July 5, 2001 |
Major League Soccer is increasingly worried about losing its Latino fan base, which has eroded noticeably since the league's launch in 1996. But instead of signing more top-level Central or South American players, the league is resorting to staging doubleheaders involving clubs from those regions. When the Galaxy played the Dallas Burn at Dallas on Saturday, for example, the Cotton Bowl match was followed by a game between Mexican clubs Tigres and UNAM Pumas.
July 2, 2001 |
A cornered rat, it turns out, can deliver a nasty bite. Just ask the U.S., which was defeated, 1-0, by Mexico on Sunday in a World Cup qualifying game played in front of a loud, supportive and near-capacity crowd of 100,000 at Azteca Stadium. Game day arrived with the Mexicans fearing the worst. The front page of the sports section in the El Universal newspaper here Sunday morning featured a full-color drawing that took up almost half the page. It depicted a showdown of sorts.
June 30, 2001 |
Rinus Michels was always known as a no-nonsense coach, one who expected--indeed, demanded--nothing but perfection from his players. It was this quality that allowed the Dutchman to keep control of such personalities as Johan Cruyff and Ruud Gullitt, and why he was able to lead the Netherlands to the runner-up spot in the 1974 World Cup and to victory in the 1988 European Championship.
June 21, 2001 |
Carlos Pavon scored three goals Wednesday night to help Honduras demolish the once-powerful Mexican soccer team, 3-1, in a World Cup qualifier at San Pedro Sula, Honduras. Mexico Coach Enrique Meza quit immediately after the game, the sixth consecutive loss for a team that had been No. 4 in FIFA's world rankings only three years ago.
June 17, 2001 |
Costa Rica defeated Mexico, 2-1, Saturday to move into second place in regional World Cup qualifying play, ending Mexico's 20-year undefeated streak at its home stadium in international play and handing the team its first home loss in a Cup qualifier. Mexico forward Manuel Abundis headed in a corner kick from teammate Victor Ruiz past Costa Rica goalkeeper Erick Lonnis in the sixth minute at Azteca Stadium for an early lead.
March 1, 2001 |
Josh Wolff has scored important goals in his brief career--in Major League Soccer, at the Sydney Olympics and even for the U.S. national team. But on a bitterly cold Wednesday night in front of a sellout crowd of 24,624 at Crew Stadium, the 24-year-old Chicago Fire forward outdid himself. Wolff scored the first goal and assisted on the second by Earnie Stewart as the U.S.