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Players / Re: Elizabeth Lambert
« on: November 10, 2009, 02:48:04 AM »
I watched her pull 5 possible red card infractions on FFF this evening. They replayed everything that should've gotten Lambert ejected, and yeah, the refs needed to control things better. Lambert should be ashamed of herself, but she obviously wasn't during the match. 

Players / Re: Eniola Aluko
« on: November 09, 2009, 09:16:03 PM »
She's become a fan favorite in St. Louis, and her scoring was truly missed in the game against SBFC.

Players / Elizabeth Lambert
« on: November 09, 2009, 09:10:25 PM »
What was she thinking? I know the conference tournaments can get a little crazy, but she was just laying out beat-downs to BYU's players. She might as well just enter the WPS draft, because her days at New Mexico are over. UNM will pull her scholarship and no other school will be able to offer her one. Even if they did, she'd have to sit out her senior season because of the transfer student rules.

Speaking of conference tournaments, I watched the final for the Big 12 tournament yesterday, and Oklahoma State's goalkeeper is pretty good. She denied Texas A&M over and over again, and she's only a freshman. OSU Cowgirls won 1-0 off a corner kick. (I enjoy Texas A&M losing at anything) :)

USA Women's Football / Re: Boston Breakers
« on: October 24, 2009, 02:30:13 AM »
Angela Hucles Retires from WPS and International Soccer

Westwood, Mass. (October 16, 2009) – Angela Hucles, a Boston Breakers veteran and 2008 Olympic hero, has announced her retirement from professional soccer.  Hucles will not travel with the U.S. National Team for its match against Germany on October 29 and she will not return for the second season of Women’s Professional Soccer after playing with the Breakers in 2009.

“I always wanted to involve myself in things I was passionate about and give 110 percent,” said Hucles. “I feel like I’ve come to a point where I no longer can give that much and I know that there are other players who are ready to step up to the plate in order to bring the World Cup trophy back to the U.S. and carry on the growth of professional women’s soccer in the United States as well.”

The 31-year-old Hucles has been a Breakers icon since the start of Women’s United Soccer Association (WUSA).  In 2001, Hucles was chosen in the 12th round (93rd pick overall) by Boston in the WUSA inaugural draft.  Hucles played in all 21 games, starting 19 in the Breakers' first year and posted two goals for the season, including the first goal in team history.  Highlighting her WUSA career was the 2003 season, where she started all 17 games, and had one goal and four assists to help the Breakers achieve their first appearance in the WUSA playoffs.  Hucles earned All-WUSA second-team accolades as a result of her play in the final season of WUSA.

Hucles continued to call Boston home after the end of the WUSA in 2003.  The 31-year-old returned as a Breaker for the inaugural Women’s Professional Soccer season.  Hucles was allocated to the Breakers via the United States Women’s National Team allocation on September 16, 2008.  The Breakers’ veteran started and played in 19 games, scoring two goals and notching one assist in 2009. 

“Angela has been a great contributor to the Boston Breakers and the Boston soccer community for years, dating back to the WUSA and continuing through the start-up and first year of the WPS,” said Owner and Managing Partner Michael Stoller.  “Her presence on the field will be missed, but we are very hopeful that Angela will be a long term contributor off the field to the Breakers and youth soccer in New England for years to come.”

Hucles' international experience began with the U-20 national team in 1997, but her successful run on the field for the Breakers from 2001-03, helped her jump into the national team picture.  She received her first cap with the U.S. Women’s National Team against Finland in 2002, and scored her first international goal against Costa Rica on November 6, 2002.  After a stellar WUSA season in 2003, she captured a regular spot on the National Team, starting six of the 15 games in which she played that year.

The Virginia Beach native was a member of the 2004 Olympic team, capturing her first Gold Medal in Athens and a member of the 2007 World Cup squad.  Hucles' greatest international accomplishments, however, were made at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, starting every match and leading the team in goals with four.  Hucles became the 24th American to earn 100 international caps, reaching the milestone against Korea Republic on Nov. 8, 2008.  Hucles will finish her career earning 109 caps for the USA and scoring 14 international goals.   

