Written by Will Parchman

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It’s blue. It’s got a Microsoft Word gradient. And it’s a new away U.S. away jersey. Get excited, folks. Or don’t. If you don’t like it, you probably shouldn’t get excited. That’d be disingenuous. And weird.

Anyway, here’s a complete front-to-back look at this new away uni for both the MNT and WNT. Please note Carli Lloyd’s face in the WNT group shot. She’s… not thrilled.

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Written by Travis Clark

Up 2-0 on Sunday against Brazil in the game’s first ten minutes, it looked like the USWNT would cruise to a win against the tournament hosts.

Then the Marta show began.

With the Brazilians down, the team’s star roared into action, scoring all three goals leading Brazil to a come-from-behind 3-2 win. That, coupled with a disappointing 1-1 draw with China to open the tournament, should be of slight concern to USWNT fans ahead of the 2015 World Cup.

Check out the highlights, including a couple of appearances by recent college stars Morgan Brian and Sam Mewis.

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Written by Travis Clark

Preparations for the 2015 World Cup are ramping up for the U.S. Women’s National Team, who is in Brasilia this week for an international tournament.

On Wednesday, the USA opened up play against China PR, only able to secure a 1-1 draw after a nice Hang Peng finish canceled out Carli Lloyd’s deflected opener.

Check out the highlights above, as the USWNT continues the tournament on Sunday at 4 p.m. EST against Brazil at the National Stadium Mane Garrincha.

 

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Written by Travis Clark

B4MNBSZCYAE5IfQ.jpg_largeThe 2015 Women’s World Cup is next summer in Canada, with the U.S. Women’s National Team facing the same sky high expectations as they usually do at international tournaments.

On Saturday at the World Cup draw in Vancouver, Canada, the U.S. learned its group fate. They’ll sit in Group D with the above mentioned nations of Australia, Sweden and Nigeria.

Some may label it as the group of death, but it’s a much-needed opportunity for the No. 1 team in the world to test itself against top opposition. The 2015 World Cup kicks off on June 6 in Edmonton, while the U.S. begins play against Australia on June 8 in Winnipeg.

 

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Written by Will Parchman

In the off chance you missed it, Tobin Heath redirected Carli Lloyd’s cross with a pretty insane left heel for the third of five goals in a 5-0 win over Guatemala in Women’s World Cup qualifying over the weekend. Won’t see many back-to-the-net finishes better than this, at any level.

Heath’s had her detractors as possessionally wanton, but it’s hard to argue against her scoring production. This was her second of the night.

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Written by Reshad Bahadori

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The 2014-15 ECNL season is dedicated to celebrating the Amazing Young Women that have helped mold this league into the top female youth soccer platform in the world. As part of the campaign, ECNL is encouraging amazing young women to share their stories. Christen Press, current member of the US Women’s National Team, professional women’s soccer player for the Chicago Red Stars, alum of ECNL Member Club Slammers FC and could be on the cover of the next Wheaties Box! But, she needs your help to win Wheaties NEXT!

Let’s celebrate and support this amazing young woman by helping her get on the cover of the next Wheaties Box where she can represent all #ECNLAYW! Below is an open letter from Christen!

Fellow Amazing Young Women:

My name is Christen Press and I am a professional women’s soccer player for the United States Women’s National team and the Chicago Red Stars. It is with great excitement that I introduce you to Wheaties NEXT—a first of its kind competition. I am privileged to announce that I am competing in this challenge and have an opportunity to earn a coveted spot on the front of the next Wheaties box. But I need your help!

Supporters can vote for their athlete of choice by logging workouts on the following website: mapmyfitness.com/wheatiesnext. The competition runs from July 1st- to August 31st. Most importantly, for every workout logged for Team Press, General Mills will make a generous donation to Grass Roots Soccer- a non-profit organization that uses the power of soccer to educate, inspire, and mobilize communities to stop the spread of HIV. http://www.grassrootsoccer.org

Find out more about the rules of the competition by logging on to wheaties.com, visiting facebook, or youtube.

Here’s how you can help:

Sign up for the Wheaties NEXT challenge at mapmyfitness.com/wheatiesnext and start logging!
Rally your friends and your network, by sharing the above link.
I look forward to having your support, and feel free to reach out with any questions: footballschristenpress@gmail.com.

Thanks for supporting,

Christen

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Written by Will Parchman

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File this one under the “Feel-good stories of the year” category.

Last year, Angie Scoma tragically lost her mom to cancer. A soccer nut, Scoma plays for the Mustang Fury U13 side in Danville, Calif., and next season she’ll make the step up to their ECNL side for the first time. Naturally, as a young player in America, Scoma is also an enormous Alex Morgan fan. Posters, fatheads, the whole nine yards. Stash that fact away.

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Written by Will Parchman

Thursday was The Day. Tom Sermanni was bizarrely given the axe last weekend after a relatively fruitful tenure as USWNT coach (Sermanni lost just twice, though both were daggers), and Thursday’s match against China was the team’s first since the firing. Enter the awkwardness.

Carli Lloyd just kind of hiked up her britches and said she didn’t care about the coaching on Thursday. A couple right thunderbastards for the record books as the USWNT defeated China 3-0 in San Diego. Lloyd became just the ninth player in USWNT history to eclipse 50 goals, which she did with her outburst against China.

It was a relatively stagnant performance from the Americans as a whole by most objective standards. But hey, Lloyd popped her collar and scored two goals and can you honestly dispute this majesty?

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Written by Will Parchman

First off, if you haven’t, be sure to head over to Deadspin to read this excellent article running in the latest Howler titled ‘Can Women’s Pro Soccer Work In America? An Investigation, In Sweden.’

Some backstory: Sweden’s women’s pro league is decades old, and the country utilizes a true promotion/relegation system that seeps into the space left by folded clubs (assuming that even happens) and fills it with another franchise waiting in the wings. It’s worked to such a degree that many of the world’s best players play in Sweden, including Brazil’s Marta.

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Written by Will Parchman

On the last night of the USWNT’s December camp, the team held a White Elephant gift party. As should surprise no one even remotely familiar with this group, they enjoyed themselves. A lot.

 

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