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MLS CONFIDENTIAL: Mexican purchase of Quakes nearly complete

By Ridge Mahoney, Senior Editor
Soccer America Magazine

Sources at Anschutz Entertainment Group and reports in the Houston press confirm that the long-negotiated purchase of the San Jose Earthquakes by Grupo Televisa, the Mexican conglomerate that counts Mexican team Club America among its holdings, has been finalized contingent upon the decision on where the team will play.

The surprise, though, is ...

ON THE MOVE: Danny Karbassiyoon to Burnley; Ryan Suarez to MetroStars

American DANNY KARBASSIYOON, a 20-year-old Virginia product, has signed with English second-tier club Burnley. Karbassiyoon was waived in May by Arsenal, which he joined 2003. In the 2004-05 season, he made two League Cup appearances for Arsenal, scoring once, and five league appearances while on loan to second-tier Ipswich. ...

The MetroStars have acquired defender RYAN SUAREZ off waivers. Suarez, 27, ...

NEWSMAKERS: Confederations Cup Honors

Winner: Brazil
Runner-up: Argentina
Third place: Germany
Fourth place: Mexico

Golden Ball (MVP): Adriano (Brazil)
Silver Ball: Juan Riquelme (Argentina)
Bronze Ball: Ronaldinho (Brazil)

Golden Shoe (leading scorer): Adriano (Brazil) 5 goals
Silver Shoe: Michael Ballack (Germany) 4
Bronze Shoe: John Aloisi (Australia) 4
Note: Ballack wins assist tiebreaker over Aloisi.

Fair Play Award: Mexico

U.S. OPEN CUP: Second Round Results (June 29)

Western Mass Pioneers (USL2) 5 (McFarland 6, 61, Fletcher pen. 41, Qosa 59, McMenamin 79) Indianapolis Reggae Boyz (USASA) 0.

Virginia Beach Mariners (USL1) 3 (Castellanos 5, Caskey 24, O'Niell 74) Richmond Kickers Future (PDL) 0.

Wilmington Hammerheads (USL2) 5 (Bundy 6, Chase 12, Hill 36, Gledhill 75, Zarate 90) Dallas Roma (USASA) 0.

Ocean City Barons (PDL) 4 (Mingo 30, Donatelli pen. ...

MLS Summaries (June 29)

MLS Summaries (June 29)

June 29 in Kansas City

Kansas City 1 Columbus 1. Goals: Burciaga Jr. (Gutierrez) 76; Rodriguez 69.

Kansas City - Oshoniyi, Zotinca (Jewsbury, 62), Garcia, Thomas, Burciaga Jr., Klein, Gutierrez, Zavagnin, Victorine, Sealy (Preki, 46), Arnaud.

Columbus - Gaudette, Herdsman (Kelly, 38), Fraser, Marshall, Schulte, Rodriguez, Elliott, Martino (Armstrong, 78), Henderson, Buddle (Wingert, 59), Wolyniec.

Yellow Cards: Kansas City ...

U.S. YOUTH SOCCER: Region II Finals (June 29)

Under-19 Boys

Sockers FC Chicago (Illinois) 2 (Marsico 57, Person 63) Thunder SC (Ohio South) 0.

Under-18 Boys

FC Milwaukee (Wisconsin) 1 (Ratka 111) Dynamo Katner (Indiana) 1 (Shrack 120).

(FC Milwaukee wins on penalties.)

Under-17 Boys

Vardar (Michigan) 0 Chicago Sockers (Illinois) 0.

(Vardar wins on penalties.)

Under-16 Boys

Vardar (Michigan) 1 (Simon 74) Chicago Magic (Illinois) 0.

Under-15 Boys

Campton Raptors (Illinois) 1, (Stockley 6) Chicago Sockers (Illinois) 0.

Under-14 ...

U.S. YOUTH SOCCER: Region III Finals (June 29)

U-19 Boys

CESA Premier (SC) 1 (Arrietta 86) Atlanta Fire United (GA) 2 (Chambers 32, Charowski 43).

U-18 Boys

AFC Lightning (GA) 1 (Knott 40) Dallas Texans Red (TX N) 2 (Nguyen 70, 93).

U-17 Boys

Dallas Texans Red (TX N) 4 (Brown 13, Sajjadi 43, Nigh 52, Akpan 58) TN FC Blue (TN) 0.

