The Salt Lake Tribune reported today that Real Salt Lake traded midfielder Atiba Harris to Chivas USA, although as of now his stats remain on the RSL Web site. No confirmation from Chivas USA, although their PR staff are on vacation right now.
Former Galaxy great Mauricio Cienfuegos, meanwhile, has apparently taken his first coaching job back in his native El Salvador.
And USC’s first year Coach Ali Khosroshahin was named Soccer America Coach of the Year.
From the USC press release today:
In his first year as head coach of the USC womens soccer team, Ali Khosroshahin wasted no time in making an impact. He not only turned heads at Troy in pushing the Trojans to a number of new program records, he capped off the season by capturing the nations top prize the 2007 NCAA Championship. For his outstanding efforts in leading the Women of Troy to their first-ever national title and a record-breaking 20-3-2 season, Khosroshahin has been named the Soccer America Coach of the Year. Four Trojans also were honored with postseason awards by Soccer America. Sophomore goalkeeper Kristin Olsen continues to rack up accolades, as the Honda Award finalist was named to the Soccer America MVPs First Team. Three USC freshmen defender Kasey Johnson and midfielders Megan Ohai and Ashli Sandoval have been named to Soccer America All-Freshman teams. Johnson has earned a First Team nod, and Ohai and Sandoval are Second Team selections.
Finally here’s Wednesday’s prep action from the Daily Breeze (Mira Costa-Animo) while a roundup is here.
The Long Beach Press-Telegram has a Moore League preview.
Fabio Capello has yet to sign on the dotted line as the new England coach and already there’s speculation he has made up with a certain player the then Real Madrid coach once vowed would never play for him again (although he did anyway with Real’s season going south last season). Yup, David Beckham, it’s said, will captain England on Feb. 6 against Switzerland and earn his century of caps. But will he make it to 101 England appearances?
Local Manchester United fans hoping to see former Red Devils midfielder Juan Sebastian Veron grace the Home Depot Center field (albeit playing for D.C. United) are apparently out of luck. Or maybe not.
At the other end of the soccer spectrum, here are today’s prep soccer stories ripped from the pages, um, Web sites of the Daily Breeze, Daily News and Long Beach Press-Telegram.
Finally, while no local schools are involved, the NCAA Men’s Soccer Tournament has come down to the final four. Wake Forest plays Virginia Tech at 2 p.m. today on ESPN2, while the Ohio State-Massachusetts game follows at 4:30 p.m. on ESPNU.
Still, if you can only see one game this weekend on television make it Arsenal against Chelsea at 8 a.m. Sunday on Fox Soccer Channel. Manchester United take on Liverpool the same day, but that 5:25 a.m. game is on the more expensive Setanta. Here’s a preview of the match-ups between the big four of the EPL.
At 11 a.m. today the Trojans will attempt to put a cherry atop their very unlikely season when they meet Florida State in the NCAA Tournament final on ESPN2.
Both teams see themselves as underdogs. FSU has a bunch of foreign imports. USC Coach Ali Khosroshahin is only the second-ever coach to take a team to the tournament final in his first season.
Plenty of story lines. Let’s hope there’s plenty of action. A preview is here.
New U.S. Women’s National Team Coach Pia Sundhage was in Texas for the tournament and gave this update ahead of her first camp with the team in Carson. I’ll head out to Home Depot Center Monday to meet Pia and will have more Tuesday in my weekly column in the Daily News and Daily Breeze.
USC isn’t the only local college still playing soccer; so are the Cerritos College women, who play at 10 a.m. in the COA Women’s Soccer Championship title game.
Finally, here are the highlights of Saturday’s prep games.