June 5, 2015 |
Four years ago, the United States women's soccer team brought a then-21-year-old Alex Morgan to the Women's World Cup. Morgan was a spark off the bench, a speedy forward who went into a match during the latter stages and ran at tired defenses. She left the tournament as an emerging star. Morgan opened the scoring in the 2011 World Cup final with a 69th-minute tally that looked as though it would send the U.S. women to their first title since 1999. But Japan equalized with nine minutes remaining and, after trading goals in overtime, Japan won on penalty kicks, 3-1. The experience that she gained, despite the loss, shaped her approach to her second World Cup. "I think going into this World Cup, I know what to expect a little more and I know what I need to prepare for this World Cup and feel more at peace mentally," Morgan said.
July 15, 2011
The above photo, which appeared Thursday with a story on fans of the Women's World Cup, misidentified U.S. player Alex Morgan, who was battling for the ball with France's Ophelie Meilleroux. The Inquirer wants its news report to be fair and correct in every respect, and regrets when it is not. If you have a question or comment about news coverage, contact assistant managing editor David Sullivan (215-854-2357) at The Inquirer, Box 8263, Philadelphia 19101, or e-mail email@example.com .
February 21, 2016
ALEX MORGAN had three goals and the United States breezed past Trinidad & Tobago, 5-0, on Friday night in Houston to clinch a spot in the Summer Olympics in Brazil. After winning Group A at the 2016 CONCACAF qualifying championship with three wins in Frisco, Texas (scoring 16 goals and allowing none), the U.S. team clinched a berth in the Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The USA is attempting to win its fourth consecutive CONCACAF championship and qualify for its sixth consecutive Olympic Games.
March 1, 2012 |
THE UNITED STATES stunned Italy, 1-0, yesterday in Genoa as Clint Dempsey's second-half goal gave the Americans their first-ever victory over the Azzurri in 11 meetings. Dempsey became only the fourth American to score against Italy when he fired past Gianluigi Buffon in the 55th minute, and the U.S. clung on for a memorable win in the friendly international. It is Jurgen Klinsmann's fifth victory in 10 games as U.S. coach and also will serve as personal revenge for the former Germany great after losing the 2006 World Cup semifinal to eventual champion Italy when in charge of the German national team.
September 22, 2012 |
COMMERCE CITY, Colo. - On her final victory lap, Pia Sundhage hopped and high-stepped her way around the field. As the U.S. women's national soccer team coach soaked in the cheers from the capacity crowd, her team began serenading her by belting out, "You Are My Sunshine. " It was a fitting tribute, since Sundhage has had the squad in harmony for five years. It was a fitting way to go out, too. Abby Wambach broke a tie early in the second half, and Alex Morgan added two goals and two assists, helping the U.S. team beat Australia, 6-2, Wednesday night in an international friendly that was Sundhage's farewell game.
March 12, 2013
Facing former coach Pia Sundhage for the first time, the U.S. women's soccer team came from behind to tie Sweden, 1-1, Monday in the Algarve Cup in Lagos, Portugal. Alex Morgan's 56th-minute goal sent the Americans to the Cup final for the 10th time in 11 years. Midfielder Carli Lloyd of Delran missed the game because of a minor shoulder injury. The Americans, who extended their unbeaten streak to 28 games, will play Germany in Wednesday's title game. Germany finished first in Group A, and the United States led Group B. Sundhage left the U.S. team after the 2012 Olympics, in which the Americans won their second consecutive gold medal, to return to her native Sweden.
June 4, 2013 |
CHICAGO BEARS fullback Evan Rodriguez , who played at Temple, yesterday apologized and promised to make "positive changes" in his life after his latest brush with police. Illinois State Police said Rodriguez was ticketed on Friday for driving under the influence, speeding and improper lane usage. It was the second encounter with police this year for Rodriguez, who was charged in March with disorderly intoxication and resisting an officer in Miami. Those charges were eventually dropped.
July 19, 2011 |
FRANKFURT, Germany - Once the Americans get over the disappointment of coming up just short at the Women's World Cup, they will find plenty of reasons for optimism. The U.S. team pulled together amid a series of challenges that, just a few years ago, would have broken it apart. And while the illustrious careers of captain Christie Rampone, Shannon Boxx and maybe Abby Wambach are nearing their end, Lauren Cheney, Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe proved in Germany they are more than able successors.
June 20, 2012 |
Spain and Italy confirmed their heavyweight reputations at the European Championship on Monday, advancing to the quarterfinals after winning their final group matches. Defending champion Spain sealed top spot in Group C by beating Croatia, 1-0, in Gdansk, Poland, on a late goal by substitute Jesus Navas. Navas, who replaced Fernando Torres, struck in the 88th, tapping into an empty net. In Poznan, Poland, Mario Balotelli came off the bench to score Italy's second goal in a 2-0 victory against Ireland, lifting the Azzurri above Croatia in the standings.
June 1, 2015 |
HARRISON, N.J. - As the national anthem concluded before the U.S. women's soccer team kicked off against South Korea, the American Outlaws fan club raised a giant banner in front of the stands at its end of the field. It depicted the Women's World Cup trophy along with a simple message: "BRING IT HOME. " But Saturday's scoreless draw at a sold-out Red Bull Arena showed that there is still work to be done if the Americans are to accomplish that mission. In part because stars Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe were out injured, the attack lacked fluidity.