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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Written by Will Parchman

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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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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

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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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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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