• MLS PREVIEW: Monday Night 'Rocky Mountain Cup'
    By Ridge Mahoney REAL SALT LAKE (0-1-2) vs. COLORADO (1-1-1) (Monday, 9 pm ET, Direct Kick) Real Salt Lake can't be as bad as it looked while being thumped, 4-0, by Chivas USA, yet it was also blanked in its last home game by Columbus (0-0) and needed a couple of goalmouth saves by Eddie Pope and Medhi Ballouchy to pitch its own shutout. Keeper Nick Rimando looked shaky against Chivas USA, but rookie goalkeepers - even one as talented as U.S. under-20 Chris Seitz - have not flourished in MLS, so a change might not necessarily be …
  • MEXICO: Pachuca leads six into quarterfinals
    Pachuca, which has won championships on two continents in the last six months, defeated Atlante, 4-1, to finish Mexico's Torneo Clausura as the overall leader of the first stage with 39 points, eight more than Guadalajara and nine more than Club America. Pachuca, which won last year's Torneo Clausura, captured the Copa Sudamericana in December and CONCACAF Champions Cup last Wednesday with a shootout win over Chivas. Guadalajara lost its final game to Jaguares, 1-0, but Chivas star Omar Bravo became the first Mexican to win a scoring title since 2001 when he finished the Clausura with 11 …
  • AMERICANS ABROAD: Keller's Gladbach relegated; Fulham on shaky ground; Santos
    Goalkeeper Kasey Keller's club has been relegated to the German Second Division and English Premier League club Fulham, which has three Americans in its ranks, is threatened with a similar fate. But in Mexico, Santos Laguna, for which Edgar Castillo is a regular, survived a relegation scare. A 1-0 home loss to VfB Stuttgart means Borussia Monechengladbach, playing without the injured Keller, will be relegated to the Second Division. Keller, 37, joined Gladbach midway through 2004-05 season, when his performances were hailed for helping the club stay in the top flight. Keller, who played in the top two tiers …
  • EUROPEAN RACES: United breaks into clear
    Manchester United broke into the clear in the English Premier League race Saturday when it rallied from two goals down to beat Everton, 4-2, while second-place Chelsea could only tie Bolton Wanderers, 2-2, at home. The results left United five points ahead with three games to play for both teams, including a makeup game May 9 at Chelsea's Stamford Bridge. An EPL rule that prevented American keeper Tim Howard from playing for Everton had a role in the outcome. Although there's a $6 million transfer agreement in place for Howard to move to Everton, he is technically still on …
  • USL: Tie for Victory in opener
    USL-1 expansion team California held defending champion Vancouver to a 2-2 tie in its debut on Saturday. Mike Munoz and Josh Hansen scored for the Victory, which recovered after falling behind on a goal by Cuban Eduardo Sebrango in the third minute. Atlanta beat Minnesota, 3-1, Friday to take over first place with five points after three games. In the USL-2, the Bermuda Hogges made their debut with a 1-0 loss to Harrisburg before 1,666 fans at the National Stadium. Bermuda also fell to Harrisburg, 1-0, on Sunday. USL First Division April 27 Atlanta 3 …
  • Hoosiers host Mexican fiesta
    One of the biggest rivalries Indiana, the seven-time men's national champion, has developed is its spring season clash against Mexico. For the third straight spring, the Hoosiers host a Mexican national youth team in a friendly. This year's friendly against the Tri U-20s takes place Sunday at Armstrong Stadium. ''It's an honor to have the opportunity to play such a talented team in the U-20 Mexican national team,'' head coach Mike Freitag said. ''They have a good group of young professionals which will be a stern test for us. It is always fun to play a team that …
  • MLS: College picks see action
    Going into the fourth weekend of the MLS season, 15 collegians taken in the 2007 MLS SuperDraft and Supplemental Draft have already made their pro debuts. So far, as many players taken in the fourth round of the SuperDraft or lower (Supplemental Draft) have played as players taken in the first round of the SuperDraft -- five. North Carolina's Michael Harrington, who made MLS history when he scored three minutes into Kansas City's opener at D.C. United and has been outstanding on the left side of midfield, is an early favorite for Rookie of the Year honors. …
  • MESA STATE: New D2 men's program adds Utah star
    Josh Pittman, coach of the new Mesa State men's program, has landed Andy Cornia, the 2007 Utah Gatorade Player of the Year, as part of his first recruiting class. Cornia plays for Bonneville High School and FC Inter. Pittman, most recently was a developmental staff coach for the Real Colorado Soccer Club, also signed eight other players. The Mavericks will compete in the NCAA Division II Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, one of the top conferences in the nation.
