• 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 ...
  • EUROPE: Chelsea gains edge over Liverpool
    Chelsea accomplished what Barcelona and PSV in the two previous rounds, and that's win at home in the first leg of its UEFA Champions League semifinal series with Liverpool. A first-half goal from Joe Cole gave Chelsea a 1-0 win over Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday. The goal was only the second of the season for Cole, who has endured an injury-plagued season that began with his being injured in the Blues' game last summer against the MLS all-stars. Liverpool, who left top scorer Peter Crouch on the bench until early in the second half, only threatened ...
  • YOUTH: U.S. U-16s fall to Ireland in Ballymena
    For the second time this month Ireland beat the USA in U-16 boys competition. Three weeks ago, the Irish, won 2-1, at the Montaigu tournament on France. On Wednesday night in North Ireland, Ireland again prevailed, 2-1, to capture Group B at the Ballymena International Tournament. The Americans, who reached the Ballymena final the last four years, move into Friday's third-place game against Israel.
  • MLS: KC match another lesson for Toronto FC
    By Ridge Mahoney Executive Editor Any team that can leave its leading goalscorer of the previous season on the bench and win, 3-0, while launching nearly twice as many shots as its opponent should probably be taken seriously. Kansas City (2-1-0) did beat up on expansion Toronto FC (0-3-0) in its home opener Wednesday night, with the goals coming from Eddie Johnson, Kerry Zavagnin and substitute Yura Movsisyan. The Canadian team has yet to prove it can hang in MLS, having lost all three of its league games by combined scores of 9-0. It gets its best chance ...
  • SONNY GUADARRAMA: Mexico or the USA?
    Interview by Mike Woitalla Executive Editor Sonny Guadarrama is a 20-year-old midfielder who was born and raised in Texas and played at Campbell University in 2005 before turning pro with Santos Laguna of the Mexican First Division. He has dual U.S./Mexican citizenship and shortly after signing with Santos was called up by Mexico's U-20 national team, which is preparing for the Under-20 World Cup in Canada this summer. SOCCER AMERICA: You've been playing with Mexico's U-20 national team but are still eligible to play for the USA. What's your current situation?SONNY GUADARRAMA: I've been called into a couple ...
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