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September 17, 2013 | Eric Sondheimer
The demise of quality high school boys' soccer in California is underway, thanks to the U.S. Soccer Federation's insistence on forcing top high school players to choose between its academy program and high school competition. As Sasha van der Most, the youth academy director for Chivas USA, puts it, "The players make the choices. We train four days a week, nine, 10 months a year, play top competition and don't charge the players anything. If you're in the soccer world, you know the best players don't want to play high school anymore.
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October 9, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
The U.S. Soccer Federation, still angry over being passed over in the bidding for the 2022 World Cup, said Wednesday it is unlikely to try to bring the sport's premier event back to North America unless significant changes are made in way host countries are chosen. Sunil Gulati, president of the U.S. federation and a member of FIFA's executive committee, said factors other than soccer swayed voters to award the 2022 tournament to the oil-rich state of Qatar, which spent lavishly in an attempt to raise its global profile.
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SPORTS
August 11, 1992 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Ray Liggett Jr. of Cary, Ill., has been hired as comptroller of the U.S. Soccer Federation, after eight years as an executive with Ducks Unlimited.
SPORTS
September 17, 2013 | Eric Sondheimer
The demise of quality high school boys' soccer in California is underway, thanks to the U.S. Soccer Federation's insistence on forcing top high school players to choose between its academy program and high school competition. As Sasha van der Most, the youth academy director for Chivas USA, puts it, "The players make the choices. We train four days a week, nine, 10 months a year, play top competition and don't charge the players anything. If you're in the soccer world, you know the best players don't want to play high school anymore.
SPORTS
September 6, 1990
Alan Rothenberg, president of the U.S. Soccer Federation, held "very fruitful" talks with Franz Beckenbauer in Munich about hiring the former West German team manager, the federation reported.
SPORTS
June 22, 1991 | From Staff and Wire Reports
The contract of Tab Ramos, one of the top American soccer players, was bought for $250,000 from the U.S. Soccer Federation by the Spanish second division club Figueras, the USSF announced.
SPORTS
June 24, 2010 | By Ken Bensinger
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.
SPORTS
July 15, 2006 | Mike Penner, Times Staff Writer
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.
OPINION
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.
SPORTS
August 31, 1999 | From Staff and Wire Reports
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.
SPORTS
July 8, 1999 | HELENE ELLIOTT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
BUSINESS
October 23, 1997 | Bloomberg News
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.
SPORTS
April 6, 1996 | GRAHAME L. JONES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
SPORTS
November 30, 1995 | WENDY WITHERSPOON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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