Sally Jenkins, Washington Post Published 12:48 pm CDT, Wednesday, June 12, 2019 Picture the expressions of U.S. Soccer Federation officials every time Alex Morgan went lightly skipping down the pitch and scored another goal in the Americans’ opening match of the women’s World Cup. The falling faces, the slack mouths, the groans and the fingertips pressed to their creased foreheads, as their legal position became ever more indefensible. Just imagine how that record-setting 13-0 victory over Thailand will play at a jury trial. It’s going to be a lot of fun watching lawyers for the soccer federation try to justify why the U.S. Women’s National Team, with their air rifles for legs, are paid 38 cents on the dollar compared to their male counterparts and had to sue for fair wages. It’s going to be pure entertainment listening to federation president Carlos Cordeiro stammer out an explanation on the witness stand of why this team, which is nothing … [Read more...] about U.S. women’s soccer team is an American treasure. Pay them.
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The 23 members of the world’s top-ranked soccer team begin defense of their world title on Tuesday. (Caps are international appearances) No. 1 Alyssa Naeher Goalkeeper Age: 31 Hometown: Stratford, Conn. College: Penn State Club: Chicago Red Stars Caps: 46. Shutouts: 25. The primary starter since late 2016, Hope Solo’s former understudy will start in a major tournament for the first time and attempt to step out of her predecessor’s large shadow. She is a solid shot-blocker and good with her feet, allowing the team to initiate attacks from the back. No. 4 Becky Sauerbrunn Defender Age: 34 Hometown: St. Louis College: Virginia Club: Utah Royals Caps: 158. Goals: 0. Though she does not receive the same attention as several teammates, Sauerbrunn is the key figure on the back line because of leadership, coolness under pressure and intelligence. The understated center back played every minute at the 2015 World Cup and 2016 Olympics. No. 7 Abby Dahlkemper Age: 26 Hometown: … [Read more...] about U.S. soccer team roster for the 2019 Women’s World Cup
LONDON -- The English Football Association says fans of the country's national soccer team have again become an "embarrassment" after a night of disorder at the UEFA Nations League tournament in Portugal. The FA condemned the supporters who hurled bottles at locals and clashed with police on Wednesday in Porto, where Portugal was playing Switzerland. The FA says "anyone responsible for these disturbances cannot be seen as true England supporters and are not welcome in football. They are an embarrassment to the team."Fans also sang about World War II and the Irish Republican Army.England will play the Netherlands on Thursday in Guimaraes.Fearing trouble in Portugal, the FA launched a video campaign targeted at fans with the message "Don't Be That Idiot."___More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/apf-Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports … [Read more...] about England soccer team embarrassed by fan disorder in Portugal
LONDON (Reuters) - England soccer captain Harry Kane received the MBE award on Thursday for services to football after leading the national team to the World Cup semi-final in Russia last Summer. Prince William, the president of the English Football Association, presented the 25-year-old Tottenham striker with his medal at Buckingham Palace after Kane was included in Queen Elizabeth's 2019 New Year's honours list. He was top scorer with six goals in Russia but the team was knocked out after a 2-1 loss to Croatia in the semi-finals. Kane attended the ceremony with his fiancee and his parents. "A real honour and an enormously proud day for me and my family," he tweeted. "A massive thanks to my England teammates and coaching staff." (Reporting by Rachel Cordery; editing by Stephen Addison) … [Read more...] about England soccer captain Kane honoured at Buckingham Palace
The United States has seen dominating athletes and great personalities and Miracles on Ice. For my money, the U.S. women’s national soccer team provides the best year-in, year-out return on your fan investment of any collection of athletes in the United States. And right now, this week, is the perfect time to get on the bandwagon. If you love cheering for a winner, you’re in luck. The USWNT is the defending World Cup champions and went all of 2018, 20 games, without a loss. That wasn’t just from playing against minor outlying islands. It defeated five teams in the world top 10 and tied two others. Maybe you love cheering for the underdog, though, and I’m happy to report that – against logic – you can make that work, too. It’s hard to underestimate the low regard in which American soccer and American soccer fans are held, generally, across the globe. If you want to be patronized, ask someone from England or Germany or France about soccer, and … [Read more...] about Need a winner to get behind? U.S. women’s soccer team starts after another World Cup