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U.S. YOUTH SOCCER: Region II Semifinal Results

Three 2005 regional champions advanced to the finals of the 2006 Region II championships: St. Louis SC (U16 Girls), Eclipse Select (U18 Girls) and the Chicago Magic (U15 Boys).

Semifinal Results

Under-13 Boys

Internationals 0 Carmel United SC 1

Naperville Lightning 1 Michigan Wolves 2

Under 14 Boys

PSA Eagles 2 Chicago Wind Nationals 3

KCFC Rideout 2 Michigan Wolves 3

Under 15 Boys

Arsenal United 0 Ohio FC ...

WORLD CUP: Parreira's Ghana ties

Tuesday's Brazil-Ghana game has special meaning for Brazil coach Carlos Alberto Parreira. It was in Ghana that Parreira, a fitness coach by training, worked as a head coach for the first time. He was only 24 in 1967 when he went to work in Ghana, on the recommendation of the Brazilian Ministry of External Relations.

''At that time, I didn't dream ...

WORLD CUP: France ready for high-flying Spaniards

By Paul Kennedy

Managing Editor

Soccer America

Averaging 2.67 goals per game, Spain enters Tuesday's match against France in Hanover with the highest-scoring team at the World Cup, but the Spaniards haven't faced a defense as experienced as the Bleus' backline.

All four starters won league championships in 2005-06: right back Willy Sagnol with Bayern Munich (Germany), center backs William Gallas with Chelsea (England) ...

WORLD CUP: Heroes on a night of high comedy

By Ridge Mahoney

in Nuremberg

The first few words of the Portuguese national anthem are, ''Heroes of the Sea.''

There isn't an ocean anywhere near the Frankenstadion where a fascinating round-of-16 match took place Sunday, yet those who wore the Portugal colors will be feted as such after they outlasted the Netherlands, 1-0, on a goal by Maniche to set up a date ...

USL: Results (June 19-25)

Vancouver moved to the top of the USL First Division table as Rochester played to its sixth consecutive draw. Cam Weaver had three on the week to catch idle Romario in the scoring table with nine on the year. In USL-2, Charlotte's Dustin Swinehart scored his 100th career goal and Robert Ssejjemba notched three to move to nine for the ...

WORLD CUP: Grinsi and Grumpy

By Mike Woitalla

in Munich

He sure is a grump.

That's a sentiment about Bruce Arena I heard from U.S. fans here in Germany, ones who watched on TV in the USA, and members of the press.

And I saw that grumpiness frequently. The scowls, frowns and curses from the sidelines, and the irritability at the press conferences.

Arena can be delightfully witty and refreshingly ...

WORLD CUP: El Pato stymies El Tri

By Ridge Mahoney

in Leipzig

The incredible dipping shot that Maxi Rodriguez drilled over Mexican goalkeeper Oswaldo Sanchez in extra time decided the tense round-of-16 match for Argentina, yet the match was truly won at the other end of the field.

Stuck in glide mode for much of the game, as if they would rather tango than tangle, the lordly Argentines had their ...

WORLD CUP: Bruce's post-mortem

A day the U.S. was eliminated from the World Cup, U.S. national team coach Bruce Arena reflected on the USA's first-round exit.

''Despite all calls, all the circumstances over all three games and what have you,'' Arena said in Hamburg, ''we weren't good enough.'' Arena said the USA must develop more quality players if it is to compete on the world ...

U.S. YOUTH SOCCER: Region IV Champions

Under-19 Boys

Arsenal FC (Calif.) 2 Las Vegas Premier (Nev.) 0. Goals: Guerro 48, Griffin 90.

Under-18 Boys

Classic Bandaleros (N.M.) 2 Colorado Rush Nike 2 (Classic Bandaleros win 4-1 on penalties). Goals: CÆdeBaca 13, Danzeiser 29; Lengerich 50, 63.

Under-17 Boys

Arsenal FC (Calif.) 4 Emerald City FC Green (Wash.) 1. Goals: Moran 15, 85, Paul 45, Mayen 76; Johnson 80.

Under-16 Boys

Rampage (Calif.) 1 ...

SOCCER ON TV: Your World Cup Viewing Guide

0626soccer tv GAMES: Live and same-day delay games on national TV

(All times Eastern unless noted. TV programming is always subject to change. Check your local listings and

MONDAY, June 26


MLS: Summaries (June 24)

June 24 in Columbus, Ohio
Columbus 1 Chivas USA 1. Goals: Retiz (Gaven) 12; Garcia 54.
Columbus -- Palmer, Marshall, Kotschau, Gonzalez, Hendrickson, Gaven, Moss, Retiz (Vasquez, 71), Leitch, Garey (Cameron, 56), Kamara (Ngwenya, 81).
Chivas USA -- Burpo, Regan, Hernandez, Llamosa (Vaughn, 56), Bornstein, Garcia, Kljestan, Marsch, Mendoza (Perez, 81), Palencia, Razov (Taylor, 71).
Yellow Cards: Columbus -- Gonzalez ...


WORLD CUP: Make plays, not excuses

By Ridge Mahoney

in Nuremberg

A few more rough pieces of luck befell the U.S. in its Group E match against Ghana, and again the Americans didn't get the job done.

A penalty kick whistled for what seemed to be innocuous contact when Oguchi Onyewu headed a ball clear was slammed into the net by Stephen Appiah. The goal broke a 1-1 tie ...

WORLD CUP: Bruce's Future in Doubt

By Mike Woitalla in Nuremberg

When the final whistle blew, many of the U.S. players saluted the American fans who had created a home-field atmosphere for them in Nuremberg's Franken Stadium.

But Coach Bruce Arena swatted his hand through the air in three dismissive waves at referee Markus Merk and charged into the locker room.

He did not shake the hand of Ghana ...

U.S. YOUTH SOCCER: Region IV Final Group Standings

U19 boys Teams
w l t gf ga pts
R LV Premier 87 (NV) 3 0 0 6 1 9
R Portland State (OR) 1 1 1 3 3 4
R Striker IV (NM) 1 1 1 4 4 4
R WC1 Rush Cheetas (NM) 0 3 0 2 7 0
w l t gf ga pts


WORLD CUP: USA-Ghana Report Card

Missteps and Misfires


By Ridge Mahoney in Nuremberg

The bounces, the calls, and the fates smote the Americans once again in their Group E finale against Ghana, and battle though they did, recovery and redemption eluded them.

An egregious error by sure-footed captain Claudio Reyna, an Oguchi Onyewu ôfoulö better described as a bump, a Brian McBride header off the post, ...