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Lassiter's Once-Striking Game Has Gone to Dogs

November 18, 1998|GRAHAME L. JONES

Chicago Fire scoring leader Ante Razov had surgery to repair ligament damage in his right shoulder. The former UCLA striker is expected to have fully recovered within three months. . . . Former U.S. national team captain John Harkes, 31, has had his contract with Washington D.C. United extended through the 2001 season. . . . The Tampa Bay Mutiny re-signed Coach Tim Hankinson through the 2000 MLS season.

CONCACAF UPDATE

The reorganization of FIFA continues apace under new president Joseph "Sepp" Blatter with the appointment of 42 persons from the 38-nation North and Central American and Caribbean (CONCACAF) region to positions on various FIFA committees.

Trinidad and Tobago's Jack Warner, the CONCACAF president and the longest-serving member of the FIFA Executive Committee, becomes Chairman of the FIFA Youth Committee. Trinidad and Tobago will host the FIFA World Youth Cup in 2001. Sunil Gulati, MLS deputy commissioner, will serve on the Youth Committee.

Other significant appointments include those of the USA's Chuck Blazer as chairman of the FIFA Media Committee; Guatemala's Rafael Salguero as chairman of the Appeal Committee; Isaac Sasso of Costa Rica as deputy chairman of the Committee for Futsal (indoor soccer); Hank Steinbrecher, U.S. Soccer's general secretary, as a member of the Committee on Women's Football, and U.S. women's national team standout Michelle Akers as a member of the Committee for Football.

Former US Soccer president and MLS founder Alan Rothenberg will continue as a member of the World Cup 2002 Organizing Committee and will serve on the 1999 Women's World Cup Advisory Board for Marketing and Television. Enrique Borja, president of the Mexican soccer federation, also is a member of the World Cup 2002 Organizing Committee.

CONCACAF, meanwhile, has appointed Ted Howard deputy general secretary. Howard joined the North American Soccer League in 1971 as assistant to the commissioner and had risen to deputy commissioner when the league folded in 1985. He has worked with the NBA for the last 10 years while at the same time serving as chairman of U.S. Soccer's international games committee.

QUICKLY TAKEN

The final of the Coliseum Cup last Wednesday marked the retirement of American referee Arturo Angeles of Temple City. Angeles officiated at the 1994 World Cup and has been one of the country's most respected referees in recent years. . . . The Dutch soccer magazine Voetbal International ranked U.S. midfielder John O'Brien of Playa del Rey third among its top rookies for the current season. O'Brien, 21, on loan to FC Utrecht from Ajax Amsterdam, was ranked 31st overall out of more than 400 players in the Dutch first division.

John Kowalski, former coach of the Tampa Bay Mutiny of MLS, was named coach of the Pittsburgh Riverdogs, an expansion team in the A-League. Kowalski selected Paul Child as his assistant. . . . The U.S. under-17 national team, paced by striker Landon Donovan of Redlands, will travel to Jamaica in February to play Honduras, Costa Rica and Jamaica as it attempts to qualify for the 1999 FIFA Under-17 World Championship in New Zealand. All the U.S. matches will be played at the National Stadium in Kingston.

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