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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Written by The 91st

120 from shandonfan on Vimeo.

At the close of 2012 we brought you a year’s worth of US Men’s National Team goals, now we’re showcasing the ladies. Here is every goal scored by the US Women – all 120. You’re welcome.

 

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Written by The 91st

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.

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Written by Travis Clark

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.

 

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Written by The 91st

Sam Gordon, A.K.A. the nine-year-old football star, A.K.A. you better eat your Wheaties, visited the US Women’s National Team last week.

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.

 

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Written by Jahmal Corner

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) …

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