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SOCCER AMERICA's Premier Tournaments: Champions-Feb. 25-26

Classic FC Spring Cup

Feb. 25-26

New Mexico

Under 18 Boys

Classic FC Bandoleros 3 Real Colorado Atletico 0

Under 17 Boys

1st. AEFC Pumas; 2nd. Colorado Edge

Under 16 Boys Gold

Classic FC Cougars 1 Real Colorado Olympico 0

Under 15 Boys Gold

Classic FC Red Star 3 Real Colorado Atletico 0

Under 14 Boys Gold

Real Colorado National 2 Denver Warriors Blue 1

Under 18 Girls

1st. FUSC Fuego; 2nd. FUSA Fire

Under ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

WINNERS & LOSERS: Lewis, Onyewu strike; Friedel helps Blackburn down Arsenal


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 ...

WORLD CUP WATCH: Iran Controversy

By Mike Woitalla, Executive Editor
Soccer America

The 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 ...

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, ...

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 ...

COLLEGE: 2006 NCAA Division II MenÆs Recruits

With youth club affiliations (previous college for transfers is in parentheses).

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

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 ...

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 ...

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. 24

No live games.


England NEWCASTLE-EVERTON (live), noon.
England BLACKBURN-ARSENAL (delay), 6 pm.


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.

Tim Howard (Manchester United/ENG) 14 caps
Kasey Keller (Borussia Moenchengladbach/GER) 89

Gregg Berhalter (Energie Cottbus/GER) 42 caps/0 ...

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)


Atlanta Silverbacks: Goalkeeper Melanie Wilson (re-sign), Forward Sarah Steinman (re-sign)