Written by Meredith Martin

Abby Wambach

Last week, FIFA announced the location of the women’s 2015 World Cup final in Vancouver, Canada. B.C. Place Stadium contains 55,000 seats and a retractable roof that will help maximize the amount of fans that come to the game. While this may seem like a smart choice by FIFA, there is only one problem: the field is artificial turf.

This is the first time a championship game will ever be played on turf and the members and fans of the USWNT are in an uproar on Twitter.

Wambach, the ringleader of the Twitter protest, believes turf changes the nature of the game.  Not only are players more injury-prone on turf, but they lose their consistency changing from grass to turf. Wambach has even mentioned petitioning FIFA:

Other players, both current and former, have backed Wambach in her efforts to sort the issue.

Michelle Akers, former USWNT legend replied, “Do it!!!  That’s how we got women’s soccer into the Olympics.  We petitioned the hell out of USOC.  Let me know how I can help.”

The battle for grass in the women’s 2015 World Cup is just under way but there is plenty of time to pull out the victory.  One thing is for sure, these women are not going down without a fight.

 

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Written by The 91st

Well, Cat Woman is on the mend. Hope Solo recently shared the progress of her recovery from a wrist injury, posting a picture of her left arm in a brace on WhoSay with the message:

“Cast off, brace on! Follow my progress everybody cuz like Arnold, ‘I’ll be Back!’ “

Of course, when Arnold said it, it was more like: “All be bahhk.” But you get the point.

Check out the full image after the jump.

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Written by The 91st

Alex Morgan, whose goal-scoring pace pretty much rivals anyone in USWNT history, unsurprisingly scored more goals Wednesday. She netted two, to be exact, both in the first half, to lead the U.S. Women’s National Team to a 2-0 win over Germany and give them the Algarve Cup.

Fitting way to end the competition. As Morgan said herself …

 

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Written by The 91st

Apparently, the USWNT had a lot of down time at the Algarve Cup. During one such instance, Tobin Heath and Yael Averbuch found creative ways to duel in soccer tennis even without the use of a net.

Who needs a net when you can use a hotel front desk?

 

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Written by The 91st

Mitts

Former Florida standout and USWNT staple Heather Mitts has retired from professional soccer. Mitts made the announcement today via her Facebook page.

The 34-year-old Mitts is a three-time Olympic gold medalist and one of the true pioneers of women’s soccer. You’ll be missed young lady, congratulations on a stellar career!

You can read her announcement in its entirety HERE.

 

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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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USWNT blasts Iceland 3-0

Written by The 91st

The hits keep on coming for the US Women’s National Team as they completed another easy victory, 3-0 over Iceland.

Rachel Buehler (in her 100th cap), Shannon Boxx and Abby Wambach all found the score sheet and good times were had by all.

 

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Written by Meagan Speck

Lindsey Horan

Paris Saint Germain was falling behind in the French league for quite a while. They hadn’t won a league title since 1994, and were in desperate need of some help. Then, two summers ago, a takeover was put in place when a Qatari group aimed to make them the richest, and most successful club in the world.

Since then, the men’s team has been making waves with all of their signings, including the striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic from AC Milan, and most recently signing David Beckham from LA Galaxy. After spending over $400 million on players alone, PSG is now competing with the big boys in Europe, and are currently leading the French league.

However, there is bigger news coming out of Paris Saint Germain for American soccer fans, but this time with the women’s team where 18-year-old American Lindsey Horan has recently got her first call up for the US women national team’s upcoming Algarve Cup in Portugal.

Horan, who had a scholarship in place to North Carolina, decided to postpone her college career and signed with French club, Paris Saint Germain. After speaking to Lindsey, it was evident her time in Paris so far has been a successful one. She loves playing for PSG and all of the new experiences that has come from it thus far.

“This is the beginning of a whole new project for PSG- new players, new staff,” she said. “A lot has changed here for the better with the men’s side too.”

Just like PSG, Lindsey is also experiencing a lot of change at the moment.

“I seriously thought I was dreaming when I got the email from the National Team – it was unreal,” Horan said.

Lindsey is preparing for her first USWNT appearance. Be sure to watch her and the USWNT in the Algarve Cup this coming March!

 

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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

Former MAC Hermann Trophy winner Christen Press scores two goals in her first ever appearance on the full U.S. women’s national team – a 4-1 win over Scotland on Saturday.

Press has been a curious omission from the US Soccer program given her decorated college career, but she capitalized on her long awaited chance and will be a player to watch moving forward.

 

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