• SOCCER AMERICA's Premier Tournaments: Champions-Feb. 25-26
    Classic FC Spring CupFeb. 25-26New MexicoUnder 18 BoysClassic FC Bandoleros 3 Real Colorado Atletico 0Under 17 Boys1st. AEFC Pumas; 2nd. Colorado EdgeUnder 16 Boys GoldClassic FC Cougars 1 Real Colorado Olympico 0Under 15 Boys GoldClassic FC Red Star 3 Real Colorado Atletico 0Under 14 Boys GoldReal Colorado National 2 Denver Warriors Blue 1Under 18 Girls1st. FUSC Fuego; 2nd. FUSA FireUnder 15 GirlsPH Cougars 1 Rio Vista SC Xtreme 0Under 14 Girls Gold1st. Real Colorado Red; 2nd. Rio Vista SC RioCellular South HYSA ClassicFeb. 25-26Mississippi(Called off due to rain.)Concorde Challenge CupFeb. 25-26GeorgiaUnder 14 Boys ChampionsConcorde Fire Elite vs. Cobb Chiefs Premier-no ...
  • RESIGNED: Real Madrid president Florentino Perez
    Florentino Perez, Real Madrid president since 2000, has resigned.Perez, known for creating the ''Galacticos'' by bringing in the likes of Luis Figo, Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldo and David Beckham, also helped rid the club of $319.8 million of debt through a sale of the team's training center.Under Perez, Real Madrid doubled its annual revenue in the past four years and its $328 million of earnings during the 2005-05 season saw it replace Manchester United as the richest club in the world, according Deloitte & Touche.But Real Madrid has not won a title in the past three year. Perez fired Coach Vicente ...
  • YOUTH: U.S. U-18 Boys National Team Roster
    The U.S. under-18 boys national team will hold its second camp of the year from March 4-11, at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. Coach Bob Jenkins invited 22 players, who will join 10 '89 players currently in U.S. SoccerÆs U-17 Residency Program will join the U-18s for practices during the week. The U-18s will play the U-17s March 7 and March 9.U.S. Roster (with youth club affiliations)GOALKEEPERS: Matt Brutto (FC Delco, Pa.), Warren Gross (Black Watch Premier, N.Y.).DEFENDERS (7): Kemo Djedovic (Silicon Valley SC, Calif.), Doug Ferner (Vardar, Mich.), Blair Gavin (Sereno, Ariz.), Colin Givens (Vardar, Mich.), Cam Lamming (Arsenal ...
  • YOUTH: U.S. Under-17 Girls National Team Roster
    The U.S. U-17 girls national team will hold a training camp from March 2-9 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., where they will play two matches against their German counterparts. The U.S. U-16s will also be in Carson and play the German U-17s. U.S. U-17 coach Erica Walsh called in 24 players, including midfielder Casey Nogueira, daughter of indoor goalkeeping great Victor Nogueira, who will leave directly from U-17 training camp to attend the U.S. U-20 camp in College Station, Texas.U.S. Roster (with youth club affiliations)GOALKEEPERS (2): Wendy Balogun (Freestate Soccer, Md.), Kira Maker (Bethesda SC, Md.).DEFENDERS (5): ...
  • ITALY: Squad for friendly against Germany
    Italy, which will play the USA in the 2006 World Cup, called up 23 players for the friendly against Germany on Wednesday.AC Milan midfielder Gennaro Gattuso has since pulled out of the Florence friendly against Germany due to a thigh injury. Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi is expected to start in Gattuso's place.Also missing are playmaker Francesco Totti and left back Gianluca Zambrotta.ITALY ROSTER:Goalkeepers: Buffon (Juventus), Amelia (Livorno) De Sanctis (Udinese). Defenders: Barzagli (Palermo), Cannavaro (Juventus), Grosso (Palermo), Materazzi (Inter Milan), Nesta (AC Milan), Oddo (Lazio), Pasqual (Fiorentina), Zaccardo (Palermo). Midfielders: Barone (Palermo), Camoranesi (Juventus), De Rossi (Roma), Diana (Sampdoria), ...
