• OFF THE POST: The pitfalls of staging a Homeless World Cup
    The Homeless World Cup kicked off in Scotland this week five teams short because the immigration officials denied entry visas to the players of Kenya, Zambia, Burundi, Cameroon and Nigeria, ruling that they did not have the means to support themselves during their visit to Britain.''To deny homeless people access to the UK on the basis that they are too poor is ridiculous,'' tournament organizer Mel Young told the Guardian. ''The Homeless World Cup is designed to support and encourage people to transform their lives, to lift themselves from poverty, and it has had significant success with 70 percent of ...
  • WINNERS & LOSERS: USA books final date with Panama
    Winners: The USA trailed Honduras for nearly an hour but notched two goals with time running out for a 2-1 semifinal Gold Cup win. Defender Oguchi Onyewu struck with a diving header two minutes into stoppage time off a bending Landon Donovan free kick to notch the gamewinner and his first international goal. Six minutes earlier John O'Brien shot low into the goal from six yards to tie the game. Winger Ricardo Phillips scored twice to lead PANAMA past Colombia, 3-2, in their Gold Cup semifinal, a thriller featuring end-to-end action. The win was the ...
  • GOLD CUP: Panama beats Colombia again
    Winger Ricardo Phillips scored twice to lead Panama past Colombia, 3-2, in the semifinals of the Gold Cup.The win was the second for Panama against Colombia at the Gold Cup and moved it into the final against the United States on Sunday at Giants Stadium.Jorge Dely Valdes also scored for the Canaleros, who led 2-0 after 25 minutes and then held off Colombia in a wild game featuring end-to-end action.Both teams also had one player sent off.July 21 in East Rutherford, N.J.Panama 3 Colombia 2. Goals: Phillips 11, 73, Jorge Dely Valdes 25; Patino 63, 89.Panama -- Penedo, Rivera, L. ...
  • GOLD CUP: USA in final thanks to dramatic comeback
    The USA trailed Honduras for nearly an hour but notched two goals with time running out for a 2-1 semifinal win Thursday in Giants Stadium to reach the Gold Cup final. Defender Oguchi Onyewu struck with a diving header two minutes into stoppage time off a bending Landon Donovan free kick to notch the gamewinner and his first international goal. Onyewu's strike came six minutes after John O'Brien shot low into the goal from six yards to tie the game. "It was a good win for our players," said U.S. coach Bruce Arena. "They played exceptionally well ...
  • WINNERS & LOSERS: MLS All-Stars invited to Madrid; Metros fall to struggling Crew
    Winners: According to its official Web site, Real Madrid has invited the MLS ALL-STAR team to play in its annual "team presentation" game Aug. 23 at Real's Santiago Bernabeu stadium. (On July 30, in Columbus, Ohio, the MLS All-Stars face Fulham, 13th place finisher in last season's English Premier League.) Liverpool's former U.S. youth international ZAK WHITBREAD made his Champions League debut in a 3-0 win at Welsh club TNS, which gave Liverpool a 6-0 aggregate win in the first qualifying round series. Whitbread, 21, who played in three League Cup games and one FA Cup ...
  • GOLD CUP QUEST: USA faces Honduras in semis
    USA vs. Honduras in East Rutherford, N.J. Gold Cup, semifinal, Thursday, July 21 TV: 6 pm ET/ 3 pm PT live on Telefutura The USA's quest for the Gold Cup title continues Thursday with a semifinal clash against Honduras, whose win over the Americans on Sept. 1, 2001 marked the last U.S. loss to a CONCACAF team on U.S. soil. The USA is since undefeated at home in 28 games against regional foes. U.S. coach Bruce Arena said his team's 3-1 quarterfinal win over Jamaica was its best performance of this Gold Cup, in which it ...
  • NORDIC CUP: USA-Iceland U-21 women's summary (July 20)
    July 20 in KristinehamnUSA 4 Iceland 0. Goals: O'Reilly 6, 90, Buczkowski 48, Rapinoe 90.USA -- Barnhart, Lopez, Fletcher, Oakes, Castelanelli (Buehler, 46); Buczkowski, Lloyd (Makoski, 66), Huffman (Rapinoe, 63), Tarpley (Maxwell, 80), O'Reilly, Rodriguez (Cheney, 46).Iceland -- Gunnarsdottir, Sigurdardottir, Gretarsdottir, Stefansdottir, Thordardottir, Bjarnadottir (Gisladottir, 65), Magnusdottir (Kristinsdottir, 54), Larusdottir, Vidarsdottir, Arnarsdottir, Samuelsdottir.Referee: Pernilla Larsson (Sweden).Att.: 500.ResultsJuly 20England 2, Finland 0Sweden 3, Norway 1USA 4, Iceland 0Germany 6, Denmark 0
  • MLS SUMMARIES (July 20)
    MLS SUMMARIES (July 20)July 20 in ColumbusColumbus 1 Metrostars 0. Goal: Sutton (Storey, Cameron) 92+.Columbus - Walker, Marshall, Wingert, Fraser, Henderson, Elliott, Vasquez, Testo (Rodriguez, 85), Martino (Storey, 64), Cameron, Glen (Sutton, 59).MetroStars - Meola, Leitch, Mendes, Parke, Agoos, Gaven, Bradley, Lisi, Magee, Galvan Rey, Razov (Ibrahim, 77). Yellow Cards: Columbus - Testo 70; Metrostars - Bradley 22.Referee: Gus St. Silva.Att.: n/a.July 20 in Kansas CityKansas City 1 D.C. United 1. Goals: Sealy 59; Gros 3 44.Kansas City - Oshoniyi, Roberts, Garcia, Thomas (Pore, 62), Klein, Gutierrez, Victorine, Zavagnin, Jewsbury (Preki, 46), Sealy (Stephenson, 89), Arnaud.D.C. United - Rimando, Prideaux, ...
