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.
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.
June 9, 2015 |
NEW YORK - During a much earlier part of her career, U.S. women's national team forward Abby Wambach never would have considered watching the game from the sideline. In those days Wambach would impose her will on many overmatched defenses for the entire 90 minutes. But as she enters the twilight of a record-setting career, Wambach is not willing to concede much except that maybe she doesn't always have to be on the field for every minute. The United States opens the World Cup Monday against Australia in Winnipeg.
May 29, 2015 |
NEW YORK - There was no point in anyone on the U.S. women's soccer team trying to ignore the elephant in the room. Through the past 15 years and three FIFA Women's World Cups, the pachyderm on the backs of the U.S. women has grown to jumbo size. Fox Sports, which has exclusive coverage of the 2015 World Cup that kicks off June 6 in Canada, has based its marketing campaign around the U.S. team's quest for redemption after it lost the 2011 World Cup final to Japan in a penalty-kick shootout.
October 29, 2014 |
AS IT TURNED out, Jill Ellis didn't need to answer why, in the biggest game of her short tenure as U.S. women's national team coach, she chose to make the greatest goal-scorer in USA history a healthy scratch from the starting lineup last night against Mexico in the semifinals of the CONCACAF Championship. With Abby Wambach and her world-record 173 international goals sitting on the bench for 61 minutes, the United States got two early goals from Delran native Carli Lloyd and a second-half goal from Christen Press on its way to a comfortable 3-0 victory at PPL Park.
October 28, 2014 |
That'll teach U.S. women's national team coach Jill Ellis to start a game with Abby Wambach on the bench. The 34-year-old forward and all-time leading goal scorer in international play was not in the starting lineup for Friday's CONCACAF soccer semifinal. Instead she came on as a substitute, replacing Sydney Leroux in the 62d minute. But Wambach returned to the starting 11 in Sunday's CONCACAF final, and her impact was felt immediately as the veteran netted four goals en route to a 6-0 win over Costa Rica.
June 22, 2013 |
HARRISON, N.J. - A buzz encompassed Red Bull Arena even before Abby Wambach stepped onto the pitch. It only grew every time the striker, who entered Thursday night's friendly against South Korea two goals from Mia Hamm's all-time international record of 158, touched or even came near the soccer ball. The buzz got even louder when Wambach made history during the U.S. women's national team's 5-0 victory. She finished with four goals, for a career international total of 160. "I don't think about how I sit in history and the books," Wambach said.
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.
February 14, 2013
Swedish golfer Daniela Holmqvist said she was bitten by a spider and used a tee to squeeze out what she thought was potentially fatal venom before finishing her round Tuesday during qualifying for the LPGA Tour's season-opening Women's Australian Open in Canberra. Holmqvist continued her round, under the supervision of medical staff, but finished with a 74 and missed out on qualifying. A tournament official said Thursday that Holmqvist more than likely was bitten by a redback, a species of widow spider.
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.