USA wins in Mexico for first time ever, 1-0

The US women’s gold-medal winning team may have dominated American soccer headlines the past month, but the US men have just made a resounding statement of their own.  For the first time ever, the men’s national team has defeated Mexico on Mexican soil, thanks to late tally from Michael Orozco Fiscal.  The game-winner, which was created by a trio of US substitutes, silenced the crowd at Azteca Stadium in Mexico City, leading to just the second non-defeat for the US in 25 matches played against its rivals in Mexico. [Read more…]

London 2012: Olympic soccer quarterfinals observations

After nine goals in four women’s Olympic quarterfinal matches, two of the world’s top five teams have fallen, along with host nation Great Britain.  As the remaining four teams shift focus towards Monday’s semifinals, let’s take a look back at how a marathon day of soccer shook down.

France continues to surprise

The most consistent part of France’s squad this tournament has been its inconsistency, and that didn’t change Friday morning.  After getting bombarded and conceding early [Read more…]

London 2012 Olympics: Women’s soccer quarterfinals preview

With the group stages behind us, the quarterfinals of women’s Olympic soccer kick off tomorrow featuring several intriguing matchups.  Among the eight remaining teams are six of the world’s top seven squads, as well as host-nation Great Britain, composed primarily of players from the world’s No. 9 England.  The Olympic knockout stage will also feature six of the eight 2011 World Cup quarterfinalists (counting Great Britain as England), and all four semifinalists, making the field as stacked as any in recent memory.  Here’s what to watch for as kickoff approaches. [Read more…]

Alex Morgan, Hope Solo, Abby Wambach up for FIFA Player of the Year

The banner year for the USWNT continues as the World Cup run led to their three main stars: Alex Morgan, Hope Solo, and Abby Wambach being nominated for the highest individual honor a women’s soccer player can achieve.

The following ten women soccer players are up for the title of FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year 2011:

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Japan Wins World Cup on Penalty Kicks; But USA Women Captured American Hearts This Week

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In the summer lull, in the sports media graveyard that is MLB All-Star week, (and with two lockouts in the NBA and NFL in top of it, meaning zero free agency news) THIS is what we needed. As Americans sports fans and sports news consumers, the U.S. Women’s soccer team stepped right in to fill the void.

Led by star player Abby Wambach, and her two extremely photogenic teammates Hope Solo and Alex Morgan, this team captivated a nation looking for sports conversation around the water cooler. The duo was also beloved by red-blooded American men everywhere. See the four links below for more evidence:

Hope Solo photo gallery

Alex Morgan photo gallery

Reader Poll: Hope Solo hotter as brunette or blonde?

Hotter woman: Solo or Morgan?

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U.S. Women World Cup Final vs Japan: what to watch for

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The U.S. Women’s soccer team has a 22-0-3 record versus Japan. So you can see why they’re heavily favored today. Of course, ESPN felt the need to give us YET ANOTHER one of those dumb-you-down “sports success remedies a natural disaster” stories this morning; where they dubbed Japan the “sentimental favorite.”

Sara Walsh, you are a hottie (see more pics here) but how could you deliver such mindless pablum on SportsCenter and keep a straight face?

25,000 people dying from an earthquake-tsunami-nuclear meltdown is an epic historical tragedy. It makes us realize how insignificant sports really are in the larger picture. Yet the media continues to feed us this horsecrap.

The New Orleans Saints were “America’s Team” after Katrina, the Michigan State Spartans were to alleviate poverty and crime in Detroit by reaching the 2009 Final Four in Motown. San Diego Chargers wins were to put out Southern California wildfires, and even the Oklahoma City Thunder’s playoff run in 2010 helped “heal” Oklahoma City from the 1995 Federal building bombing. (yes, believe it or not, I know a writer who actually published this).

Thank God, we had the Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup title last summer, to alleviate our community’s pain and suffering from the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.

Let’s move on to the game.

Abby Wambach is the U.S. best player and spiritual leader. Homare Sawa is her counterpart on Japan.

Also Hope Solo is super hot, go here for more on that.

And Alex Morgan is also super hot, go here for more on that

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US Women Advance to World Cup Final, Beat France 3-1, Await Japan/Sweden

The United States’ semi-final World Cup victory over France today was one of the biggest victories in U. history. And just like in the last round, it was the Abby Wambach and Goaltender Hope Solo show. The U.S. and A (as Borat would say) defeated France 3-1 on two late strikes, including a set piece goal.

Wambach seems to always be in the right place at the right time, and is playing like an MVP of U.S. Women’s soccer (or football as it may be called in your country).

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