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.
January 8, 2013 |
LIONEL MESSI became the first four-time winner of the FIFA Player of the Year award after shattering the world record with 91 goals last year for Barcelona and Argentina. The 25-year-old won for the fourth straight time, beating Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona teammate Andres Iniesta in voting announced Monday. Messi received 41.60 percent of the points in votes by national-team coaches and captains plus selected media. Ronaldo got 23.68 percent and Iniesta 10.91 percent.
January 8, 2013
Defending champions Novak Djokovic of Serbia and Victoria Azarenka of Belarus are the top-seeded players for the Australian Open announced Monday. The year's first Grand Slam tournament starts next week. Djokovic is followed by Roger Federer of Switzerland, U.S. Open champion Andy Murray of Britain, and David Ferrer . He replaces fellow Spaniard Rafael Nadal , who withdrew because of a stomach ailment. On the women's side, French Open champion Maria Sharapova of Russia is seeded second.
October 24, 2012 |
EAST HARTFORD, Conn. - Abby Wambach scored for the 23d time this year, but the U.S. women's soccer team had to settle for a 2-2 tie with Germany on Tuesday, the teams' second draw in four days. Dzenifer Marozsan scored twice for the Germans, including the equalizer in the 85th minute. Tobin Heath gave the U.S. a 2-1 lead in the 67th minute on an assist from Alex Morgan, who had two in the match. Goaltender Hope Solo made six saves for the Americans, who are on a celebration tour after their Olympic victory.
September 21, 2012 |
COMMERCE CITY, Colo. - Abby Wambach broke a tie early in the second half, and Alex Morgan added two goals and two assists, helping the U.S. women's national soccer team beat Australia, 6-2, on Wednesday night in an international friendly that was coach Pia Sundhage's farewell game. Sundhage announced earlier this month she was stepping away after leading the squad to back-to-back Olympic gold medals. She will return home to coach the Swedish national team. Heather O'Reilly, Shannon Boxx, and Sydney Leroux also scored for the Americans, who are 21-0-2 against Australia.