February 2, 1990 |
With no games for more than two months, the soccer players of the U.S. national team have faced stiffer opposition off the field than on it. Whether that has made them battle-tested, or just battle-weary, will be revealed tonight, when they play for the first time since qualifying last November for this summer's World Cup. Their first-round opponent in the Marlboro Cup at the Orange Bowl is a familiar one, Costa Rica, which has even less World Cup experience than the United States.
January 27, 1990
The way the U.S. Soccer Federation has handled the current contract situation with the players of the U.S. national team is typical of the treatment of soccer in this country for years. Congratulations to Paul Caligiuri and David Vanole for standing up to the federation. They are two reasons why the team is going to Italy this summer. Another sorry chapter in the history of American soccer. PETER BARKS, Manhattan Beach
January 8, 1990 |
Former UCLA goalkeeper David Vanole, who started three of the United States' eight qualifying games last year for soccer's 1990 World Cup, has been a no-show since the national team opened its training camp Friday in La Jolla. "All we know of David's decision is that I got a note here saying he's not pleased with the general situation and that he's not going to show up," Coach Bob Gansler said Sunday.
June 18, 1989 |
David Vanole, the U.S. goalkeeper, was not certain afterward whether he saw the ball coming toward him. He did know that it bounced off his knee and away from the goal, sparing the United States the embarrassment of another tie at home in a World Cup soccer qualifying game. It is such a slim difference, that between triumph and despair. Vanole felt the latter in the United States' last qualifying game at Torrance in May, when Trinidad and Tobago scored with two minutes remaining for a 1-1 tie. He accepted blame for the goal, even though it was not entirely his fault.
September 21, 1988 |
After 6 members of the U.S. soccer team, including 3 starters, were stricken with food poisoning Sunday night, U.S. Soccer Federation officials blamed pizza the players had eaten at a restaurant outside their hotel. But David Vanole, the former UCLA goalkeeper from Manhattan Beach, said that he believed it was unfair to pan the pizza. After all, he said, he ate it, too, and didn't get sick. Or could it be that Vanole is invincible these days?
March 5, 1987 |
Harbor College baseball Coach Jim O'Brien, entering his 12th year at the school, says that his new catcher, George Pedre, is "the most awesome power hitter I have ever coached." When Pedre played for Coach Art Harris last year on the now-defunct West Los Angeles College team, Harris said the same thing about Pedre. So did Dave Ruebsamen, his coach at Culver City High School.