• GAMES ON TV (thru 12/3): Your Viewing Guide
    (All times ET unless noted. Consult your regular television listings guides for availability in your area. Schedules are subject to change.) FRIDAY, Dec. 1 ESPN2 Women's College NORTH CAROLINA-UCLA, Div. I, Semifinal (live), 3:30 pm. Men's College UCLA-VIRGINIA, Div. I, Semifinal (live), 6 pm. ESPNU Women's College NORTH CAROLINA-UCLA, Div. I, Semifinal (live), 3:30 pm. WomenÆs College FLORIDA STATE-NOTRE DAME (live), Div. I, Semifinal (live), 6:30 pm. Men's College UCLA-VIRGINIA, Div. I, Semifinal (delay), midnight. MenÆs College UC SANTA BARBARA-WAKE FOREST, Div. I, Semifinal (delay), 11 pm PT/2 am ET (Sat.). FOX SOCCER CHANNEL England ...
  • AMERICANS ABROAD: Reyna shines, says he'll stay; McBride scores against
    A day after assuring Manchester City fans that he wasn't planning on leaving for MLS in January, former U.S. captain Claudio Reyna helped Man City win its first road game of the season, 3-1 over Aston Villa. Reyna, coming off two performances that Man City coach Stuart Pearce called outstanding, was among the Blues' highest rated players (8 out of 10) by the Manchester Evening News. After the last weekend's Liverpool game, Reyna denied rumors that he would leave Man City in January for MLS and in an interview on Man City's official Web site said: ''Those ...
  • AWARDS: Lilly nominated for FIFA award
    American Kristine Lilly is one of three finalists for the FIFA Women's World Player award. Lilly, who game-winning goals gave the USA the Gold Cup and Peace Queen Cup championships this fall, is joined by Germany's Renate Lingor and Brazil international Marta as finalists. Lilly, the world record holder with 319 caps, has never previously finished among the top three in the five-year history of the award. Brigit Prinz, the winner of the last three awards, was not on this year's short list despite leading defending champion Germany to a perfect record in World Cup qualifying and scoring ...
  • MEXICO: Busy Pachuca gets result with reserves
    Pachuca tied Toluca, 1-1, in the first leg of the Mexican semifinals using mainly reserves on Wednesday. The regulars were rested for Thursday's Copa Sudamericana first-leg final on Thursday against Chile's Colo Colo (TV: Fox Sports en Espanol, 8 pm ET). Pachuca will advance to the Mexican league final with a tie in Sunday's leg because the Mexican league uses regular-season records as a tiebreaker. Toluca's Bruno Marioni opened the scoring in the 54th minute but Luis Angel Landin exploited a keeper mistake for the 70th minute equalizer. In the other semifinal, Club America hosts Chivas Guadalajara ...
  • WANTED: Avid players for shoe testing
    Men who play soccer three to four times a week and who wear size 9 shoes are being sought by Reebok's Human Performance Engineering Lab to serve as product testers. Contact Erik da Silva at: erik.dasilva@reebok.com
  • OBITUARY: Max Merkel made mark with wins and wit
    Austrian Max Merkel coached four clubs to league titles in three countries and coached the Dutch national team. As a player, he was capped by Germany in 1939 and Austria in 1952. As a coach and later as a columnist for Bild, Merkel was known for his sense of humor and many of his remarks fill German soccer quote books. He once called midfielder Mario Basler ''the most expensive parking meter. He just stands still while Bayern keeps sticking money inside him.'' Of coach Christoph Daum, Merkel said, ''He eats only macaroni so he can keep talking ...
  • US YOUTH SOCCER: Boys Interregional All-Star Teams
    The following are the US Youth Soccer boys all-star teams, as selected after the ODP Boys Thanksgiving Interregional at the Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex: 1990 US Youth Soccer Boys All Star Team Christian Barreiro (Baltimore Casa Mia Bays),Shawn Barry (Boca Juniors, Fla.),Phillip Boerger (Wings SC, Minn.), Nathan Bourdeau (Rochester Rhinos, N.Y.) Brice Carr (FC Milwaukee), Daniel Cruz (Alliance, Ariz.), Michael Denny (Nomads, Calif.), Raymon Gaddis (Indy Burn, Ind.),Maximillian Hamilton (Match Fit Acad., N.J.),Brooks Hopp (Crossfire Premier, Wash.),Jared Jeffrey (Dallas Texans),Brendan King (Chicago Magic),Tyler Klein (Crossfire Premier, Wash.), Christopher Klute (Dallas Texans), David ...
