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2011 WOMEN'S WORLD CUP

December 23, 2011
STILL NO. 1
US Women finish atop FIFA Rankings

The United States finished 2011 atop the FIFA world women's rankings, the organization announced on Friday.


December 21, 2011
KIWIS COMING
New Zealand to play U.S. Women

CHICAGO - The U.S. Women's National Team will face New Zealand on Feb. 11 at FC Dallas Stadium in Frisco, Texas, in a meeting between two teams that made emotional runs at the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup. The match will kick off at 4 p.m. ET.


December 20, 2011
MY DEAR, ABBY!
Wambach named AP athlete of the year

Abby Wambach accomplished something on Tuesday that neither Mia Hamm, Michelle Akers or Landon Donovan had been able to do.

She became the first soccer player -- man or woman -- to be named athlete of the year by the Associated Press.


December 19, 2011
WORLD CUP FINAL REMATCH
U.S. vs. Japan women in Algarve Cup

The U.S. women have been placed in Group B at the annual Algarve Cup in Portugal, where they will face Denmark, Norway and Japan during the tournament that will run from Feb. 29 through March 7.


November 19, 2011
ENDING WITH A DRAW
U.S. women close out year 1-1 against Sweden

GLENDALE, Ariz. – Tobin Heath scored a second half goal to lift he United States to a 1-1 tie with Sweden in front of a record crowd of 18,482 at University of Phoenix Stadium Saturday night. It was the largest crowd to ever see the U.S. women in Arizona.


November 19, 2011
CAPPING THE YEAR
U.S. Women close out against Sweden

GLENDALE, Ariz.--The U.S. Women’s National Team will close out their resurgent 2011 campaign with a game against Sweden at the University of Phoenix Stadium on Saturday night (9 pm ET, webcast on USSoccer.com).


October 26, 2011
BACK TO BUSINESS
WNT Olympic Qualifying schedule announced

The Women’s World Cup now far behind them, the U.S. Women’s National Team will begin qualifying for the 2012 Olympic Games against the Dominican Republic January 20 at BC Place in Vancouver.


September 22, 2011
0-CANADA
U.S. wins friendly three nil

PORTLAND, Ore---Abby Wambach scored two goals and Alex Morgan added a late minute strike to give the United States a 3-0 win over Canada in the second game of their two game friendly series at Jeld Wen Field Thursday night.


September 17, 2011
MUTED CELEBRATION
U.S. Women tie Canada 1-1

KANSAS CITY, Kan.—If the U.S. Women needed any reminders that next year’s CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament will not be the cakewalk it once was, they needed to look no farther than Saturday night’s 1-1 draw with Canada in front of a boisterous crowd at Livestrong Sporting Park.


September 16, 2011
NO ROOM FOR ERROR
U.S. Women begin prep for 2012 Olympics

As they head into a pair of friendlies against Canada in what is being billed as a “celebration tour” following their loss in the Finals of the 2011 Women’s World Cup, the U.S. Women’s National Team knows what lies ahead, and there’s no room for error.


August 29, 2011
WORLD CUPPERS RETURN
All 21 named for USWNT friendlies

CHICAGO – The entire 21-player roster for the United States from this summer’s 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup will face Canada during the “WNT Celebration Series” on Sept. 17 at Livestrong Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan., and on Sept. 22 at Jeld-Wen Field in Portland, Ore.


August 3, 2011
BACK TOGETHER
U.S. Women in 2 game series with Canada

CHICAGO – The U.S. Women's National Soccer Team will return to the field for the first time since the conclusion of the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup when it faces Canada in Kansas City, Kan., and Portland, Ore., during friendly matches in September.


July 19, 2011
GOAL OF THE WEEK
Cheney scores against France

Lauren Cheney’s goal for the United States in their 3-1 win over France has been named the New England Soccer News Goal of the Week for the week ending July 17.


July 18, 2011
AWARD WINNERS
WWC hardware for Wambach, Solo

It was little consolation for U.S. stars Abby Wambach and Hope Solo as they each took home two awards from the Women's World Cup.


July 18, 2011
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Cheney shines at World Cup

Lauren Cheney is the New England Soccer News Player of the Week for the week ending July 17.


July 18, 2011
NEW RECORD
WWC Final top cable rating ever for soccer

BRISTOL, Conn.---Sunday’s 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup Finals between the United States and Japan – which crowned Japan as tournament champion on a penalty shootout after the match ended in a 2-2 tie – was seen by an average 13.458 million viewers, based on a 7.4 U.S. household rating (8.58 million household impressions), making it the most-watched and highest-rated soccer telecast on an ESPN network, based on fast nationals by the Nielsen Company.


July 17, 2011
THE SUN RISES
Japan bests U.S. on penalties

FRANKFURT, Germany---Maybe Japan was the team of destiny. Maybe their shattered country needed the win in Sunday’s Women’s World Cup Final more, and the United States literally handed it to them.


July 17, 2011
DEFENSE WON’T REST
Stopping Japan will be chore for U.S.

Japan may be the surprise team of the FIFA Women’s World Cup, but the United States, who will face the upstarts in the final on Sunday (2:00 pm ET), know the Nadeshiko very well, having beaten them twice in the run up to the World Cup, in Columbus, Ohio and Cary, NC.


July 16, 2011
INCREDIBLE SUPPORT
U.S. players appreciate groundswell

It seems everyone has jumped on the U.S. Women’s National Team bandwagon.


