June 17, 2015 |
VANCOUVER - As Jill Ellis addressed reporters for the last time before the United States' World Cup group stage finale, there were signs that the sting from Friday's scoreless tie with Sweden hasn't fully subsided. "We've got to raise our performance, and I would say that whether we're sitting on six points or one point," Ellis said. "You sometimes think about taking the reins off a little bit, and just letting them out of the gate, letting them play free. " Ellis' team could do with that kind of outing tonight, when more than 51,000 fans are expected to pack BC Place to watch the United States women play Nigeria.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
August 11, 2012 |
LONDON - Christie Rampone had the ball, then she didn't. The captain of the U.S. women's soccer team, the veteran leader who steadies the defense, never saw the Japanese player who stole the ball from her. With a one-goal lead and seven minutes remaining to protect it, all she knew was that the ball was gone. "My life flashed in front of me," said Rampone, who is from Point Pleasant, N.J. Instead of disaster, though, the play turned into one of the highlights of the U.S. team's 2-1, gold-medal-clinching victory.
August 10, 2012
LONDON - If it's the Olympic Games, it must be Carli Lloyd. On the biggest possible stage, in front of the biggest crowd ever to watch an Olympic women's soccer game, Lloyd scored both goals for the United States in a 2-1 victory over Japan for the gold medal. Four years ago, in Beijing, Lloyd scored the winning goal in the Olympic final against Brazil. The opponents change, the continents shift, but Lloyd comes through when gold is on the line. "This is huge," Lloyd said.