Hello, again. It’s been too long.
At least nothing too exciting has happened while AWK has been off-air. I mean, there was Marta’s blockbuster signing with Tyresö, the continued growth of the WPSL Elite Division, WPS’s latest courthouse escape attempt, Turbine Potsdam’s sudden crisis, Sarah Hagen’s first professional goal in her first professional game, and the U-23’s victory against Sweden in their first match in La Manga. Oh, and Alex Morgan joined pals Hope Solo and Sydney Leroux on the Seattle Sounders Women.
So no, nothing out of the ordinary.
There’s plenty of stuff on the horizon as the next generation of the USWNT readies for the limelight. The U.S. U-17’s will also be in action in La Manga, Spain. Albertin Montoya’s side will take part in an international U-19 tournament beginning March 4 as they take on France. And Steve Swanson’s U-20’s will attempt to qualify for the 2012 U-20 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Panama. They face Guatemala on Friday (lots of info here).
And of course, there are the annual senior tournaments. Eighteen of the world’s top-ranked 25 teams will be in action over the next two weeks. The Algarve Cup returns on Wednesday while the 2012 Cyprus Cup commences Tuesday.
With a little help from our friends, AWK will be providing exclusive coverage directly from both tournaments.
Indeed, back in the saddle.