August 13, 2000
The Mexican and Argentine national soccer teams drew almost 100,000 fans to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for their 1999 match there--a fine crowd for the Coliseum, which has seen too little of professional sports since the Raiders football team left town in 1995. The game delivered a cool $1 million in revenue, helping to keep the publicly owned stadium from becoming a drain on local tax receipts. Even the U.S.
August 31, 1999 |
Miscellany James Lucarelli of Capistrano Beach won the bodyboarding competition this weekend at the East Coast Surfing Championships in Virginia Beach, Va. The competition marked the fourth and final stop of the ShockWave tour. Lucarelli scored 27 points and runner-up Larry McGinn of New Jersey scored 26.50. Joe Grodzen of Lake Forest finished fourth. Mike Todd of Laguna Beach edged Peter Labrador of Fountain Valley to win the juniors competition.
July 8, 1999 |
Of all the wonders they have seen during their trips from sea to shining sea, one vision of America remains fixed in the minds of players on China's Women's World Cup team. "We've been in several cities here and we have seen lots of girls playing soccer on fields," said Wang Junsheng, head of the Chinese delegation. "That is incomparable with other countries." Those girls may play in the next Women's World Cup tournament, or the one after that. Or they may play professional basketball.
October 23, 1997 |
Nike Corp., which is trying to bolster its share of shoe sales to soccer players, has agreed to pay $120 million to sponsor the U.S. Soccer Federation for eight years. Nike will become the exclusive official supplier and sponsor of products for U.S. national teams through 2006. Nike will also become title sponsor of the annual U.S. Cup series and the U.S. Women's Cup tournament.
April 6, 1996 |
Ready or not, Major League Soccer's time has arrived. Today at 5 p.m., before a sellout crowd of 31,000 and a national TV audience, professional soccer returns to the United States after an absence of 12 years. On the same Spartan Stadium field where George Best once wove his magic for the San Jose Earthquakes of the old North American Soccer League, Eric Wynalda and friends will try to conjure some tricks of their own for the San Jose Clash. Opposing the Clash will be Washington D.C.
November 30, 1995 |
Decisions, decisions. The Irvine High girls' soccer team--and the rest of the Orange County girls' soccer community--waited for one important decision last week. Katie Roda, a senior midfielder, was considering playing for the Southern California Blues women's team rather than with the Vaqueros this season. Roda could not do both because it is against Southern Section rules. With Roda, the Vaqueros are expected to be among the best five teams in the county.