The U.S. Soccer Federation has suspended Chicago Fire midfielder Cuauhtemoc Blanco from U.S. Open Cup play for at least two years.
Clint Dempsey was left off the U.S. roster for next week's exhibition game at Germany after the midfielder was suspended by the New England Revolution following a practice-field fight with a teammate.
Mere months after making the A-League's Eastern Conference finals, the Syracuse Salty Dogs have suspended operations and will not field a side in 2005.
The United States women's national team shut out Ireland 5-0 in an exhibition game at Salt Lake City.
Asian soccer authorities scrapped the continent's qualifying series for the women's World Cup later this month because of the SARS outbreak.