- U.S. Soccer has a feature video with Alex Morgan and Amy Rodriguez.
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- ESPN’s Jeffrey Carlisle has a terrific profile of Hope Solo.
- Carlisle also penned this piece about Abby Wambach and the integral role she plays in the USWNT.
- Jacqueline Purdy reveals her pre-tournament best XI.
- There have been a handful of features of USWNT players in their respective local papers. Here are a few about Amy Rodriguez, Amy LePeilbet, Carli Lloyd, and Christie Rampone.
- This photo of Abby Wambach, Hope Solo, and Heather Mitts apparently could have been on the cover of SI.
- Jeff Kassouf has a retrospective of the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup and why it will be important to this year’s World Cup on FOXSoccer.
- Marta talks about her desire for gold in this AP article.
- The Vancouver Sun outlines Canada’s competition in Group A.
- The Vancouver Sun also writes about the players worth watching in this World Cup.
- The CBC profiles Canada’s rising star Jonelle Filigno.
- This informative piece in The Guardian details England’s recent transformation.
- North Korea defeated England 3-0 in a closed door match on Wednesday. Anyone have more details?
- German striker Martina Muller left Wednesday’s workout after straining her left thigh. She was examined at the team hotel but her current condition is not yet known.
- Sky Blue FC defeated the Atlanta Beat 1-0 on Wednesday night. Casey Nogueira converted yet another ridiculous goal. This time the second-year pro scored from a corner kick — and off her right foot, no less. SBFC now move up to fourth place and are tied on points with the Boston Breakers.
- After the match, Atlanta Beat head coach James Galanis conceded his team had no chance of making the playoffs and made some candid comments about the Beat’s original intentions going into the season.
- *Note: While there’s definitely been rumors about the Beat’s decision to mail it in early on, why would Galanis publicly admit it now? That kind of self-defeating attitude surely can’t send a positive message to either the team’s players or its fans. Also wonder how players like Lori Chalupny, Cat Whitehill, and Carli Lloyd feel if that was the plan along…
- So can WPS capture any excitement generated from the World Cup? WPS is set to launch the See Extraordinary Heroes initiative which will occur after the tournament concludes. Here’s the official word:
In addition to delivering exciting world-class action on the field, festive elements such as fireworks, giveaways, celebrity appearances, and new interactive activities will enhance the fan and player experience at the celebratory matches.
Full List of See Extraordinary Heroes matches:
Date HOME VISITOR LOCATION TIME
July 17 Sky Blue FC Flash Yurcak Field 6 PM
July 23 Beat magicJack KSU Soccer Stadium 7 PM
July 24 Breakers Flash Harvard Stadium 6 PM
July 31 Independence Beat Widener University 6 PM
August 7 Independence Sky Blue FC Widener University 6 PM
August 14 Flash Beat Sahlen’s Stadium 6 PM
*All Times Eastern
- Thanks to those that pointed out the errors in Tuesday’s World Cup roster spreadsheet. It has been updated and here are the new average ages of each squad. Other than France’s steep drop, it hasn’t really changed:
1.) Sweden 27
2.) USA 26.8
3.) Canada 26.5
4.) England 26.09
5.) Germany 25.9
6.) France, Equatorial Guinea 25.8
7.) Japan 25.2
8.) Brazil 25
9.) Norway 24.8
10.) New Zealand 23.4
11.) Mexico 23.2
12.) Australia 21.9
13.) Nigeria 21.76
14.) Colombia 21.5
15.) North Korea 20.4
And lastly, here’s another reminder to download The Equalizer and All White Kit’s Complete Guide to the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Free preview here, place to download the full 82-page PDF for $5.95 here. Technical questions, comments, etc. should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, Grant Wahl had some nice things to say about it which is pretty cool.