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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Written by Will Parchman


Turns out Sydney Leroux isn’t just posing for strange Beyonce tribute dance moves these days. She’s also the bringer of destruction on Mexico.

Leroux punched in four goals on Tuesday night during the women’s 7-0 demolition of Mexico in DC. Which one’s your favorite? You can’t Michele Bachmann this and pick all of them. That’s what we call a copout.

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Written by J.R. Eskilson

Cracking jokes and dishing out coy smiles, Abby Wambach seems right at home in front of the camera.

The U.S. Women’s National Team forward went through the wringer on Tuesday night as she was paraded through a bevy of news outlets waiting to chat with her following the Gatorade Athlete of the Year banquet.

Calm as she is in front of the net, Wambach slid from one question to the next on a wide variety of topics.

She chatted with TopDrawerSoccer.com as well. Most of the questions were aimed at the star of the evening, Morgan Andrews, but Wambach did talk about what the last year has been like for her and where she wants to push the WNT in the near future.

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Written by Will Parchman





The first photos from ESPN’s Body Issue are leaking out now. And Sydney Leroux’s are worth checking out. Yes, yes they are.

Following in the footsteps of players like Hope Solo and Abby Wambach, Syd The Kid posed for ESPN’s Body Issue, which is awesome and should never go away. Here’s an excerpt from her interview. This is what she had to say about it:

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Written by Will Parchman

There’s setting records, and then there’s setting records. Wambach did the latter Thursday night when she scored four goals in the first half in a 5-0 win over South Korea at Red Bull Arena. That’s a combined 9-1 scoreline against the South Koreans in a span of less than a week, for what it’s worth.

Four goals. In one half. That up there is her third, fittingly off a header for her 159th career tally (she finished the game with 160). Incredible longevity for a player who, we shouldn’t forget, played with Mia, the player she just passed. Was touching to see the entire bench scream off the sideline and swamp Wambach.

A mighty doff of the cap to Ms. Wambach. Special moment. Suppose we need a #ChasingAbby now, eh?




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Written by Will Parchman

Goals, goals, goals. Carli Lloyd bagged the pick of the litter with her 25-yard roller that snuck inside the near post for the third of four. Scope out the glory above. Game 2 of the South Korea twinbill is Thursday at Red Bull Arena.


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Written by The 91st

Most Interesting

All I know is apparently Sydney Leroux was having dinner and the The Most Interesting Man in the World appeared behind her. You just can’t make this stuff up.

He doesn’t always dine out, but when does, he randomly shows up in a photo with Sydney Leroux.

Check out her tweet below:


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Written by Carly Haden

Following the trends on Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram, AliKrieger here’s my take on “Woman Crush Wednesday”… Soccer Edition.
Alexandra Krieger, better known as “Ali Krieger”, currently plays for the U.S. Women’s National Team. She has recently recovered from a serious knee injury she suffered during the Olympic-qualifying match last summer in London that prevented her from participating in the 2012 Summer Olympics. Krieger is now back in action and looking good as ever on the pitch.
Not only is Krieger an unbelievable soccer player, she’s not too hard on the eyes either. Her fit body and cute face have fans calling her an “underrated heartthrob.” In comparison to Alex Morgan and Hope Solo, who both posed in all paint outfits this past year, Ali is taking some notice. She’s a stunning brunette who plays soccer. (What’s better?)
In the video posted above you can see Krieger is dedicated to returning to the pitch after her knee injury, which is as an inspiration to fans and players alike. It also gives us another excuse to stare at her a little more. Creeper alert. #WomanCrushWednesday

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Written by Dill Pickle

I thought I knew everything about Sydney Leroux. I guess we’re not as tight as I thought dreamed we were.

Leroux teamed up with her US Soccer teammate and best friend Kristie Mewis for “The LeMew Quiz”, a fun trivia about each of them.

Some interesting facts that came out of the convo:

  • Sydney got expelled from second grade for stealing books
  • Kristie owns a dog that’s older than Benjamin Button, but doesn’t age backward
  • Sydney has a tattoo on her back that includes her mom, a dead tree, and flower

Just when you think you know someone …


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