- The 2010-11 UEFA Women’s Champions League final between Turbine Potsdam and Olympique Lyonnais kicks off at London’s Craven Cottage in just several hours. The game will be a rematch of last year’s UEFA Women’s Champions League final in which Turbine Potsdam held on to defeat Lyon in penalties after 120 scoreless minutes. Turbine Potsdam manager Bernd Schroder tells UEFA.com why the volcanic ash that has spread across the northern part of western Europe could disrupt fans’ travel plans.
- For all you lucky souls whose cable packages include GolTV, the channel will be broadcasting the match beginning at 3 PM ET.
The Western New York Flash have traded Kelly Parker and Julianne Sitch to the Atlanta Beat in exchange for Atlanta’s third pick in the first round of the 2012 WPS Draft as well as the team’s first pick in the second round.
- Caroline Seger has been named Player of the Week for week seven in WPS. She becomes the fourth consecutive WNY Flash player to do so. Week one was the last time a non-Flash or Beat player has been named POTW. Sky Blue FC’s Allie Long claimed the honor.
- With absolute all respect to Seger, it is a shame that defenders were once again overlooked for the title. Candace Chapman, Kandace Wilson, Anita Asante, and even Tina Ellertson had particularly solid performances for their respective teams. A defender has yet to be been named Player of the Week in league history. People are persuaded by goals though, regardless of how they’re scored.
- Video highlights from last week’s matches are now up. SBFC-Atlanta, Boston-Philadelphia, and Western New York-magicJack.
- Jeff Kassouf wraps up last week’s WPS action in his SI.com piece.
- On Monday, the Boston Breakers announced that goalkeeper Kelsey Davis tore her ACL and will miss the rest of the season. Davis suffered a similar fate with the Chicago Red Stars last season.
magicJack’s website looks to have been at least somewhat updated.
- Dan Borislow remains bullish and defiant in the face of WPS’s recent punishments. The magicJack owner was fined $10,000 and received a two-match touchline ban for making derogatory comments about the league. Borislow tells the Sun-Sentinal he has no intention of paying the fine and delivers some ominous words to the Marietta Daily Journal.
- The MDJ also has James Galanis’ reaction to the Atlanta Beat’s poor run of form, and reports that Lori Chalupny sustained a light muscle tear in her thigh in the Beat’s match against Sky Blue FC last weekend. She is expected to start on Saturday against magicJack, however.
- Tony DiCicco, Briana Scurry, and Brandi Chastain have officially been named in studio analysts for ESPN’s coverage of the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
- Cat Whitehill will also be joining the commentary crew. The Equalizer caught up with the USWNT veteran and she explains that she won’t be missing too much time with the Atlanta Beat.
- The official 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup referees representing the U.S. have started a blog.
- FIFA today announced that tickets are back on sale for the World Cup’s most sought-after matches. The number of available tickets has also been increased from 800,000 to 900,000.
- World Cup bound teams Colombia and New Zealand will join the likes of Wales and Denmark in the Matchworld Women’s Cup in Switzerland. The tournament will run from June 15 to June 20.
- Equatorial Guinea arrived in Germany on May 16, becoming the first World Cup team to arrive in the host nation. Nigeria arrived today, exactly one month out from the kick-off of the tournament.
- The USWNT helped raise upwards of $20,500 for Japan tsunami relief as part of U.S. Soccer’s Shirts off Their Backs auction.
- SoccerNation has a recap of last weekend’s WPSL action in which WPSL Co-Player of the Week Kristina Larsen scored a hat-trick for the Orange County Waves upon her debut and former USWNT member Jen Lalor-Nielsen and current San Diego SeaLion head coach stepped on to the pitch for her injury-ravaged side and helped the team defeat the Bay Area Breeze 1-0.
- The FA WSL reached its midway point on May 12. The league will break for the World Cup before resuming on July 22. Upstarts Birmingham City remain atop the standings with a four point lead over second-place Arsenal. Birmingham City are the only undefeated team in the league. Conversely, Liverpool are mired in last place and are still looking for their first win of the season.
- Birmingham City defender’s Kerys Harrop’s long-range screamer against Everton has been named the FA WSL’s Goal of the Month.
- April Heinrichs has named the players who will be in attendance for the U-20’s training camp running from June 4-12 in Chula Vista, California. The U-20’s will also face Japan’s U-20’s twice during this time.
- Morgan Brian has been named Gatorade National Girls Soccer Player of the Year. The Georgia native becomes the first student-athlete from the state to receive the award.
Ein Video von Ali Krieger Deutsch sprechen! Du bist herzlich willkommen! (H/T Lissa)
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