• OFF THE POST: Punishment on stage
    Klaus Augenthaler, coach of German club Wolfsburg, says his players earn too much money to be affected by fines. That's why players guilty of tardiness and dress-code violations are being punished by having to tell jokes or sing in front of the entire squad.Augenthaler says his German players are free to choose a song of their choice, while the team's foreign players are asked to sing the German national anthem. The first to croon the ''Deutschlandlied'' brought the house down when he sang ''Unity and Rights and Free Time,'' instead of ''Unity and Rights and Freedom.''Most players, Augenthaler reports, have …
  • MLS Game Summaries (July 19-20)
    July 19 in Columbus Columbus 0 New York 2. Goals: Henderson (Buddle) 50, Laventure (Peguero, Conway) 90. Columbus - Palmer, Hendrickson, Gonzalez, Kotschau, Leitch, Thomas (Kamara, 68), Retiz, Vasquez, Burch (Rozental, 81), Gaven, Coiner (Cameron, 62). New York - Conway, Wynne, Mendes, Parke, Stammler, Magee (Lisi, 92+), Guevara, O'Rourke, Henderson (Dunivant, 75), Peguero, Buddle (Laventure, 85). Yellow Cards: Columbus - Retiz 73; New York - O'Rourke 34. Referee: Ricardo Salazar. Att.: 10,537. July 20 in Denver Colorado 3 Chivas USA 3. Goals: Ben Dayan (Kirovski, Beckerman) 10, Mathis (Cooke, Gargan) 67, Peterson (Cooke) 93+; Chivas USA - Palencia 9, …
  • WORLD CUP: FIFA punishes head-butt victim
    FIFA has suspended Italian defender Marco Materazzi for two games and fined him $4,000 for provoking French captain Zinedine Zidane to head-butt him during the World Cup final.Both players agreed that Materazzi's insults were defamatory but not of a racist nature, according to FIFA's statement, which did not expand on whether the world governing body will launch a crackdown on players who say mean things to each other.FIFA fined Zidane $6,000 and suspended him for three games he would not play anyway because he has retired.Zidane, whose 11 other career red cards included one for stomping on a Saudi during …
  • NORDIC CUP: Iceland holds USA to 1-1 tie
    The U.S. under-21 womenÆs national team had to settle for a 1-1 tie with Iceland in the second group match for both teams at the 2006 Nordic Cup in Norway.UCLA's Danesha Adams tallied on a penalty kick for the lone U.S. score. IcelandÆs Margaret Vidarsdottir had scored ioff a direct free kick after Adams had fouled a player about 25 yards from the net. The U.S. forward was shown a yellow card on the play.The tie gave both teams four points after two matches. The USA faces Norway and Iceland meets Denmark in the final Group B matches on Thursday.It …
  • MAKING A LIST: From World Cup to MLS
    Bruce Arena is the fifth coach to take the helm of an MLS club after coaching a World Cup team. He is the third coach of the Red Bulls (nee MetroStars) who arrived with World Cup head-coaching experience. Bruce Arena World Cup 2002 (USA), World Cup 2006 (USA) MLS: New York Red Bulls (Hired July 2006). Bora Milutinovic World Cup 1986 (Mexico), World Cup 1990 (Costa Rica), World Cup 1994 (USA), World Cup 1998 (Nigeria) MLS: MetroStars (1998-99) Took over with one regular-season game left in 1998 season after the Metros already …
  • MLS: Bruce Arena takes Red Bulls by the horns
    The most disappointing franchise in MLS's 11-year history has hired America's most successful coach. Bruce Arena, five days after U.S. Soccer decided not to renew his contract, has been named head coach and sporting director of the New York Red Bulls, previously known as the MetroStars.Arena guided D.C. United to MLS titles in the league's first two seasons, in 1996 and 1997, and a runner-up finish in 1998, the year in which D.C. United won the CONCACAF Champions Cup and Copa Interamericana. It was the kind of success MLS would have liked to see from its New York area team.Instead, …
  • MLS: Nowak, Garber picks round out All-Star roster
    D.C. United coach Peter Nowak, who will coach the MLS All-Stars against Chelsea Aug. 5, named eight players and Commissioner Don Garber added two picks to the to create an 18-man roster. Three of Nowak's picks replace All-Star First XI members Ante Razov (Chivas USA), Shalrie Joseph (New England) and Clint Dempsey (New England Revolution), who are unavailable because of their teams' Aug. 6 game, part of a doubleheader with FC Barcelona and Chivas Guadalajara. GOALKEEPER: Troy Perkins (D.C. United), Joe Cannon* (Colorado Rapids) DEFENDERS: Eddie Pope (Real Salt Lake), Jimmy Conrad (Kansas City Wizards), Chris Albright …
  • MLS: D.C. United and Houston extend success streaks
