April 24, 2014 |
"Next Goal Wins" is an irresistible underdog story - sports-fan credentials not required. The lively documentary follows the biggest loser in international soccer as it tries to break a 17-year winless streak. To use the word "organization" is putting too fine a point on it: The team in question resides in the South Pacific territory of American Samoa, and the volunteer players are about as far removed as you can get - geographically and every other way - from the business of high-profile, high-stakes athletics.
April 23, 2014 |
Loyola's soccer team has finished second in the nation behind Florida Montverde Academy in the Student Sports Fab 50 rankings. Here's the link to complete rankings. Eric.firstname.lastname@example.org
April 19, 2014 |
Maybe it was the emotion of the moment. Or the difficulty of trying to find the right word in his third language. Either way, when Galaxy midfielder Marcelo Sarvas likened last month's Champions League series with Tijuana to a war, teammate Baggio Husidic could only shake his head. Husidic has experienced a real war. Trapped between competing armies in his native Bosnia, Husidic and his family fled for their lives, abandoning their comfortable home for a squalid refugee camp.
April 16, 2014 |
Major League Soccer on Wednesday awarded an expansion team to Atlanta, which would begin play in 2017. It is the third expansion club announced by MLS, which currently has 19 teams, in the last year. The others are New York City FC and Orlando City Soccer Club, which are expected to start play next year. The Atlanta team will be owned by Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank and play in a stadium to be built in downtown Atlanta that also would be the Falcons' new home. "We are going to build a first-class organization on and off the field that will be a source of pride for the entire community," Blank said in a statement.
April 7, 2014 |
U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati said Sunday's decision to fire women's Coach Tom Sermanni less than seven months before the start of World Cup qualifying was not made in haste but was the result of consultation with several people inside and outside the team. "Whenever we have changes or possible changes or directional changes with our national team program we ... talk to players, we talk to staff, we talk to people who've observed the team and we also rely on our own assessment," Gulati said in a conference call Monday.
April 6, 2014 |
Tom Sermanni was fired Sunday as coach of the U.S. women's soccer team just seven months before the start of World Cup qualifying. Sermanni, who replaced Pia Sundhage 15 months ago, was relieved of his duties after a 2-0 win over China on Sunday in Colorado. Former UCLA Coach Jill Ellis will take over on an interim basis starting with Thursday's rematch with China in San Diego. Ellis, U.S. Soccer's director of development, coached seven games at the end of 2012, going 5-0-2. Sermanni, formerly coach of the Australian women's team, was 18-2-4 with the U.S. But the team struggled mightily in last month's prestigious Algarve Cup tournament in Portugal, finishing seventh after losing to Sweden, 1-0, and Denmark, 5-3. The loss to Sweden, now coached by Sundhage, snapped a 43-match unbeaten streak for the Americans.