“Angela Hucles was a pleasure to coach, she was exceptional on the field and even more impressive as a person,” said Breakers Head Coach Tony DiCicco.  “She has given so much to our sport.  Her Olympic Gold Medal performance in 2008, leading the USA in scoring is legendary.  On behalf of the entire Boston Breakers team, staff and fans, we wish Angela all the best as she moves onto the next phase of her life.”

Hucles attended the University of Virginia where she played for former U.S. National Team coach April Heinrichs.  During her time at Virginia, Hucles was a four-time First-Team All-ACC selection, Four-time Mid-Atlantic All-Star, and was a finalist for the Hermann Trophy in 1999. She still holds Cavalier records as the school's all-time leader in goals (59), points (138) and game-winning goals (19).

“Thank you to everyone for allowing me the opportunity to reach and achieve my dreams and goals through playing a game,” said Hucles. 

USA Women's Football / Re: Boston Breakers
« on: October 24, 2009, 02:28:10 AM »
Breakers Agree to Terms with U.S. National Team Midfielder Leslie Osborne

Westwood, Mass. (October 21, 2009) – The Boston Breakers have agreed to terms with free agent midfielder Leslie Osborne, a former member of FC Gold Pride and current member of the U.S. Women’s National Team.  Osborne is the second new arrival to join the Breakers via free agency this offseason, joining her former FC Gold Pride teammate Tiffany Weimer.   

Osborne captained FC Gold Pride in 2009, starting in 18 of the club’s 20 matches and leading the team with 1,622 minutes of playing time. Her iron-woman performance marked a successful return from a torn ACL and ankle injury suffered during United States National Team training in May 2008, which caused Osborne to miss the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Osborne has recorded 61 international caps in her career with the U.S. National Team. She earned her first full team cap on January 20, 2004 against Sweden.  An impact player in the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup in China, she appeared in five of the six games.  In 2006, she played in 19 matches, starting 12, and scored her first international goal against Chinese Taipei.  In the same year, Osborne broke into the scoring column in the CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup Final against Canada.

The Brookfield, Wisconsin native is expected to bring consistency and leadership in the defensive midfield for the Breakers, a position where several different players were rotated during the 2009 season.

"Leslie Osborne is a proven midfielder who has a wonderful soccer pedigree and a track record of success,” said Boston Breakers Head Coach Tony DiCicco.  “She is talented, tough and a team leader, all qualities that will make the Breakers better.  I am looking forward to coaching her and introducing her to our Breaker fans." 

“I am tremendously excited to play for the Boston Breakers,” said Osborne. “Boston has a special place in my heart and I am ready to give everything I have to this great organization. This is a great opportunity to learn from such an experienced coach like Coach DiCicco and to play alongside some of the best players in the world. Being in the same city as our sponsor Puma is only another positive for me.  I cannot wait to arrive in Boston and begin to prepare for the 2010 WPS season.”

A former collegiate standout and three-time All-American at Santa Clara University, Osborne recorded 44 goals and 34 assists for the Broncos.  She was the first player in league history to be named the WCC Defender of the year and WCC Player of the year.  In 2004, as a senior, the team captain won the Honda Sports Award as the nation’s outstanding collegiate female soccer player and was a Hermann Trophy semifinalist.  As a freshman, Osborne was a key member of the Santa Clara team that won the 2001 NCAA Women’s Soccer Championship, beating collegiate women’s soccer powerhouse North Carolina. 


USA Women's Football / Re: Jersey Sky Blue/Sky Blue
« on: October 24, 2009, 02:25:43 AM »
Sky Blue FC Adds Dutch National Team Captain Daphne Koster

Somerset, N.J. (Wednesday, October 21, 2009) – Defending Women’s Professional Soccer champion Sky Blue FC made official today the signing of Dutch National Team captain Daphne (Daf-nuh) Koster, becoming the first Dutch player to play in WPS. Koster adds another proven champion to the Sky Blue FC defense, as the central defender has been a member of nine championship clubs in her native Netherlands.

