January 24, 2011 |
Lee Bregman was hoping to reconnect with his favorite childhood sport and feed a case of World Cup-induced soccer fever in 2006 when he posted an Internet ad seeking players for a Sunday afternoon kick-around. Little did the Irvine resident know that his game would turn into something of a United Nations of pickup soccer, a weekly collision of cultures, religions, personalities, generations and playing styles that has helped more than a few international students assimilate to the U.S. The game also provides a refuge for older immigrants and second-generation Americans who love playing the sport but are leery of playground piranhas who can disrupt the action.
December 3, 2006 |
David Estrada, who only a year ago was an almost unknown youngster playing high school soccer in Salinas, Calif., today has his name on every Major League Soccer coach's long-term watch list. Estrada produced two moments of brilliance in St. Louis on Saturday, scoring two goals 67 seconds apart to propel UCLA to an impressive 4-0 rout of Virginia and a place in today's final of the NCAA men's soccer tournament.
August 27, 2003 |
Clive Charles, an Englishman who coached U.S. national soccer teams and the University of Portland to unprecedented success after a 17-year career as a professional player, died Tuesday. He was 51. Charles, who ended his playing career with the Los Angeles Lazers of the Major Indoor Soccer League in 1982, had been battling prostate cancer for about three years, but last December still led the women's team at Portland to the NCAA championship, the school's first title in any sport.
January 19, 2003 |
A day after the Portland Pilots women's soccer team won the NCAA title in overtime, Coach Clive Charles joined in the joyous celebration in the small Catholic school's student union. And the next day he had another chemotherapy treatment. "Every week, they put in an IV and away you go," he said. "You lay there for a couple of hours and they pump poison into your body." There is one good thing -- and only one good thing, he emphasizes -- about the treatments. "So far," he said, "I'm still here."
December 5, 2001 |
The president of Brazil's soccer confederation should be prosecuted for overseeing a sport crippled by corruption, mismanagement and personal graft, a congressional report said Tuesday. The 1,600-page report calls for the prosecution of Ricardo Teixeira and 16 other top officials, including congressman Eurico Miranda, who runs the Vasco da Gama team.
October 9, 2001 |
Most teenagers are in no hurry to grow up. They wouldn't dare turn down free room and board, meals home-cooked by Mom and the inalienable right to hang out at the mall with high school friends. Stacy Lindstrom, 16, is different. She petitioned the NCAA in August to recognize her as a senior, clearing the way for her to skip a year of high school and start college next September.