Posted by iamhannah on May 12, 2009
Change in Schedule Will See U.S. Play in Canada for First Time Since 2001
Both the USA’s Abby Wambach and Canada’s Christine Sinclair Shoot for 100th International GoalCHICAGO (May 12, 2009) – The U.S. Women’s National Team has added a May 25 friendly against Canada in Toronto to replace two previously canceled matches against Japan. The match will kick off at 7 p.m. ET at BMO Field, Canada’s national stadium and home to Toronto FC of Major League Soccer.
The game will be broadcast live on Fox Soccer Channel, and fans can follow the match online via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.
Canada was previously to play host to Japan on May 25, but after the Japanese pulled out of their North American tour, the U.S. will now travel to Canada for the first time since 2001 when the two teams also met in Toronto. That match was played at the old Varsity Stadium and ended in a 2-2 draw in front of 9,023 fans, which at the time was the largest crowd ever to watch the Canadian women’s team in Canada.
“I am grateful that we could put together a game on such short notice and want to thank the WPS teams and officials for their flexibility in unique situation,” said U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage. “We’ve been watching a lot of WPS games and it will be so nice to have all the players together who have performed well in the league. I am very happy that the USA and Canada could get together to organize this match.”
The quick arrangement of the match in Toronto means that the USA and Canada will play three times this summer as the two countries were already scheduled to meet twice in July in the United States, on July 19 in Rochester, N.Y., and on July 22 in Charleston, S.C. Tickets are available for both games through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout the Rochester and Charleston areas. Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290.
The USA and Canada played five times in 2008, with the USA post a 4-0-1 record that included topping Canada in the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Final in penalty kicks. One of the victories came in overtime in a Beijing Olympic quarterfinal, and the U.S. also edged Canada 1-0 in the Peace Queen Cup Final in South Korea.
The match presents an interesting and historic scenario for both teams’ star strikers as the USA’s Abby Wambach and Canada’s Christine Sinclair will each be going for their 100th career international goals in the same match, the first time that has ever happened in soccer history.
The match also marks the return to international play for Wambach for the first time since she suffered a broken leg in the USA’s final pre-Olympic match last July.
While the USA and Canada have played 44 times in their histories, the most meetings with the USA by any country other than Norway (45 games), the USA’s trip to Canada is certainly rare. Of the 44 matches, just four have been played in Canada, 25 have been in the United States and 15 at neutral sites. The USA is 3-0-1 against the Maple Leafs in matches played in Canada.
Source: US Soccer
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Posted by iamhannah on May 12, 2009
The Japanese Women’s National Team has pulled out of the two upcoming matches in the United States due to the H1N1 Virus (Swine Flu). The two matches were in Frisco, Texas, and Sandy, Utah on May 20 and May 23 respectfully. The Japanese team were also to play Canada in Toronto on May 25.
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Posted by iamhannah on May 6, 2009
Westwood, Mass. (May 6, 2009) – Four Boston Breakers are among the 21 players called up to the U.S. Women’s National Team by head coach Pia Sundhage, it was announced this afternoon by U.S. Soccer. The team will face Japan in a pair of matches, May 20 in Frisco, Texas and again on May 23 in Sandy, Utah.
The four Breakers, a total which matches the Chicago Red Stars for the WPS team with the most call-ups, are forward Amy Rodriguez, midfielder Angela Hucles and defenders Amy LePeilbet and Heather Mitts. None of the four will miss any matches with Boston, and will join the national team following the Breakers home match against the Washington Freedom on May 17.
Rodriguez, Hucles and Mitts have all been mainstays with the national team in recent times and were each a part of the gold medal-winning squad which defeated Brazil last summer in the final of the Beijing Olympics. For LePeilbet, this is her first time back with the team since 2006.
Since the Olympic triumph, both Hucles and Mitts have hit the 100 cap (appearance) milestone, becoming the 24th and 25th Americans, respectively, to do so. Hucles earned her 100th cap against the Korea Republic on Nov. 8, while Mitts reached the century mark in the previous U.S. match against Sweden in the final of the Algarve Cup on March 11.
Rodriguez, who had the assist on the game-winning goal in the USA’s 1-0 win over Brazil in the Olympic final, has scored six times in 35 international matches. LePeilbet has earned 23 caps with the national team from 2004-06.
