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United States World Cup team arrives in South Africa

JOHANNESBURG – The U.S. World Cup team arrived in Johannesburg on Monday following a 17-hour flight and was greeted by the same visible security presence that was on hand for …


Just short

SUMNER, Wash. – Mark Kiver’s eyes were starting to well up with tears. “So close,” the Cheney boys soccer coach silently said after a long, drawn-out exhale.


Ferris edged

LAKEWOOD, Wash. – The Stadium Tigers left no doubt that they were the best team Friday. The Ferris Saxons, though, showed why they deserved to be on the same field …


Cheney in finals again

SUMNER, Wash. – Austin Walker could have dwelled on the two shots he missed at point-blank range. That is if the Cheney senior wasn’t busy thinking about the two goals …


Cheney in soccer finals

Austin Walker scored both of his team’s goals and senior goalkeeper Andrew Wilson was his usual stellar self as the Blackhawks blanked Toppenish 2-0 in the State 2A boys soccer …


Rain pushes back softball tournaments

University softball coach Jon Schuh enjoys coaching girls for many reasons. One of those reasons was quite evident Friday when the State 4A softball tournament in Tacoma was postponed.


U.S. roster set; Brian Ching left off

BRISTOL, Conn. — The phones started ringing at 2 a.m., and players were told to come down to the third floor for a meeting. As Herculez Gomez pressed the elevator …


Saxons in position, thanks to hard work

Skill is definitely a required element in the game of soccer. There’s another intangible, though, that can be equally important – good fortune. Or in a word, luck.


Seattle Sounders suffer with sophomore slump

TUKWILA, Wash. – In Steve Zakuani’s opinion, the timeline simply flip-flopped by a year. The first year of the Seattle Sounders FC went so perfectly, the club never encountered the …


Ferris looks forward to state

To suggest that the Ferris Saxons have gotten this far in the season purely because of luck would be grossly unfair. However, the Saxons know they’ve also had their share …


Coach of expansion Black Widows likes soccer team’s chances

First-year franchise + first-year frustrations = first-year flop. Jason Quintero understands the logic, because that’s how the equation often works out in any sport.


U.S. makes a pitch to host World Cup in 2018 or ’22

NEW YORK – The United States proposed holding the World Cup draw in Miami ahead of a tournament in 2018 or 2022 and suggested the possibility of hosting the opener …


Spokane-area youth soccer clubs won’t merge

When Washington State Youth Soccer Association approached Spokane soccer clubs last fall and asked them to figure out a way to merge into one big local association, the intention was …


Sports in brief: Sounders offer refund

SOCCER: After a disgraceful 4-0 loss at home to the Los Angeles Galaxy, Sounders FC forward/midfielder Steve Zakuani said the fans deserve an apology and shouldn’t have had to pay …


Donovan, Buddle baffle Seattle Sounders

SEATTLE – To Landon Donovan, the question is without debate: Los Angeles teammate Edson Buddle should be part of the U.S. national team training camp for the World Cup. Donovan …


Stumbling Sounders could use win

SEATTLE – Sounders FC could really use a victory today. Seattle comfortably won its season opener, but ever since that game, despite showing signs of improvement in its play, Sounders …


Sounders settle for tie

FRISCO, Texas – Jeff Cunningham scored his second penalty-kick goal of the game just before the final whistle to give FC Dallas a 2-2 tie with the Seattle Sounders FC …


Hamer mixes Mead chemistry

Mead coach Matt Stueckle knew he had a special kind of soccer player in then-freshman Nick Hamer the day he posed a question to his older brother, Jason, who was …


Panthers protect first-place position

Ben Doggett used his head Wednesday to help keep Mead in first place in Greater Spokane League boys soccer. Doggett’s assist – off his head – set up Nick Hamer’s …


Greg Lee: Thoreson demanded hard work

A handful of high school coaches have made an impression on me in my 26 years prowling the prep beat in these parts.


GNL soccer: Cheney wins showdown

Mark Kiver, Cheney’s first-year boys soccer coach, made no effort to downplay the importance of his team’s 3-0 win over previously unbeaten Medical Lake Tuesday afternoon in Medical Lake. “It’s …


‘Bud House’ brings together fans from World Cup nations

NEW YORK – Every soccer fan dreams of being on location for the World Cup – but maybe not side by side with fans from every other participating country. But …


Soccer organizations battle

Soccer is a simple sport. In its most primitive form, all that’s needed to play is a ball and two rocks to mark a goal. Not traditionally an American sport, …


Cougars dealt tough hand

There are probably some Washington State University soccer fans who feel the NCAA selection committee shortchanged their Cougars as far as the bracketing for this year’s Division I championship is …


Houston bounces Sounders

HOUSTON – What began with such a bang almost seven months ago, on that magical night in downtown Seattle when Sounders FC’s inaugural season opened in grand victory, ended ever …


From rising star to WV soccer leader

It’s role reversal. DeeDee Garbe burst onto a veteran West Valley High School girls soccer scene as a freshman with a knack for scoring goals. In bunches. In her first …


Redline reaching goals

As a defender, the closest Charlie Redline had gotten to a soccer goal crease the last three years was the one he plays with his back against. Going into this …


Prep soccer: Vikings, T-Wolves advance

Idaho 5A soccer teams Coeur d’Alene and Lake City have advanced to a date Saturday for state tournament seeding. The Inland Empire League regular-season champion Vikings (9-5-3) eliminated Lewiston (4-7-5) …


In brief: Late goal helps U.S. tie Costa Rica

Men’s soccer: Jonathan Bornstein headed in a corner kick in the fifth minute of stoppage time, giving the United States a 2-2 tie against Costa Rica on Wednesday night in …


Vikings turn back Lake City

Jordon Eborall can usually tell how well his Coeur d’Alene High boys soccer team is going to play during prematch warmups. The senior midfielder thought the Vikings might struggle Thursday …