• MLS CONFIDENTIAL: Draft Impact
    Here are short takes on each of the 12 MLS teams status coming out of the SuperDraft, listed by conference in reverse order of their finish last year.   By Ridge Mahoney CD CHIVAS USA: If Francisco Palencia and Juan Pablo Garcia pitch in from the start of the season and Bob Bradley acquires and motivates Ante Razov and Jesse Marsch anchors the middle, nobody will ask about Yura Movsisyan. REAL SALT LAKE: There's tons more to do regardless of how quickly Mehdi Ballouchy (second pick in draft) adapts to the pro game, but he ...
  • MLS: What's in a nickname?
    Major League Soccer launched a decade ago and some of the nicknames it brought us have already gone by the wayside. The Mutiny sank in Tampa Bay the same year the Fusion fizzled with folding of Miami.Clash, Wiz and Burn eventually changed to Earthquakes, Wizards and FC. Now those San Jose Earthquakes are Houston 1836.Houston team President Oliver Luck explains, ''While the name Houston 1836 refers to the year that our City of Houston was founded by brothers Augustus C. and John K. Allen, we also incorporated the star and silhouette of General Sam Houston, which clearly are iconic symbols ...
  • THREE QUESTIONS FOR ... Landon Donovan
    Landon Donovan wasn't thrilled with the U.S. performance last Sunday in a 0-0 tie with Canada and expects a lot more against Norway this Sunday (live on ESPN2 and Telemundo 5 pm ET/2 pm PT). Interview by Ridge Mahoney in San Diego SOCCER AMERICA: What's your assessment of this game with Canada? LANDON DONOVAN: We weren't good. I'm disappointed. I'm disappointed in a lot of performances. I think we need to understand this is a World Cup year and for some people, this could be their last chance. If you're not smart enough to realize ...
  • USL: 2006 First Division Draft
    PICK ... TEAM ... POS. ... PLAYER ... SCHOOL ... PDL TEAM(S)1 Miami D Rodrigues, John Paul Belmont Nashville Metros 04-05 332 Toronto M Kyritsis, Costa Hartford 3 Virginia Beach F Micklos, Nathan Rochester Indiana Invaders 054 Minnesota F/M Mupfudze, Richard Western Kentucky5 Rochester* F/M Kramer, Danny Duke Brooklyn Knights 03-046 Atlanta F Jarun, Omari Dayton Chicago Fire Premier 05 Fort Wayne Fever 047 Puerto Rico D Lancos, Chris Maryland 8 Portland D Noreiga, Anthony George Mason 9 Seattle F McAlister, Bobby Seattle Seattle Sounders Select 00 10 Vancouver F Corazza, Andrew Simon Fraser Abbotsford 86ers Select 0011 Rochester M ...
  • MLS: 2006 MLS Supplemental Draft Picks
    Chicago Fire (5): M Floyd Franks (Charlotte); D Dasan Robinson (Dayton); D Ezra Prendergast (Syracuse); D Idris Ughiovhe (Howard); F Richar Mupfudze (Western Kentucky).Chivas USA (3): F Drew Helm (Florida Atlantic); M Darren Spicer (Princeton); M Lawson Vaughn (Tulsa).Colorado Rapids (4): D Jordan Harvey (UCLA); D Liam Girrard (Denver); M Keith Cauldwell (Brown); M/D Daniel Wasson (Tulsa).Columbus Crew (3): GK Andy Gruenebaum (Kentucky); M David Chun (SMU); F Ivan Beccera (UC Santa Barbara);D.C. United (2): F Andy Metcalf (Memphis); D Devon McTavish (West Virginia).FC Dallas (5): F Christopher Joyce (Franklin Pierce); D Miguel Guante (Portland); M/F Brad Napper (Northwestern); M ...
  • GAME ON TV (through Monday, Jan. 30)
    (All times ET unless noted. Consult your regular television listings guides for availability in your area. Schedules are subject to change.) FRIDAY, Jan. 27 FOX SPORTS EN ESPANOL Copa Libertadores DEP. SPORTING-INDEPENDIENTE SANTA FE, Llave B, 1st Leg (live), 7 pm. Mexico COYOTES DE SONORA-TIJUANA, Primera A (delay), 11 pm. ART GLOBAL AMERICA Africa GHANA-SENEGAL, Cup of Nations (live), 10:15 am. Africa NIGERIA-ZIMBABWE, Cup of Nations (live), 1 pm. SETANTA SPORTS USA England NOTTINGHAM FOREST-BARNSLEY (live), 2:30 pm. Germany BORUSSIA M'GLADBACH-BAYERN MUNICH (delay), 9 pm. SATURDAY, Jan. 28 FOX ...
  • FREDDY ADU: 'Hopefully I can build on this'
    On Sunday, 16-year-old Freddy Adu came on as an 81st minute sub in a 0-0 tie with Canada to become the youngest player to represent the USA at the full national team level. Interview by Ridge Mahoney in San Diego SOCCER AMERICA: Your first cap came as the youngest player ever to play for the national team. How did it go? FREDDY ADU: Great. I felt like, aside from the fact we didn't win the game, personally I felt I came in and made something happen. I tried to get the guys going, on that PK call at ...
  • NSCAA/adidas National Coaches of the Year
    NCAA Division I Men - Sasho Cirovski, Maryland The 2005 season proved to be a memorable one for Cirovski. With a 20-4-1 record, his Terrapins claimed their first national title since 1968, and one of his players earned the Missouri Athletic ClubÆs Hermann Trophy and the NSCAA/adidas Scholar Athlete of the Year awards. In addition, his vision of a national television package became reality when Fox Soccer Channel signed an eight-game deal with the NSCAA, which will grow to include womenÆs matches in 2006. NCAA Division I Women - Paula Wilkins, Penn State Wilkins led the Lions to a ...
