Written by Reshad Bahadori

The soccer players for this years issue are Megan Rapinoe and Omar Gonzales. Check the rest below.

  • Michael Phelps (18-time Olympic gold medalist)
  • Prince Fielder (Texas Rangers first baseman)
  • Marshawn Lynch (Seattle Seahawks running back)
  • Serge Ibaka (Oklahoma City Thunder forward)
  • Jamie Anderson (Gold-medal-winning snowboarder)
  • Aja Evans (Olympic bronze-medal-winning bobsledder)
  • Larry Fitzgerald (Arizona Cardinals wide receiver)
  • Omar Gonzalez (U.S. men’s soccer player)
  • Coco Ho (Surfer)
  • Bernard Hopkins (Boxer)
  • Ginger Huber (Cliff diver)
  • Hilary Knight (Olympic hockey player)
  • Angel McCoughtry (WNBA)
  • Travis Pastrana and Lyn-Z (X Games stars; husband and wife)
  • Amy Purdy (2014 Paralympics bronze medalist)
  • Megan Rapinoe (U.S. women’s soccer player)
  • Jimmy Spithill (America’s Cup-winning yacht Oracle Team USA’s)
  • Nigel Sylvester (BMX)
  • Danyelle Wolf (Boxer)
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Written by Kristin Haseley

Alex

SEE HIGHLIGHTS OF USWNT vs. Sweden HERE.

The United States women’s national team entered the 2013 Algarve Cup as the most dominant team in the world. So far they have not disappointed soccer fans in their bid to win the tournament. Led by Baby Horse, Megan Rapinoe, Abby Wambach and the new US starlet Christen Press, our favorite ladies are well on their way to winning some more hardware.

After a 1-1 tie with Sweden Monday, the team will meet Germany in the final on Wednesday to try to cap a great Algarve journey:

The women soundly defeated Iceland in their first game of the Cup by a score of 3-0.  Goals for the USWNT came from Shannon Boxx, Wambach and Rachel Buehler.  “The Buehldozer” had a special game as the defender was also handed her 100th cap for the US.

Then there was former rivals China. Is it just me or has China lost a bit of the power in their punch these past few years?  After the epic showdowns of the Mia Hamm/Brandi Chastain era, this game left a bit to be desired for soccer fans.  The US soundly defeated China 5-0 while making 10 lineup changes from the win over Iceland.  Talk about depth.

The biggest story may be the fact that, despite the opinion of many fans (especially males), the USWNT seems to be functioning perfectly without goalkeeper Hope Solo. It is reported that the long-time goalkeeper is out for 3-4 months with a wrist injury.  Backup goalkeeper Jill Loyden also suffered a wrist injury when she broke a bone in her left hand during a training session in Portugal, where the Algarve Cup is being held.  Enter veteran goalkeeper, Nicole Barnhart, with the relatively new addition, Ashlyn Harris, as her backup.

So far the women’s team has completed two shutouts in two games. No Hope? No problem.

 

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Written by The 91st

I think it’s time we scheduled other teams. The USWNT beat up on Scotland for the second consecutive match, 3-1 on Wednesday. A couple things to note from this match – including my apologies for the above video not having audio and feeling like a 1985 projection.

  • Christen Press scored again to become the first player in U.S. history to score three goals in her first two games.
  • Megan Rapinoe got back in the mix, shaking off her poor French to score a goal.
  • Sydney Leroux earned her first career start … we’re sure her boyfriend was proud.

Just a reminder that despite the loss, Scotland IS FREE!

 

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Written by The 91st

US Soccer standouts Megan Rapinoe and Tobin Heath may have taken their talents to France, but their tongues have yet to catch up.

Listen to the two explain their struggles with the language, how ‘green curry’ is actually ‘brown curry’ and give us the worst French lesson ever.

 

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Written by Dill Pickle

So a while back Alex Morgan announced that she would be releasing a series of children’s books called “The Kicks.” Yesterday, she revealed the cover art and from the looks of things it’s clear to me that art is imitating life.