“Daphne Koster is internationally experienced, and she will be a great addition to our defensive line,” Sky Blue FC head coach Pauliina Miettinen commented. “She played extremely well at the European Championships and was one of the backbones of the Netherlands defense, overall one of the best defenders in the tournament. Daphne is very versatile player with an ability to read the game well, and she is also a leader on and off the field.”

Koster began her soccer career at the age of six with SVA in Assendelft, where she played until turning 19 years old. The Den Haag native then joined Ter Leede in Sassenheim and was a winner of four national championships, two KNVB Cups and the Super Cup once. Following the 2002-03 season, she was named the runner-up for MVP of the Dutch Hoofdklasse (Premier) League before winning the award the next two seasons. She has since spent the past two years with AZ in Alkmaar, winning another pair of league championships.

“It has always been a dream to play in the USA, and I am very delighted that this dream comes true at Sky Blue FC,” Koster said of the signing. “I think WPS is the best competition in the world at this moment, and I look forward to the challenge of playing with and against the best players in a professional setting.”

Koster first played for the Dutch National Team at the age of 16 and has since capped 91 times. She has enjoyed a 12-year career with her native national team and currently serves as its captain.

"From all reports by Pauliina, who scouted this talented player in the recent women's European Championships this past August, Sky Blue FC is getting a solid defender with tremendous ability and extensive international experience,” Sky Blue FC General Manager Gerry Marrone stated. “The fact that Daphne is the captain of her country's national team is also testimony of the respect from her teammates, in addition to her leadership skills."

This signing marks the second in what has been an exciting week for Sky Blue FC after the team announced this past Monday that it has agreed to terms with U.S. National Team midfielder and New Jersey native Carli Lloyd. The team recently announced Miettinen as its head coach, and her assistant coaching staff was unveiled last week.

"This has been an exciting month for Sky Blue FC,” Marrone continued. “We have put together a high-quality and well-rounded coaching staff, as well as announced the signing of two top players. We look forward to building on the momentum that carried us to the 2009 WPS Championship."

Players / Re: Camille Abily
« on: October 01, 2009, 02:22:34 AM »
Abily has become a fan favorite over here in the US. She's a beast for LA.

USA Women's Football / Re: W.P.S. - Women's Professional Soccer
« on: October 01, 2009, 02:20:31 AM »
SAN FRANCISCO (September 22, 2009) – Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) announced the results of its WPS International Draft for expansion teams on Tuesday, officially assigning the WPS-playing rights of those selected by the Atlanta Beat and Philadelphia Independence. Each expansion team was allowed to draft the rights to five international players, providing them with the opportunity to begin a formal negotiation process with each selected player upon receiving permission from that player’s current club. For the 2010 season, teams will ultimately be allowed to sign up to five international players per roster while holding the WPS-playing rights to a sixth international player.

Of the 10 picks in the draft, eight European players were selected including three from Sweden, two from England and one apiece from Denmark, Iceland and Switzerland.  The results of the 2010 WPS International Draft:

Selection  Player Position    Country
 1.) Philadelphia    Caroline Seger  M  Sweden
 2.) Atlanta  Ramona Bachmann  F  Switzerland
 3.) Philadelphia  Charlotte Rohlin  D  Sweden
 4.) Atlanta  Johanna Rasmussen  F  Denmark
 5.) Philadelphia  Hólmfrídur Magnúsdóttir  M  Iceland
 6.) Atlanta  Mami Yamaguchi  M      Japan
 7.) Philadelphia  Fara Williams  M      England
 8.) Atlanta  Maurine Dorneles Goncalves  M  Brazil
 9.) Philadelphia  Lianne Sanderson  F  England
10.) Atlanta  Therese Sjögran  M  Sweden

The draft does not reflect any intent or commitment on the player’s behalf to sign with a WPS team or that any offer has been made to the player. Rather, it signifies the beginning of the process by which each team will move forward according to the FIFA Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players. These regulations govern the relationships between players and clubs around the world.

Long time, no see, everyone!! I think Sanderson and Williams would do really well in Philly. Philadelphia also just got A-Rod, so a pairing of A-Rod and Sanderson at the top would be terrific. 

USA Women's Football / WPS May Player of the Month voting
« on: June 03, 2009, 03:10:04 AM »
Voting is open until June 4th at the WPS website. The winner will be announced June 5th.

