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April 11, 2000 | GRAHAME L. JONES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Despite the huge success locally of last summer's Women's World Cup, Los Angeles will not have a team in the women's professional soccer league set to begin play in April 2001. The Women's United Soccer Assn. (WUSA) on Monday identified its eight initial franchise cities and announced that it had signed a four-year cable TV contract with Time Warner Inc. The league conditionally named Atlanta, Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Orlando-Tampa Bay, San Diego, San Francisco and Washington D.C.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 24, 2014 | By Sheri Linden
"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.
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SPORTS
June 26, 2012 | By Kevin Baxter
Defending champion Spain isn't the only soccer team chasing history in the European Championships. Germany, Portugal and Italy also could achieve milestones with wins in Wednesday's and Thursday's semifinals. Spain, which faces Portugal on Wednesday in Donetsk, Ukraine, is after a record-setting third consecutive major title after winning the 2008 European Championships and the 2010 World Cup. But simply winning its semifinal would make Spain the first team to reach the title game in consecutive European tournaments in 16 years.
SPORTS
April 5, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
Juergen Klinsmann hasn't made many missteps in his 2 1/2 years of coach of the U.S. national team. Still it was hard not to question last week's decision to jettison Martin Vasquez, his longtime right-hand man, and replace him with Tab Ramos and former German national team coach Berti Vogts. Sacking your top assistant two months before the World Cup is a little like a presidential candidate dumping his running mate after the convention. So was it an act of panic or prescience? It's too early to tell.
SPORTS
November 28, 2000 | PAUL McLEOD
The Cal State Fullerton and UC Irvine men's soccer programs will leave the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation when the Big West Conference begins play in the sport next season. "I think it's going to be a very competitive conference next year," Fullerton Coach Al Mistri said. "UC Riverside will be coming into the conference and playing Division I soccer for the first time, but they will have seven scholarships. We didn't have that many scholarships until 1997.
SPORTS
March 6, 2004 | Elia Powers; John Ortega, From Times Staff Reports
San Clemente and Woodland Hills El Camino Real will make their third and fourth consecutive championship game appearances, respectively, today, but neither girls' soccer team has been blase during its repeat run. Top-seeded San Clemente (17-2-7), ranked No.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 9, 1996 | DARRELL SATZMAN
After capturing both state and national championships in a record-breaking season, the Valley United Stars girls' soccer team will be honored Monday night at the Canoga Park Elks Lodge. Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky and City Councilwoman Laura Chick will present the girls awards for athletic achievements and community involvement.
SPORTS
January 19, 1989
Moorpark College will field men's and women's soccer teams this fall, according to Sports Information Director Jerry Olson. The men's team will compete in the Western State Conference if approved by the State Commission on Athletics later this month. The Lady Raiders will join the South Coast Conference. The soccer programs will raise the number of Moorpark athletic teams to 16: 9 for men, 7 for women.
SPORTS
November 5, 1986
Both UCSD soccer teams will play in the Division III Western Regionals this weekend. The men's team, 13-5 and ranked 18th in the nation, plays a first-round match at Claremont Mudd Saturday at 1 p.m. Sunday at 1, the women's team, 13-4-1 and ranked No. 8, plays host to the winner of Saturday's match between Methodist (Fayetteville, N.C.) and St. Mary's (Winona, Minn.).
WORLD
July 21, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Heavily armed kidnappers snatched the Argentine coach of one of Mexico's biggest soccer teams in broad daylight, police said. Police said they had few clues about who abducted Ruben Omar Romano, coach of Cruz Azul. The kidnappers blocked a road and grabbed him from his car Tuesday after a training session in Mexico City.
