• USL1: 2007 College Draft Picks
    Expansion team Carolina took Sola Abolaji of the University of Buffalo with the No. 1 pick in the USL First Division's 2007 College Draft. California, the league's other new team in 2007, picked UCLA goalie Eric Reed with the No. 2 pick. Among the players taken were former PDL star Freddy Moojen, the Brazilian who played last season at Clemson after starring for NCAA D2 school Lincoln Memorial. First Round Pick Club Player College Pos. PDL Experience 1 Carolina Sola Abolaji Univ. of …
  • USA: Bradley calls up 26 MLS players to prepare for Mexico game
    U.S. national team coach Bob Bradley has called in 26 players to a training camp that will begin on Thursday at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., to prepare for the showdown with archrival Mexico on Feb. 7 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. In addition to the 26 players arriving in California on Thursday, Bradley has also submitted releases for eight U.S. players based in Europe. Per FIFA rules, requests for the release of players must be sent no later than 15 days prior to match day. The final decision on which European-based players will …
  • BEST YOUTH CLUBS: 2007 Soccer America Top 20 Girls Clubs
    Thanks to a record-setting 2006 season, the Eclipse Select emerged as the top team in the Soccer America Top 20 girls rankings, taking over the top spot from the Dallas Texans. 2007 Soccer AmericaÆs Top 20 Girls Clubs RANK/TEAM (STATE) 1 Eclipse Select (Ill.) 2 Dallas Texans (Texas) 3 PDA (N.J.) 4 Michigan Hawks (Mich.) 5 Slammers FC (Calif.) 6 Colorado Rush (Colo.) 7 Mustang Soccer (Calif.) 8 St. Louis SC (Mo.) 9 Edmond SC (Okla.) 10 So Cal Bluesá (Calif.) 11 Real Colorado (Colo.) 12 Freestate SA (Md.) 13 Bethesda SC (Md.) 14 Real So Calá (Calif.) …
  • COLLEGE:: Champion UNC first in women's RPI rankings
    xx. RPI: Champion UNC first in women's rankings NCAA Division I women's champion North Carolina and runner-up Notre Dame also finished 1-2 in the NCAA's final Division I women's RPI rankings -- the Ratings Percentage Index used as an aid in selecting and seeding of the teams for the NCAA Tournament and taking into account a team's winning percentage, its strength of schedule and its opponents' strength of schedule. UCLA and Florida State, the other two Women's College Cup participants, finished 3-4. TOP 10 1 North …
  • COLLEGE: Virginia tops final men's RPI rankings
    NCAA Division I semifinal Virginia topped the NCAA's final Division I RPI rankings -- the Ratings Percentage Index used as an aid in selecting and seeding of the teams for the NCAA Tournament and taking into account a team's winning percentage, its strength of schedule and its opponents' strength of schedule. ACC teams claimed the top three spots -- No. 1 Virginia, No. 2 Wake Forest and No. 3 Duke. National champion UC Santa Barbara was eighth in the rankings. Runner-up UCLA was fourth. The Top 10 1    Virginia ACC    17-4-1 2    Wake Forest    ACC   18-3-4 …
  • MY VIEW: Ten Years After: What a difference a decade makes
    Since so many cybersoccer columnists dredge up arcane rock references for whatever reason - nostalgia, faux retro-hipness, or brain-synapse degeneration directly related to dubious lifestyle choices - in their prose, this entry is so titled. However, it is not a tribute to the great, unheralded power-blues band of the 60s and 70s fronted by Englishman Alvin Lee, but a USA team that shook off its offseason cobwebs and hungrily gobbled up a Danish (team) Saturday at Home Depot Center, 3-1. Four players earned their first caps and five others notched their second while downing a makeshift Denmark …
  • AMERICANS ABROAD: DeMerit scores against Friedel; 18-year-old in
    Watford's American defender Jay DeMerit entered the game in the 34th minute and scored the gamewinner - heading past American keeper Brad Friedel - in the 70th minute for a 2-1 win as the English Premier League's last-place team notched its second win of the season. It was DeMerit's second EPL goal of the season. Watford, which had scored only twice in its last nine games, remains in last place and Blackburn remains in 10th place. The game at Watford drew the smallest EPL crowd of the season: 13,766. Gabriel Enzo Ferrari, an 18-year-old New York …
  • CLAUDIO REYNA: By the Numbers
