January 30, 2016 |
Sydney Zandi - one of the area's premier girls' soccer players - was named on Thursday to the U.S. under-17 national team. The junior from West Chester Henderson will compete for Team USA as it tries to qualify for the Under-17 World Cup, which will be held next fall in Jordan. The team plays three qualifying games in five days in Grenada, beginning with March 4's match against Jamaica. Zandi scored 13 goals last season and racked up eight assists in 14 games. She missed some of Henderson's games due to tryouts for the U.S. squad.
January 21, 2016 |
DREXEL The Dragons had high hopes for Ahmad Fields, but the 6-foot-5 sophomore wing has played only three games because of a knee injury. A transfer from Utah who sat out last season, Fields played in the opener, missed 10 games, played two more, and has been idle since seeing 18 minutes in a Jan. 2 loss to Elon. Coach Bruiser Flint said that Fields won't be redshirting this year, and he hopes Fields will be back at some point. The Dragons have missed him. "We thought he would be a big part of things," Flint said.
October 28, 2015 |
UNION MAJORITY owner Jay Sugarman said he was not necessarily out to please his fan base when he hired former U.S. national team player Earnie Stewart on Monday to be the team's sporting director. But having a person with a high national and international profile for creating success doesn't hurt. "We certainly hope the fans embrace Earnie," Sugarman said of the man who will take control of the Union effective Jan. 1. "I can't see any reason why he won't fit in immediately with the type of passionate fans we have.
July 7, 2015 |
REVENGE WAS always the easy narrative for the United States at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup. When the tournament started a month ago, Team USA had no guarantee that it would make the final, much less face Japan, the team that beat it for the title four years ago. With powerhouse teams like Germany, France, Brazil and Sweden in the field, a rematch of the 2011 final was not something many would have counted on. Ultimately, however, there...
June 19, 2015 |
WHEN MANDATORY minicamp - the last Eagles team activity before training camp next month - concludes today, lots of players will take off for exotic vacation destinations. Tight end Zach Ertz is heading for Edmonton. The one in Alberta. Former home of Wayne Gretzky. Gateway to the North. Home of the West Edmonton Mall. Edmonton also is the site of Monday's next World Cup match for the U.S. women's team, which features Ertz' girlfriend, Julie Johnston. Johnston is a 23-year-old defender who captained the U.S. Under-20 team to the 2012 World Cup title.
June 12, 2015 |
IF YOU WANT to be a cynic, you can look back at what the United States men's soccer team has done in Europe over the past week and diminish things by saying, "Oh, they were just friendlies. " True, a friendly is not the same as a World Cup match, but teams do not schedule friendlies just for the fun of it. They always have a purpose and teams always want to win. Keeping things in their proper context, the United States' 4-3 win over the Netherlands in Amsterdam last Friday and a 2-1 win over world champion Germany in Cologne on Wednesday are remarkable achievements, especially as the team prepares for the CONCACAF Gold Cup Tournament this summer, with the championship game at Lincoln Financial Field on July 26. Team USA beat the Dutch for the first time ever and beat Germany in Germany for the first time.
October 29, 2014 |
THIS IS THE GAME that really matters. While the United States undoubtedly wants to win the CONCACAF women's championship tournament that concludes this weekend at PPL Park, its primary goal in this competition is to earn a berth into the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup next summer in Canada. To guarantee that, all Team USA must do is beat archrival Mexico in tonight's semifinal and advance to Sunday's championship match. Trinidad & Tobago will attempt to make history as the first Caribbean nation to qualify for a Women's World Cup when it plays Costa Rica today.
September 12, 2014 |
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The irony of Dawn Staley being, as Connecticut and U.S. women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma said, "one of the best young coaches in the world," is that had the Philadelphia hoops icon followed her original post-playing career plans, she would not be an assistant on the 2014 U.S. Women's World Championship team or the head coach at South Carolina. In 2000, as her WNBA career was winding down, Staley contemplated a move into broadcasting or a front-office position with a team as the next phase of her basketball journey.
August 6, 2014 |
CONSIDERING the millions of guaranteed dollars they invest in players, I can certainly understand why the Dallas Mavericks' Mark Cuban and other NBA owners might want more say in their players' involvement in international competitions like the upcoming FIBA World Cup of Basketball. After Indiana Pacers All-Star Paul George broke his right leg while practicing with Team USA this weekend, how could an owner not cringe at the thought of a franchise player going down for a tournament that many feel does little to help the NBA?