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Confident Ching enjoying renaissance

CARSON, Calif. – When the United States begins the final round of World Cup qualifying, a former local standout will rank among the Americans’ leading scorers. Brian Ching, who led …


Sounders already make big noise

RENTON, Wash. – The splashy new Seattle Sounders are still two months from their first game. Yet they already have sold far more season tickets than Major League Soccer averaged …


Beckham fever lacking fervor

Like dozens of others, I’ll always remember what I was doing the exact moment I heard that David Beckham was coming to America: Not watching a soccer game.


Mexico Captures Gold Cup United States Loses Win Streak In 1-0 Setback Before 91,255

The United States’ record six-game winning streak ended Sunday in a 1-0 loss to Mexico, with Luis Hernandez scoring on a header in the first half of the CONCACAF Gold …


Reyna Doubtful

While goalkeeper Kasey Keller will join the U.S. team for the semifinals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup tonight against Brazil, midfielder Claudio Reyna probably will it because of a strained …


Wynalda Stars Again As U.S. Blanks Cuba Aggressive Attack Produces A Gold Cup First-Round Victory

Ray Wegerle, left, receives a hug from Joe-Max Monroe after scoring against Cuba. Photo by Associated Press


U.S. Needs Goalie

Tony Meola, the starter for the United States in the 1990 and 1994 World Cups, may play his first game for the U.S. in more than 3-1/2 years when it …


Lesser-Known Qualifiers May Not Be Such Long Shots

Don’t just look at Brazil, Germany and Italy as title contenders. Watch out for Nigeria, Yugoslavia and Romania, too. The World Cup draw in Marseille, France, on Thursday has all …


By Winning, U.S. May Have Saved Coach’s Job Triumph Over El Salvador Ends World Cup Qualifying Round

It was a good day for U.S. coach Steve Sampson and forward Brian McBride. But was it good enough for them to be part of the team headed to France …


Italy Gains Cup Berth

Italy qualified for the World Cup by beating Russia 1-0, and Belgium advanced to the tournament with a 2-1 victory that eliminated Ireland. In the second leg of the European …


U.S. Ties Mexico, Keeps Hopes Alive Hosts Clinch World Cup Berth, But Yanks Gain Moral Victory

Seventeen times, the United States had played against Mexico in Mexico City. Seventeen times, the United States had lost. That’s why the Americans were ecstatic over Sunday’s scoreless tie in …


Mead Turns Back Challenge

Mead celebrates a goal by Holly Ready (14) that helped the Panthers remain atop the GSL soccer standings. Photo by Sandra Bancroft-Billings/The Spokesman-Review


Germany Clinches Cup Berth

Three-time winner Germany earned its 14th World Cup spot with a 4-3 win over Hanover, and England - after missing out four years ago - claimed a place Saturday with …


Miscellany

Overcoming 70-degree temperatures, Andrew Musuva of Kenya and Lyubov Morgunova of Russia each won their first marathons, taking their divisions of the Twin Cities Marathon in St. Paul, Minn. Musuva, …


4 Added To World Cup

Argentina, Bulgaria, Colombia and Paraguay qualified for the 1998 World Cup and England moved past Italy to set up a dramatic game against the Italians in Rome next month to …


Shadow Aiming For Shot At Nationals Highlanders Offer Different Challenge For Host Spokane

Joe Ascolese, right, and the Shadow hope to trip up San Gabriel Valley tonight. Photo by Torsten Kjellstrand/The Spokesman-Review


Shadow Too Bright For Reds Spokane Survives Shootout, Gets Shutout

Joe Ascolese and Pete van de Ven were given a chance and they made the most of it. Sort of like the Spokane Shadow. After starring in an unconventional shootout …


Shootout Favors Shadow

The sun was baking the artificial turf in Albi Stadium at high noon on Sunday, but Jack Swanson was cool. That’s about as big a compliment as there could be …


Sports People

Veteran free-agent goalie Andy Moog agreed to a two-year contract with the Montreal Canadiens, after spending the past four seasons with the Dallas Stars. … Ed Jacoby, who retired in …


Shadow Get Best Of Bigfoot

Spokane Shadow fans got their money’s worth Saturday night at Joe Albi Stadium. Zane Higgins’ goal with 5:20 remaining in overtime gave Spokane a 2-1 victory over the Puget Sound …


Shadow To Hold Division Playoffs Top Four Nw Division Teams To Gather At Albi July 26-27

The spoils of winning continue to go to the Spokane Shadow. The Shadow announced Monday the USISL picked Spokane for the Premier League Northwest Division tournament. The four-team event will …


Road Games May Affect Shadow In The Playoffs

Although the Spokane Shadow have a title in hand, the USISL Premier League Northwest Division champions face two crucial road games this weekend. The Shadow, 11-2 in division soccer games …


America Cup Semifinals Set

Ronaldo scored two goals as Brazil beat Paraguay 2-0 to advance to the semifinals of the America Cup. Brazil, the defending World Cup champion, will face Peru on Wednesday in …


Shadow’s Plans To Celebrate Division Title Placed On Hold

The Spokane Shadow will have to wait at least until tonight if they are to celebrate a second consecutive USISL Premier League Northwest Division championship. The Shadow, having already clinched …


Berto’s Goal Lifts Shadow In Sudden Death

It was a combination of the right attitude and being at the right place at the right time. Dave Berto, the Shadow’s leading scorer, broke out of his quiet offensive …


Shadow Shut Out Orcas Fink Goal, Mullen Netminding Earn 1-0 Win Over Bellingham

Brett Finke, left, and Jim Martinson, who teamed on Spokane’s goal in a 1-0 win, pinch off Bellingham’s Greg Brisbon (6). Photo by Shawn Jacobson/The Spokesman-Review


Martinson Gives Shadow A Leg Up

Martinson


Shadow Respond To Loss By Dismantling Yakima

With the largest crowd in franchise history helping carry the weight, the Spokane Shadow ignored the giant bull’s e ye on its back. The Shadow played their best game of …


Shadow Suffer First Division Loss

Chad Brown scored on a Brett Fink-assisted goal, but the Cascade Surge answered with two second-half goals Friday to hand the Spokane Shadow their first USISL Premier League Northwest Division …


Miscellany

Mia Hamm scored three goals as the U.S. women’s national team romped to a 4-0 win over Canada in the opening game of U.S. Women’s Cup 1997 at New Britain, …