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Abronzino, member of Hall of Fame, dies at 85; Lavolpe said to resign.

Umberto Abronzino
Umberto Abronzino earned induction into the National Soccer Hall of Fame after a career as a standout player, organzier, manager and referee.
-- National Soccer Hall of Fame web site photo --
ONEONTA, N.Y. (Wednesday, July 5, 2006) -- Umberto Abronzino, a member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame, died Saturday, the Hall announced today. He was 85.

"Umberto was one of the great gentlemen of the game," Hall of Fame president and chief execeutive officer Will Lunn said. "His career included playing, managing, refereeing, organizing leagues and referees. He is a wonderful example of what earns one election to the Hall of Fame as a 'builder.' "

Abronzino, who was born in Sessa Aurunca, Italy, came to the United States from Italy in 1937 at the age of 17. Already an accomplished player in his native Italy, he continued playing in the Hartford, Conn., area, where also began his career as a manager.

Abronzino moved to the California Bay Area in 1952 and within five years had organized the Peninsula Soccer League. In the Peninsula League, he served in a number of roles, including organizing one of its teams, the Sons of Italy, which played out of San Jose. In addition, he was an officer in the California Soccer Association, helped organized the California North Youth Soccer Association, served on the U.S. Soccer Federation's National Amateur Cups organizing committee, most notably as its treasurer, not to mention putting in time as a referee.

He was elected to the California Soccer Association Hall of Fame in 1964, the California Youth Soccer Hall of Fame in 1979 and to the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 1971.

Recently retired players Alexi Lalas and Carla Overbeck, "veteran" Al Trost and "builder" Philip Anschutz will be inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame during festivities August 27-28, in Oneonta, N.Y.

On Sunday, August 27 the Third Annual Hall of Fame Golf Tournament, the First Hall of Fame Tennis Tournament and the President's Reception\Dinner will be held. The Induction 2006 Ceremony will take place August 28 in the Museum, starting at 10 a.m.

Induction is open to the public and is free of charge. It will be followed the Major League Soccer Hall of Fame Game will commence at 1 p.m. on At-A-Glance Field on the Hall of Fame campus. Tickets for the golf tournament, the President's Reception\Dinner and the MLS game are available at the Hall of Fame or by calling 800-545-FAME (3263).


Lavolpe reportedly steps down as Mexico coach

Ricardo Lavolpe, the Argentine coach of Mexico's men, apparently will resign following the nation's second-round elimination from the World Cup, the fourth straight exit for the Los Tri-Colores in their opening match of the knockout stage.

"I think he will not (continue)," Mexican Soccer Federation president Alberto de la Torre told the Televisa television network. "He wants to coach in Europe. He was telling me he has an offer from Spain and also has offers from Argentina, so he's already tuned to another channel. . .

"(He) was always supported while he was in the process and now it's time to look (for a replacement). Someone else has to take care of the process for 2010."

De la Torre added that Lavolpe has offeres in Argetina and Europe.

Lavolpe, who has spent the last 30 years in Mexico, replaced Javier Aguirre as coach in 2002. Aguirre was highly successful as manager of CA Osasuna in Spain's La Liga from 2002-2006, leading the club he once played for to fourth place and a berth in the UEFA Cup this past season. He accepted a similar post with Atlético Madrid for the upcoming season.

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