• GAMES: Live and same-day delay on national TV
    (All times Eastern unless noted. TV programming is always subject to change. Check your local listings and soccerTV.com FRIDAY, March 30 GOL TV Germany ARMINIA BIELEFELD-BORUSSIA DORTMUND (live), 2:30 pm. SATURDAY, March 31 FOX SOCCER CHANNEL England FULHAM-PORTSMOUTH (live), 10 am. England WATFORD-CHELSEA (live), noon. England WEST HAM-MIDDLESBROUGH (delay), 2:15 pm. FOX SPORTS EN ESPANOL England FULHAM-PORTSMOUTH (delay), 1 pm. England WATFORD-CHELSEA (delay), 3 pm. AZTECA AMERICA Mexico VERACRUZ-PACHUCA (live), 7 pm. Mexico MORELIA-NECAXA (live), 9 pm. GALAVISION Mexico TIGRES-MONTERREY (live), 9 pm. Mexico ATLAS-CRUZ AZUL (delay), ...
  • IN THE NEWS: JetBlue to offer Setanta soccer; Emmy nomination for World Cup coverage
    Setanta Sports North America, whose menu of soccer broadcasts includes English Premiership matches, will be available as part of the free 36-channel lineup of DirecTV channels offered on JetBlue flights. ... Last summer's World Cup broadcast, produced by Soccer United Marketing and ABC, has been nominated for a Sports Emmy (outstanding live special).
  • WORLD: Memories of '99 for United
    Manchester United hopes to hang on to its six-point lead at the top of the Premier League when it hosts Blackburn on Saturday (TV: Setanta Sports USA, live, 10 am ET). Second-place Chelsea visits last-place Wigan (TV: Fox Soccer Channel, live, noon ET). United has a shot at repeating its 1999 treble. It's through to the semifinals of the FA Cup, where it faces Wigan, and it's qualified for the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League. ''All the incentives are there,'' United manager Sir Alex Ferguson told the Manchester Evening News. ''The run-in to the league campaign, the ...
  • BY THE NUMBERS: Mexico outdraws USA in USA
    On Wednesday, Mexico beat Ecuador in Oakland, Calif., in a game that was sold out two weeks before kickoff while on the same day a crowd nearly a fifth smaller attended the USA's game against Guatemala in Texas. ''We probably could have sold another 50,000 tickets,'' said David Alioto, executive vice president for Earthquakes Soccer, which co-hosted the Mexico-Ecuador game with SUM. Mexico has played three games on U.S. soil in 2007, including a 2-0 loss to the USA, which drew the biggest crowd of the USA's four home games this year. The crowd at that game was ...
  • WOMEN: USA welcomes 32 players into residency
    The U.S. women's national team will welcome 32 players into residency training camp on April 2 at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. for a four-month period that will lead into the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup in China. The USA will break camp at the end of July before playing its final friendly games before departing at the end of August for the Women's World Cup Sept. 10-30 in China. While in residency, the team will train almost daily, with full-field matches, functional training, individual sessions and weight training ...
  • U.S. U-20s: Ferrari and Adu strike again in win over Haiti
    New York product Gabriel Ferrari and Freddy Adu again provided the goals as the U.S. U-20 national team beat Haiti, 2-1, on Wednesday in Frisco, Texas. Three days earlier, Ferrari, who joined Italian Serie A club Sampdoria in January, had scored twice and Adu struck once in the U-20s' 3-2 win over SMU. Against Haiti, Adu opened the scoring by converting a penalty kick after he drew the foul. Ferrari struck the gamewinner on assists from Dax McCarty and Tim Ward. New York-born Ferrari, whose father is Italian-American and whose mother hails from Brazil, played youth club ...
  • OFF THE POST: Heads roll after Kaiser cover-up
    Back in June of 2005, a Franz Beckenbauer was caught by a speed camera driving 45 mph in a 20 mph zone. But three officials in the traffic police department decided the man who won World Cups for Germany as a captain and coach should get a break. So they claimed the car was an unmarked auto used by traffic police. But another official recognized Beckenbauer and as a result the two policeman and a senior inspector were fired from their jobs. Beckenbauer, who would have been fined and had his license suspended for a month got, ...
  • U.S. SOCCER: Guatemala stifles USA in scoreless tie
    By Ridge Mahoney A younger, less experienced U.S. team than the one that beat Ecuador, 3-1, Sunday battered futilely against a Guatemalan wall and came away with a 0-0 draw at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas. Alternately forging up the flanks and hitting long balls into the heart of the Guatemalan defense, the U.S. carved out only a few solid chances despite its large advantage in possession. Landon Donovan darted about in search of space but often ran into clusters of opponents who scraped the ball away, and the snake-bitten Eddie Johnson labored through his ...
