January 25, 2012
Navy is headed to the Big East, giving up more than 130 years of football independence to join a conference that is in the middle of a massive overhaul. The Big East announced Tuesday that the U.S. Naval Academy has accepted an invitation to join the league for football only, starting in 2015. The conference has now added six new members in the last seven weeks after losing three members and having another school renege on a future commitment in the fall. Texas Christian was slated to join the Big East next season, but backed out when it was invited to the Big 12, leaving the Big East one team short of its desired 12, leaving the door open for Temple as a possibility.
June 6, 2011 |
HARRISON, N.J. - The U.S. Women's World Cup Soccer team collected a final tune-up win before playing for keeps later this month, and defender Heather Mitts earned a trip to Germany with a solid second-half performance. Lauren Cheney's goal during second-half stoppage time Sunday gave the United States a 1-0 win over Mexico in an international friendly before 5,852 at Red Bull Arena. Mitts, the former Philadelphia Charge and Independence defender, has been battling hamstring injuries and was told by coach Pia Sundhage she'd have to show she was healthy enough to be on the World Cup roster.
July 24, 2010 |
Kristin Luckenbill is returning to the area Saturday for both a homecoming and an expected farewell. An alumnus of Conestoga High, Luckenbill will be playing what she expects to be her final game as New Jersey's Sky Blue FC visits the Independence in Saturday's 7 p.m. Women's Professional Soccer matchup at West Chester University. Pressed into the starting goalkeeping role after regular Karen Bardsley suffered a broken clavicle while participating in an all-star practice last month, Luckenbill says she expects Saturday to be her final game before continuing her education.
June 19, 2010
Independence defender Heather Mitts is coming off her best performance of the season in Sunday's 3-1 Women's Professional Soccer league loss at West Chester University to first-place FC Gold Pride of Northern California. Mitts, however, doesn't fully agree with that assessment. "It's tough to talk about playing well when you lose the game, but I thought the first half was my best first half," Mitts said. "I don't think the second half went as well. " This has been a frustrating first part of the season for the 32-year-old Mitts, who has been slowed by injuries.
March 13, 2010 |
It's been quite a month for Heather Mitts, a cornerstone of the Independence, the new women's professional soccer team in Philadelphia. Last month, she married A.J. Feeley, the former Eagles quarterback. She then competed for the U.S. national team, which won the Algarve Cup in Portugal, beating Germany, 3-2, in the final on March 3. Last week, Feeley signed with the St. Louis Rams after spending the 2009 season with the Carolina Panthers. And on Monday, Mitts, 31, officially began her career with the expansion Independence of Women's Professional Soccer.
February 12, 2010 |
Three members of the Independence - defender Heather Mitts, forward Amy Rodriguez and midfielder Lori Lindsey - were named yesterday to the 19-player U.S. women's national team roster for the Algarve Cup in Portugal. In addition, two other players with area roots were named to the roster - midfielder and Olympic hero Carli Lloyd, a two-time Inquirer South Jersey player of the year from Delran, and goalie Jill Loyden, formerly of Villanova and Vineland High. This year's Algarve Cup will run from Feb. 24 through March 3, and the U.S. team will depart for Europe on Feb. 18. The U.S. team has reached the Algarve Cup final in seven consecutive years, but lost in last year's championship to Sweden on penalty kicks.
October 14, 2009 |
Reach into your closet and dust off that old Charge jersey. The poster player is back. The Philadelphia Independence of Women's Professional Soccer acquired Heather Mitts yesterday in a signing that returns the defender to the city where she started her WUSA career - as a member of the now-defunct Charge from 2001 to 2003. "It's where I began my professional career and most likely where I will end it," Mitts said in a statement. "I've been impressed with the organization and its plans for the team.
January 15, 2009 |
You'd say 2008 was a precious year for soccer star Heather Mitts . Mitts, 30, brought home gold from Beijing with the U.S. women's national soccer team - and she picked up diamond from Eagles backup QB A.J. Feeley , 31. Mitts and Feeley have been together, on and off, for about five years. "It's about time," she told me yesterday. Mitts, pleading shyness, would not share how Feeley offered the cushion-cut rock in an antique setting last month. "But I will say I was shocked," she admits.
August 22, 2008 |
The text message from 7,200 miles away came 20 minutes after the match ended. Heather Mitts let her boyfriend know she had won an Olympic gold medal. A.J. Feeley already knew because he had been sitting nervously in the Eagles' locker room at the NovaCare Complex watching the two overtimes from Beijing that resulted in the United States' 1-0 upset of Brazil in women's soccer. "For me, the highs and lows of watching that game were gut-wrenching," the Eagles' reserve quarterback said yesterday afternoon.
August 19, 2008 |
In Philadelphia, Heather Mitts is remembered for her three seasons with the short-lived professional women's soccer team, the Charge. She may be better known as the girlfriend of Eagles backup quarterback A.J. Feeley. She is best known as a cover girl. Her official biography mentions that Mitts was "the first soccer player to appear in FHM, in a five-page photo spread. " Here's the part you could have missed: Mitts is a starting defender on the U.S. Olympic team that will play for a gold medal Thursday.