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August 15, 1995
The UC Irvine men's soccer team has signed 13 players, first-year Coach George Kuntz announced Monday. Among those signed were Southern Section Division III player of the year Mike Jacobs and teammate Gustav Gratzer of Woodbridge High, South Coast League most valuable player Ryan Hawkins of Capistrano Valley High, all-Sea View League defender Brian Teter of Irvine High and all-Mission Conference goalkeeper Scott Zinser of Rancho Santiago College.
January 13, 1994 | DAVE McKIBBEN
Francisco Islas, leading scorer for the top-ranked Santa Ana Valley soccer team, might miss the rest of the season, pending a claim by Orange High that Islas is too old to play high school soccer. Santa Ana Valley Coach Adnan Bayati said Orange High has made a complaint to the Southern Section and the Santa Ana Valley administration that Islas was born in July 1974, which would make him 19 years old.
January 22, 2011 | Grahame L. Jones, On Soccer
It wasn't all that long ago when you could scour the professional soccer fields of Europe in vain looking for an American player. Those days are gone, but simply because there are now scores of U.S. players plying their trade at various levels all across the continent does not mean that all are thriving. In fact, the opposite is true. You need fewer than 10 fingers to count the Americans who are regarded as key figures on their respective European teams ? Tim Howard at Everton, Clint Dempsey at Fulham, Steve Cherundolo at Hannover 96, Maurice Edu at Rangers, Michael Bradley at Borussia Monchengladbach, Brad Friedel at Aston Villa, Stuart Holden at Bolton Wanderers, Michael Parkhurst at FC Nordsjaelland and Carlos Bocanegra at Saint-Etienne.
January 23, 1997 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Sixteen Ethiopian soccer players requested political asylum Wednesday in Italy, slipping out of their hotel in Ostia, near Rome, and trudging for miles in sneakers and their team uniforms. The players, clutching passports, had disappeared early Tuesday. "We had decided some time ago to leave Ethiopia, where there are political, religious and ethnic problems," Mohammed Timam, a striker for Ethiopia's national team, said at Rome's police headquarters.
May 28, 2012 | By Kevin Baxter
You never forget the first time, Sydney Leroux says. In her case it came when she was just 13, after a bet with her mother over how many goals she would score in a national soccer tournament. For Shannon Boxx it happened in college - and it, too, came on a dare after she led Notre Dame to an NCAA soccer championship. Yet for both women their first and subsequent tattoos have become indelible markers of accomplishment on a road each hopes will lead to a gold medal in the London Olympics this summer.
July 5, 1996
Members of two men's soccer teams taking a halftime break during a friendly Fourth of July game extinguished a grass fire that suddenly erupted next to the soccer field. "Those soccer players reacted very quickly," said Lynne Collins, a resident who was watching the game. "They were just great." The fire broke out about 6:30 p.m. at the soccer field in Moulton Meadow Park across the street from a residential neighborhood in Arch Beach Heights.
July 19, 2001
Soccer players Erin Misaki of Valencia, Jill Oakes of West Hills and Ally Marquand of Irvine were selected to attend a three-day training and tryout camp that began Tuesday in preparation for the women's under-21 Nordic Cup Championships. Misaki, a midfielder from Newhall Hart High, will be a junior at the University of Portland in the fall.
April 15, 1997 | LON EUBANKS
Two Cal State Fullerton soccer players, Joe DiGiamarino and Brian Dunseth, have decided to pass up their final two years of college eligibility and sign contracts with Major League Soccer, Titan Coach Al Mistri said Monday. Mistri said the contracts are with the league, and the players have not yet been assigned to MLS teams. Both were sophomores last season as Fullerton finished 11-4-6 and reached the second round of the NCAA playoffs.
March 18, 1987
Twelve Orange County boys' high school soccer players have been named to play in a seniors all-star soccer match at 6:30 p.m. Friday at St. Francis High School in La Canada. The 18-member team, which represents Area Code 714, will be coached by Manny Toledo, Brea-Olinda High School coach, and Vladimir Nieto, Kennedy coach. The team plays the Area Code 213 team in the first of two matches sponsored by American International Soccer. Area Code 818 plays Area Code 805 at 8 p.m in the second match.
November 14, 1989 | From Times Wire Services
The Zimbabwe Football Assn. banned four players for life today for publicly urinating on the field at a Harare soccer stadium. ZFA Chairman Nelson Chirwa said the organization was "appalled" by the behavior Sunday of the four players of the southern Tongogara team. He said the four were advised to urinate by witch doctors who said it would ensure a victory. It didn't work. Tongogara lost 2-0.
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