  • EURO '08:England finally finds the net
    After getting shut out in its last three Euro 2008 qualifiers, England finally found the net against Andorra, a nation tucked between Spain and France whose entire population could fit into Wembley stadium. The 3-0 win on second-half goals by Steven Gerrard, who struck twice, and David Nugent, puts England in a three-way tie for second in Group E with Israel and Russia, which has a game in hand, two points behind Croatia, which also has a game in hand. England supporters at the game in Barcelona chanted ''What a load of rubbish'' and ''You're not fit to wear ...
  • REPORT CARD: Average effort by Americans
    By Ridge Mahoney SOCCER AMERICA REPORT CARD (1=low; 5=average; 10-high) RATING PLAYER (CLUB CAPS/GOALS) STARTERS: 5 Kasey Keller (Borussia M'Gladbach GER 97/0) 6 Frank Simek (Sheffield Wednesday ENG 1/0) 5 Jay DeMerit (Watford ENG 1/0) 5 Jim Conrad (Kansas City 21/1) 5 Jonathan Spector (West Ham ENG 5/0) 4 Clint Dempsey (Fulham/ENG 26/6) 6 Michael Bradley (Heerenveen/NED 4/0) 5 Benny Feilhaber (Hamburg SV GER 2/0) 6 Justin Mapp (Chicago 4/0) 5 Landon Donovan (Los Angeles 88/30) 4 Eddie Johnson (Kansas City 24/9) SUBSTITUTES 4 Ken Cooper (FC Dallas 2/1) 6 Brian Mullan (Houston 4/0) 5 ...
  • FRIENDLIES: Former MLS players strike for Mexico & Bolivia
    Mexico beat Ecuador, 4-2, in Oakland, Calif., in front of 47,416 fans in game that was sold two weeks ago. Francisco Palencia, who spent last season with Chivas USA and is now with UNAM Pumas, opened the scoring 29 seconds into the game. Ecuador took a 2-1 lead on goals by Carlos Tenorio and Giovanni Espinoza by halftime, but goals by Rafael Marquez, Omar Bravo and Adolfo Bautista earned El Tri the win. Bolivia celebrated its first away win in three years with a 1-0 victory at South Africa on a goal by 24-year-old Joselito Vaca, ...
  • IN THE NEWS: Mia Hamm delivers twin girls
    Retired women's soccer icon Mia Hamm gave birth to twin girls late on Tuesday. Her husband, Los Dodgers first baseman Nomar Garciaparra, was in flight from Florida when the babies were born and was on speaker phone with Hamm during the delivery.
  • MLS COUNTDOWN: Morrow casts a new light on FC Dallas
    By Ridge Mahoney There's something bizarre happening in Dallas. By replacing a Finn, an Irishman and an American with a Colombian and an Argentine, among other changes, Coach Steve Morrow has already transformed the identity of his team. Effective yet predictable is out, stylish and unorthodox is in. ''I want us to play more one-touch and interchange positions, so the defense isn't sure of what we're going to do,'' says Morrow, who was Colin Clarke's assistant for two years before being named to replace him. ''I think we were too predictable at times last ...
  • OFF THE POST: Throw celery, go to jail
    By Mike Woitalla Chelsea has banned three fans, including two who were arrested during an FA Cup game with Tottenham Hotspur, for throwing celery stalks onto the field. The culprits had ignored a warning from the club to keep their celery at home. ''Anyone who attempts to bring celery into Stamford Bridge could be refused entry and anyone caught throwing it will face a ban,'' cautioned the club, which also set up a hotline for those willing to snitch on celery tossers. The English FA launched an investigation after celery flew from the Chelsea fan sections ...
  • U.S. U-20s: Freddy Adu and Co.'s Wednesday game vs. Haiti live online at ussoccer.com
    The U.S. U-20 national team's game on Wednesday against Haiti will be broadcast live on U.S. Soccer's Web site at 6:15 p.m. ET at www.ussoccer.com/sights/liveStream.jsp.html. Coach Thomas Rongen's U-20 squad includes young pros Freddy Adu, Jozy Altidore, Chris Seitz and Danny Szetela. On Monday, the U-20s beat SMU, 3-2, on two goals by Sampdoria (Italian Serie A) forward Gabriel Ferrari and one by Adu.