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Robert Wagman
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Great qualifying results buoy U.S. men, but they must keep on growing.

SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras (Thursday, March 29, 2001) -- The United States couldn't have asked for more than six points in its first two CONCACAF qualifiers, including a victory in Honduras. Still, there are holes to fill, obstacles to dodge and room for improvement on the long road to the 2002 World Cup.   Full story.

U.S. under-20 men sport potent attack, but their defense must improve for world tournament.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Sunday, March 25, 2001) -- The United States under-20 men accomplished what they set out to do in the just-completed CONCACAF qualifications, earning a spot in the FIFA World Youth Championships June 17-July 8 in Argentina. The competition there, however, will be much better and the U.S., particularly the defense, must improve.   Full story.

After solid qualifying start, Arena still faces some tough decisions.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Thursday, March 15, 2001) -- The United States is obviously off to a good start on CONCACAF’s final round of World Cup qualifying. Still, with nine matches left between now and November, there is a long way to go and tough decisions to make.   Full story.

Arena dealing from strength as he sets lineup for Mexico qualifier.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Wednesday, February 21, 2001) -- United States men’s coach Bruce Arena is playing things even closer to his vest than usual regarding his lineup for next Wednesday’s World Cup qualifier against Mexico, but at least six starting spots are set, and there is healthy competition for the other positions.   Full story.

There was certainly logic behind D.C. United's unprededented dealing; report card is pending.

(Thursday, February 15, 2001) -- No team in the history of Major League Soccer has ever made as many changes from its established roster as D.C. United did recently in a three-day period surrounding the league’s draft. General Kevin Payne certainly used logic, but his success will be judged by the standings.   Full story.

Thin draft produces answers for few teams.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Friday, February 9, 2001) -- Backstage maneuvering did more to strengthen Major League Soccer teams than their selections in a thin draft.   Full story.

Arena is developing depth, looking to fill roles for 1st qualifier.

OAKLAND, Calif. (Monday, January 29, 2001) -- There are plenty of candidates, but with a training camp earlier this month, a 2-1 victory over China here on Saturday and next Saturday's match against Colombia, United States coach Bruce Arena is looking for answers as to who he will use in upcoming World Cup qualifiers.   Full story.

MLS should write off Galaxy's Hernandez as a bad investment and send him packing.

LOS ANGELES (Monday, January 22, 2001) -- The failure of striker Luis Hernandez to join Los Angeles Galaxy for the all-important CONCACAF Champions Cup is just the latest example of Mexican star taking advantage of Major League Soccer which has paid him handsomely and received little in return. The league should cut its losses and release him.   Full story.

Both good and bad can be found from recent MLS actions.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Wednesday, January 17, 2001) -- Over the past week, there has been some good and bad news for Major League Soccer fans with new management definite in San Jose, Calif., probable in Washington, D.C., and cuts expected in its teams' roster sizes and the salary cap.   Full story.

MLS cost-cutting could become apparent with sixth season nearing.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Sunday, January 7, 2001) -- Three Major League Soccer stories surfaced in the past week and all are worth examining. The one thing they have in common is money and MLS’s desire not to keep losing it at the same pace as it has over its first five years.   Full story.

All Columns

  • March 29: Great qualifying results buoy U.S. men, but they must keep on growing.
  • March 25: U.S. under-20 men sport potent attack, but their defense must improve for world tournament.
  • March 15: After solid qualifying start, Arena still faces some tough decisions.
  • February 21: Arena dealing from strength as he sets lineup for Mexico qualifier.
  • February 15: There was certainly logic behind D.C. United's unprededented dealing; report card is pending.
  • February 9: Thin draft produces answers for few teams.
  • January 29: Arena is developing depth, looking to fill roles for 1st qualifier.
  • January 22: MLS should write off Galaxy's Hernandez as a bad investment and send him packing.
  • January 17: Both good and bad can be found from recent MLS actions.
  • January 7: MLS cost-cutting could become apparent with sixth season nearing.

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