These will be the first-ever international games for the U.S. during the WPS season and the first domestic matches of 2009 for a U.S. team which is in very early preparations for qualifying for the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany. Seventeen of the 21 players on the roster are currently playing in WPS, and Sundhage also named four collegiate players.
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Posted by iamhannah on April 27, 2009
2009 WNT Domestic Tour
USA vs. Japan – May 20, 2009 – 7:30 p.m. CT
Pizza Hut Park – Frisco, Texas – Tickets
USA vs. Japan – May 23, 2009 – 4 p.m. MT
Rio Tinto Stadium – Sandy, Utah – Tickets
Live on FSC & Fox Sports en Espanol
USA vs. Canada – July 19, 2009 – 3 p.m. ET
Rochester Rhinos Stadium – Rochester, N.Y. – Tickets
Live on ESPN
USA vs. Canada – July 22, 2009 – 8 p.m. ET
Blackbaud Stadium – Charleston, S.C. – Tickets
Live on FSC & Fox Sports en Espanol
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Posted by iamhannah on April 8, 2009
Portrait of Passion takes you on a journey through the years of the US Women’s National Team members. The books takes you from the players “First Kick” all the way through the Women’s World Cup in China 2007. The author Gail Stewart interviewed the players and through those interviews you get a good look at the players lives. Through Paul Phillips photographs you get a wonderful sense of the friendship and teamwork the team has.
I would recommend this book for all ages. Portrait of Passion shows what great role-models we have today and this book just reminds you of that fact and reenforces it. Make sure you go to PortraitOfPassion.com to order your copy of the book today.
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Posted by leyrocks on February 19, 2009
Ok so as we get closer to March 29th the more WPS news, promotions, player signings and events we are hearing about. Pre-season training camps are set to start on March 1st. So here are a couple of events that you may want to attend and look at for.
Febuary 19th, Marta arrives in L.A., watch out for AEG/SOL to have a press conference on Thursday or Friday. Happy Birthday by the way, its hard to believe that she is only turning 23.
February 21st, Soccer Nation Expo in Los Angeles. Abby Wambach, Marta and other soccer stars will attend this event. This will be Marta’s first public appearance.
February 23rd – Players start arriving to their perspective teams.
February 24th, WPS Team Kit Unveiling in New York City. WPS will unveil the uniforms for the WPS 2009 Inaugural Season, including both Home and Away styles. Players modeling will be:
Marta and Johanna Frisk, Los Angeles Sol
Amy Rodriguez and Angela Hucles, Boston Breakers
Leslie Osborne and Christina DiMartino, FC Gold Pride (SF Bay Area)
Carli Lloyd and Nikki Krzysik, Chicago Red Stars
Hope Solo and Lori Chalupny, Saint Louis Athletica
Heather O’Reilly and Christie Rampone, Sky Blue FC (NJ/NY)
Allie Long and Sarah Huffman, Washington Freedom
The USWNT will be attending this event before they fly off to Portugal for the Algarve Cup Tournament
March 4th -11th USWNT competing in Algarve Cup Tournament
March 4th USA vs. Denmark
March 6 USA vs. Iceland
March 9th USA vs. Norway
March 8th Sol Fest @ the Home Depot Center. Meet the 2009 LA Sol Team.
*If you are aware of any upcoming events please let us know so we can post them up.
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Posted by iamhannah on February 11, 2009
This week on the Women’s Soccer Show we talk about the new signings for the WPS, the upcoming Algarve Cup and International friendlies.
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Posted by iamhannah on February 7, 2009
United States Women’s National Team 2009 Algarve Cup Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Nicole Barnhart (FC Gold Pride), Hope Solo (St. Louis Athletica);
DEFENDERS (5): Rachel Buehler (FC Gold Pride), Lori Chalupny (St. Louis Athletica), Kendall Fletcher (Los Angeles Sol), Heather Mitts (Boston Breakers), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC);
MIDFIELDERS (7): Shannon Boxx (Los Angeles Sol), Tina DiMartino (FC Gold Pride), Carli Lloyd (Chicago Red Stars), Heather O’Reilly (Sky Blue FC), Lindsay Tarpley (Chicago Red Stars), Kacey White (Sky Blue FC), Angie Woznuk (St. Louis Athletica);
FORWARDS (4): Angela Hucles (Boston Breakers), Natasha Kai (Sky Blue FC), Megan Rapinoe (Chicago Red Stars), Amy Rodriguez (Boston Breakers).
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