U-16 Boys

Solar SC (TX N) 0 CASL Elite (NC) 0.

(Solar wins ...

WORLD YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIP: Semifinal Results (June 28)


June 28

Argentina 2 (Messi 7, Zabaleta 93) Brazil 1 (Renato 75).

Nigeria 3 (Taiwo 34, Adefemi 70, Ogbuke 75) Morocco 0.

U.S. CLUB SOCCER: Region B Champions

Premier Boys Region B Champions

U12 û PDA (NJ)

U13 û South Jersey Barons (NJ)

U14 û Roanoke Star (VA)

U15 û NOVA (VA)

U16 û PA Classics Leeds (PA)

U17 û Matchfit Academy (NJ)

Super Group Boys Region B Champions

U13 û NASA (NJ)

U14 û Matchfit Academy (NJ)

U14 û Black Watch (NY)

U15 û Yonkers United (NY)

U15 û Freestate United (MD)

Premier Girls Region B Champions

U12 û Pennridge (PA)

U13 ...

U.S. YOUTH SOCCER: Region III Semifinal Results (June 28)

U-19 Boys

CESA Premier (SC) 1 (Morris 5) Texans Red (TX S) 0.

Atlanta United Fire (GA) 1 (Beam 20) CASL Elite (NC) 0.

U-18 Boys

AFC Lightning Premier (GA) 3 (Waasdorp 35, Jackson 80, Mitrovich 90+) NOW Spirit (OK) 2 (Mooney 28, Hammond 66).

Dallas Texans Red (TX N) 3 (goalscorers n/a) GSC Green (NC) 0.

U-17 Boys

TN FC Blue (TN) 2 (Dawes 53, Mays ...

MLS Previews (June 29)

MLS Previews (June 29)

Wednesday, June 29, 8 pm ET/7 pm CT/5 pm PT

KANSAS CITY (5-3-6, 21 pts) vs. COLUMBUS (4-8-1, 13 pts)


Direct Kick: DirecTV - 791; Dish Net - 464; In Demand.

Key Players Out: Kansas City - MF Diego Walsh (athletic pubalgia), FW Josh Wolff (National Team Duty - USA), DF Jimmy Conrad (National Team Duty - USA); Columbus ...

U.S. YOUTH SOCCER: Region II Semifinal Results (June 27)

Under-13 Boys

Bangu Tsunami (Minnesota) 3, Scott Gallagher (Missouri) 1

Chicago Magic Chelsea (Illinois) 4, Carmel United Storm (Indiana) 1

Under-13 Girls

BV Stars (Kansas) 1, CIS Knockouts (Illinois) 3

Internationals (Ohio North) 1, Vardar (Michigan) 8

Under-14 Boys

Dakota Gold Fury (South Dakota) 0, Ohio FC Mutiny (Ohio South) 6

Chicago Magic (Illinois) 3, MSS United (Nebraska) 1

Under-14 Girls

KC Dynamo (Kansas) 0, Illinois Premier ...

OFF THE POST: Interview interrupted by mugging

Listeners tuned in to a live radio interview with Brazilian star Roberto Carlos heard the famous left back say, ''They just robbed my car, they just robbed my car.''

The Real Madrid player was in Belo Horizonte, conducting the interview via cell phone while in the passenger seat, when armed robbers who arrived on motorcycle amid dense traffic stripped the driver ...


Leading scorers among new foreigners in MLS:
Hector Cuadros (Chivas USA/Mexico) 3
Youri Djorkaeff (Metrostars/France) 3
Roberto Minna (Dallas/Ecuador) 3
Thiago (Chicago/Brazil) 3

MLS leading scorers:
Jeff Cunningham (Colorado) 8
Pat Noonan (New England) 8
Carlos Ruiz (Dallas) 7
Clint Dempsey (New England) 6
Landon Donovan (Los Angeles) 6
Nate Jaqua (Chicago) 6
Jaime Moreno (D.C. United) 6
Taylor ...


ON THE MOVE: Quaranta replaces injured Johnson; Chivas USA waives Suarez after tirade

U.S. coach Bruce Arena has replaced forward Eddie Johnson, who has not recovered from a toe injury, with D.C. United's Santino Quaranta, who has two goals in 10 MLS appearances this season. ...

Chivas USA has released defenders Ryan Suarez and Alfonso Loera, who have appeared in 15 and nine games, respectively.

Suarez, after being subbed in the 28th minute of ...