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This is the second part of Hope Solo’s return to the Pacific Northwest. She talks about building a fan base, and during my favorite part of the video, impersonates a 60-year-old woman.

 

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The U.S. WNT rallied from an early 2-0 deficit but ultimately overpowered the French in a 4-2 Olympic opening victory. Here were a few of my insightful random thoughts during the match:

1. Umm … is this really the Olympics? If the Opening Ceremony isn’t until Friday then why are we playing games on Tuesday? I don’t get it. This feels a little like singing the national anthem 10 minutes into the action.

2. This might not be as easy as I thought. I’d previously laughed at the chances of some of the participating countries as I chanted my motto: if it ain’t Germany or Japan, then I don’t give a damn. But then we spotted the French two goals in the opening minutes of the opener and I decided maybe there’s a reason the Olympic Committee allowed these other teams to participate after all.

3. Alex Morgan. That’s it, that’s the complete thought. Two goals and a winning smile. That’s enough for me.

 

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U.S. Soccer’s latest 1-on-1 interview features veteran Heather Mitts, who made her national team debut “waaaaaaay back in 1999″ – her words, not mine.

Heather looks back on her career during this dim footage that actually may have been shot in 1999.

Things that didn’t come up in this interview but should’ve:

1. Y2K

2. Myspace

3. Christina Aguilera’s “Genie in a Bottle”

 

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This image was tweeted courtesy of U.S. Soccer, and finds Rapinoe at a rest stop on the way to Glasgow. #USWNT

 

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Turns out, after winning the gold medal in the 2008 Olympics the U.S. WNT had to endure the dreaded “talk of shame.” (Get it? Sigh …)

That’s because Solo says the team was still feeling happy drunk out of their mind when they appeared on the “Today” Show (above). Here’s what she told ESPN The Magazine:

“When we were done partying, we got out of our nice dresses, got back into our stadium coats and, at 7 a.m., with no sleep, went on the ‘Today’ show drunk. Needless to say, we looked like hell!”

This hasn’t been the best of weeks for Hope Solo, but I thought she actually carried the interview off well.

Could’ve been a lot worse, just ask David Luiz.

 

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Alex Morgan put the hammer down early with a left-footed goal 30 seconds into these highlights. From there, the U.S. WNT was able to grind out a 4-1 victory over Japan.

Enjoy the visuals.

 

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Boston College senior-to-be Kristie Mewis is earning an invaluable apprenticeship with the Women’s National Team. The young standout is currently training with the senior squad in advance of the Olympics and is making a strong impression on the program.

Mewis, who comes from a talented soccer family, has a bright future and is sure to become a familiar face for the WNT in the years to come.

 

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U.S. WNT Goalkeeper Coach Paul Rogers talks technical work with his keepers and we get a brief glimpse of the netminders as they prepare for the upcoming London Olympics.

 

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The band is getting back together.

Abby Wambach, the Seattle Sounders ‘Lookers’ trio and 24 others were named to U.S. WNT training camp in preparation for their May 27 exhibition match against China.

The U.S. team will train at Princeton from May 10-25 for the next-to-last domestic match before the London Olympics.

The gathering will be a chance for the team to reconvene and also get a break from their extracurricular activities – like attending Redskins games, and pushing skincare products.

Two noteworthy additions to the camp are Oklahoma State goalkeeper Adrianna Franch and Boston College’s Kristen Mewis.

Franch has been terrorizing college soccer for the past three years and is the first Oklahoma State player to ever earn a spot on the U.S. National Team camp roster.

Mewis is an All-American who was also invited to WNT camp in February.

Here is the complete roster:

GOALKEEPERS (5): Nicole Barnhart, Adrianna Franch, Ashlyn Harris, Jill Loyden, Hope Solo
DEFENDERS (10): Rachel Buehler, Stephanie Cox, Whitney Engen, Meghan Klingenberg, Amy LePeilbet, Gina Lewandowski, Heather Mitts, Kelley O’Hara, Christie Rampone, Becky Sauerbrunn
MIDFIELDERS (9): Shannon Boxx, Tobin Heath, Lori Lindsey, Carli Lloyd, Kristie Mewis, Heather O’Reilly, Megan Rapinoe, Amy Rodriguez, Keelin Winters
FORWARDS (4): Lauren Cheney, Sydney Leroux, Alex Morgan, Abby Wambach

 

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In a long-winded, yet entertaining interview Landon Donovan waxes on about the LA Galaxy’s slow start and reveals his favorite U.S. Women’s National Team player.

 

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