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Yallop named Earthquakes fourth head coach by Neale, 24 hours after becoming general manager; Doyle retires.

SAN JOSE, Calif. (Friday, February 2, 2001) -- Veteran Major League Soccer assistant coach Frank Yallop, who toiled for nearly two decades as a player in the United States and England, was named today as the fourth head coach of the San Jose Earthquakes.

The announcement was made by Tom Neale 24 hours after being named Earthquakes’ general manager. Neale, 30, had worked for the club since February 1997 and had been serving as interim general manager since October.

"We chose Frank for several primary reasons," Neale said. "He is a winner, can instill a winning environment on the team, has and will get respect from our players and throughout the league, and he is a young, hungry, aggressive coach who is a great fit for our organization."

Yallop ended his active playing career following the 1998 season, his third as a regular on the Tampa Bay back line. His one MLS goal came in his career’s final game on September 27, 1998, capping off his second straight campaign in which he was named the Mutiny’s top defender.

"I feel very fortunate to have this opportunity and I plan to make the most of it," said Yallop, 36, previously an assistant in MLS with D.C. United and the Tampa Bay Mutiny. "I've learned a lot in the past several years after making the transition from player to coach and I look forward to helping San Jose get back to winning ways."

Yallop joined MLS in 1996 from Ipswich Town in England, where he first signed a professional contract at the age of 16. He spent his entire career with Ipswich, making 376 appearances in all competitions from 1983-1996, with the exception of a month when he played with Blackpool on loan.

"Frank is a quality person who comes to the Earthquakes with great recommendations and a tremendous amount of respect from his peers, " said Greg Elliott, vice president of corporate partnerships at Silicon Valley Sports & Entertainment, the organization that took over operation od the Earthquakes January 10 and fired coach Lothar Osiander two days later. "During the interviewing process, it became very clear that he was a great fit for this position. His extensive knowledge of the MLS, both as a player and a coach, should not be understated and will be a great asset to the organization."

A gritty, tough defender known for his stalwart play, Yallop earned 52 caps for England, his final full national team appearances coming during qualifying for the 1998 World Cup.

In other Earthquakes news, veteran defender John Doyle, the last member of the San Jose’s inaugural 1996 team, announced his retirement yesterday.

Doyle, 34, was allocated to the San Jose franchise, then called the Clash, in 1995 and holds club records for games (132) and minutes played (11,385). He was the first MLS "Defender of the Year" in 1996 and was named an All-Star in 1996 and 1997.

"To be able to come home and play in San Jose for five years has been a dream come true," said Doyle, a native of Fremont, Calif. "I have so many great memories from playing here."

Doyle’s career totals were 11 goals and 15 assists after a 2000 season in which he contributed four goals and two assists.


Walsh becomes Manhattan head coach

SECAUCUS, N.J. -- MetroStars midfielder Billy Walsh today was named head men's coach at Manhattan College Wednesday, becoming the only current athlete in any major U.S. sport to simultaneously work as an NCAA Division I head coach.

Walsh, who for the past two seasons has served as the head coach of the boys' team at his alma mater, Chatham (N.J.) High School, will be assisted at Manhattan by MetroStars goalkeeper Mike Ammann and former MetroStars assistant Brian O'Donnell, who was the team's strength and conditioning coach in 1999.

"I am committed to doing my best to bring plenty of success to the Jaspers, while also retaining my same commitment as a player to the MetroStars," Walsh said.

Walsh, 25, coached Chatham to a two-year record of 41-6, including the Group II state championship in 1999

"Billy and I are all about winning and we're looking to instill that attitude in our players at Manhattan," Ammann said. "We can't wait to get started."

In other news yesterday, The MetroStars named Des McAleenan goalkeepers coach today and also added Javier Robalino as equipment manager.

McAleenan, 34, spent the past season as goalkeeping coach for both the Connecticut Wolves of the A-League and Trinity College, an NCAA Division III school in Hartford, Conn. A native of Dublin, McAleenan tended goal at Central Connecticut State College from 1988-92 and then played five years with the Wolves and Albany Alley Cats in the United Systems of Independent Soccer Leagues.


Salcedo named UCLA assistant

LOS ANGELES -- Midfielder Jorge Salcedo, who retired from the Los Angeles Galaxy during a 2000 season cut short by injury, was named an assistant coach at his alma mater UCLA.

Salcedo was in MLS from the beginning, a starter for a Galaxy team that advanced to a 3-2 championship game loss in overtime to D.C. United in the inaugural 1996 season. He also played for the Columbus Crew, Chicago Fire and Tampa Bay Mutiny before returning to the Galaxy in 1999.

He saw action in just five games with the Galaxy in 2000 before retiring.

Salcedo had an illustrious career at UCLA from 1990-1993, starting all four years as a midfielder or defender, playing 74 games and tallying six goals and seven assists for 19 points. As a freshman, he scored the decisive penalty kick in a tiebreaker to give the Bruins their second national title. In 1993, he was named a first-team All-American.

"As a former UCLA player, he has a great understanding of our university, and he knows what it takes to be successful at the collegiate, national team and professional levels," UCLA coach Todd Saldaña said.

Prior to his MLS career, Salcedo played with the L.A. Salsa in the American Professional Soccer League and then for F.C. Morelia of the Mexican First Division.

With this new coaching position, Salcedo follows in the footsteps of his father, Hugo, a 1972 United States Olympian who was an assistant coach at UCLA from 1978-1979. Hugo has worked with world governing body FIFA since 1984.

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