  • WINNERS & LOSERS: Lewis, Onyewu strike; Friedel helps Blackburn down Arsenal
    Winners OGUCHI ONYEWU scored for Standard Liege in a 1-1 tie at Club Brugge, which keeps the American defender's team in second place of the Belgian First Division, ahead of Club Brugge on goal difference and two points behind Anderlecht. It was Onyewu's second goal of the season. American keeper BRAD FRIEDEL performed well and made a key save against Emmanuel Adebayor to help Blackburn down Arsenal, 1-0, to move ahead of the Gunners in the English Premier League standings. Blackburn is in fifth place, which at the end of the season is worth a ...
  • WORLD CUP WATCH: Iran Controversy
    By Mike Woitalla, Executive Editor Soccer AmericaThe USA drawing Iran as a first-round opponent at the 1998 World Cup provided much fodder for pre-tournament hype for those finals. ''World Cup War,'' ''Group Hug? Doubtful'' and ''Devil of a Draw'' were headlines in the New York Daily News, New York Times and Sports Illustrated, respectively.The U.S. State Department even had to weigh in on whether the game would have to be called off because of President Bill Clinton's 1995 executive order banning all commercial and financial transactions with Iran.''We can put that to sleep,'' said the State Department months before the ...
  • OFF THE POST: Close enough
    In Israel, a nationally televised match between Maccabi Netanya and Maccabi Petah Tikva was delayed almost an hour because there was no fire truck at hand, as regulations require.Fire fighters, on strike because they hadn't been paid the previous month's wages, refused to relent and provide the vehicle.A Netanya official announced he had secured a truck from a private firm, and the game was finally allowed to proceed - even though the vehicle that arrived turned out to be sewage-pumping truck.
  • WORLD CUP FRONT: No smoking, pretty please
    German World Cup organizers prefer that fans didn't smoke, but they're not going to get vigilant about it.Spectators will be encouraged not to smoke in stadiums with ''No smoking, please'' signs, anti-smoking ads on the big screens and PA announcements.Security personnel, however, will not enforce a smoking ban.While many European nations have implemented smoking bans - Britain recently banned smoking in bars, restaurants and other public indoor spaces - the German government's anti-smoking efforts have been limited to educational campaigns asking smokers to voluntarily refrain.German Hotel and Restaurant Association has said its members plan on creating non-smoking areas by 2008.
  • COLLEGE: 2006 NCAA Division II MenÆs Recruits
    With youth club affiliations (previous college for transfers is in parentheses). Barton Chris Brown M Eastern Wayne, NC Eric Desloge D Wake County, NC Triangle FC Carter Ellis M/F Wilson, NC Max Holly D/M Mount Pleasant, SC Summerville Inferno Joseph Jeffreys D Smithfield-Selma, NC Triangle FC William Stakes M Wilson, NC Chris Tripp M/F Wilson, NC Wilson Explosion Brandon Ward M Smithfield-Selma, NC Triangle FC Tyler Wood D Smithfield-Selma, NC Triangle FC Clark Stephenson M Smithfield-Selma, NC Triangle FC Lewis Kipp Cartwright M/F Park Forest, IL Wings Joey DeFrancesco D Bloomingdale, IL Sockers FC Alex ...
  • GHANA: Essien called up for Mexico game
    Ghana, which faces the USA at the World Cup, meets Mexico March 1 at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas.The Black StarsÆ callups include Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien, who missed the African Nations Cup.GOALKEEPERS: George Owu (Ashanti Gold), Philemon McCarthy (Fetteh Feyernoord).DEFENDERS: Issah Ahmed (Randers FC/DEN), John Mensah (Rennes/FRA) John Paintsil (Hapoel Tel Aviv/ISR), Emmanuel Pappoe, (Hapoel Kfar Sava/ISR), Sammy Kuffour (Roma/ITA), Hans Sarpei (Wolfsburg/GER).MIDFIELDERS: Otto Addo (FC Mainz/GER), Stephen Appiah (Fenerbache/TUR), Haminu Dramani (Red Star/SER), Michael Essien (Chelsea/ENG), Razak Ibrahim (Maccabi Netanya/ISR), Sulley Muntari (Udinese/ITA).STRIKERS: Baba Adamu (Krylya Sovietov Samara/RUS), Patrick Agyemang (Preston North End/ENG), Matthew Amoah (Borussia Dortmund/GER), ...