    Claudio Reyna, 33, the former U.S. captain who has played professionally in the top tier leagues of England, Scotland and Germany since 1994, and in three World Cups, has completed his transfer from Manchester City to the New York Red Bulls. 1 Reyna was the first and only American named to the FIFA World Cup all-star team (2002). 112 Games Reyna played for the USA, including 10 World Cup and 31 World Cup qualifying games (8 goals, 19 assists). 7 World championships Reyna was a part for the USA: World Cups (1994, 1998, 2002, 2006), Olympics (1992, …
  • USA-DENMARK REPORT CARD: Boswell, Clark & Mapp shine brightest
    By Ridge Mahoney Senior Editor, Soccer America SOCCER AMERICA REPORT CARD (1=low; 5=average; 10-high) RATING PLAYER (CLUB CAPS/GOALS) STARTERS: 5 Matt Reis (New England 2/0) 5 Chris Albright (Los Angeles 20/1) 7 Bobby Boswell (D.C. United 2/0) 6 Jim Conrad (Kansas City 18/0) 6 Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA 1/1) 7 Ricardo Clark (Houston 2/0) 5 Pablo Mastroeni (Colorado 51/0) 5 Chris Rolfe (Chicago 5/0) 3 Eddie Johnson (Kansas City 21/9) 5 Landon Donovan (Los Angeles 85/26) 4 Nate Jaqua (Los Angeles 2/0) SUBSTITUTES: 7 Justin Mapp (Chicago 2/0) 6 Heath Pearce …
  • AMERICANS ABROAD: Dempsey makes English Premier League debut; Wolff sees German action
    Clint Dempsey, who joined Fulham on a $4 million transfer fee from the New England Revolution, made his English Premier League debut on Saturday in a 1-1 tie with Tottenham Hotspur. Dempsey came on against Tottenham in the 81st minute, joining fellow Americans Carlos Bocanegra and Brian McBride, who both started and went the full 90. Fulham, playing a man down, took a 1-0 lead in 84th minute on a Vincenzo Montella penalty kick awarded when defender Michael Dawson handled a shot from McBride. Dempsey helped initiated the sequence that led to McBride's shot. ''He came …
  • HALL OF FAME: Seeking new president
    The U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame is seeking a new president and chief operating officer in the wake of the resignation of Will Lunn, who was president the last 10 years and served the Hall of Fame for 16 years. The Hall of Fame is located in Oneonta, N.Y. Candidates should submit a resume by post to National Soccer Hall of Fame, 18 Stadium Circle, Oneonta, NY, 13820, Attention: George C. Brown. Email submissions will also be accepted and should be addressed to President@soccerhall.org with the subject heading clearly marked PRESIDENT POSITION.
  • YOUTH: U-15 girls head into first national camp
    Coach Tad Bobak is bringing in 26 players for the U.S. under-15 girls national team's first training camp of the year Jan. 22-28 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. This will be the first national team training camp experience for all of the players in this youngest level of the U.S. women's program.
  • WOMEN: Mystery surrounding China coach
    With the Four Nations Tournament beginning Friday in Guangzhou, the big mystery in China concerns the status of women's national team coach Ma Liangyu. Speculation is rife that Ma will be replaced by a foreign coach, perhaps women's national team technical adviser Eckhard Krautzun, the former NASL and Canada national team coach. Ma has failed to attend the Steel Roses' training camp before the Four Nations Tournament , which features defending World Cup champion Germany, the USA and England as well as China, host of the 2007 Women's World Cup in September. ''Is he really sick, or …
  • MLS: Plotting a new course: The Newcomer's Edge?
    By Ridge Mahoney Senior Editor, Soccer America With four teams being led by first-time head coaches and a whole new expansion scenario north of the border, where Mo Johnston will be assisted by a man 22 years his senior who brought him to Kansas City, one of the eternal verities of MLS crops up yet again: Given the league's restrictions on salaries and player acquisitions, is it easier to start from scratch with an expansion team, or remake an existing squad? To this somber question has been added the corollary: And how will the Designated Player rule affect …
  • OFF THE POST: Boca fan falls victim to tattooist's penis prank
    A Buenos Aires tattooist, who is also a River Plate fan, is being sued for etching a penis on the back of teenager who requested the Boca Juniors logo, according to UPI. ''I could not see what he was tattooing because he didn't have a mirror. I only saw it when I got home and showed it to my parents.,'' said the victim. A police spokesperson said: ''The tattooist supports Boca Junior's rival, River Plate, so he got annoyed when the teenager asked him to tattoo Boca's symbol and decided to tattoo a penis instead.''
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