  • Wake Forest-UC Santa Barbara men's semifinal preview
    After previewing the North Carolina-UCLA and Notre Dame-Florida State games in Friday's Women's College Cup semifinals, Soccer America turns to the Men's College Cup with Friday's Wake Forest-UC Santa Barbara game in St. Louis. The Demon Deacons are making their College Cup debut two years after UCSB make its first appearance in the final four. Both teams make up for what they lack in a go-to striker with deep benches. Here's a look at the probables with their 2006 stats (G-A-P). WAKE FOREST (18-3-3) GOALKEEPER 1 BRIAN EDWARDS (Jr., Charlotte, N.C.) 0.75 GAA Holds Wake career record ...
  • MLS: Initial adidas combine players announced
    MLS announced the initial list of 58 college seniors who will participate in the 2007 adidas MLS Player Combine Jan. 5-8 at Lockhart Stadium in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.   The coaching staffs and general managers from all 13 MLS teams will be in attendance to scout talent for the 2007 MLS SuperDraft will be held on Jan. 12 in Indianapolis, Ind., in conjunction with the NSCAA Convention at the Indiana Convention Center. Youth players from the Generation adidas program will join additional collegiate players from NCAA Division II and III schools, NAIA schools and Division I alternates to finalize the ...
  • Notre Dame-Florida State women's semifinal preview
    Soccer America continues its preview of this week's Men's and Women's College Cup semifinals. After yesterday's look at the North Carolina-UCLA game, we preview the second women's semifinal game on Friday in Cary, N.C., between top-ranked Notre Dame and Florida State. The Irish combine experience on defense with an explosive attack led by the nation's top two scorers, Kerri Hanks and Michele Weissenhofer. Florida State lost, 4-0, in last year's semifinals -- a defeat the Seminoles blame to nerves. They're back with a seasoned team led by six national team players. Here's a look at the probables with their ...
  • SPAIN: Two coaches fired in 24 hours
    In the space of 24 hours, two La Liga clubs fired their coaches. Last-place Gimnastic Tarragona dropped Julio Cesar Sunday evening after its 3-2 defeat at home to Real Mallorca. On Monday, Athletic Bilbao dumped Felix Sarriugarte after its 3-1 loss at home to Sevilla left it third from last in the La Liga standings. Sarriugarte had only been promoted from the Athletic reserve team last summer to replace the former Spain coach Javier Clemente as head coach. Last month, Real Sociedad, Athletic's Basque rival, made the first coaching change of the Spanish season when it fired Jose ...
  • CLUB SOCCER: Michigan, San Diego State take titles
    Michigan and San Diego State won the men's and women's Championship divisions, respectively, at the NIRSA National Soccer Sport Club Championships held in Tempe, Ariz., Nov. 16-18. After opening with a 3-0 loss to North Carolina, the Wolverines swept their next five games -- all by shutouts -- to capture the men's title. In the final, all-tournament midfielder Brent Medema scored the only goal to lead Michigan to a 1-0 win over Illinois. After starting the tournament with a 2-1 record in pool play, SDSU beat Texas (2-0), Michigan State (1-0) and Colorado (2-1) to capture the ...
  • BY THE NUMBERS: D1 Women's Semifinalists
    (APPEARANCES IN 25 YEARS) 23 North Carolina 10 Santa Clara 8 Notre Dame 8 Portland 7 Connecticut 6 Massachusetts 5 UCLA 5 Colorado College 4 George Mason 3 Florida State 3 California 3 Penn State 2 Florida, UCF, N.C. State, Wisconsin 1 Duke, Hartford, Missouri-St. Louis, Princeton, SMU, Stanford, Virginia
  • TELEVISION: College Cup Schedules
    MEN'S COLLEGE CUP Schedule Semifinals Dec. 1 in St. Louis Virginia (17-3-1) vs. UCLA (13-5-4) 5 pm CT/6 pm ET (TV: ESPN2, live; ESPNU, delay, Dec. 2, 2 am ET) Wake Forest (18-3-3) vs. UC Santa Barbara (16-7-0), 7:30 pm CT/8:30 pm ET (TV: ESPNU, delay, Dec. 2, 12 am ET; ESPN2, delay, Dec. 2, 2 pm ET) Final Dec. 3 in St. Louis Virginia-UCLA winner vs. Wake Forest-UC Santa Barbara winner, 2 pm CT/3 pm ET (TV: ESPN2, live) WOMEN'S COLLEGE CUP Schedule Semifinals Dec. 1 in Cary, N.C. North Carolina (25-1-0) vs. UCLA (21-3-0), 3:30 pm ...
  • UCLA-North Carolina women's semifinal preview
    The countdown to the College Cups begins. The men's and women's finals will this year take place on the same weekend. Each day this week, Soccer America will preview one of the matchups. We begin with the opening women's semifinal game on Friday in Cary, N.C., between UCLA and North Carolina. Both are No. 1 seeds, but they had to endure tough quarterfinal matches. UCLA came from begin to beat Portland, 2-1, gaining revenge for last year's 4-0 loss in the Women's College Cup final. North Carolina also came from behind -- twice -- to edge Texas A&M, 3-2, in ...