• SOCCER AMERICA's Premier Tournaments -- Champions (Feb. 18-20)
    Cobb Classic Feb. 18-19 Georgia Under 15 Boys EPL 1st. Alianza Gold; 2nd. Cobb FFC Premier Under 14 Boys EPL Group A -- 1st. Cobb FC Gold, GSA Reds; Group B û 1st. AFC lightning Premier; 2nd. Alianza Gold Under 14 Girls EPL 1st. SSC Elite; 2nd. Redwings Nike. Cocoa Expo Presidents Cup Feb. 18-19 Florida Under 18 Boys Davis United 2 HFC 1 Under 16 Boys Creeks Clash 4 Stingray 1 Under 15 Boys Coconut Creek Prowlers 5 East Orange Knights 0 Under 14 Boys Inter United 5 Titusville Typhoons 0 Gator Spring Showcase Feb. 18-20 Florida ...
  • GERMANY: Klinsmann calls up 20 players for Italy and USA friendlies
    Germany coach Juergen Klinsmann named a 20-man squad for the matches against Italy on March 1 and the USA on March 22, calling up Mike Hanke of Wolfsburg in place of the struggling Schalke 04 forward Kevin Kuranyi.Defenders Robert Huth and Christoph Mezelder and Bayern Munich midfielders Sebastian Deisler and Bastian Schweinsteiger were included, even though they have not been playing regularly for their clubs.Klinsmann said he would alternate the two goalkeeping rivals, with Bayern Munich keeper Oliver Kahn playing against Italy and Arsenal's Jens Lehmann in goal for the U.S. match.GERMANY ROSTERGoalkeepers: Oliver Kahn (Bayern Munich), Jens Lehmann (Arsenal/ENG).Defenders: ...
  • GLOBALIZATION: Arsenal without Englishmen
    Not a single Englishman was among the 14 players who saw action for Arsenal in its 1-0 win over Real Madrid on Tuesday. Here's the 16 clubs that played Champions League first-leg, round of 16 games and the number of players from their home country who started or came off the bench. Most teams used 14 players.* Arsenal 0 Englishmen Inter Milan 1 Italian Liverpool 3 Englishmen Chelsea 4 Englishmen Barcelona 4 Spaniards AC Milan 4 Italians Bayern Munich 4 Germans Real Madrid 4 Spaniards Glasgow Rangers 5 Scotsmen Benfica 5 Portuguese Villarreal 5 Spaniards Juventus ...
  • COLLEGE: 2006 Division I MenÆs Recruits
    With club affiliations (previous college for transfers is in parentheses).AMERICAN Cameron Petty D Manassas, VA Reston FC Karsten Smith D Huntington Station, NY BW Gottschee Jake Van Yahres F Charlottesville, VA SOCA Lightning Dor Yasur M Boca Raton, FL Coral Springs Storm BOWLING GREEN Chris Davis D Jackson, MS Central Jackson SO Hunter Van Houten M Valparaiso, IN Chicago Magic BIRMINGHAM SOUTHERN Jon-Pierre Anthony Birmingham, AL Vestavia Steamers BRADLEY Justin Bigelow F Auburn, IN Fort Wayne Fever Grant Campbell D/M Littleton, CO Colorado Rush Chris Cutshaw F/M Carmel, IN Carmel United Inferno Joe Donohoe D ...
  • OFF THE POST: Guest coach sacked
    Chocolate salesman Chris Swatton won a raffle to accompany third-tier English league club Brentford on its FA Cup trip to Charlton.Brentford coach Martin Allen, who devised the raffle to raise $4,300 for his team's lodging, promised the winner training with the team and attendance at the team's pregame lunch meeting, in the locker room and a spot in the dugout. Allen also allowed Swatton to wander into the coaches' technical area to shout advice to the team.Just after Swatton conveyed his two cents to the players, Charlton scored its third goal in Brentford's 3-1 loss.''He went out on the touchline ...
