September 11, 2015 |
After a 12-year hiatus, the World Cup of Hockey will return next year, and it is expected to feature more than 150 NHL players, including several Flyers. The eight-team, two-week international tourney, a joint effort by the NHL and the league's players association, will be held just before the 2016-17 NHL season and will take place at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. The schedule was announced Wednesday, and the tournament could end as late as Oct. 1, 2016, about a week before the season starts.
September 1, 2015 |
In its biggest match before the World Cup, the U.S. men's national rugby team battled Harlequins early but didn't have enough late, falling, 24-19, in front of 6,364 fans at PPL Park. The Eagles, who must whittle their roster this week in preparation for the World Cup, were tied, 14-14, in the second half. But Harlequins, a top-tier English club still in its preseason, got a try from Luke Wallace with a little more than 10 minutes to play that put Harlequins ahead for good. On a positive note, the United States led, 11-0, when the top players were in the game.
August 30, 2015 |
As part of the U.S. national rugby team's preparation for the World Cup next month, the Eagles will host Harlequins F.C. on Sunday in a warm-up match at PPL Park. "We look forward to welcoming Harlequin to the USA," said Nigel Melville, chairman and chief executive of USA Rugby. "This fixture is an exciting opportunity for both teams. Philadelphia has become a rugby hotbed and we are excited to be back there. " This is the first appearance by the USA Eagles in Philadelphia since they faced the Maori All Blacks in Nov. 2013.
July 9, 2015 |
Through a season of injuries, Union rookie Eric Bird hasn't gotten on the field for a Major League Soccer game. But he said he was grateful that the team allowed him to leave for a few days to attend the Women's World Cup final in Vancouver. Bird, 22, had a special rooting interest. He is dating midfielder Morgan Brian, who at 22 was the youngest member of the World Cup team. The two met while both were attending Virginia and have been dating nearly two years. "It was an extremely proud moment of mine going there," Bird said after the Union's practice Tuesday at PPL Park.
July 8, 2015 |
The U.S. women's soccer team won the World Cup, and now Delran's Carli Lloyd has the marketing world at her feet, advertising and public relations experts say. But they caution that the team captain and superstar, who scored a hat trick - three goals in Sunday's final against Japan - to lead the women's team to its first World Cup title since 1999, has to strike quickly. "Right now is a good moment," said Americus Reed II, a marketing professor at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School.
July 8, 2015 |
One of the first observations of her potential came in a 1997 Inquirer article on the South Jersey High School Soccer Coaches Tournament, which said "freshman Carli Lloyd has emerged as an offensive force" for the Delran Bears. Eighteen years later, Lloyd remains an "offensive force. " Just ask Japan's national soccer team, which saw Lloyd score three goals in the first 16 minutes of its 5-2 loss Sunday to the United States in the World Cup finals. Lloyd was a force they could not contain.
July 8, 2015 |
Although Carli Lloyd's play in the Women's World Cup was no big surprise, what she found after the title game certainly was. Four of her closest friends surprised Lloyd shortly after she scored three goals in leading the United States to a 5-2 World Cup victory over Japan on Sunday night in Vancouver, British Columbia. Her cousins Adam Wilson and Jaime Bula, her aunt Patti Wilson, and close friend Karen Zarrella flew to Vancouver to witness the title game and celebrate with Lloyd, who was named the tournament's most outstanding player.
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...
July 6, 2015 |
Players, even the best ones, have to adjust if they want to stay on the field. Eagles tight end Zach Ertz, already becoming a young star in the NFL, knew he had to become a better blocker if he wished to be the all-around player that teams leave in the game. Ertz dedicated his offseason to improving his blocking and, once minicamp finished two weeks ago, he returned to working out to refine those skills before training camp. He took a break this weekend, however, to watch another player who made an adjustment to reach the top of her game.
July 3, 2015 |
For years, intense meditation has been part of Carli Lloyd's soccer game, as important as all of her emphasis on fitness. Getting alone in a room, finding the moment, the big moment in a game, conjuring up scenarios that include the ball on her foot. On Tuesday night when she was about to take a penalty kick in the 69th minute, a Women's World Cup semifinal hinging on the moment, Lloyd had been there before. "I basically zoned out the entire world except for the net, the ball and myself," Lloyd said Wednesday afternoon over the phone.