May Nominees:

Sonia Bompastor: 2 goals in comeback tie for Washington against STL;

Lori Chalupny: corner kick-turned goal in first win for STL over FCGP;

Christine Sinclair: game-wnning goal for FCGP against CRS;

Jillian Loyden: shut-out against CRS in Hope Solo's national team absence;

Shannon Boxx: game-winning goal against STL for LA


No suprise, Sonia Bompastor has jumped out to a HUGE lead (45% of the fan votes; second most is Jillian Loyden with 17%).

;) That was just in Canada. When they play in Rochester, NY and Charleston, SC the places will be sold out. We're talking 20,000+ each. 

•Boxx Opens Scoring 93 Seconds Into Match

•Rapinoe, Tapley and Cheney Add Goals

•Nairn Earns First WNT Cap

TORONTO, Canada (May 25, 2009) – The U.S. Women’s National Team scored twice in each half, getting goals from four different players to defeat Canada 4-0 in front of 10,255 fans at BMO Field. It was the USA’s first match in Canada since 2001.

Midfielder Shannon Boxx opened the scoring just 93 seconds into the match and midfielder Megan Rapinoe added a second just before the halftime. The USA put two more in the net during a four-minute span late in the game. Both second-half goals came from substitutes, as Lindsay Tarpley scored her 30th career goal in the 77th minute and 21-year-old Lauren Cheney knocked in a fantastic header in the 80th minute.

The USA dominated possession in a match played on the artificial surface at BMO Field and put together some excellent attacking soccer while out-shooting its northern neighbor by a 19-6 margin.

"I am happy about the performance and I am happy that we scored a goal on a corner kick,” said U.S. WNT head coach Pia Sundhage. “That's something we are starting to work on and I believe that come 2011, when the games are so tight, that set plays will be very, very important. So, four nice goals and a pretty good game on turf.”

Boxx’s strike, which was the USA’s first shot of the game, was her second goal of the year after scoring just once in 2008 and it came against her club teammate on the Los Angeles Sol in Canadian goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc. It was also Boxx’s 20th international goal as she became the 16th female player in U.S. history to score 20 or more goals in her career.

The goal was created on the USA’s first piece of possession as right back Heather Mitts played a penetrating pass forward to Boxx from the right side of the field. Boxx dribbled hard toward the edge of the penalty area, and when no Canadian defender stepped up to challenge, unleashed a 20-yard shot from 10 yards right of the penalty arc that skidded into the lower left side netting.

Canada’s only good chance of the first half came in the 43rd minute on a long free kick from Kara Lang, but the shot flew wide right of Hope Solo’s goal.

The USA got a huge score just seconds before the halftime whistle after Heather O’Reilly fed Rapinoe above the penalty area on the left side. Rapinoe collected and dribbled toward her defender before cutting hard inside, losing Canadian back Brittany Timko. The nifty dribble created a sliver of space for her bending 16-yard shot that actually curved around Abby Wambach and her defender, who were screening LeBlanc, and then spun perfectly into the lower right corner. It was Rapinoe’s fourth international goal in just nine career caps.

The USA struggled to find its rhythm early in the second half as Canada picked up the pressure, but settled down and regained control before putting the match away in the 77th minute after Wambach earned a corner kick on the right side. It was Wambach who jumped over two defenders to get a head on the ball, sending it powerfully toward goal. The ball hit Canadian captain Christine Sinclair near the goal line, but Tarpley pounced on the loose ball to force it over the line and into the open net.

Wambach, who came into the match with 99 goals, will now have the chance to bag her historic 100th goal in her hometown of Rochester, N.Y., where the USA will play Canada in its next match on July 19. Canadian forward Christine Sinclair, who also came into the game with 99 goals, failed to hit the century mark as the U.S. defense did a fine job of keeping the star striker out of dangerous positions.

The final goal came after O’Reilly ran down a long pass on the right flank and struck a hard cross from the wing that deflected off a Canadian defender’s foot, but it had enough steam on it to sail towards the near post. Cheney was making a hard near post run and deftly re-directed the ball with a superbly angled header into the upper right corner from about five yards outside the post. It was Cheney’s fourth international goal in 17 career caps.

