Rapinoe, Morgan back for US for World Cup qualifiers
Rapinoe and Morgan were included on the U.S. national team roster for the upcoming CONCACAF W Championship, which will determine four of the region’s teams in the 2023 Women’s World Cup. (AP Photo/Claude Paris, File) (Claude Paris)Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan have been included on the U.S. roster for next month's CONCACAF W Championship, which will determine four of the region's teams in the 2023 Women's World Cup. Defenders: Alana Cook (OL Reign), Emily Fox (Racing Louisville), Naomi Girma (San Diego Wave), Sofia Huerta (OL Reign), Kelley O’Hara (Washington Spirit), Becky Sauerbrunn (Portland Thorns), Emily Sonnett (Washington Spirit). Midfielders: Lindsey Horan (Lyon), Taylor Kornieck (San Diego Wave), Rose Lavelle (OL Reign), Kristie Mewis (Gotham), Ashley Sanchez (Washington Spirit), Andi Sullivan (Washington Spirit). Forwards: Ashley Hatch (Washington Spirit), Alex Morgan (San Diego Wave), Mallory Pugh (Chicago Red Stars), Midge Purce (Gotham), Megan Rapinoe (OL Reign), Trinity Rodman (Washington Spirit), Sophia Smith (Portland Thorns).wftv.com
Players react to abuse allegations with letter to US Soccer
Alex Morgan, Christen Press and Megan Rapinoe were among players from the U.S. national team who signed a letter criticizing U.S. Soccer for its handling of complaints against former Chicago Red Stars coach Rory Dames. The players' letter was sent Wednesday to U.S. Soccer President Cindy Parlow Cone, as well as former president Carlos Cordeiro. Dames has a reputation as an excellent soccer coach over 25 years of coaching thousands of soccer players. In their letter, the players called for transparency and action. We demand that USSF release the full findings of its investigation in a timely manner and commit to enacting meaningful institutional reforms to protect players,” the letter said.wftv.com
Carli Lloyd scores 5 goals, US women rout Paraguay 9-0
(AP Photo/Tony Dejak) (Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND — (AP) — Carli Lloyd scored a career-high five goals and the United States routed Paraguay 9-0 on Thursday in the national team's first game since the Olympics. Lloyd scored a pair of goals in the opening five minutes, and added her third and fourth before halftime as the United States built a 6-0 lead. Lloyd's scoring outburst was reminiscent of the 2015 World Cup final, when she scored three goals in the first 16 minutes against Japan. It is the first time that the United States has faced Paraguay, which has never played in the Olympics or the World Cup. The United States plays Paraguay again on Tuesday in Cincinnati.wftv.com
US women's soccer regroups after stunning loss to Sweden
APTOPIX Tokyo Olympics Soccer United States' Christen Press reacts as Sweden's players celebrate their third goal during a women's soccer match at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Wednesday, July 21, 2021, in Tokyo. The United States fell to Sweden 3-0 Wednesday night in the team's opener in Tokyo, snapping a 44-match unbeaten streak. They're aiming to be the first women's team to win an Olympic title following a World Cup. The United States failed to medal at the Rio de Janeiro Games after it was ousted in the quarterfinals by — yep — Sweden. The Matildas downed New Zealand 2-1 on Wednesday in their opening match in Group G.With the win, Sweden made a strong case as potential medalists in Tokyo.wftv.com
Press, Williams score in US women's 2-0 victory over Nigeria
AUSTIN, Texas — (AP) — Christen Press scored late in the first half, Lynn Williams added a goal in the final moments and the U.S. women’s national team wrapped up its Summer Series with a 2-0 victory over Nigeria on Wednesday night in the last match before settling on a lineup for the Olympics. The U.S swept to three shutout victories in the tune-up series for the world's No. 61 was another impressive moment from Press, who had two goals and an assist in the Summer Series and has been directly involved in 33 of the last 35 goals for the national team. Williams, who came on in the 88th minute, beat Oluehi on a breakaway for the late goal. The U.S. women are 9-0-1 this year are undefeated in 42 straight matches, the third-longest streak in team history.wftv.com
Rapinoe-led US beats Argentina 6-0 to win SheBelieves Cup
The defending champion U.S. team blanked Canada in the round-robin tournament opener and then downed Brazil 2-0 on Sunday. Argentina, a late addition after Japan dropped out because of coronavirus concerns, did not win a match but did impress with gritty performances. Rapinoe is the top SheBelieves career leader with seven goals, including three in this edition. It was Lloyd's 124th international goal and it came in her 299th appearance with the national team. “It's always nice to be recognized, but I think there were other people that deserved it more.”The United States improved to 4-0 against Argentina.
