June 24, 2010 |
The U.S. soccer team is enjoying its greatest success in 80 years, but the hunt to bring America the World Cup goes far beyond the next two weeks in South Africa. Even as the national squad prepares to play Ghana on Saturday, U.S. soccer officials are racing to secure the country's bid to host the World Cup in 2018 or 2022. Leading the charge is Sunil Gulati, president of the U.S. Soccer Federation and chairman of the USA Bid Committee. In that role, he coordinates efforts to convince the bigwigs of FIFA that the U.S. and not Japan, Qatar, Russia or eight other countries deserve to get the nod. A final decision will be made Dec. 2. In the meantime, win or lose in Johannesburg, Gulati will be focused on one goal.
July 15, 2006 |
Bruce Arena's eight-year tenure as U.S. men's soccer coach came to an end Friday, leaving behind a mixed bag of achievement and disappointment that underscored the notion that it's better to be lucky than good only until the luck runs out. Arena, whose contract with U.S.
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.