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Federation condemns remarks, demands resignation of incoming FIFA VP MacBeth.

(Monday, May 29, 2007) -- CONCACAF has strongly condemned recent comments of John MacBeth, a high-ranking international official who accused it and the African confederation of corruption and greed. CONCACAF president Jack Warner termed MacBeth's comments "racist."   Full story

Mr. Rogers on Soccer
Howard's promotion brings memories of a fall from grace.

(Saturday, May 26, 2007) -- Tim Howard officially was named the starter for the United States men, but being Manchester United's No. 1 goalkeeper once led to an unpleasant demise.   Full story

U.S. under-20 men
Rongen names 16 for training camp, games in Canada.

CHICAGO (Wednesday, May 23, 2007) -- Thomas Rongen, coach of the United States under-20 men, announced a 16-player roster for his team's upcoming training camp in Canada which includes two matches against the northern neighbor.   Full story

Americans Abroad
Bernardo's Italian training could benefit U.S. future.

Vincenzo Bernardo
U.S. export.

NAPLES, Italy (Tuesday, May 22, 2007) -- Americans have not found much opportunity in Italy's Serie A, but Vincenzo Bernardo, a 17-year-old New Jersey native, is making the most of his time with SSC Napoli. He recorded 11 goals and six assists in 15 appearances for his club's youth team.   Full story

MLS notes
Toronto FC acquires Cunningham from Salt Lake for Eskandarian, draft pick.

TORONTO (Tuesday, May 22, 2007) -- Toronto FC, which has been a revolving door for players in its brief Major League Soccer history, acquired forward Jeff Cunningham from Real Salt Lake, the league's fourth leading all-time regular-season goal-scorer by sending striker Alecko Eskandarian and a 2008 first-round draft pick to Utah.    Full story

NCAA men
Eketebi is promoted to head coach at Florida International.

Munga Eketebi
Munga Eketebi:
Promoted at FIU.

MIAMI, Fla. (Monday, May 21, 2007) -- Munga Eketebi, Florida International's all-time leading goal scorer and an assistant coach for two decades, was promoted to the head job at the Miami school. Eketebi becomes the fourth head coach in the 35 years of the FIU program.   Full story

It Seems To Me. . .
Sunil Gulati and the road not taken.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Wednesday, May 16, 2007) --- United States Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati's grand plan for the future of the U.S. men has come to an end -- at least for now -- with Bob Bradley promoted from his interim position to full-time U.S. men's coach.   Full story

U.S. women
Mitts diagnosed with torn ACL, will miss second World Cup.

Heather Mitts
Heather Mitts:
Untimely injury.

day, May 16, 2007) -- United States defender Heather Mitts will miss a second straight Women's World Cup after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee. The injury, suffered in Saturday's 6-2 victory over Canada in Frisco, Texas, will keep her on the sidelines for six-to-eight months.   Full story

U.S. under-17 men
Americans learn their Group E opponents in World Cup.

SEOUL, South Korea (Thursday, May 17, 2007) -- The United States will face Belgium, Tunisia and Tajikistan in Group E of Under-17 Men's World Cup which will be played from August 18-September 9 in South Korea. The U.S. was one of the seeded team in today's draw.   Full story

U.S. men
Bradley reportedly will become coach, dropping interim from title.

Bob Bradley
Bob Bradley:
Reportedly promoted.

(Tuesday, May 15, 2007) -- Bob Bradley, who has served as the interim coach of the United States men since December, will be appointed to the job on a full-time basis at a Wednesday press conference in New York, the Los Angeles Times reported. The Americans have two major tournaments scheduled this summer, then enter World Cup qualifying.   Full story

U.S. under-20 men
Braghieri header gives Argentina 1-0 victory in friendly.

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (Tuesday, May 15, 2007) -- Midfielder Diego Braghieri scored early in the second half, lifting the defending world champion Argentina to a 1-0 decision over the United States in a friendly meeting of under-20 men.   Full story

U.S. women
Wambach nets pair, UNC quartet adds four in 6-2 rout of Canada.

Greg Ryan
Greg Ryan:
Still undefeated.

FRISCO, Texas (Saturday, May 12, 2007) -- Striker Abby Wambach scored twice, while a quartet of University of North Carolina alumni each added a goal, lifting the United States women to a 6-2 rout of Canada. The U.S. stretched its unbeaten streak to 41 matches, going 34-0-7 in that period.   Full story

Hall of Fame
Baumann, an NASL veteran, is named president and COO.

(Friday, May 11, 2007) -- Stephen H. Baumann, a former North American Soccer League player who has served as a museum director and college professor, was named today as president and chief operating officer of the National Soccer Hall of Fame.   Full story

NCAA men
Kremser retirement from FIU is deemed final.

Karl Kremser
Karl Kremser:
Going fishing.

(Tuesday, May 8, 2007) -- Karl Kremser, who led Florida International to two NCAA Division II championships and then Division I prominence, retired as coach of the Golden Panthers today. The move had been long-planned, but Kremser tried unsuccessfully to reverse his decision to step down.   Full story

U.S. under-17 men
Americans earn qualifying title behind Garza, McLoughlin.

KINGSTON, Jamaica (Sunday, May 6, 2007) -- A berth in this summer's Under-17 World Cup already earned, the United States used first-half goals by midfielder Gregory Garza and striker Ellis McLoughlin to defeat Costa Rica 2-1 and capture the CONCACAF Final Round Qualifying Tournament Group B title.   Full story

Soccer Smut Daily
Third parties owning player contracts challenges traditional loyalties.

LONDON (Saturday, May 5, 2007) -- West Ham United fans breathed a huge sigh of relief recently when an English Premier League hearing decided to only fine, but not penalize the Hammers in the standings for the signing of Argentinean duo Javier Mascherano and Carlos Tevez, bringing to light the EPL's prohibition of third-patry player contracts.    Full story

Major League Soccer
Kreis replaces Ellinger as RSL coach; GM Pastorino resigns.

Jason Kreis
Jason Kreis:
New job.

SALT LAKE CITY (Thursday, May 3, 2007) -- Jason Kreis, Major League Soccer's all-time leading scorer, ended his playing career today to become head coach of the third-year expansion franchise Real Salt Lake. Kreis replaced John Ellinger, who was reassigned to the position of technical director\director of soccer operations. Additionally, general manager Steve Pastorino quit.   Full story

U.S. under-17 men
Americans near world qualification after edging Canada 2-1.

Billy Schuler
Billy Schuler:
Stakes U.S. to lead.

KINGSTON, Jamaica (Wednes-
day, May 2, 2007) -- Striker Billy Schuler and defender Mykell Bates staked the United States to an early two-goal lead and the Americans managed to hold on for a 2-1 decision over Canada in a CONCACAF Men's Under-17 Final Round Qualifying Tournament Group B match.   Full story

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