Press, Rapinoe score, US beats Brazil 2-0 in SheBelieves Cup
The United States sits atop the SheBelieves Cup standings with two wins. But not only a goal, the way we played our attack in the first 20 minutes," Brazil coach Pia Sundhage said. It was Press' 10th goal in her last 13 national team games and 59th international goal. Alex Morgan made her first start for the national team since giving birth to daughter Charlie last year. The U.S. beat Canada 1-0 in its SheBelieves Cup opener on Thursday, while Brazil beat rival Argentina 4-1.
Alex Morgan finally makes debut in English soccer
Tottenham Hotspur's Alex Morgan warms up ahead of the the English Women's Super League soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Reading at the Hive stadium in London, Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)LONDON – Nearly two months after signing, American superstar Alex Morgan finally made her debut for Tottenham as a second-half substitute in a 1-1 draw against Reading in the Women’s Super League on Saturday. Morgan came on in the 69th minute and didn't score in her first match in around 15 months, having given birth in May to daughter Charlie Elena Carrasco. She is among a raft of American players to have moved to English soccer for this season, with Rose Lavelle and Sam Mewis at Manchester City, and Tobin Heath and Christen Press at Manchester United. ___More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
English women's soccer targets titles, player development
Manchester United's Tobin Heath celebrates scoring against West Ham United during the FA Women's Super League match at Victoria Road Stadium, London, Sunday Oct. 18, 2020. (John Walton/PA via AP)LONDON – England’s soccer leadership has a couple of priorities for the women’s teams. “We, of course, want to win a major tournament. But to do that, we don’t want to just win a major tournament once. We want to continue to win a major tournament for years ahead."
Christen Press honors Kobe Bryant with Man United 24 jersey
FILE - In this March 8, 2020, file photo, United States forward Christen Press looks for a pass during the second half of a SheBelieves Cup soccer match against Spain, in Harrison, N.J. Press says she wants to honor Kobe Bryant by playing for Manchester United wearing a No. The American's usual No. 23 was already taken when she signed for a season with the English club earlier in September, 2020. (AP Photo/Steve Luciano, File)
Christen Press honors Kobe Bryant with Man United 24 jersey
23 jersey already claimed, Christen Press had a decision to make when she joined Manchester United. 24 Kobe Bryant dying in a helicopter crash at the age of 41. “When I wasn’t able to wear my normal number, I definitely chose this (24) with a little nod to Kobe, because I’m an LA girl,” Press said. “For most of my career, I would have said I’m a nine,” Press said, referencing the traditional jersey number for a center forward. “I’m reluctantly accepting that I’m a veteran player and that I’m now one of the oldest players on the team, but younger than Tobin," Press said.
Man United recruit Heath eager to play at Old Trafford again
LONDON – Stepping back inside Old Trafford this week took Tobin Heath back eight years, to one of the wildest Olympic soccer matches ever played. Heath will soon be hoping to play at Old Trafford again. “This is huge for a club like this to have a women’s team,” Heath said. Strange too for Heath that the scheduled November meeting with Arsenal will be at the Leigh Sports Village on the outskirts of Manchester rather than Old Trafford. “I had all the feels when going back there," she said, “and any footballer’s dream would be to play for Manchester United and to play at Old Trafford.”___More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Pride get shut out again, lose 2-0 to Utah
ORLANDO - The season-long problem of scoring goals is rearing its head again for the Orlando Pride. For the second straight game and eighth time this season, the Pride were shut out, this time by the Utah Royals, who earned a 2-0 win at Exploria Stadium on Saturday. World Cup standout Christen Press scored in the 60th minute ,and then Amy Rodriguez added an insurance goal in the 77th minute for the Royals, who improved to 3-0 against the Pride this season. Orlando (3-11-3) lost for the third time in its last four games and will have a short turnaround before playing at Chicago on Wednesday. Copyright 2019 by WKMG ClickOrlando - All rights reserved.
Pride fall to Utah, remain winless on season
ORLANDO – A poor start to the season didn’t get much better for the Orlando Pride on Saturday. The Pride are now winless in four games to start the year following a 1-0 loss to the Utah Royals at Orlando City Stadium. Christen Press scored the game’s only goal in the 19th minute for the Royals, who ended up outshooting the Pride, 17-15. The Pride did have 10 corner kicks to Utah’s five, but they couldn’t cash in on those chances and fell to 0-3-1 on the season. Next up for the Pride is a game at the Houston Dash on May 5.