October 25, 1993 |
The white BMW coupe sliced through the rain, embracing sudden corners and shouldering its way through narrow brick streets with a familiarity that has bred this speed and this control. John Harkes guided the car with the same precision and confidence that have formed his career as a professional soccer player. It is a career that of necessity has taken him from his home in Kearney, N.J., all the long way back to his roots in Great Britain.
July 2, 1994 |
Way back in the good old days, in pre-Colombian times, it was nothing to talk to a player on the U.S. soccer team, ask a straight question and get a thoughtful, straight answer. The team's coach is not included in this scenario, of course, but he has always allowed his players to speak freely with reporters. Now, in the post-Romanian era, the muzzle has been strapped on.
April 27, 1990 |
Scattered around this rough-edged mill town are the community's proud jewels: lush green soccer fields, sturdy soccer stadiums and acres of unlined but meticulously mowed soccer fields. These grassy soccer pitches dot the landscape like emeralds dropped from the smoky sky. They stand as a two-fold symbol: a thing of beauty in an otherwise drab industrial city, and a testament to Kearny's abiding love affair with soccer.
October 23, 1996 |
Top American soccer players reached contract agreements with the U.S. Soccer Federation Tuesday, ensuring that they will play in World Cup qualifying, which begins Nov. 3 against Guatemala. Most of the players who helped the United States reach the second round of the 1994 World Cup are involved in the agreement, including Alexi Lalas, John Harkes, Tab Ramos and Eric Wynalda. "I am very pleased that this situation has been resolved and that the United States soccer fans will have all their stars to cheer for," said Alan Rothenberg, president of the USSF.
May 3, 1998 |
When Steve Sampson announced the removal two weeks ago of John Harkes from the national team roster, the U.S. coach set off one of the most torrid controversies in American soccer in recent memory. It was not just Sampson's decision to cut Harkes that unleashed great surprise, but the manner in which Sampson presented the news. Harkes was a U.S. team starter, a veteran of two World Cups and in his third season as team captain.
October 26, 1998 |
With his club coach, Bruce Arena, about to be named U.S. national team coach, Harkes is hopeful of a quick return to international soccer. "Of course I want it," said Harkes, who was cut from the U.S. squad two months before the World Cup by Steve Sampson. "If I get back on the national team, it will be an honor to put the shirt on. I'll probably break out in tears. "Bruce knows me very well. He knows what I've gone through and what disappointments I've had on the national team.
November 18, 1998 |
It will not have failed to register with Bruce Arena that Roy "Dawg" Lassiter has failed him twice within the space of eight days and three times in as many games. The first failure occurred a couple of Fridays ago in San Jose, where Arena was making his debut as U.S. national team coach in what was otherwise a relatively meaningless game against Australia.
October 31, 1990
Midfielder John Harkes became the ninth U.S. soccer player to sign with a European club when he agreed to a contract with Sheffield of the English second division.
July 6, 1994 |
U.S. midfielder John Harkes watched Monday's game from the bench because of a one-game suspension accrued for receiving two yellow cards in first-round play. "It was very hard to watch," Harkes said. "Very frustrating. That hurt me so badly to be out. It's part of my dream to play in the second round of the World Cup against Brazil, too, you know."