Soccer Archive: June / July 2006
The Coach Has Left the Arena
Just days after the 2006 World Cup, U.S. soccer president Sunil Gulati announced that Bruce Arena's contract as head coach of the national team would not be renewed. While Arena has already been brought on by the New York Red Bulls, the move opens the door to many more questions about the future of Team USA.
World Cup: And So It Ends
One month, 64 games, a depleted bank account and a five-pound heavier frame later, the World Cup has come to an end. Now that the dust has settled, here's the good, bad and ugly of World Cup 2006.
U.S. Soccer's Uphill Climb Continues
After the early and disappointing exit by an over-hyped American team, it hardly seems the time to predict that the United States is on the verge of becoming an international soccer power. Another four-year uphill battle awaits USA soccer.
MLS Enters The World of Universal Marketing
Could MLS really be the "hottest investment in professional sports"?There are those who look at the influx of money, new venues and ticket sales, and say yes.
World Cup Kicks In Around The Globe
The stories of the tournament so far are the disappointment of the USA and the controversial calls. But it should be a great two weeks ahead.
Blast Lose Three In MISL Expansion Draft
The MISL's newest team, the Detroit Ignition, started building its roster last week with the expansion draft and selected the Blast's backup goalkeeper Sanaldo, forward Joel Bailey and midfielder Carlos Garcia.
Blast Decide Who to Protect in Draft
Blast GM Kevin Healey must decide who to protect at the June 20 MISL expansion draft, in which the expansion team, the Detroit Ignition, begins to stock its roster.
Diary of a Die-Hard Cup Fan
What sort of day begins when you leave the house at 5:45 a.m. and head to the bar? John Plevyak chronicles his day as a die-hard World Cup fan.
Guide to Watching the World Cup
From the Inner Harbor to the hills of Westminster, some local soccer fans share their thoughts on what they believe will transpire and which team will win the final game on July 9 in Berlin, Germany.
High School Confidential: Montgomery Co. to World Cup
Montgomery County's Oguchi "Goochie" Onyewu will anchor the U.S. team's back line as the first Maryland native to play in the World Cup.
Bays Keep Storied History Alive
Led by Kevin Healy, the Baltimore Bays stress player development as the foundation for success at the highest levels of league, high school, Olympic, collegiate and professional competition.