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CORRECTION: Unbeaten NAIA teams

Mid-Continent of Kentucky was the only NAIA Top 10 men's team that remained unbeaten from the Sept. 20 rankings after Embry-Riddle's pair of losses. Joe Zakowicz's Cougars, ranked No. 9 this week, are 4-0-2. The only other unbeaten NAIA teams in this week's Top 25 are Oklahoma's Science & Arts at No. 7 and Fresno Pacific at No. 12.


TV PREVIEW: ACC match showcases sophomore stars

No. 3 Maryland hosts No. 7 Duke Friday night in the NSCAA Match of the Week on Fox Soccer Channel (live, 8 pm ET).

The match features two of the country's top sophomore strikers. Maryland's Graham Zusi, last week's Soccer America Player of the Week, has tallied a point in each of the Terps' last four matches with ...


WOMEN: Carolina captures 11th win in a row

No. 2 North Carolina won its 11th game in a row with a 2-0 win at Clemson thanks to first-half goals by freshman defender Ali Hawkins and sophomore midfielder Yael Averbuch. Sophomore Anna Rodenbough picked up her eighth solo shutout of the season in the Tar Heels' 12 games.

No. 3 Florida State's troubles with Virginia as the No. ...


YOUTH: U-17s off to Uruguay and Argentina for 30 days

The U.S. U-17 boys national team will train in Uruguay and Argentina for the entire month of October. The U-17s will begin their month-long tour by spending five days in Montevideo, Uruguay, before traveling to Argentina, where they will split time training in Buenos Aires, San Luis and Rosario.

U-17 coach John Hackworth named a 24-player roster to travel ...


SURVEY: Canadians play big roles at women's powers

Longtime North Carolina coach Anson Dorrance has called it the biggest change in women's soccer in the last decade.

Canadian players have played a growing role in the success of nationally ranked teams. In 2002 and 2005, Canada national team star Christine Sinclair led Portland to NCAA Division I titles. In 2004, Canadian Katie Thorlakson was instrumental in ...


MLS: Weekend action to shape postseason

With three games left in the regular season, three teams have clinched playoff berths - D.C. United, FC Dallas and the Chicago Fire. Nine are vying for the remaining five playoff berths. Here's how this weekend's six games can shape the postseason.

SATURDAY, Sept. 30
New England clinches a ...


USL-1: Rochester faces Vancouver for title

Three-time champ Rochester Rhinos host final debutant Vancouver in the USL-1 championship game on Saturday (live at 7 pm ET on Fox Soccer Channel).

If the Rhinos win the title of the nation's second-tier league they'll set the title record at four; defending champion Seattle Sounders having also lifted the crown three times.


YOUTH: New U-17 national championship

Energy drink Red Bull, which owns the New York MLS franchise of the same name, is launching a U-17 national championship that comprises 16 teams and consists of four weekend-long tournaments, the first of which takes place Nov. 17-19, 2006, in Raleigh, N.C., in conjunction with the Capital Area Soccer League (CASL) Shootout.

''Red Bull National League 17 ...


TV PREVIEW: Madrid derby features hot clubs

The Madrid derby between second-place Real and fifth-place Atletico (TV: Gol TV, Sunday, live, 12 pm ET) takes on new significance this year as both teams are off to strong starts.

This weekend's headline match at Real's Bernabeu Stadium pits Real coach Fabio Capello and against Atletico's Javier Aguirre, the former NASL player. Both clubs are hoping to end ...


GERMANY: Klinsmann's pick finally gets post

Field hockey coach Bernhard Peters, who became the symbol of Juergen Klinsmann's efforts to remake German soccer, was finally hired by the German federation (DFB) to work as an ''external advisor'' two weeks after he led Germany to a second straight field hockey World Cup title.

Peters, 46, was Klinsman's choice for the job of sports director to restructure ...


U.S. Soccer Youth Development

By Mike Woitalla
Executive Editor, Soccer America Magazine

The U.S. Soccer Federation is reevaluating the nation's approach to youth player development and coaching education.

Even before the USA's unsatisfactory performance at the 2006 World Cup, U.S. Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati, elected in March, decided to launch a complete review of all the Federation's technical areas.

''We're going to try to look at the ...

My View: By Mike Woitalla

How over-coaching and the emphasis on winning stifle young American talent.

The little boy dribbled and kept dribbling. He had taken the ball away from the midfield pack and zoomed toward his own goal. This surprised the other children and allowed him to keep the ball to himself for much longer than any player had managed during this U-8 game.

Having put ...

College Scene

By Bryan Alvarez
Assistant Editor, Soccer America Magazine

On the field, they played in Freddy Adu's shadows. Even today they marvel at the moves he executed, contributing to the making of a legend. Off the field, they were Freddy's older brothers, all two years older than the phenom who entered the U.S. U-17 residency program in Bradenton, Fla., at the age ...

MLS Youth Development

By Ridge Mahoney
Senior Editor, Soccer America Magazine

By forming a provision by which ''homegrown'' players can sign pro contracts and bypass the leagueÆs distribution procedures, MLS has provided incentive for teams to get serious about finding and developing talent.

Argentinos Juniors isnÆt the equal of glamorous Buenos Aires neighbors River Plate and Boca Juniors, yet it was the first professional club to ...

INJURY REPORT: UCLA loses Griffin and Beltran

UCLA lost its leading scorer, sophomore forward Maxwell Griffin (5 goals, 1 assist), for the season with a torn ACL in his left knee, and transfer Tony Beltran will have a right ankle arthroscopy on Friday and will be out 6-8 weeks.

The Bruins are already without former U-17 defender Brandon Owens (torn ACL suffered in the spring) ...