  • CONCACAF CHAMPIONS CUP: Quarterfinal Summaries (Feb. 22-23)
    Feb. 22 in San Pedro SulaOlimpia (Hond.) 0 Toluca (Mex.) 2. Goals: Diaz 24, Cruzalta 90.Olimpia -- Escobar, E.Avila, Figueroa, M.Palacios, N. Avila (Barahona, 76), O.Garcia, Thomas, W.Palacios, Tilguath (Turcios, 46), Carcamo (Tosello, 69), Emilio.Toluca -- Lozano, Espinoza, Almazan, Duenas, Cruzalta, Castillejos, Rosada, E.Garcfa, Diaz (De La Torre, 72) (Esparza, 88), Lozano (Valadez, 60), Abundis.Referee: Brian Hall (USA).Att.: 14,306.Feb. 22 in HoustonPortmore (Jam.) 1 Club America (Mex.) 2. Goals: K.Wolfe 51; Padilla 61, Zepeda 73.Portmore United -- Barrett, Modeste, Stewart, Sawyers, Mitchell, Morrison (W.Wolfe, 66), Daley (R.Wolfe, 77), Austin, K.Wolfe, Lowe, Deerr (Morrissey, 79).Club America -- Navarrette, Rodriguez, Cervantes (Rojas, ...
  • CONCACAF CHAMPIONS CUP: Revs' Noonan injured in 0-0 tie
    The New England Revolution draw, 0-0, with Alajuela of Costa Rica in the first leg of their CONCACAF Champions Cup quarterfinal series Wednesday night at the National Sports Centre in Hamilton, Bermuda.The Revolution was without starters Michael Parkhurst, Steve Ralston and Marshall Leonard, out due to injuries.In the 79th minute, Pat Noonan limped off with an apparent hamstring injury. Noonan was due to depart for Germany with the U.S. national team this weekend to play Poland in Kaiserslautern. He will be evaluated by team medical staff of Thursday before an injury report is released.The series moves to Costa Rica on ...
  • CONCACAF CHAMPIONS CUP: Team Previews
    CLUB AMERICA: Won four ChampionsÆ Cup titles (1977, 1987, 1990, 1992) in eight tournament appearances ... Under the director of technical director, Victor Aguado, the Aguilas qualified to the 2006 tournament after capturing the 2005 Mexican League Torneo Clausura ... Claimed the FC Giants Cup in 2001 and reached the semifinals of CONMEBOLÆs Copa Libertadores in 2000 & 2002 ... Ten-time Mexican League Champions, Club America are the only CONCACAF club to win the Copa Interamericana (vs. CONMEBOL champion) twice (1977, 1990). No. - Name - Pos. 1 - Guillermo Ochoa - GK 2 - Ismael Rodriguez - ...
  • WOMEN: Ryan names 20 U.S. players for Algarve Cup
    U.S. womenÆs national team coach Greg Ryan named 20 players who will travel to the Algarve Cup, to be played from March 9-15 in southern Portugal.This will be the 11th trip to the Algarve Cup for the U.S. women, who have won an unprecedented three straight championships at what has become the worldÆs most competitive womenÆs international event outside of the Women's World Cup, the Olympics and the European Championship.Ryan named five players who made their first-ever Algarve Cup roster, including Hawaiian Natasha Kai, the only uncapped player. Seventeen of the 20 players on the roster were on the U.S. ...
  • YOUTH: U.S. under-15 boys national team roster
    The U.S. under-15 boys national team will hold its first camp of 2006 Feb. 25-March 4 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. Coach Jim Barlow invited 48 players, all of whom were born in 1991. The camp will feature four days of doubleheaders against club and select teams.GOALKEEPERS (5): Connor Askins (Boston, Mass.), Rafael Diaz (Rockaway, N.J.), Keegan Gunderson (Circle Pines, Minn.), Zac MacMath (St. Petersburg, Fla.), Brandon Paul (Flemington, N.J.).DEFENDERS (13): James Balba (Torrance, Calif.), Gregory Garza (Grapevine, Texas), Bonny Londono (Nutley, N.J.), Nick Millington (Raleigh, N.C.), Aubrey Perry (Oconee, Fla.), Regionald Phelps (Boynton Beach, Fla.), Jossimar ...