Take a look at the cover (pictured right) and see if you can’t identify the characters. Clearly, No. 13 is Alex but the young blonde is a dead ringer for Megan Rapinoe and you can’t tell me the girl lifting Alex isn’t Sydney Leroux. I know that Leroux smile a mile away.

 

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Written by The 91st

Megan Rapinoe has taken her talents to France. It was first reported by Redding.com just before the New Year that the USWNT player had reached a contract with club Olympique Lyonnais Feminine in Lyon, and while Rapinoe didn’t say much publicly she did offer this tweet today:

She is said to have reached a six-month deal with the club which could open the door for her to maybe return and play in the NWSL this summer. We’ll see. But we wish Rapinoe the best, as does one of her closest teammates after the jump.

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Written by Dill Pickle

So Business Insider recently released its 50 Sexiest Athletes Alive List, complete with all the standard hotties. The entire list can be found HERE and the soccer regulars are below:

50. Hope Solo
39. Tim Howard
38. Megan Rapinoe
28. Cesc Fabregas
23. Iker Casillas
12. Carlos Bocanega
10. Alex Morgan
5. Cristiano Ronaldo
3. David Beckham

 

Now here are the athletes that should’ve been included:

Michelle Jenneke: Any sexiest list that doesn’t include Michelle gyrating about is a sexiest list that’s far from complete.

Messi: You know what’s really sexy? Being the greatest of all time.

Pete Weber: Anyone who can make bowling sexy is certifiably en fuego. I can barely look at the man without getting hot and bothered.

 

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Written by Travis Clark

The U.S. Women’s National Team wrapped up its post-Olympic victory tour with a 4-1 win against China on Saturday night.

Abby Wambach scored twice, while Megan Rapinoe and Sydney Leroux also found the back of the net.

With the win, the U.S. women cap off an extremely successful 2012, posting an overall record of 28-1-3, including a gold medal win in the London Olympics, and an 8-0-2 record in the 10-game tour held after the Olympics.

Along the way, the squad picked up a new coach, as head man Tom Sermanni will officially take over at the start of 2013, overseeing his first match in a friendly against Scotland. In the meanwhile, a women’s league is expected to be implemented here in North America, meaning 2013 will be just as busy for some of the top stars of the USWNT.

 

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Written by The 91st

Sam Gordon, A.K.A. the nine-year-old football star, A.K.A. you better eat your Wheaties, visited the US Women’s National Team last week.

Soccer is actually her first love and she was clearly thrilled to meet her favorite player Abby Wambach and the rest of the ladies. She was gracious and charming for the most part, but then they broke out the football and things got REAL. Go ahead and fast forward to 2:58 and watch what happens when she hits Rapinoe with a double move and leaves her ankles firmly planted to the pitch.

And don’t try to convince me that Rapinoe was taking it easy on Sam, either. That was a legitimate “Where’s Waldo” shake (send out the search party) and if I were coach Tom Sermanni I wouldn’t let this little terror on the field anymore. Yes, she’s adorable, but she’s also dangerous.

 

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Written by Jahmal Corner

US Soccer has opened the polls for the Female Athlete of the Year as well as the Young Female Athlete of the Year. But, like, seriously, why are we even voting on this? Please tell me what female athlete did more for women’s sports this year than Cat Woman? She was like a one-woman publicity stunt, Kim Kardashian-esque. I mean, if Kim could play sports and speak English.

Let’s check out Hope Solo’s 2012 resume:

 

  • Feuded with soccer legend Brandi Chastain
  • Released a book
  • Was nearly sued by Dancing With Stars partner
  • Was nearly locked up with her fiancé
  • Married her fiancé after she was nearly locked up with him

Feels like I’m missing something. Didn’t she win a World Cup or something? Eh, who cares?

No disrespect to Carli Lloyd, Alex Morgan (heavy breathing), Megan Rapinoe or Abby Wambach but I ‘Hope’ they understand. And if they want the crown in 2013 I suggest they put in the work and do some jail time.

This year belonged to one woman and one woman only. When it came to 2012, Hope was truly flying Solo.

 

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