Steven Goff, Washington Post Published 12:35 pm CDT, Sunday, June 23, 2019 REIMS, France — The U.S. women’s national soccer team humming through the World Cup is notable for boundless depth, waves of first-class forwards and hearty experience. There are famous players, rising figures and an unapologetic swagger that irks opponents. But behind the scenes — quietly, firmly and armed with a dry sense of humor while her band stacks up goals, victories and endorsements — Coach Jill Ellis has helped define the world’s top-ranked team. In charge since May 2014 — and, before that, for two interim stints — Ellis will equal April Heinrichs’s program record for matches coached (124) on Monday when the Americans play Spain in the round of 16. She is the only woman to guide the United States to a World Cup title, the previous winners being Anson Dorrance (1991) and the late Tony DiCicco (1999). If she were to repeat the feat July 7 in … [Read more...] about The woman behind the U.S. soccer success
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Sally Jenkins, Washington Post Published 12:48 pm CDT, Wednesday, June 12, 2019 Picture the expressions of U.S. Soccer Federation officials every time Alex Morgan went lightly skipping down the pitch and scored another goal in the Americans’ opening match of the women’s World Cup. The falling faces, the slack mouths, the groans and the fingertips pressed to their creased foreheads, as their legal position became ever more indefensible. Just imagine how that record-setting 13-0 victory over Thailand will play at a jury trial. It’s going to be a lot of fun watching lawyers for the soccer federation try to justify why the U.S. Women’s National Team, with their air rifles for legs, are paid 38 cents on the dollar compared to their male counterparts and had to sue for fair wages. It’s going to be pure entertainment listening to federation president Carlos Cordeiro stammer out an explanation on the witness stand of why this team, which is nothing … [Read more...] about U.S. women’s soccer team is an American treasure. Pay them.
Anne M. Peterson Associated Press Published 11:37 PM EDT Jun 10, 2019 Reims, France — U.S. national team coach Jill Ellis has downplayed critical comments made by former goalkeeper Hope Solo, who said the World Cup-winning coach “cracks under pressure.” Ellis addressed the remarks Monday, a day before the defending champion U.S. team opens World Cup play against Thailand, saying, “Comments are comments.” “For me, personally, I feel over the past five years I’ve made a lot of important decisions and I have processes to make those decisions, and I own those processes,” Ellis said. “At this point, everything and every focus is about this group of players that are here and now. Pundits, out there, that’s part of it. And part of the message is always to make sure that the focus is on the internal part of the game. And that’s where we are.” Solo, who is working for the BBC during the tournament and has been known … [Read more...] about Women’s World Cup: U.S. coach debunks claims by ex-player
By The Associated Press | PUBLISHED: June 10, 2019 at 7:26 pm | UPDATED: June 10, 2019 at 7:30 pm REIMS, France — Thailand can dream. It just might not do any good against the U.S. national team. Thailand kicks off the Women’s World Cup on Tuesday with a daunting challenge against the defending champion United States. The top-ranked Americans are seeking their fourth overall World Cup title, and Thailand coach Nuengruethai Sathongwien said the team is not backing down. RELATED: A closer look at the players who make up the U.S. women’s team roster “I think if the dream comes true, we can make history to upset one of the best teams in the world,” Sathongwien said. “And it means Thailand can play with the best teams in the world.” The Thais are ranked No. 34 in the world but in its 2015 World Cup debut the team finished third in its group with a first win on the sport’s biggest stage, a 3-2 victory over Ivory Coast. Games against top … [Read more...] about U.S. women begin defense of World Cup title vs. Thailand
byline credit Published 4:44 pm PST, Tuesday, January 22, 2019 ALICANTE, Spain — What do you do when your 28-match international unbeaten streak is broken? When you’re the No. 1 women’s soccer team in the world, you start a new one. Stanford alum Christen Press scored in the 53rd minute and the United States rebounded from a rare loss with a 1-0 victory over Spain on Tuesday. The United States was coming off a 3-1 loss to France on Saturday in Le Havre. Before that, the Americans were 25-0-3 after losing 1-0 to Australia in 2017. Press sprinted 50-plus yards down field and angled her shot into the net. Spain defender Irene Paredes unsuccessfully tried to knock the ball off its trajectory. It was Press’ 47th international career goal. U.S. goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher earned her 22nd career shutout. Former Stanford player Christen Press score her 47th goal for the U.S. Former Stanford player Christen Press score her 47th goal for the U.S. … [Read more...] about Christen Press scores and US women’s soccer team downs Spain 1-0