• HONORED: Kasey Keller named 2005 Honda U.S. Player of the Year
    National team goalkeeper Kasey Keller became was named the 2005 U.S. Honda Player of the Year Award, making him the third player to win the 15-year-old award more than once. In a vote by American soccer media, Keller edged Landon Donovan, winner of the last three. Eric Wynalda (1996 and 1992) is the other multi-winner. Keller played in 14 games for the USA in 2005, helping it qualify for the 2006 World Cup and win the 2005 Gold Cup, where he was the hero of a penalty kick shootout win over Panama in the final. ...
  • MLS: Adidas MLS Player Combine Invitees
    GOALKEEPERS: Ray Burse (Ohio State); Eric Kronberg (California); Chris Dunsheath (Bradley); Andy Gruenbaum (Kentucky); DEFENDERS: Kenny Bertz (Maryland); Chris Lancos (Maryland); Daniel Wasson (Tulsa); Kyle Veris (Ohio State); Tyson Wahl (California); Trevor McEachron (Old Dominion); Jeff Curtin (Georgetown); Cory Farabi (Drake); Justin Moore (Clemson); Anthony Noriega (George Mason); John Queeley (North Carolina State); Danny Wynn (St. Louis); Jordan Harvey (UCLA); Willis Forko (Connecticut); Stephen Shirley (Virginia Commonwealth). MIDFIELDERS: Josh Alcala (South Carolina); Brian Plotkin (Indiana); Blake Camp (Duke); Danny Kramer (Duke); Jeff Carroll (St. John's); Mike Chabala (Washington); David Chun (Southern Methodist); Brian Devlin (Penn State); David Walters (Penn St.); ...
  • COLLEGE: Barto out as UNLV coach
    Barry Barto is out as UNLV menÆs coach. ôThis decision was based on performance, and in the best interest of the menÆs soccer program that we make this change,ö said UNLV Athletic Director Mike Hamrick. ôWe would like to see the program go in a new direction, as we aspire for all of our sports to challenge for conference championships and go to the NCAA Tournament. We would like to thank Barry for his contributions to UNLV athletics.ö This past year the Rebels finished with a 2-16-1 mark and were 0-9-1 in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation action. In 24 years ...
  • SOCCER ON TV (thru 12/5): 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, Dec. 2 ESPN2 NCAA Div. 1 Women's College Cup Semifinal PENN STATE-PORTLAND (live), 4:30 pm. ESPNU NCAA Div. 1 Women's College Cup Semifinal PENN STATE-PORTLAND (live), 4:30 pm. NCAA Div. 1 Women's College Cup Semifinal UCLA-FLORIDA STATE (live), 7 pm. FOX SOCCER CHANNEL English FA Cup, 2nd Round MANSFIELD TOWN-GRAYS ATHLETIC (delay), 5 pm. SATURDAY, Dec. 3 ESPN2 NCAA Div. 1 Women's College Cup Semifinal UCLA-FLORIDA ...
  • OFF THE POST: Aussies qualified thanks to settled witch doctor debt?
    Australia's qualification for the 2006 World Cup came thanks to television presenter and filmmaker John Safran ending a 32-year-old curse, according to Safran.Safran, often called the Down Under's Michael Moore, discovered that Australia had an outstanding debt to a Mozambique witch doctor.In 1969, Australia faced Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) in a World Cup qualifying playoff in Mozambique and the Aussie players accepted a witch doctor's offer to curse the Rhodesians by planting bones near the goalposts. Australia won but its amateur players couldn't afford the with doctor's $1,500 fee. It lost its next game, before which three players got sick.Australia did ...
  • EUROPEAN PLAYER OF YEAR: Ronaldinho runs away with 2005 award
    Barcelona star Ronaldinho became the third Brazilian player to win the European Player of the Year award when he captured 2005 honors ahead of Englishmen Frank Lampard, the Chelsea midfield player, and Steven Gerrard of Liverpool. The Ballon dÆor, organized by Paris magazine France Football celebrated its 50th year, and the result of this yearÆs balloting of European journalists was announced at a gala dinner in Paris attended by many former winners, The 25-year-old Ronaldinho was the heavy favorite this year. His play for Barcelona has been so spectacular that even fans of rival Real Madrid cheered him ...
  • COLLEGE: NAIA All-American Team (without Americans)
    The 2005 NAIA MenÆs All-American First Team is unique in that it contains no Americans. The 11 players selected hail for seven countries: Kenya (4), Iceland (2), England (1), Haiti (1), Northern Ireland (1), Ukraine (1) and Uruguay (1):PLAYER, SCHOOL, YEAR (COUNTRY) G Jorundur Kristinsson, Auburn-Montgomery, Soph. (Iceland) D Hugh Davey, Embry-Riddle, Soph. (Northern Ireland) D Bonivenger Misiko, Lindsey Wilson, Soph. (Kenya)D Robert Oguda, Southern Nazarene University, Sr. (Kenya)D Ben Callon, Rio Grande, Sr. (England)M Simon Mulama, Park, Sr. (Kenya)M Brian Ombiji, Lindsey Wilson, Sr. (Kenya)M Andriy Budnyy, Azusa Pacific, Sr. (Ukraine)F Hjortur Hjartarson, Auburn-Montgomery, Jr. (Iceland)F Igancio Novas, Lindenwood, ...
