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SOCCER AMERICA's Premier Tournaments -- Champions (Feb. 18-20)

Cobb Classic
Feb. 18-19

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

Under 18 Boys


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 ...

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.*

COLLEGE: 2006 Division I MenÆs Recruits

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

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

Chris Davis D Jackson, MS Central Jackson SO
Hunter Van Houten M Valparaiso, ...

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. ...

CONCACAF CHAMPIONS CUP: Quarterfinal Summaries (Feb. 22-23)

Feb. 22 in San Pedro Sula

Olimpia (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 ...

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 ...


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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...


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 ...

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 ...


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.