  • CONCACAF UNDER-20 WOMEN'S QUALIFYING: USA & Canada qualify
    The USA got two goals from Notre DameÆs Brittany Bock and a third from USCÆs Amy Rodriguez to beat Mexico, 3-0, Wednesday in the semifinals of the CONCACAF Under-20 WomenÆs Qualifying Tournament in Mexico and clinch a berth in this summerÆs Under-20 WomenÆs World Championship in Russia.Rodriguez and UCLA-bound Laura Cheney lead the USA with three goals apiece. Rodriguez was red carded against Surinam and missed the final group game against El Salvador.Selenia Iacchelli of Nebraska and Lisa Collison of Ohio State scored to give Canada a 2-1 victory over Jamaica Wednesday in the other semifinal.Mexico, whose team is dominated ...
  • COLLEGE: NCAA Division I Coaching Moves
    MEN TEAM OLD COACH à NEW COACH AKRON Ken Lolla (Louisville coach) ... TBA BUTLER Joe Sochacki (resigned)... Kelly Findley (Charlotte assÆt) CAL POLY SLO Wolfgang Gartner (contract not renewed) ... TBA CAL STATE FULLERTON Al Mistri (retiring)... Bob Ammann (Cal State Fullerton assÆt) CLEVELAND STATE Pete Curtis (contract not renewed) à Ali Kazemaini (John Carroll coach) COLUMBIA Dieter Ficken (retired) ... Kevin Anderson (interim coach) DELAWARE Marc Simonisky (resigned) ... Ian Hennessy (Boston College assÆt) EVANSVILLE Dave Golan (resigned) ... Mike Jacobs (Duke assÆt) LOUISVILLE Tony Colavecchia (resigned) ... Ken Lolla (Akron coach) MARQUETTE Steve Adlard (resigned) ...
  • JON STEWART ... On Soccer
    Jon Stewart, the Emmy Award-winning host of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show," appeared at the NSCAA Convention last weekend in Philadelphia to accept an Honorary All-America award. Stewart, host of this year's Academy Awards, played college soccer at William & Mary in 1981-83 after playing youth and high school ball in Central New Jersey. Before helping present honors to 450 college, high school and youth All-Americans and attending a reunion with his William & Mary teammates, Stewart talked soccer. Here are excerpts of his press conference: Do you still play soccer? JON STEWART: Every ...
  • CONCACAF UNDER-20 WOMEN'S QUALIFYING: Scoreboard
    USA-EL SALVADORJan. 23 in Cordoba, MexicoUSA 5 El Salvador 0. Goals: Cheney 28, 32, Dew 44, Rostrdt 55, 82.USA û V.Henderson, Wagenfuhr, Dew (K.Moore, 46), Logterman, Holmes, Taylor, Bock (Poach, 46), Beam, OÆHara, Cheney (Adams, 46), Rostedt.El Salvador -- Bermudez, Garcia, Caceres, Chicas (Flores, 65), Cardona, Campos, Fuentes, Gomez, Serpas, Rodriguez (Urias, 80), Najarro.Referee: Shane de Silva (Trin. & Tobago).Att.: 1,000.GROUP AScoresJanuary 18Canada 7, Trinidad & Tobago 1Mexico 10, Panama 0January 20Canada 6, Panama 0 Mexico 2, Trinidad & Tobago 0 January 22 Trinidad & Tobago 3, Panama 1Canada 3, Mexico 2 Final Standings:TEAM W T L GF GA PCanada ...
  • YOUTH: U.S. U-16 girls national team training at Home Depot
    The U.S. U-16 girls national team is training at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. Coach Kazbek Tambi called in 24 players, many of whom were in training camps with the U.S. U-15s last year. The U-16 camp coincides with the camp for the U.S. U-15s. The teams scrimmaged each other on Tuesday morning.U.S. U-16 girls camp roster:GOALKEEPERS: Victoria Alonzo Lopez (Carrollton, Texas), Catherine Parkhill (Apple Valley, MInn.), Jessica Dulski (Pittsford, N.Y.).DEFENDERS: Margueritte Aozasa (Mountain View, Calif.), Jazmyne Avant (Coppell, Texas), Amber Brooks (New Hope, Pa.), Jennifer Laponte (Castro Valley, Calif.), Camille Levin (Newport Beach, Calif.), Michelle Olivier (Rosewell, ...
  • U.S. women down China to take title
    The U.S. women's national team beat host China, 2-0, to win Four Nations Tournament. U.S. captain Kristine Lilly, playing in her 302nd career game, scored both U.S. goals in front of 15,000 fans in Guangzhou. China finished second, France third and Norway fourth. "The mentality of this team is to look at any situation like this and just step out with a determination to win the day, and that's what they did," said U.S. coach Greg Ryan. "I don't think the crowd affected them, I don't think the cold affected them. I could see it in their faces ...
  • U.S. women down China to take title
    The U.S. women's national team beat host China, 2-0, to win Four Nations Tournament. U.S. captain Kristine Lilly, playing in her 302nd career game, scored both U.S. goals in front of 15,000 fans in Guangzhou. China finished second, France third and Norway fourth. "The mentality of this team is to look at any situation like this and just step out with a determination to win the day, and that's what they did," said U.S. coach Greg Ryan. "I don't think the crowd affected them, I don't think the cold affected them. I could see it in their faces ...