    Brian Ching scored the deciding goal in Houston's 3-2 win over Kansas City, which extended the Dynamo's undefeated streak to nine games and the Wizards' losing streak to six. It was Ching's 10th goal of the season. D.C. United extended its win streak to six games and its unbeaten run to 13 games with a 3-2 victory over Columbus in Washington in front of 20,227 fans. Christian Gomez opened the scoring with his seventh strike of the season and Ben Olsen notched the gamewinner. The Crew is winless in its last eight games. In the weekend's best …
  • U.S. WOMEN: Americans beat Sweden, 3-2, in wild finish
    The U.S. womenÆs national team won its 2006 home opener with a 3-2 victory over Sweden in a game played in 99 degree heat in Blaine, Minn. The game featured a wild finish with three goals after the 89th minute. Defender Cat Whitehill scored from 70 yards to give the USA a 2-1 lead, but in the first minute of stoppage time winds carried Swedish substitute Elin EkblomÆs cross deep from the right corner into the U.S. goal to tie the score. U.S. captain Kristine Lilly scored the dramatic winning goal in the second minute of stoppage time.ôIt was a …
  • NORDIC CUP: USA beats Denmark, 3-0, in opener
    The USA beat Denmark, 3-0, in their opening game at the 2006 Nordic Cup, the under-21 womenÆs championship, in Norway. India Trotter, Danesha Adams and Katie Griffin scored for the USA in their Nordic Cup debuts.The USA is going for its unprecedented eighth straight title. Iceland upset host Norway, 3-2, in the other Group B match, setting up a huge contest on Tuesday between the USA and Iceland that could decide the group title and a berth in the championship game. The winners of the two groups advance to the title game on July 22.ôIt was a good start, not …
  • USL: Results (July 10-16)
    USL First Division Friday, July 14 Charleston 3 (Glinton 26, Hollingsworth pen. 55, Armstrong 78) Portland 2 (Kreamelmeyer 21, 46). Rochester 5 (Delicate 49, Edozien 52, 75, Howes 59, Lewis 90) Miami 4 (Zinho 31, M Rodriguez 73, 74, Romario pen. 90). Minnesota 1 (Schmidt 90) Vancouver 2 (Noreiga 22, Kindel 80). Saturday, July 15 Atlanta 4 (Ukah 23, Millwood 45, Jarun 60, Delima 84) Portland 0. Seattle 1 (Weaver 31) Montreal 2 (Bailey 37, Biello 72). Sunday, July 16 Puerto Rico 2 (Valdeberito 9, Marcina 23) Virginia Beach 1 (Nusum 40). Toronto 1 (Palleschi 57) Atlanta …
  • SOCCER ON TV: Your Viewing Guide
    0715tv schedule 1. 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 soccerTV.com) MONDAY, July 17 No live games. TUESDAY, July 18 FOX SPORTS EN ESPANOL Copa Libertadores LIBERTAD-RIVER PLATE, Quarterfinals, 2nd Leg (live), 8 pm. SETANTA SPORTS USA Friendly KAISER CHIEFS-MANCHESTER UTD. (live), 1 pm. WEDNESDAY, July 19 FOX SOCCER CHANNEL USL All-Star Game USL ALL-STARS-SHEFFIELD WED. (live), …
  • MLS: Summaries (July 15)
    July 14 in East Rutherford, NJ New York 1 Colorado 0. Goal: Guevara pen. 35. New York -- Conway, Wynne, Mendes, Parke, Stammler, Magee, Guevara, O'Rourke, Henderson (Vide, 84), Buddle (Laventure, 69), Peguero. Colorado -- Cannon, Gargan (Peterson, 80), Karanka, Petke, Denton, Cooke, Beckerman, Kirovski (Mathis, 69), Mastroeni, Hernandez, Martins (Ben Dayan 65). Yellow Cards: New York -- O'Rourke 56; Colorado -- Denton 34, Gargan 34, Mathis 74. Referee: Jair Marrufo. Att.: 5,504. July 14 in Foxboro, Mass. New England 1 Real Salt Lake 3. Goals: Twellman (Dorman) 57; Klein (Cunningham) 15, Cunningham 52, Kreis (Williams) 55. New England …
  • U.S. SOCCER: Bruce Arena contract not renewed
    Citing a need for freshness, U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati has decided not to renew the contract of eight-year U.S. head coach Bruce Arena when it expires at the end of 2006.''It comes down primarily to eight years being a long period,'' Gulati said. ''I'm not going to say we felt the need to change directions. I think the direction that Bruce set has been very, very positive.''But I think having a fresh approach after eight years, which is a very, very long time to be with a national team, is the strongest factor. Obviously we didn't get the results …
  • Bruce Arena Milestones
    October 1998 Bruce Arena is named U.S. national team coach after spending the last three seasons as coach of MLS club D.C. United.November 1998 Arena debuts as U.S. national team coach in a friendly against Australia that ends in a 0-0 tie.February 1999 Arena guides USA to first win ever over Germany (3-0 in a friendly in Jacksonville, Fla.).August 1999 Arena leads USA to third-place finish at Confederations Cup, in which it downs Germany, 2-0.October 2001 A 2-1 win over Jamaica clinches qualification for 2002 World Cup.February 2002 USA wins CONCACAF Gold Cup.May 2002 With a 5-0 friendly win over …
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