December 20, 1997
Next level: Josh Henderson has been one of the country's prime soccer talents since his days at La Canada High. Henderson, a junior forward at Duke, had seven goals and 14 assists this season and has caught the eye of U.S. national team Coach Steve Sampson, who said Henderson looks like a candidate for the next Olympic team. "He is one of the finer college talents in the country," Sampson said. As for the national team, Sampson said Henderson will need more experience.
June 12, 1998 |
Four days before his team's World Cup opener, U.S. Coach Steve Sampson ripped into his German counterpart for not respecting the Americans. "When Berti Vogts walks out 20 minutes before the end of the Belgium match, that shows a lack of respect for the United States team," Sampson said Thursday. "In Europe, they have no respect for the United States. Frankly, we haven't earned it." Sampson, who was referring to the Americans' 2-0 loss at Brussels on Feb.
August 6, 1998 |
Steve Sampson, who coached the United States to a last-place finish in the World Cup and then quit, says his next job in soccer will be at the local level. In a news conference Wednesday at Beverly Hills, Sampson said he will become technical director of the Las Virgenes Soccer Club in Westlake Village. He has yet to sign a contract. Sampson also is seeking to be hired as director of the U.S. Soccer Federation's Project 2010, whose aim is to have the Americans win the World Cup within 12 years.
February 1, 1997
In last week's Viewpoint, Chris Ryder lambasted soccer fans for not supporting the U.S. Cup. What Mr. Ryder and the USSF haven't learned is that Southern California soccer fans are sophisticated about the game. When the USSF tried to charge $30 to $40 per ticket to watch second-tier players, we're not going to be led to the games like lambs to slaughter. Those fans who stayed away from the final games were visionary; it was obvious the U.S. team didn't care about the game and got the result it deserved.
August 6, 1997 |
Steve Sampson, coach of the United States national soccer team, Tuesday was "angry and disappointed" that Galaxy midfielder Danny Pena had refused a call-up to the national team. Pena, 29, was one of four Galaxy players selected to take part in Thursday's match between the United States and Ecuador at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore, but he declined the invitation. "Nowhere else in the world would that take place," Sampson said.
August 22, 2004 |
Same old, same old? Almost. Sure, the Galaxy could muster nothing more than a 1-1 tie against the last-place Chicago Fire in new Coach Steve Sampson's debut. Yes, the Galaxy's winless streak was extended to six games. And absolutely, the Galaxy was caught by the victorious Kansas City Wizards in a tie for first place in the Western Conference and it looked simply dreadful in the first half while extending its scoreless drought to 268 minutes.