  • MEXICO: Argentine-born Franco called up for Ghana game
    Mexico called up uncapped Luis Angel Landin and Argentine-born fellow-striker Guillermo Franco for the World Cup warm-up against Ghana March 1 in Frisco, Texas.Coach Ricardo Lavolpe overlooked the experienced Cuauhtemoc Blanco.France and Jared Borgetti of English club Bolton were the only foreign-based callups. Barcelona star Rafael Marquez wonÆt return for thegame.Goalkeepers: Oswaldo Sanchez (Guadalajara), Jesus Corona (UAG)Defenders: Jose Antonio Castro (Club America), Diego Martinez (Guadalajara), Javier Rodriguez (Guadalajara), Ricardo Osorio (Cruz Azul), Joel Huiqui (Cruz Azul), Gonzalo Pineda (Guadalajara), Mario Perez (Necaxa)Midfielders: Pavel Pardo (Club America), Antonio Naelson (Toluca), Luis Perez (Monterrey), Jose Andres Guardado (Atlas), Gerardo Torrado (Cruz Azul)Strikers: ...
  • GAMES ON TV (thru Monday 2/27): 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, Feb. 24No live games. SATURDAY, Feb. 25 FOX SOCCER CHANNEL Germany WERDER BREMEN-BORUSSIA M'GLADBACH (delay), 10 am. England NEWCASTLE-EVERTON (live), noon. England BLACKBURN-ARSENAL (delay), 6 pm. FOX SPORTS EN ESPANOL England BLACKBURN-ARSENAL (delay), noon. Mexico DORANGO-CHIVAS CORAS, Primera A (live), 2 pm. England NEWCASTLE-EVERTON (delay), 4 pm. AZTECA AMERICA Mexico CHIAPAS-PACHUCA (live), 4 pm. Mexico DORADOS-SAN LUIS (live), 6 pm. Mexico UAG-ATLAS (live), 8 pm GALAVISION ...
  • MAKING A LIST: U.S. roster for Poland friendly
    Coach Bruce Arena has named a 20-man roster for the USA's March 1 friendly against Poland in Kaiserslautern, Germany (live on ESPN2, 2pm ET). The squad includes 11 European-based and nine MLS players. Goalkeepers Tim Howard (Manchester United/ENG) 14 caps Kasey Keller (Borussia Moenchengladbach/GER) 89 Defenders Gregg Berhalter (Energie Cottbus/GER) 42 caps/0 goals Carlos Bocanegra (Fulham/ENG) 38/6 Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96/GER) 31/0 Eddie Lewis (Leeds United/ENG) 67/8 Oguchi Onyewu (Standard Liege/BEL) 11/1 Jonathan Spector (Charlton Athletic/ENG) 3/0 Midfielders DaMarcus Beasley (PSV Eindhoven/NED) 54/12 Bobby Convey (Reading/ENG) 34/1 Clint Dempsey ...
  • USL: Transactions
    USL First Division Charleston Battery: Defender-Assistant Coach Mark Watson (Vancouver) Miami: Assistant Coach Victor Pastora (Kendall Soccer Association), Defender JP Rodriguez (Nashville Metros, Belmont Univ.), Goalkeeper Hunter Gilstrap (College of Charleston) Portland Timbers: Defender Scot Thompson (re-sign)Rochester Rhinos: Midfielder Rene Rivas (retired)W-League Atlanta Silverbacks: Goalkeeper Melanie Wilson (re-sign), Forward Sarah Steinman (re-sign)