September 9, 2016 |
When the U.S. national soccer program asks you to join them for a workout, there often isn't much time to think. Not that there's much to think about. It's an invitation most soccer players dream of and one they wouldn't dream of passing up. "It still feels a little bit surreal," said Amirah Ali, standing on the balcony of her dorm room and peering out on the mountain peaks that surround the U.S. Olympic Training Center in San Diego. "It came out of nowhere. I didn't expect to be here at all. " Last Thursday, it was announced that Ali, the superstar forward of the Eastern girls' soccer team, was one of just 26 girls from around the country called up to the U.S. under-18 women's national team for a one-week training camp this week at the scenic, sprawling Olympic Training Center.
August 30, 2016
Union midfielder Alejandro Bedoya has been named to the 26-man roster that will train for the U.S. national team's World Cup qualifiers. The team met Sunday in Jacksonville, Fla. Bedoya will miss the Union's game Saturday against the Fire in Chicago. Since being signed Aug. 3, Bedoya has made four starts and the Union are 3-1 in those games. He is the second Union player who will be out while he competes in World Cup qualifiers. Goalkeeper Andre Blake will miss his second Major League Soccer game this season on Saturday to be with Jamaica.
August 19, 2016 |
Alejandro Bedoya laughed at the question, but it was one that people were curious about nevertheless. The U.S. national team midfielder and newly acquired Union designated player was asked Wednesday after a training session if he was nervous playing his first MLS game with his new team. "Me? No," he said with a smile. "It was about having fun. " Bedoya has 53 career caps with the national team. He flourished Saturday in a 4-0 win over the New England Revolution at Gillette Stadium.
August 3, 2016 |
In his first Haverford High School swim meet, Shane Ryan dove in for the 50-yard freestyle, and Haverford coach Matt Stewart just knew. Ryan was something special. "He beat a senior from another team," Stewart said, "and I was like,'Whoa, we might have something here beyond just a pretty good swimmer.' He just took off from there. " Ryan's rise has been unconventional. After high school, the 22-year-old Havertown native swam at Penn State for three years. Ryan, a dual Irish-American citizen, then moved to Ireland to train with its national team.
June 14, 2016 |
The U.S. men's national team has shown plenty of skill in the Copa America Centenario, but the team's mental toughness may have put it over the top and into the quarterfinals. It was especially evident Saturday in a 1-0 win over Paraguay before a boisterous crowd of 51,041 at Lincoln Financial Field, but it first began after the opening 2-0 loss to Colombia. At the time, there was real concern about whether the Americans could advance out of Group A. Just two games later, they ended up winning it. Sure, it helped that a Costa Rica team that the United States routed in its second game, 4-0, somehow managed to beat Colombia, 3-2, later Saturday evening in Houston.
June 11, 2016 |
Christian Pulisic has been lauded for playing well beyond his years, a 17-year-old participating for the U.S. men's national soccer team in the Copa America tournament. His teammates and coach, Jurgen Klinsmann, praise his skill, mental toughness and poise. Yet he still showed his youthful enthusiasm before Thursday's training session at the University of Pennsylvania's Rhodes Field. The U.S. team is gearing up for Saturday's Group A game against Paraguay at Lincoln Financial Field.
May 3, 2016 |
In Zina Robbins-Maldonado's University City bedroom there are three shelves above a sofa next to her bed. The shelves are full of pictures of the senior with her teammates, trophies, sportsmanship awards for being an "amateur basketball player," and "field hockey stuff," as the Friends Select three-sport athlete put it. And then there are the softballs. It started as a way for Falcons coach Bill Klose to draw attention to the accomplishments of former player Grace Finkbiner, who graduated in 2012, setting several school records along the way. The tradition grew from there as the team became more successful.
April 9, 2016 |
Within the 5-foot-8, 165-pound body of Michael Sowers is a heart that refuses to quit and a spleen that nearly derailed his football and lacrosse dreams. Last week, the senior attacker for Upper Dublin, who is believed to be the all-time assist leader in U.S. boys' high school lacrosse history, was named to the U.S. men's under-19 national lacrosse team. To understand the significance of the accomplishment, however, you need to consider his bout with mononucleosis during football season.
April 1, 2016 |
The Haverford School, last year's undefeated and consensus No. 1 team in the nation, had three players selected to the U.S. men's under-19 national lacrosse team. The Fords, who finished 26-0 last season, are the only high school in the nation to have three players on Team USA. In all, five Philadelphia-area lacrosse players were selected to the 25-player team. Current senior midfielder Dox Aitken, who has committed to Virginia, and former Fords defenseman Noah Lejman, now at Penn, and midfielder Drew Supinski, now at Johns Hopkins, are to represent the defending Inter-Ac champions on the national team.
March 17, 2016 |
Union goalkeeper Andre Blake, who has gotten off to an impressive start during his third Major League Soccer season, has been called up to the Jamaican national team for 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Costa Rica. The two games against Costa Rica will be March 25 and 29. Blake will be away on international duty from March 21-30. The Union don't have a game scheduled during that time. After the home opener Sunday against New England, the Union (1-1) won't resume action until April 2, when they visit the Chicago Fire.