  • THREE QUESTIONS FOR ... Dave Sarachan
    Coach Dave Sarachan's Chicago Fire currently leads the league in wins and points, and has beaten each MLS team at least once, besides Kansas City, which it tied, and Los Angeles, which it has yet to play. SOCCER AMERICA: Chicago missed the playoffs last season, but now you're on a roll -- first in the East and on a six-game unbeaten streak. What's the key to the turnaround? DAVE SARACHAN: We've made good additions, we're deeper, we've established how we want to play and everyone is familiar with the system. Last season we tinkered with a 3-4-3 and ...
  • U.S. ABROAD: Norway Midseason Update
    With five American pros, Norway is home to more Yanks than any other country in Scandinavia. At the halfway point in the 2005 season, the only American whose team was in the top half of the First Division standings was Robbie Russell. Rosenborg's string of 13 straight league titles was in serious danger, however, as it stood in seventh place, 12 points behind leader Start. For the two players who left MLS clubs last winter to move to Norway, the first season has been difficult. Goalie Adin Brown (Aalesund) missed five games with a thigh injury, and Ramiro ...
  • MLS Previews (July 20)
    MLS Previews (July 20)Wednesday, July 20, 7:30 pm ET/6:30 pm CT/4:30 pm PTCOLUMBUS (4-10-3, 15 pts) vs. METROSTARS (6-4-7, 25 pts)TV: FSN-NY.Direct Kick: DirecTV - 791; Dish Net - 464; In Demand.Key Players Out: Columbus - DF Stephen Herdsman (L groin strain), GK Matt Jordan (lower back strain), MF Duncan Oughton (R knee surgery), MD Ross Paule (post-concussion syndrome), DF Frankie Hejduk (National Team Duty - USA); Metrostars - DF Tim Ward (L hamstring strain), GK Mike Ueltschey (R finger fracture), MF Amado Guevara (L quad contusion/knee sprain).Referee: Gus St. Silva.Wednesday, July 20, 7:30 pm ET/6:30 pm CT/4:30 pm PTKANSAS ...
  • SCOUTING REPORT: U.S. U-17 World Championship Opponents
    The United States drew North Korea, Ivory Coast and Italy at the 2005 U-17 World Championship, which will take place Sept. 16-Oct. 2 in Peru. The U.S., the only country that has taken part in all 10 of the previous world championships at this age group, faces North Korea Sept. 17 and Italy Sept. 20 at Elias Aguirre Stadium in Chiclayo, before moving to Lima to face Ivory Coast at Nacional Stadium. NORTH KOREA. The North Koreans qualified for the first time for the U-17 World Championship by finishing second at the 2004 Asia U-17 championship. Their star is ...
  • BY THE NUMBERS: Summer soccer attendance
    With MLS in midseason, the Gold Cup at the quarterfinal stage and Real Madrid on a two-game U.S. tour, here's a sampling of last weekend's attendances: 60,050 Houston crowd for Mexico's 2-1 loss to Colombia, a Gold Cup quarterfinal doubleheader with Panama-South Africa on Sunday. 54,432 Crowd at Chicago's Soldier field for Real Madrid's 3-1 win over Chivas Guadalajara, a doubleheader with Chicago-Columbus (1-1) on Saturday. 27,000 Home Depot Center crowd for Los Angeles' 2-0 win over Chivas USA Saturday. 27,000 Home Depot Center crowd for Real Madrid's 2-0 friendly win over L.A. on Monday. Tickets ...
  • YOUTH: U.S. U-17 Girls National Team Results
    The U.S. U-17 girls national team lost all three of its matches in Mexico, the final two in heartbreakers, all against older age-group national teams. All three matches were played in Toluca.U.S. RESULTS:July 14 Mexico U-20 WNT 0-3 L --July 16 Canada U-20 WNT 1-2 L HayesJuly 17 Mexico U-18 WNT 4-5 L Own Goal, Heath (2), Stannard
  • YOUTH: U.S. U-18 Boys National Team Roster
    U.S. U-18 boys national team head coach Bob Jenkins released the 18-man roster that will compete in the 2005 Milk Cup Aug. 1-5 in Northern Ireland. The U.S. will take on Brazil in its opening match on Aug. 1, before facing Cameroon two days later.U.S. ROSTER:Goalkeepers -- Steve Sandbo (SMU), Chris Seitz (So Cal United); Defenders -- Tony Beltran (Arsenal FC, Calif.), Pav Castaneda (Red Storm Clash, N.Y.), Greg Folk (UCLA), Paul Gerstenberger (Blackwatch SC, N.Y.), Jamil Roberts (Santa Clara Univ.), Karl Schilling (Univ. of Connecticut), Midfielders -- Rodrigo Lopez (Chivas USA), Jason Leopoldo (So Cal United), Dax McCarty (Univ. ...
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