…or the I’m alive and well, I promise post.
According to a published report in the Chinese press, Mexico head coach Leo Cuellar hinted that Mexico would play the United States prior to the World Cup. U.S. Soccer couldn’t confirm the match but it does kind of make sense. The USWNT will be playing its final preparation game in the U.S. on Sunday, June 5 which fits Cuellar’s timeline in the article.
Also, rumor has it that it will be the team’s only domestic game before the World Cup.According to the latest U.S. Soccer press release, the team will have domestic friendlies on Saturday, May 14, Wednesday, May 18 and Sunday, June 5.
The USWNT’s pre-WWC schedule is as follows:
Algarve Cup now until March 9, March 21-April 1 training in London, April 2 England friendly, April 3-7 training in Scotland, April 18-May 6 training in West Palm Beach *during this time, presumably everyone other than Ali Krieger will travel to WPS matches on weekends*, May 9 training for friendlies begins, friendlies May 14, May 18 and June 5, June 6-13 break, June 14-23 European camp, June 23 travel to Dresden, June 28 Group C match vs. North Korea…
TSN was one of the first outlets to report that the Canadian Women’s National Team has ended its boycott. One morning I wrote an article about this and a few hours later it wound up on The New York Times Goal blog. Weird! Also be sure to read the first installment Lissa’s terrifically comprehensive rundown of the situation in the post below.
- You can keep track of Canada’s progress in the Cyprus Cup next week because the tournament has its very own website. Rejoice!
- With Barnhart, Whitworth, Lipsher and Butler off the open market, several former no. 1’s are still without a home. What will become of the likes of Jill Loyden, Karina LeBlanc and Erin McLeod? Atlanta Beat owner and acting GM Fitz Johnson explains why the team passed on each one in the The Marietta Daily Journal.
- The Boston Breakers released its preseason squad. Players vying for a roster spot include former Breaker Niki Cross, WPSL super striker Leah Blayney, Gina DeMaio, Ally McCann, Ahkeela Mollon and Katie Schoepfer. Also of note, Keelin Winters is listed as a defender and goalkeeper Ashley Phillips and new draftee Katherine Sheeleigh are excluded from the squad.
- Chicagoland Soccer News has a brief yet interesting article on WPS’ plans for westward expansion. The usual suspects include Seattle, Vancouver, the O.C. and Dallas.
- Hope Solo discusses her recovery from shoulder surgery in this U.S. Soccer video.
- Both the U-20’s and the U-23’s are currently in action in La Manga, Spain although you would never know it by looking at the U.S. Soccer website. The Practice Field blog offers a helpful update on the U-23’s. Georgetown midfielder Ingrid Wells is a seasoned vet in the USWNT youth system and she explains how her role differs with the USWNT U-23’s. Meanwhile, Cross-Conference has posted the U-20’s roster and the dates they’ll be playing. This article details why fourth time’s the charm for 18 year-old midfielder Sarah Killion.
- Since she’s not in Spain, one might wonder what Sydney Leroux has been up to. Last week, Graham Hays tweeted that the U-20’s forward had been spotted pinch-running for the UCLA softball team. The Daily Bruin offers confirmation.
- Scotland narrowly missed out on qualifying for the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Head coach Anna Signeul tells The Guardian that the team must recapture some momentum at the Cyprus Cup. Also, Kelly Smith is set to earn her 100th cap in England’s clash with Italy on Wednesday.
- Hope Powell and Faye White chat about what 2011 holds for women’s soccer in a BBC video interview. White also talks up the prospect of having a Great Britain team compete in the 2012 Summer Olympics.
- The Dutch Vrouwen Eredivsie will conract to six teams after clubs AZ and Willem II will both fold their women’s teams. In previous years, matches were only played on Thursdays. This year games will be played on Friday nights. There will also be a free market for players now. (Thanks Deborah)
- CNN profiles the German Women’s National Team star Lira Bajramaj in a video interview.
- A total of 70,000 tickets have been sold for France’s three group stage matches in the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
- A source tells AWK that Shek Borkowski’s WMLS has changed its name to WLS – Women’s League Soccer. It’s safe to say ‘Women’s Major League Soccer’ didn’t fly with the Major League Soccer suits.
- In Frauen-Bundesliga news, Herford has been officially relegated after a 3-2 loss to Jena. The team finishes the 2010-11 Frauen-Bundesliga season with just one win. A dream DFB-Pokal final has been set for March 25 as Frankfurt defeated Bad Neuenahr 3-1 and Turbine Potsdam turned over Bayern Munich 4-2. With just one point between them and two games to go in the F-B season, things are going to get rather interesting.
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