January 9, 1990 |
None of the 16 players offered contracts for this year by the U.S. Soccer Federation has signed, the national team's coach, Bob Gansler, said Monday. But only one player, reserve goalkeeper David Vanole of Manhattan Beach, chose not to attend the two-week training camp in La Jolla because of the contract dispute with the federation. "Some of us were advised by agents or attorneys to do the same thing, not show up," said defender Paul Caligiuri of Santa Monica. "But we're here.
January 11, 1990 |
Holdout David Vanole met with Coach Bob Gansler Wednesday at the U.S. soccer team's training camp in La Jolla, but the reserve goalkeeper's return to the team does not appear imminent. Although Vanole said he is optimistic that his contract differences with the U.S. Soccer Federation will be resolved, Gansler said there might not be room in the net for the veteran from Manhattan Beach. "There's certainly no urgency here," Gansler said.
August 9, 1990 |
The election of Alan Rothenberg to the presidency of the U.S. Soccer Federation was as sure as it was swift. Rothenberg, former president of the Clippers, mounted a surgically efficient campaign that was well-organized and well-backed. His resounding defeat of three-term president Werner Fricker last Sunday signaled the end of soccer's car-pool and bake-sale mentality. The sport's agenda is now set. The campaign was about money and control.
August 14, 1994 |
Alan Rothenberg narrowly won reelection to his second four-year term as president of the U.S. Soccer Federation on Saturday, thanks in large measure to the intervention of FIFA, the sport's international governing body. Facing a battle for his political life, Rothenberg called in all of his favors. That meant bringing in the most powerful man in soccer, Brazil's Joao Havelange, the FIFA president, who spent the weekend campaigning for Rothenberg.
June 7, 1993 |
The surest signs that U.S. soccer is coming of age are the persistent rumblings of disputes between labor and management. American professional soccer players have no union, little leverage and, until recently, no hint of solidarity. That has changed. Last week, the members of the U.S. national team (1-5-9) retained the services of player agent Leigh Steinberg to represent them collectively in their differences with the U.S. Soccer Federation.
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.
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.
March 14, 1995 |
The U.S. Soccer Federation today will announce its most significant television package. The agreement with ABC, ESPN and Prime Sports calls for a minimum of 84 games to be shown over the next four years, including men's and women's national team games and youth games. Included will be all the American games at the Second FIFA Women's World Championship in Sweden in June, as well as American qualifying games for the 1998 World Cup in France.
July 25, 1990 |
Alan Rothenberg, who as soccer commissioner for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics oversaw one of the Games' best-attended events, said Tuesday that he is considering running for president of the U.S. Soccer Federation, apparently at the prompting of international soccer officials concerned about the 1994 World Cup to be held in the United States. Rothenberg, a former president of the Clippers and now the president of the California State Bar Assn.
August 22, 1994 |
The recent U.S. Soccer Federation elections did little to support the claim advanced by soccer insiders that the sport's national governing body has finally risen above petty politics and factional infighting. Quite the contrary: The politics of deal-making and manipulation only rose to a more sophisticated level. Soccer America magazine devoted an unprecedented amount of space to the election, calling it soccer's "quadrennial weekend of bloodletting."