April 15, 2008 |
When the inevitable question came, the seven tiny females on stage at a Palmer House Hilton news conference yesterday shivered with unease as if a frosty breeze had just swept in from nearby Lake Michigan. How were these American gymnasts prepared to deal with some of the volatile political issues - Tibet, Darfur, China's human rights record - that are beginning to flare in the run-up to the much-anticipated Summer Games in Beijing? "There's not anything that's going to change how we feel about the Olympics," said Shawn Johnson, the 16-year-old who won a gold medal at the 2007 world championships.
July 8, 2015 |
Yes, there will be a Victory Tour. The U.S. women, the World Cup champions, will stop in 10 cities later this summer, basking in the screams of the faithful and all the new converts, as it should be. Just make one of the stops Delran High. Seriously, U.S. Soccer should take one date out of the mix, not worry about maximizing profit that night, and use the game for another purpose - to thank Carli Lloyd, to give her a truly memorable gift. Maybe this country would still be World Cup champion without Lloyd, just as maybe the national team could have won the 2008 Olympics without Lloyd's 19-yard screamer in overtime, the only goal that night in Beijing.
January 12, 2013
The National Women's Soccer League announced the allocation of U.S. National Team players on Friday for the 2013 season. Boston Breakers: Sydney Leroux, Heather Mitts, Heather O'Reilly. Chicago Red Stars: Shannon Boxx, Amy LePeilbet, Keelin Winters. Also: Canada's Erin McLeod (Penn St.) FC Kansas City: Nicole Barnhart (Gilbertsville), Lauren Cheney, Becky Sauerbrunn. Portland Thorns FC: Rachel Buehler, Tobin Heath, Alex Morgan. Seattle Reign FC: Megan Rapinoe, Amy Rodriguez, Hope Solo.
August 4, 2010 |
BOYDS, Md. - Abby Wambach scored two goals late in the first half tonight as the Washington Freedom beat the Independence, 2-0, in a Women's Professional Soccer match at the Maryland Soccerplex. The Independence (8-6-3) remain in second place, two points ahead of the Boston Breakers, who beat Atlanta, 2-0, tonight. Wambach had a penalty kick blocked by Independence goalkeeper Val Henderson in the 17th minute. Washington (5-8-5) was in command throughout the game in finishing 2-2 this season against the Independence.
May 15, 2011 |
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Abby Wambach scored and assisted on Amy Rodriguez's goal in the first half to lead the United States to a 2-0 win against No. 4 Japan in an exhibition Saturday. Wambach's 118th career goal came in the 29th minute off a header from 8 yards after a 40-yard free kick by Ali Krieger. Eight minutes later, Wambach took a pass on the right flank from Heather O'Reilly and found Rodriguez at the near post for a left-footed redirect. Japan played its first match since devastating earthquakes and a tsunami hit the northeastern part of the country March 11. A moment of silence was held before the game.
September 18, 2011 |
Arsenal's poor start to the English season worsened Saturday with a 4-3, Premier League loss to host Blackburn Rovers despite leading twice in the first half on goals by Gervinho and Mikel Arteta. Blackburn's Ayegbeni Yakubu scored twice in his club debut, and the Gunners' hapless defense allowed own goals off Laurent Koscielny and Alex Song in the Rovers' first victory of the season. Inter, Roma stay winless. Inter Milan and visiting Roma did little to relieve the pressure on their managers with a 0-0 draw.
July 20, 2011 |
ROCHESTER, N.Y. - Abby Wambach is coming home to an anticipated full house in Rochester in the U.S. women's soccer star's first game since a World Cup final loss to Japan last weekend. The Sahlen's Stadium ticket office reported yesterday morning that there are about 100 tickets left for the Women's Professional Soccer league game tonight between Wambach's South Florida-based magicJack and the Western New York Flash. The downtown Rochester stadium's capacity is 13,500, though temporary bleachers have been added that would boost the total to about 15,000.
January 5, 2012 |
The Independence re-signed their offensive MVP, Natasha Kai, who led the team in goals with nine, a total that tied for second in the league with Abby Wambach. Kai also scored the game-winning goal in the 2-0 semifinal victory over magicJack that propelled the Independence into the 2011 WPS championship game. "I'm very happy to re-sign and be back with such a great organization and to be part of an amazing family and team," Kai said. "Being here in Philly not only made me grow as a person but also as a player.
June 20, 2013 |
The United States women's soccer team's friendly on Thursday against South Korea at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J., has some compelling story lines. Goalkeeper Hope Solo - back with the squad after injury - may get the start; striker Abby Wambach has another chance to supplant Mia Hamm as the Americans' all-time leading goal scorer; midfielder Carli Lloyd can continue her strong comeback from injury; and there's a couple of win streaks on the line. The Americans have a 33-game unbeaten streak and a 71-game home unbeaten streak.
July 18, 2015 |
ESPY Award controversy How far we've come, how far we have to go. At Wednesday night's ESPY Awards, Abby Wambach of the world champion U.S. women's soccer team (her post-win TV kiss with wife Sarah Huffman went viral) presented the Arthur Ashe Courage Award to Caitlin Jenner , the former Bruce Jenner who won the 1972 Olympic gold medal in the men's decathlon. Caitlin's eloquent speech called for respect for transsexual people and all people: "And from that respect comes a more compassionate community, a more empathetic society, and a better world for all of us. " Caitlin was the social-media hit of the night.