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USL: Romario and Zinho head All-Star team

Romario and Zinho, who played on Brazil's 1994 World Cup team, head the list of players named for the USL First Division All-Star Game July 19 against English Championship League team Sheffield Wednesday in Cary, N.C. Two first-team all-league selections from last season also highlight the roster: two-time Defender of the Year Gabriel Gervais (Montreal) and defender Scot Thompson (Portland). ...

EuropeÆs Starting XI

By Paul Kennedy
Managing Editor, Soccer America Magazine

Barcelona, winner of the UEFA Champions League and SpainÆs La Liga, heads the list of EuropeÆs championship clubs. Our Starting XI of league champions should play major roles in the new European season that begins soon.

HISTORY. Most of BarcelonaÆs titles have come in bunches: 1948-49, 1952-53, 1959-60, 1991-94, ...


Rising Stars

Soccer America profiles American soccer's rising stars, nine executives and coaches who were born after Soccer America was launched in 1971 and have excelled in their positions. They all caught the soccer bug at a young age and quickly moved up the ranks. They stress the importance of diligence and the good fortune of opportunity as reasons for their rapid ...

35 Things To Do After the World Cup

Can't get enough soccer? Here are 35 soccer things to see and do this summer after the World Cup.

By Paul Kennedy
Managing Editor, Soccer America Magazine


JULY 12.
European clubs quickly move into high gear to prepare for the new season after the World Cup. Scottish champion Celtic is the first club to head to the USA, facing D.C. United ...



Founder Clay Berling on the game's ascent during 35 years of Soccer America.

By Mike Woitalla

Executive Editor, Soccer America Magazine

Clay Berling fell in love with soccer in the late 1960s and wanted to share his passion.

In April of 1971, he launched Soccer West out of his State Farm Insurance office. Demand for the publication soon came from around the nation and ...

OFF THE POST: Fan ignores burning home to watch World Cup

Chinese fans win the award for World Cup fanaticism.

China didn't qualify for the 2006 World Cup, but that doesn't mean locals are ignoring the tournament. The viewing audience in China for the England-Paraguay match on the second day of the tournament was 62.9 million people -- larger than the populations of England and Paraguay combined.

The Chinese media are filled with ...

MLS: Dempsey hero, Conrad goat in return from World Cup

Clint Dempsey played his first MLS game since returning from the World Cup, where he starred for the USA, and he set up Taylor Twellman for the lone goal as New England beat Western Conference leader FC Dallas, 1-0. Also playing for the Revs was Avery John, who started for Trinidad & Tobago at the World Cup.

-- Jimmy Conrad's return ...

U.S. OPEN CUP: Scoreboard (June 28)

USL-1 clubs Minnesota and Miami fell to the PDL's Des Moines Menace and USASA's FC Roma Wednesday night in the second round of the U.S. Open Cup.


June 28

Charleston Battery (USL-1) 1 Sonoma County Sol (USASA) 0

Wilmington Hammerheads (USL-2) 3 Charlotte Eagles (USL-2) 1

Arizona Sahuaros (USASA) 0 Virginia Beach Mariners (USL-1) 1

Minnesota Thunder (USL-1) 0 Des Moines Menace (PDL) 1

Michigan ...

MLS: Summaries (June 28)

June 28 in Carson, Calif.
Chivas USA 1 Houston 1. Goals: Marsch 75; De Rosario (Barrett) 55.
Chivas USA -- Burpo, Regan, Hernandez, Llamosa (Vaughn, 61), Bornstein, Garcia, Kljestan, Marsch, Mendoza, Palencia, Razov.
Houston -- Onstad, Waibel, Cochrane, Gray, Goldthwaite (Davis, 82), Clark, De Rosario, Barrett, Mullan, Ching (Cerritos, 88), Moreno.
Yellow cards: Chivas USA -- Llamosa 3, ...


U.S. YOUTH SOCCER: Region II Champions

Chicago's Eclipse Select won four girls titles at U.S. Youth Soccer's Region II championships on Tuesday. The Michigan Wolves and Chicago Magic both won two boys titles.

Under 13 Boys
Michigan Wolves 1 Carmel United 0. Goal: Pickern 41.

Under 14 Boys
Michigan Wolves 2 Chicago Wind National 1. Goals: H.Saad 58, 65; Guitierrez 18.

Under ...


WORLD CUP WATCH: Expecting thrills from final eight

By Mike Woitalla in Hanover

Predictably, German tabloid Bild provided in-depth coverage of David Beckman vomiting on the field during England's 1-0 win over Ecuador.

Under the headline, ''David Barfman,'' Bild ran sequence photos of the incident accompanied by possible reasons why he lost his lunch.

''Did he drink English beer instead of German beer?''

''Can a metrosexual get pregnant?''

''Did he see his wife's ...

ITALY: Police investigate Juve manager's 40-foot fall

Police were investigating whether Juventus team manager Gianluca Pessotto made a suicide attempt when he fell about 40 feet from a window on the roof of Juventus' headquarters.

Italian World Cup players Alessandro Del Piero and Gianluca Zambrotta flew to Turin on Tuesday to visit their former Juventus teammate, who was in stable condition at Molinette Hospital with multiple fractures and ...

WORLD CUP: Measuring soccermania with boiling tea kettles

The National Grid, which operates British electrical lines, have been prepared for power surges known as ''TV pick-up'' as television viewers around Britain switch on tea kettles at halftime of England's World Cup matches.

At halftime of Sunday's England-Ecuador game, fans caused the use of electricity to jump by 1,600 megawatts -- the equivalent of 640,000 kettles being boiled. During the ...

MLS: Red Bulls fire Johnston

The New York Red Bulls fired Scotsman Mo Johnston as head coach and named assistant coach Richie Williams to coach the team on an interim basis until a new head coach is named.

ôWe are a results-driven company,'' said Red Bull managing director Marc de Grandpre, ''and thatÆs what todayÆs decision is based on. Having only two wins through 12 games ...

WORLD CUP: Last beating of the U.S. dead horse

By Ridge Mahoney

in Hamburg

(This will the final installment regarding the U.S. performance in Germany, replete with references to criticisms, valid and otherwise.)

FORMATION. The 4-5-1 formation used primarily by Bruce Arena took a lot of abuse, of course, since a simplistic, knee-jerk reaction is to deride it as defensive.

Well, it ain't. With the outside players pushed up as wingers, the formation ...