• 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 ResultsUnder-13 BoysInternationals 0 Carmel United SC 1Naperville Lightning 1 Michigan Wolves 2Under 14 BoysPSA Eagles 2 Chicago Wind Nationals 3KCFC Rideout 2 Michigan Wolves 3Under 15 BoysArsenal United 0 Ohio FC Mutiny 2Chicago Magic 3 Michigan Wolves 0Under 16 BoysScott Gallagher 2 Vardarstars 1FC Milwaukee 1 Chicago Magic 0Under 17 BoysScott Gallagher 1 Michigan Wolves 0CRSA 0 Chicago Magic 2Under 18 BoysMichigan Wolves 0 Chicago Magic 2OP/CSA 4 FC Milwaukee 5Under ...
  • 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 of coaching Brazil at the World Cup,'' said Parreira. ''I hadn't even thought of being a coach. I wanted to be fitness trainer. I worked for 13 years in that job, before I realized I could be a coach.''Parreira, 63, ...
  • WORLD CUP: France ready for high-flying Spaniards
    By Paul KennedyManaging EditorSoccer AmericaAveraging 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) and Lilian Thuram with Juventus (Italy) and left back Eric Abidal with Lyon (France).''A strong defense is a basis, something you can build on,'' said France coach Raymond Domenech, ''and it's also reassuring for the entire team.''Sagnol took over at ...
  • WORLD CUP: Heroes on a night of high comedy
    By Ridge Mahoneyin NurembergThe 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 with England in the quarterfinals.Sadly, this game rife with riveting drama and courageous performances won't be remembered for those elements. Instead, before Russian referee Valentin Ivanov had finished wiping the sweat from his face, rival coaches Marco Van Basten and ...
  • 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 year.USL First Division Thursday, June 22 Virginia Beach 0 Seattle 1 (Weaver 90). Friday, June 23 Charleston 0 Atlanta 1 (Own goal 90). Saturday, June 24 Rochester 0 Montreal 0. Minnesota 2 (D Branan 29, Lara 38) ...
  • WORLD CUP: Grinsi and Grumpy
    By Mike Woitallain MunichHe 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 honest. Obviously, he's an excellent motivator. But his negativity at this tournament became his overbearing trait. Players who glanced toward the sidelines during the Ghana game saw a countenance of pessimism, not inspiration.And then we have Juergen Klinsmann, whose frequently ...
  • WORLD CUP: El Pato stymies El Tri
    By Ridge Mahoneyin LeipzigThe 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 dainty dancing toes stomped on by a fleet of feisty, focused Mexicans and needed a stunning strike from the skies to subdue them. Mexico took the lead in the sixth minute and despite conceding an equalizer just four minutes later, ...
  • 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 stage -- and his answer to narowing the talent gap did not involve MLS.''The way for us to get our players to get better, we do need to get more of our younger talented players in Europe,'' he said. ''We ...
  • U.S. YOUTH SOCCER: Region IV Champions
    Under-19 BoysArsenal FC (Calif.) 2 Las Vegas Premier (Nev.) 0. Goals: Guerro 48, Griffin 90.Under-18 BoysClassic 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 BoysArsenal FC (Calif.) 4 Emerald City FC Green (Wash.) 1. Goals: Moran 15, 85, Paul 45, Mayen 76; Johnson 80.Under-16 BoysRampage (Calif.) 1 Mt. Hamilton Lobitos (Calif.) 1 (Rampage wins 4-1 on penalties). Goals: Mandel 15; Garcia 20.Under-15 BoysSo Cal United (Calif.) 2 FWU Storm Green (Wash.) 0. Goals: Piehler 18, Landram 36.Under-14 BoysValley United Blast (Calif.) 3 Sereno White (Ariz.) 1. Goals: ...
  • 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 http://www.soccerTV.com) MONDAY, June 26 ESPN World Cup 2006 ITALY-AUSTRALIA, Round of 16 (live), 11 am. World Cup 2006 SWITZERLAND-UKRAINE, Round of 16 (live), 3 pm. SETANTA SPORTS USA World ...
  • 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 33, Kotschau 43; Chivas USA -- Kljestan 26, Razov 37, Regan 41. Referee: Abiodun Okulaja. Att.: 12,095. June 24 in Washington, D.C. D.C. United 1 Kansas City 0. Goal: Moreno (Gros, Simms) 52. D.C. United -- Perkins, Namoff, Boswell, ...
  • WORLD CUP: Make plays, not excuses
    By Ridge Mahoneyin NurembergA 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 and sent Ghana into the dressing room at halftime with a one-goal advantage it held through a second half during which the Americans tried mightily but only rarely threatened the opposition's goal.On a few occasions the long balls aimed toward ...
  • WORLD CUP: Bruce's Future in Doubt
    By Mike Woitalla in NurembergWhen 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 coach Ratomir Dujkovic at field-side, but outside the locker room congratulated the Serb for guiding his African team to the round of 16 with the 2-1 win over the Americans. The Americans exited in the first round after two losses ...
  • U.S. YOUTH SOCCER: Region IV Final Group Standings
    U19 boys Teams w l t gf ga pts GROUP A 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 GROUP B R WC3 FC Fremont Fury (CN) 3 0 0 8 1 9 R Arsenal FC (CS) 2 1 0 6 3 6 R Real Co National (CO) 0 2 1 1 3 1 R Santa Rosa United (CN) 0 ...
  • WORLD CUP: USA-Ghana Report Card
    Missteps and MisfiresUSA-GHANA REPORT CARDBy Ridge Mahoney in NurembergThe 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, and Reyna hobbling off with a suspected ACL tear pushed the match just out of their reach.The USA received the assistance it needed from Italy, which beat the Czech Republic, 2-0, to win the group, but GhanaÆs 2-1 victory landed ...