Megan Rapinoe has taken her talents to France. It was first reported by Redding.com just before the New Year that the USWNT player had reached a contract with club Olympique Lyonnais Feminine in Lyon, and while Rapinoe didn’t say much publicly she did offer this tweet today:
She is said to have reached a six-month deal with the club which could open the door for her to maybe return and play in the NWSL this summer. We’ll see. But we wish Rapinoe the best, as does one of her closest teammates after the jump.
The U.S. Women’s National Team wrapped up its post-Olympic victory tour with a 4-1 win against China on Saturday night.
Abby Wambach scored twice, while Megan Rapinoe and Sydney Leroux also found the back of the net.
With the win, the U.S. women cap off an extremely successful 2012, posting an overall record of 28-1-3, including a gold medal win in the London Olympics, and an 8-0-2 record in the 10-game tour held after the Olympics.
Along the way, the squad picked up a new coach, as head man Tom Sermanni will officially take over at the start of 2013, overseeing his first match in a friendly against Scotland. In the meanwhile, a women’s league is expected to be implemented here in North America, meaning 2013 will be just as busy for some of the top stars of the USWNT.
Soccer is actually her first love and she was clearly thrilled to meet her favorite player Abby Wambach and the rest of the ladies. She was gracious and charming for the most part, but then they broke out the football and things got REAL. Go ahead and fast forward to 2:58 and watch what happens when she hits Rapinoe with a double move and leaves her ankles firmly planted to the pitch.
And don’t try to convince me that Rapinoe was taking it easy on Sam, either. That was a legitimate “Where’s Waldo” shake (send out the search party) and if I were coach Tom Sermanni I wouldn’t let this little terror on the field anymore. Yes, she’s adorable, but she’s also dangerous.
Even with everything going on around her, USWNT star Sydney Leroux found the time to knock out her degree at UCLA. It only took her four years and one quarter, which is pretty phenomenal considering her schedule. You know: history, biology, uhh, the frickin’ Olympics!
It’s taken me nine years to complete my AA (almost … I’m having trouble with phys ed) and I don’t even have a valid excuse. Leroux does, and she still took care of business, proving as always that if you want to be cool (after the jump) …
So it turns out the bizarre events of earlier this week didn’t alter Hope Solo’s plans of marrying Jerramy Stevens.
Solo’s then fiance was arrested early Monday on suspicion of domestic abuse, but promptly released and not charged. The two were said to have been arguing over where they planned to live, and were scheduled to wed the next day, though conventional wisdom said an arrest might throw a monkey wrench in the wedding bells.
Not so much.
KING5.com in Seattle reported Solo and Stevens were married Tuesday night in a small ceremony near Snohomish, Wash, that featured only close family and friends.
The Kirkland, WA, police department said that the domestic abuse case is still an open investigation.
Jimmy Conrad apparently missed the memo that Tom Sermanni was just named the new USWNT coach. In Jimmy’s world, he’s set to be the new coach. He even managed to get a ringing endorsement from Alex Morgan.
You going to tell him, or should I? Eh, let him enjoy his moment.
US Soccer has named Tom Sermanni the new US Women’s National Team Coach, replacing Pia Sundhage.
The 58-year-old Sermanni has coached the Australian National Team since 2004, after returning to the position he left in 1997, and has led the Aussies in three Women’s World Cup tournaments.
With Sundhage riding off into the sunset to return home to Sweden, our Gold Medal winning squad suddenly became the sexiest job in the world and there were no shortage of applicants. But in the end, Sermanni won out.
Said US Soccer President Sunil Gulati:
“After an extensive search and interview process, we believe Tom Sermanni is the right person at the right time to lead our Women’s National Team. He has the knowledge, experience and vision to take on the challenge of keeping our team at the top of the world. We’re tremendously excited to have him on board.”
Sermanni was a nominee for FIFA Coach of the Year in 2011 and his appointment saw him beat out recent U20 World Cup winning coach Steve Swanson and Paul Riley.