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.
June 27, 2011 |
After the passage of Title IX, the 1999 Women's World Cup remains the most significant women's sporting event ever held in this country. As far as team sports go, what else is even close? Among all events, it's way up the list. I understand why Billie Jean King vs. Bobby Riggs deserves its place in the history books. But in terms of real impact, a soccer team filling stadiums and getting massive media attention - and winning, as the country stopped to watch - that had far more influence than a top women's player, already a worldwide star, beating an old man, great schemer that Riggs was. A generation of athletes - including all the women now playing in college - grew up thinking it was no big deal that women filled those stadiums and got that massive media attention solely because of their athletic skill.
October 10, 2008
THERE WILL BE some fiction mixed in with fact in this journal. When I can figure out the difference, I will let you know. A fact The Phils beat the Dodgers, 3-2, in Game 1 of the NLCS with one big inning - the sixth, when they scored all three of their runs. Chase Utley's postseason issues ended with that two-run skyball homer. And Pat Burrell, 4 days after playing hero in Milwaukee, did it again with the game-winning homer. He got the last word on the field, talking to Fox's Ken Rosenthal before heading into the clubhouse.
September 14, 2004 |
The U.S. Soccer Federation is billing it as a "Fan Celebration Tour," a last chance to see Mia Hamm and some of her celebrated retiring teammates on the U.S. women's soccer team. Eight of the 10 cities on the tour have been announced, most of them yesterday. According to several sources, the ninth stop will be Lincoln Financial Field on Nov. 6, when the United States plays Denmark. An official announcement of the Philadelphia stop is expected this week. None of the opponents is a world power.
August 24, 2004 |
For 10 minutes, the crowd booed and whistled, creating a deafening roar. Paul Hamm sat around and waited to start his routine. A week's worth of controversy in gymnastics boiled over into the stands yesterday during a bizarre, extraordinary evening. Hamm was able to block out the noise and win a silver medal on high bar, and four-time Olympic gold medalist Alexei Nemov finished fifth, much to the chagrin of the crowd. On a night when American all-around champion Carly Patterson won silver on the beam to give the U.S. women their sixth medal, and Romania's Catalina Ponor won gold on beam and floor, it was the high bar routine that everybody wanted to see. Hamm scored a 9.812, tying Igor Cassina for first, but the Italian won a tiebreaker to take the gold.
May 16, 2004 |
It was hardly surprising that Jennie Finch, the super softball pitcher with the supermodel's looks, attracted the largest crowd of reporters yesterday when the U.S. Olympic softball team appeared at the U.S. Olympic Team Media Summit. Despite being a relative newcomer to a veteran-packed team, Finch's is by far its most recognizable face. She appeared on David Letterman's talk show last week, has pitched to major-league hitters in a series of ESPN promos, and is engaged to Arizona Diamondbacks reliever Casey Daigle.
September 26, 2003 |
The U.S. Women's World Cup team came to Philly last night for the first time, determined to show our town its tough side. Some overmatched Nigerians also got an American clinic on corner kicks. Other attractions for the crowd of 31,533 at Lincoln Financial Field: Mia Hamm scored a couple of early goals, new scoring star Abby Wambach got her first World Cup goal, American captain Julie Foudy scored twice on the same penalty kick, and the North Koreans whined. Something for everyone.
September 24, 2003 |
With superstar Mia Hamm and rising sensation Abby Wambach flanking her on the front line, Cindy Parlow gets little attention on this U.S. team. Then Parlow goes out and scores a big goal. Parlow did it in the United States' opener of the Women's World Cup, a 3-1 victory over Sweden on Sunday. She lifted her 5-11 frame in the penalty area and, virtually uncontested, headed home the Americans' second goal. It was her 63rd international score - third in a World Cup - and, she claimed, typical Parlow.
September 22, 2003 |
Mia Hamm provided the photo of the day yesterday. After setting up all the U.S. goals, she raced down the sideline at RFK Stadium, high-fiving her way along the Americans' bench. There were other visuals, though, as the U.S. soccer team asserted its status as the Women's World Cup favorite, showed off its stars, presented some new faces and a fresh alignment, and opened with a 3-1 victory over highly regarded Sweden. American goalkeeper Briana Scurry slid into an onrushing Hanna Ljungberg, Sweden's top goal-scorer, and Scurry was the one who got up immediately.