June 11, 1998 |
With only four days left before its game with Germany at Parc des Princes Stadium here in its first World Cup '98 game, questions still surround the United States team. Who will start Monday? Will Eric Wynalda play? Will the tactics be offensive or defensive? Is the U.S. ready? The last question is perhaps the easiest for Coach Steve Sampson. "This team is ready to play," he said. "It has been ready for a long time. It's time to put behind us the friendly matches and get on with the competition.
May 26, 1993 |
Whether they are viewed as reinforcements or saviors, the return of the European-based players to the U.S. national soccer team has begun, and their addition is expected to have a profound impact. The first to arrive is Roy Wegerle, who will start tonight when the United States plays host to Peru at Trabuco Hills High in Mission Viejo at 7:30. Wegerle, who plays in England, will be joined by seven other U.S. national team members who play in Europe as they assemble to prepare for next month's U.
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.
May 26, 1996 |
A 50-yard goal by Argentina's Alberto Naveda in the 47th minute and a 68th-minute penalty kick by Geoff Aunger helped the New England Revolution (4-3) to a 3-2 shootout victory over the Colorado Rapids before 14,323. Colorado (3-5) fought back on goals by Roy Wegerle (76th minute) and Jean Harbor (88th) but lost to a shootout goal by former San Jose midfielder Victor Mella.
April 28, 1994 |
Peter Vermes, a former captain of the U.S. national soccer team who started all three games during the 1990 World Cup, was cut by the team Wednesday. Vermes, 27, has 11 goals in 70 international appearances. However, his role was lessened in recent years, with more playing time given to Roy Wegerle, Ernie Stewart and Eric Wynalda.
August 16, 1994 |
The head of the soccer players' union in England doesn't like Americans playing on his home turf. "Not so long ago we were teaching the Americans how to play," Gordon Taylor said Monday. "Now I've got work permits for them piling up on my desk. It could be disastrous for us." Coventry City pursued U.S. defender Alexi Lalas, who signed last month with Padova of Italy's first division.