TRAVEL
March 28, 2014 | By Vincent Bevins
SÃO PAULO, Brazil - This mega city 270 miles southwest of Rio is the largest in South America and Brazil's main destination for culture, night life and cosmopolitan gastronomy. Where you'll see soccer: The action kicks off at the new Arena Corinthians, where Brazil takes on Croatia on June 12 in the opening match. This temple to soccer in the Itaquera district, a bit outside São Paulo proper, also hosts the semifinals on July 7. FIFA, soccer's world governing body, is setting up a giant outdoor screen at Vale do Anhangabaú, a big public square in a beautiful but often sketchy part of downtown, where fans and festivities should be plentiful and rowdy.
SPORTS
March 5, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
It was supposed to be a final U.S. tune-up for this summer's World Cup. But what Wednesday's 2-0 loss to the Ukraine in Cyprus proved is the American national soccer team likely needs a complete overhaul if it expects to be competitive in Brazil. A first-half goal by Andriy Yarmolenko and a second-half score by Marko Devic capped an emotional week for the Ukraine, which nearly canceled the match after Russian troops occupied the Crimean peninsula last weekend. Instead they turned the game into a display of patriotism.
NEWS
March 1, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
Before last year, Matt Besler had never played a game for the U.S. soccer team. And when he finally earned his first start, he played next to the Galaxy's Omar Gonzalez, who was making only his third international appearance. Now 14 months and 26 combined caps later, both could be starting in Brazil in June, becoming the two most inexperienced center backs to play in a World Cup opener for the U.S. since 1950. That's news Gonzalez greets with a smile and a shrug. "I guess it's kind of cool.
SPORTS
February 7, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
Former U.S. team captain Thomas Dooley was named coach of the Philippines national soccer team, the Associated Press reported Friday, making him the sixth American since 2002 to coach a national team outside the United States. Dooley, of Laguna Niguel, had 81 caps with the U.S., playing in the 1994 World Cup and captaining the team in the 1998 tournament. The defender spent much of his career in Germany, playing for four clubs before joining Major League Soccer, where he played with Columbus and the New York Metro Stars.
SPORTS
February 5, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
Major League Soccer on Wednesday confirmed that David Beckham has exercised his option for an MLS expansion team to play in Miami. MLS Commissioner Don Garber made the announcement at a news conference Wednesday at downtown Miami's museum plaza. Beckham and Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez also attended. Beckham's ownership group now will work with the league and local officials in building a privately funded stadium, MLS said in confirming earlier media reports that Beckham planned a team in Miami.
SPORTS
February 4, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 The El Camino Real girls' soccer team will have three players sign on Wednesday. They are Peyton Cline (Fresno State), Leslie Ramirez (Georgia State) and Madison Lipton (Rider). Coach Eric Choi has sent 18 players to colleges since becoming head coach in 2006-07.   Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
SPORTS
June 26, 1998
Four Southern California Blues girls' soccer teams advanced to today's semifinals at the U.S. Youth Soccer Far West Regional Championships in Albuquerque. The San Juan Capistrano-based club's under-15 team defeated Nevada, 4-0. The under-16 Blues beat Alaska, 7-0, getting two goals from Ally Halpern (San Clemente High). The under-18 team beat Oregon, 4-0. Jen Branham (El Dorado), Michelle Bannister (Canyon) and Ally Fennel (Mater Dei) scored. The under-19 Blues beat New Mexico, 3-0.
NEWS
January 28, 1993
The City Council voted to extend lighting hours at La Puerta Sports Park during March for youth soccer practice. Through March, park lights will be on from 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Friday. Residents near the park have complained over the years that the park attracts vandalism to the neighborhood and that the lighting spills into their homes. On Saturday, soccer teams planted 50 trees along the park boundary.
SPORTS
January 11, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
The World Cup kicks off in Brazil in five months. And with the group-play pairings already set, the U.S. knows who it will play, where it will play and when it will play. Still to be determined, however, is who will be in uniform when all that happens, which leaves Coach Juergen Klinsmann and his staff with several difficult decisions to make between now and early June, when the team leaves for Sao Paulo. But with just one FIFA match day on the international calendar this spring, those decisions will necessarily be influenced by what the players did last year, what they do with their club teams this year and what many of them do during the national team's winter camp, which began last week.
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