  • YOUTH: U.S. under-16 girls national team roster
    The U.S. under-16 girls national team will conduct its second training camp of the year from March 4-11 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The camp, which will be held concurrently with the U.S. U-17 camp, will feature two matches each for the U.S. U-16s and U-17s against the German U-17s, and one scrimmage between the U.S. U-16s and U-17s. There will be matches on five straight days from March 5-9. The U.S. U-17 roster is not yet finalized.GOALKEEPERS (3): Bianca Henniger (Saratoga, Calif.), Kim Kern (Raleigh, N.C.), Catherine Parkhill (Apple Valley, Minn.).DEFENDERS (7): Jazmyne Avant (Coppell, Texas), ...
  • U.S. ABROAD: Good results for Yanks in Germany; reading streak ends
    Steve Cherundolo went the full 90 as Hannover 96 held Bundesliga leader Bayern Munich to a 1-1 tie in a game Hannover led until a last-minute equalizer by Michael Ballack. Hannover moved into fifth-place and the UEFA Cup zone with the tie. ... Borussia Moenchengladbach, with Kasey Keller in goal, notched its first win of 2006 with a 2-0 victory over Cologne and moved into eighth place. Its 30 points match Hannover's but Gladbach has an inferior goal difference. ... Reading's 33-game undefeated streak, which started after it lost its season opener, ended with a 3-2 loss to mid-standings ...
  • GOALSCORING: USA on a roll
    After the USA began this World Cup year with a 0-0 tie against Canada, Coach Bruce Arena's men scored 12 goals in their next three games, downing Norway (5-0), Japan (3-2) and Guatemala (4-0).Never has the U.S. national team scored as many as goals in three consecutive games during the same year.In 1925, the USA beat Canada, 6-1. It did not have another game for a year, then again beat Canada, 6-1, in 1926. Its next game came nearly two years later, an 11-2 loss to Argentina at the Olympics in 1928 when Olympic matches still counted as full internationals.The ...
  • WORLD CUP FRONT: Totti's fears prove prescient
    A few weeks ago, Italian playmaker Francesco Totti was already worried about being fit for the World Cup, saying, "I keep getting kicked and have to receive physiotherapy constantly. I don't have time to train because we play every three days. I'm very worried that this is going to affect the lead-up to the World Cup." Empoli defender Richard Vanigli apparently had no sympathy for Italy's top player. On Sunday, he fouled the Roma captain from behind and inflicted a serious injury on Totti's ankle. Totti, 29, underwent a three-hour surgery to repair a fractured Fibula and ankle ...
  • CZECH REPUBLIC: Bruckner calls up 28 players for Turkey twinbill
    Coach Karel Bruckner called up 28 players for the two friendlies that the Czech Republic, the USAÆs opening opponent at the 2006 World Cup, will play against Turkey March 1 in Izmir.Bruckner didnÆt call up star Pavel Nedved, allowing him the rest.The Izmir matches are the CzechsÆ only games before the end of the European league season on May 14.CZECH ROSTERGOALKEEPERS Petr Cech (Chelsea, England; 38 caps/0 goals) Jaromir Blazek (Sparta Praha; 10/0) Antonin Kinsky (Saturn, Russia; 5/0)DEFENDERS Rene Bolf (Auxerre, France; 34/0) Tomas Hubschman (Shakhtar Donetsk, Ukraine; 20/0) Marek Jankulovski (AC Milan, Italy; 44/7) Martin Jiranek (Spartak Moscow, Russia; ...