  • YOUTH SOCCER INSIDER: How To Save Your ACL
    ''You've torn your ACL.'' That's a phrase no player wants to hear. If you are a competitive soccer player, chances are fairly high that you know of a teammate (or perhaps yourself) who has sustained a tear of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). The ACL is a ligament -- a tough fibrous structure that joins a bone to another bone -- that is a major stabilizer for the knee. In soccer it is critical in rotational movements such as planting, cutting and pivoting. In the United States it is estimated that 250,000 people tear an ACL …
  • YOUTH: U.S. U-15 boys head to Buenos Aires
    The U.S. under-15 boys national team will spend 10 days in Buenos Aires, Argentina, for a training camp. Coach Jim Barlow will take 20 players to the camp that will run April 27-May 7. The U-15s will scrimmage four teams: Argentina, Uruguay and Argentine clubs Boca Juniors and Newell's Old Boys. U.S. U-15 ROSTER: GOALKEEPERS: Samir Badr (Bethesda Roadrunners, Md.), Earl Edwards (Nomads, Calif.). DEFENDERS: Estanilao Arevalo (Valley Utd. Blast, Calif.), Bryan Duran (Latino Americana, Texas), Joe Garcia (Lonestar, Texas), Chase Miller (Super Nova FC, Pa.), Tyler Polak (Capital Soccer Acad., Neb.), Joshua Sylva (Neusport FC, Nev.). MIDFIELDERS:
  • MLS WEEKEND: Week 4 Game Previews
    By Ridge Mahoney TORONTO (0-3-0) vs. KANSAS CITY (2-1-0) (Saturday, 12:30 pm ET, Direct Kick) The Wizards' fifth game in 15 days (counting a 2-1 midweek Open Cup loss to Salt Lake) will be in front of a sellout crowd as Toronto celebrates the grand unveiling of a new stadium. Toronto's players will be sky-high emotionally but they are still at sea-level physically, and desperately need to score first, as in their first goal of the season. They've scored none and conceded nine! Strikers Edson Buddle and Alecko Eskandarian haven't look sharp. If Kansas City midfielder Carlos Marinelli
  • LIBERTADORES CUP: Boca breezes into next round
    Five-time Libertadores Cup champion Boca Juniors needed to beat Bolivar of Bolivia by two goals on Thursday to be certain of qualifying for the knockout stage of the South American club championship, and it breezed into the next stage with a 7-0 win in Buenos Aires. Playmaker Juan Roman Riquelme, on loan from Spain's Villarreal, had a hand in Boca's first two goals. Rodrigo Palacio and Bruno Marioni both scored twice for Boca, which had managed only four goals in its first five games. Boca and Velez Sarsfield were the only Argentine teams to reach the round of 16. …
  • IN THE NEWS: Klinsmann goes back to work
    Nine months after coaching Germany at the World Cup, California resident Juergen Klinsmann is going back to work - as commentator and analyst for German pay-TV station Arena. Klinsmann, whose two-year agreement will allow him to take a coaching job, told Spiegel, ''I definitely want to return to coaching, but if that's in the short-term or long-term remains to be seen.'' The 42-year-old who had negotiated with U.S. Soccer last year, said he has received other offers from national teams and clubs, but will wait until the summer to evaluate them. As he did while Germany coach for …
  • CONCACAF CHAMPIONS CUP: Pachuca claims title
    Pachuca won the CONCACAF Champions up for the second time when it beat Guadalajara, 7-6, on penalty kicks after they played to a 0-0 tie in overtime Wednesday night in the second leg of the final. The first leg of the all-Mexican final ended in a 2-2. After 120 minutes without a goal in the second leg, the shootout was decided when Chivas' Alberto Medina hit a post on his penalty kick and Luis Angel Landin scored for Pachuca. The title was the second regional championship for the Tuzos in five months. They won the Copa Sudamericana in December. …
  • TV PREVIEW: MLS leaders clash in Frisco
    THURSDAY NIGHT PREVIEW FC DALLAS- NEW YORK (ESPN2, 8 pm ET/7 pm CT) After winning back-to-back games at home, the unbeaten Red Bulls return to the road, where they face FC Dallas in a matchup of conference leaders. It's a battle of MLS's best offense against its best defense. FC Dallas has scored seven goals and given up seven -- the most in both categories. NYRB has yet to concede a goal in three games. New York won, 3-0, when the teams met 11 days ago. Clint Mathis, who had a goal and an assist …
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