Dallas Texans (Texas)U16 GroupPreson North End (England) vs Univ. de Monterrey (Mexico)FC Barcelona (Calif.) vs Solar (Texas)Guadalajara (Mexico) vs San Diego Surf (Calif.)Tigres (Mexico) vs Chicago Magic (Ill.)U14 GroupGuadalajara ...
  • YOUTH: Schmid's perfect streak with U-20s ends
    YOUTH: U.S. U-20 result at Suwon TournamentThe U.S. U-20 national team fell 1-0 to host South Korea on a freezing cold evening at the Suwon World Cup Stadium in their second match of the Suwon International Tournament.The loss ended Coach Sigi Schmid's streak of eight straight wins since he took over the team last fall. Schmid started only two players --Hunter Freeman and Greg Dalby -- from the team that beat Argentina, 2-1, in the opening game in Suwon.It was the first international cap for Cal State Northridge defender Sean Franklin as he started at right back, while UC Irvine's ...
  • MEXICO's New Faces
    (This article appeared in the March 21, 2005 issue of Soccer America Magazine.) The United States has played Mexico eight times in the last four years, but the Americans won't recognize a handful of reinforcements brought in by Coach Ricardo Lavolpe. By Mike Woitalla ANTONIO "SINHA" NAELSON (Toluca). The 28-year-old Sao Paulo native arrived in Mexico in 1999 and after one season moved from Monterrey to Toluca. He became a Mexican citizen on the eve of the 2004 Olympics and filled one of the team's over-age spots. A poll by Reforma found that three out ...
  • MEXICO'S MARQUEZ: 'Rafa' bucks the trend in Spain
    (This article appeared in the March 21, 2005 issue of Soccer America Magazine.)By Mike WoitallaForty years ago, Hector Sanchez, a Mexico City car mechanic bounced an 8-year-old boy on his lap and asked his friends, ''Do you know who this guy is?''They responded that, of course, it's your son Hugo.''Yes,'' said Hector, ''but he's also going to be the best player in Mexican soccer history.''In this case, a parent's assessment of his own child's talent proved accurate. And it's because Hugo Sanchez starred outside of his own country that no one disputes he was the greatest Mexican soccer player ever. ...
  • ON THE MOVE: Galaxy loads up on foreigners
    The Los Angeles Galaxy continued to load up on foreigners, signing a pair of Brazilians and a Costa Rican international. Joining the club are 29-year-old Brazilian forward Naldo, who recently played for Swiss club St. Gallen in 2003-04, 19-year-old Brazilian midfielder Paulo Nagamura, who played in English club Arsenal's reserve system before being released in June 2004, and 26-year-old Costa Rican left back Pablo Chinchilla from Alajuela. The Galaxy has now brought in six foreigners during the offseason. Besides Naldo, Nagamura and Chinchilla, it has signed Guatemalan international Guillermo Ramirez, Costa Rica international Michael Umana and Zimbabwean ...
  • MEXICO BRIEFING: Lavolpe on U.S. weakness
    U.S. players to fade physically late in the game, as they did in the 2-1 win over Trinidad & Tobago to open the Hexagonal. "They know that physically they have problems," Lavolpe said Tuesday, "and that's where we must put pressure on them. In their last game against Trinidad & Tobago, they struggled physically in the second half with the heat and humidity." The Argentina Lavolpe says the United States is Mexico's toughest rival, and his players must play intelligently in the World Cup qualifying showdown Sunday at Mexico City's Azteca Stadium. Two injured starters did not ...
  • MLS: 2005 Preseason 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 ...
  • YOUTH: U.S. boys under-17 national team results
    March 18 Davidson 3-1 W Marosevic, Ababio (2)March 19 UNC-Wilmington 0-1 L --March 20 Wake Forest 0-2 L --
  • WOMEN: U.S. under-21 national team roster
    The U.S. U-21 womenÆs national team will hold a training camp March 26-April 3 in Carson, Calif.U.S. U-21 coach Greg Ryan, who recently returned from Portugal where he coached the senior national team to the Algarve Cup title, will bring 24 players to the Home Depot Center.U-21 Women's National Team RosterGoalkeepers: Erica Bohn (Notre Dame), Joanna Haig (Iowa State), Ashlyn Harris (North Carolina). Defenders: Jen Buczkowski (Notre Dame), Rachel Buehler (Stanford), Mary Castelanelli (UCLA), Holly Gault (Kansas), Hayley Hunt (Stanford), Jessica Maxwell (North Carolina), Kasey Moore (Laguna Hills Eclipse, Calif.), Becky Sauerbrunn (Virginia). Midfielders: Yael Averbuch (North Carolina), Sarah Huffman ...
  • SUWON INTERNATIONAL: U.S. U-20s down Argentines
    March 22, 2005 in Suwon, South KoreaU.S. U-20s 2, Argentina U-20s 1.Goals: Barrett (John) 18, Hill (Evans) 91; Fabro (Armenteros) 8. USA -- Westberg, Freeman (Rogers, 74), Phelan, Ianni, Ward, Feilhaber (Kljestan, 66), Gaven, Dalby, John (Szetela, 57), Barrett (Hill, 74), Peterson (Evans, 68).Argentina -- Champagne, Formica, Barroso, Maidana, Domingo, Manicero (Yassogna, 69), Garcia (Abelairas, 60), Miranda, Armenteros (Archubi, 80), Fabro (Herrero, 85), Boselli.
  • NEWSMAKERS: Stuart Holden & Peter Philipakos
    Houston teenager Stuart Holden, who recently signed a short-term contract with English club Sunderland, suffered a fractured eye socket in an unprovoked attack outside the Tiger Tiger bar in Newcastle's Newgate Street. The injury required surgery and will probably keep the 19-year-old midfielder out of action for the remainder of the English season. Holden, who was born in Scotland, left Clemson University after his sophomore season to try his luck in England this winter. He had a trial at Everton before joining Sunderland on what the club described as an amateur contract through the end of the 2004-05 season. ...
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