Amy LePeilbet got the start in the center defense with team captain Christie Rampone and played an excellent first half in her first cap since Sept. 13, 2006. She was replaced at halftime by Rachel Buehler, who also played an extremely solid 45 minutes, highlighted by a thunderous tackle on Canadian Melissa Tancredi in the waning minutes.

Canada’s best chance of the second half came in the 54th minute as the USA lost a ball in the back, but the Maple Leafs couldn’t capitalize as Jodi-Ann Robinson launched her shot over the goal from 25 yards out.

Besides the header off the corner kick that led to Tarpley’s goal, Wambach didn’t get too many clear chances for her 100th goal, but she did take a good swipe at a loose ball in the 62nd minute that fell close to her after a long free kick.

The USA hit a flurry of shots in the second half, highlighted by an O’Reilly blast from the top of the penalty area on the right side, but couldn’t bust through until Tarpley’s 77th minute score effectively put the game away.

U.S. goalkeepers Solo and Nicole Barnhart split the match, with Solo hitting some booming punts in the first half that caused some danger for the Canadian backline. Barnhart had a bit more to do in the second half in tidying up her penalty area, but was not forced to make a save.

Eighteen-year-old midfielder Christine Nairn became the first member of the USA’s 2008 U-20 Women’s World Cup championship team to earn a senior team cap, coming on for Angela Hucles in the 83rd minute. Nairn was the eighth player to be given her first cap by U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage.

The U.S. players now head back to join their WPS clubs and will not coming together against until mid-July for two more matches against Canada, on Sunday, July 19, at Rochester Rhinos Stadium in Rochester, N.Y., and then again three days later on Wednesday, July 22, at Blackbaud Stadium in Charleston, S.C. These will be the USA’s first domestic matches of the year after playing the first five on the road and compiling a record of 4-0-1.

The game in Rochester kicks off at 3 p.m. ET and will be broadcast live on ESPN. The match in Charleston kicks off at 8 p.m. ET and will be broadcast live on Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Sports en Español. Both matches will be available online via’s MatchTracker.

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Canada
Date: May 25, 2009
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: BMO Field; Toronto, Canada
Kickoff: 7 p.m. ET
Attendance: 10,255
Weather: 61 degrees, breezy, party cloudy

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA                            2 2 4
CAN                            0 0 0

USA – Shannon Boxx (Heather Mitts)              2nd minute
USA – Megan Rapinoe (Heather O’Reilly)     46
USA – Lindsay Tarpley                                       77
USA – Lauren Cheney (Heather O’Reilly)      80

USA: 1-Hope Solo (18-Nicole Barnhart, 46); 2-Heather Mitts (19-Marian Dalmy, 61), 3-Christie Rampone – Capt., 6-Amy LePeilbet (4-Rachel Buehler, 46), 17-Lori Chalupny, 9-Heather O’Reilly, 16-Angela Hucles (13-Christine Nairn, 83), 7-Shannon Boxx, 15-Megan Rapinoe (5-Lindsay Tarpley, 61), 8-Amy Rodriguez (12-Lauren Cheney, 77), 20-Abby Wambach
Subs not used: 11-Casey Nogueira, 14-Brittany Bock, 24-Kelsey Davis
Injured: 10-Carli Lloyd
Head Coach: Pia Sundhage

CAN: 1-Karina LeBlanc; 3-Melanie Booth (14-Melissa Tancredi, 46), 9-Candace Chapman (23-Carmelina Moscato 84), 10-Martina Franko, 17-Brittany Timko (20-Marie-Eve Nault, 64); 15-Kara Lang, 19-Kelly Parker, 8-Diana Matheson, 7-Rhian Wilkinson, 21-Jodi-Ann Robinson (4-Alyssa Lagonia, 83), 12-Christine Sinclair – Capt.
Subs not used: 2-Emily Zurrer, 5-Chelsea Stewart, 6-Kaylyn Kyle, 11-Christina Julien, 16-Jonelle Filigno, 22-Stephanie Labbé
Head Coach: Carolina Morace