  • MAKING A LIST: Ben Hunter's streak
    Since the start of postseason play, junior transfer Ben Hunter has accounted for every goal North Carolina has scored. Hunter, an Englishman who played his first two years at NAIA school Rio Grande, has seven goals in the ACC Tournament and NCAA Tournament after scoring only six goals in the regular season. All seven goals have come from the 56th to 73rd minute with three of them coming in the 61st minute.North Carolina 1 N.C. State 0 (ACC quarterfinals)1. Hunter, free kick from 25 yards, 61North Carolina 2 Clemson 0 (ACC semifinals)1. Hunter, shot off scramble from 12 yards, 552. ...
  • YOUTH: U-16 girls go unbeaten in Boca Raton
    The U.S. U-16 girls national team put together an impressive three-game run at the U.S. Youth Soccer ODP Thanksgiving Interregional Event in Boca Raton, Fla., winning two matches and tying one against older regional teams one year older.RESULTS:Nov. 21 Region I 1988s 3-2 Nogueira, Mathias, NoyolaNov. 23 Region IV 1988s 5-0 Baddley (2), Mathias, Heyboer, D'AgostinoNov. 25 Region II 1988s 2-2 Mathias, Farrelly
  • YOUTH: U-14 boys win three games at ODP Interregional
    The U.S. U-14 boys national team was divided into two squads and came away with three wins against regional teams at the US Youth Soccer ODP Boys Thanksgiving Interregional. The Blue team beat the White team, 2-1, in the final game.RESULTS:Nov. 26 U.S. Blue Region III 1992 0-2 L -- Nov. 26 U.S. White Region I 1992 3-0 W Patrick Donyeh (3) Nov. 27 U.S. White Region IV 1992 6-2 W Patrick Donyeh (2), Stefan Jerome, Soony Sadd, Charles Renken, Alberto Rosas Nov. 27 U.S. Blue Region II 1992 4-0 W Robert Barrera (2), Johan Hernandez (2) Nov. 28 U.S. ...
  • YOUTH: U.S. U-15s go 1-3-0 in Austin
    The U.S. Under-17 Æ90 team finished up the U.S. Youth Soccer ODP BoysÆ Thanksgiving Interregional on Monday morning with a 2-0 loss to Region II '89 to finish 1-3-0. Coach John Hackworth divided the 22 players on his roster into two teams, one comprising players already in U-17 Residency Program and the other of players being evaluated for a possible invitation into the program in the spring semester.RESULTS:Nov. 25 Region IV 1989 0-1 L --Nov. 26 Region I 1989 0-7 L --Nov. 27 Region III 1989 2-1 W Barerra, McLoughlinNov. 28 Region II 1989 0-2 L --
  • WINNERS & LOSERS: McBride scores a pair; more woes for Chivas
    WINNERS: American striker BRIAN McBRIDE's two first-half goals sent Fulham to a 2-1 win over Bolton that marked the Cottagers third straight victory. McBride tapped a low cross past keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen for the first goal in the fourth minute. Fourteen minutes later, McBride ran on to a punt from his keeper, Mark Crossley, and volleyed home after the punt's bounce from 11 yards. McBride is now Fulham's leading scorer with five goals. Reading, with Americans Bobby Convey (84 minutes) and Marcus Hahnmann (90), extended its unbeaten streak to 23 games with a 2-0 ...
  • COLLEGE: NCAA Division III Finals & All-Tournament Teams
    MENÆS FINAL Nov. 26 in Greensboro, N.C. Messiah 1 Gustavus Adolphus 0. Goal: Edwards (Mohney) 69.Messiah -- Shambach, Wagner, Lenehan, Mohney, Burckhart, Claassen, Rosamilia, Brubaker, Kasiguran, McClellan, Luckenbaugh. Subs: Bollinger, Crompton, Edwards, Binger, Kipe, Visser.Gustavus Adolphus -- Garry, Pinahs, Johnson, Iblings, Kroog, Heupel, Barthell, Astry, Bousu, Morlock, Groth. Subs: Aasness, Butterworth, Suchy.Referee: Griff Sims.Att.: 1,374.MENÆS ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAMKai Kasiguran, Messiah (MVP), Jonathan Astray, Gustavus Adolphus; Jonathan Carlson, Whitworth; Chris Classen, Messiah; Alex Deckert, Plattsburgh State; Jordan Iblings, Gustavus Adolphus; Bobby Kroog, Gustavus Adolphus; Patrick Lenehan, Messiah; Bryan Mohney, Messiah; Ali Seyedali, Whitworth; Jason Sousa, Plattsburgh State.WOMENÆS FINALNov. 26 in Greensboro, N.C.Messiah ...
  • COLLEGE: Messiah sweeps NCAA D3 titles
    Messiah became the first school to sweep NCAA menÆs and womenÆs soccer titles in the same year.The Grantham, Pa., school beat Gustavus Adolphus, 1-0, Saturday on Ryan EdwardsÆ goal in the 69th minute to win its fourth NCAA Division III menÆs title û all in the last six years.The Messiah women beat the College of New Jersey, 1-0, on Billie Jo AtkinsÆ goal to win their first national title earlier in the day.The Falcons finished 24-0-0 in menÆs soccer and 22-0-1 in womenÆs soccer. The men outscored their opponents, 82-0. They beat Plattsburgh State, 4-0, in the semifinals.''Every year and ...
  • COLLEGE: Reaction after NCAA Division I Men's Tournament third-round games
    SMUÆs Schellas Hyndman:ôI thought it was a well-played and competitive contest. Both teams had a lot to lose and a lot to gain this afternoon. I think the NCAA single-elimination format brings a lot of pressure and enthusiasm into the contest. I was very pleased with our boys to get this victory against a very good UNCG team on the road.öUNC GreensboroÆs Michael Parker:ôGive SMU a lot of the credit for today. They were outstanding on the counterattack today. I thought this game was winnable before hand and I still think we could have won now that the match is ...