April 16, 1994 |
John Curry, a former Olympic and world champion whose artistry on ice revolutionized figure skating, died Friday of an AIDS-related illness in Stratford-Upon-Avon, England. He was 44. Curry died of a heart attack brought on by his AIDS condition, agent Jean Diamond said. The English skater, who won the gold medal at the 1976 Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria, and the world championship title the same year, was found to be HIV positive in 1987.
April 19, 1994 |
It's difficult not to feel bad for Roy Wegerle, except that he's not the sort who would allow it. Wegerle, one of the U.S. soccer team's most experienced players, has been brought to his knees by the ligaments and cartilage in them. He had surgery on his right knee last Friday for the third time since January. Wegerle has not played for his club, Coventry City in the English Premier League, since being hurt in a game Jan. 8 and having surgery on his right knee 10 days later.
July 24, 1994 |
In considering who will play in the fledgling organization known as Major League Soccer, perhaps the simplest and quickest way of defining the situation is to answer the question with a question. Who won't play? For starters, we'll take a look at the World Cup roster of the U.S. national team and start crossing off players who have been under contract and might be returning to teams in Mexico and Europe.
August 5, 1993 |
After a summer of competition that one U.S. Soccer Federation official described as a "roller-coaster ride," the U.S. national team is on vacation, while coaches and staff determine which 20 players will be offered contracts. A roster announcement is expected soon. Veteran contracts expire on Oct. 31 and the federation must exercise its option to renew by Oct. 1; rookie contracts expire on Sept. 30, with the option to renew valid until Sept. 1.
September 27, 1993 |
Just as the pace of competition is increasing in preparation for next summer's World Cup, so too is the preparation of the nine venues. But the Rose Bowl, which will play host to eight matches, including the third-place game and the final, has not staged an international game since August of 1992. Other venues have prepared for next summer's World Cup by hosting any number of exhibition matches or tournaments. The venue staff for the Rose Bowl, however, will have to learn by observing.
February 1, 1994 |
The problems on the Russian national soccer team, which Coach Pavel Sadyrin called "normal," threaten to disrupt the team's World Cup preparations. Sadyrin dismissed the problems Saturday night in Seattle, where the United States tied a depleted Russian squad, 1-1. More than half of the national team refused to make the trip.