Statistical Summary: USA / CAN
Shots: 19 / 6
Shots on Goal: 7 / 1
Saves: 1 / 3
Corner Kicks: 8 / 3
Fouls: 6 / 10
Offside: 1 / 5

Misconduct Summary:
CAN – Candace Chapman (caution)       57th minute

Referee: Darci Kruse (CAN)
Asst. Referee: Suzanne Morisset (CAN)
Asst. Referee: Shauna Poirer (CAN)
Fourth Official: Carol Anne Chenard (CAN) Woman of the Match:
Shannon Boxx

Introduce Yourself / Re: hi there
« on: May 25, 2009, 03:24:16 AM »
 ;D  Hello!

USA Women's Football / Re: Bay Area/Gold Pride
« on: May 25, 2009, 03:23:56 AM »
Gold Pride player Kandace Wilson was hurt during the match right before stoppage time. I tweeted FCGP, and they said it wasn't her knee, as first suspected. She hurt her right hip and strained her right quad muscle.

USA Women's Football / Re: St. Louis Athletica
« on: May 25, 2009, 03:20:28 AM »
That was an EXCELLENT match yesterday. STL turned up the heat, and it paid off!! They were ready for whatever was thrown at them from the first whistle. Absolutely impressive.  :)

USA Women's Football / Re: W.P.S. - Women's Professional Soccer
« on: May 25, 2009, 03:13:04 AM »
LA 2 (Camille Abily PK, Han Duan), Gold Pride 0

USA Women's Football / Re: Chicago Red Stars
« on: May 24, 2009, 04:29:19 AM »
Red Stars are trying to get the rest of their away games webcasted, too.  :)

USA Women's Football / Re: W.P.S. - Women's Professional Soccer
« on: May 24, 2009, 04:28:13 AM »
Lohman suspension upheld

San Francisco
23rd May 2009

Following an appeal, the suspension of Washington Freedom midfielder Joanna Lohman for an incident of Illegal Contact Above the Shoulder was upheld by Commissioner Tonya Antonucci last evening. The incident occurred in the 91st minute of the Washington at Boston match played on Sunday, May 17. Joanna Lohman will serve a one game suspension as decided by the Disciplinary Committee. Lohman will miss the Freedom's game against Sky Blue FC on Saturday, May 23 at RFK Stadium as a result of the suspension.

They didn't show a replay of that elbow by Lohman like they did with Latham, but it was supposedly Alex Scott she elbowed.

Women's Football / Re: The top 20 clubs in the world
« on: May 24, 2009, 04:25:58 AM »
They have like 5 now and it is obvious those teams are very good.
I'd love to see a friendly this summer between Arsenal and the Red Stars or the Breakers.
Watching the WPS games on Sundays, there is an obvious gap in term of physical intensity between the US and European game but in term of skills it is very much similar. The Arsenal of 2006/07 would definitely be competitive in that League as much as Umea.

Hopefully FIFA can create a club world championship fot Women soon.

OK - they are good teams - they've bought the top players.

I totally dislike this sort of procedure.

It's like the IPL in cricket  >:(

I want to see MY team win - not a bunch of players who are playing for a team for cash.

*hugs the twmcat*

Shjl is right, though. It would be a great thing for FIFA to eventually start a Womens' Club World Cup. And a few friendly club matches between the top teams in WPS, Ladies' EPL and Budesliga would be cool as heck.

Women's Football / Re: The top 20 clubs in the world
« on: May 24, 2009, 04:17:40 AM »
They have like 5 now and it is obvious those teams are very good.
I'd love to see a friendly this summer between Arsenal and the Red Stars or the Breakers.
Watching the WPS games on Sundays, there is an obvious gap in term of physical intensity between the US and European game but in term of skills it is very much similar. The Arsenal of 2006/07 would definitely be competitive in that League as much as Umea.

Hopefully FIFA can create a club world championship fot Women soon.

That would be awesome. And now we can move St.Louis up a bit on the list, as they beat both Gold Pride and Chicago...

Announcements / Re: Twitter
« on: May 24, 2009, 04:15:16 AM »
I'm following you, too, David. ;D

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