July 16, 2011
RIGHT AT HOME
Krieger looks forward to final in Frankfurt

A quick look down the U.S. Women’s National Team roster and one thing in particular stands out. Ali Krieger’s club. While every other player in the U.S. squad plies their trade in Women’s Professional Soccer, Krieger has spent the last three years playing in Germany. Frankfurt, to be specific. On Sunday, when the U.S. team steps out onto the field at Commerzbank Arena, it will be a very familiar feeling for the native of Dumfries, Va. She has played her professional soccer on that pitch for the last three years.


July 16, 2011
AGAINST THE ODDS
Shorthanded Sweden tops France in WWC third-place game

SINSHEIM, Germany—Marie Hammarstrom scored in the 82nd minute as Sweden overcame being a player down to defeat France 2-1 and capture Third Place in the FIFA Women’s Women’s World Cup at Rhein-Neckar Arena Saturday.


July 15, 2011
GOLDEN BALL FINALISTS
Solo, Cheney, Wambach are among dozen

Three American players -- goalkeeper Hope Solo, midfielder Lauren Cheney and striker Abby Wambach -- were among a dozen players who were nominated for the Golden Ball at the Women's World Cup in Germany.


July 15, 2011
ON THE RADIO
Sunday's WWC final between U.S., Japan

ESPN Radio will present live coverage of the Women’s World Cup final between the United States and Japan from Frankfurt, Germany on Sunday starting at 2:30 p.m.


July 15, 2011
AN AMERICAN IN THE MIDDLE
Seitz to officiate WWC third-place match

American Kari Seitz will officiate the Sweden-France third-place match at the Women's World Cup and Marlene Duffy and Veronica Perez will be the assistant referees.


July 14, 2011
WEEKDAY RECORD
USA-France 4th most viewed match ever

BRISTOL, Conn---The FIFA Women’s World Cup semifinal match between the U.S. Women’s National Team and France – a 3-1 U.S. victory in Moenchengladbach, Germany, on Wednesday, July 13 – was seen by an average of 3.35 million people according to the Nielsen Company, based on a 2.2 U.S. household rating on ESPN (2.57 million household impressions), making it the most-viewed weekday Women’s World Cup match in the U.S.


July 14, 2011
PIA FOCUSES ON CREATIVITY
Says U.S. transition game key to winning Cup

For the United States to win the World Cup, the greatest challenge in facing Japan in Sunday’s game will be in the transition game, to be more unpredictable, to not be quite so eager to the attack according to the team’s coach Pia Sundhage.


July 14, 2011
TALKING ABOUT GENERATIONS
Wambach pays homage to previous one

MOENCHENGLADBACH, Germany — With the United States reaching the Women’s World Cup final for the first time in 12 years, there are obvious comparisons between this year’s team and the 1999 championship side.


July 13, 2011
WOMEN’S WORLD CUP ROUNDUP
Japan makes history

FRANKFURT, Germany—Nahomi Kawasumi scored twice as Japan advanced to their first-ever Women’s World Cup Final with a stunning 3-1 comeback win over Sweden Wednesday at Commerzbank Arena.


July 13, 2011
WE SHALL OVERCOME
Weary U.S. women defeat France for spot in WWC Final

MOENCHENGLADBACH, Germany—Last Sunday, it was Marta’s Brazil and an untimely red card. Wednesday, it was a fired-up and fresh-legged Cinderella team. But once again the US Women met the challenge, coming up with a pair of late goals to pull away from France 3-1 at Borussia Park and advance to their first Women’s World Cup final since 1999.


July 13, 2011
A DANDY DOZEN
U.S. women unbeaten (11-0-1) vs. France

The United States and France have met 12 times in international play with the Americans enjoying an overwhelming 11-0-1 advantage since the two teams met for the first time in 1988.


July 13, 2011
ABOUT THE FRENCH
Background on the U.S.'s semifinal foes

Here are some things you should know about France, which will play the United States in the Women's World Cup semifinals at noon on Wednesday (ESPN).


July 13, 2011
TAKING IT FROM THE TOP
Rampone: U.S. needs to set the tempo of the game early vs. France

MOENCHENGLADBACH, Germany -- The United States can't afford to take its time in establishing itself against France in the Women's World Cup semifinal, says team captain Christie Rampone.


July 12, 2011
BIG RATINGS
Sunday’s USWNT game seen by 3.89 million

BRISTOL, Conn---The FIFA Women’s World Cup quarterfinal match between the U.S. Women’s National Team and Brazil – a thrilling 2-2 tie, won by the USA in a penalty shootout in Dresden, Germany, on Sunday, July 10 – was seen by 3.89 million people according to the Nielsen Company, based on a 2.3 U.S. HH rating on ESPN (2.70 million household impressions), making it the third most-viewed Women’s World Cup match ever in the U.S.


July 10, 2011
BEYOND BELIEF
U.S. Women make epic comeback against Brazil, referee

DRESDEN, Germany---In the storied history of the United States Women’s National Team, there have been some incredible finishes. But perhaps none as incredible as Sunday’s penalty kick Women’s World Cup quarterfinal win over Brazil at Rudolf-Harbig Stadium.


July 10, 2011
WOMEN’S WORLD CUP ROUNDUP
Sweden to semifinals

AUGSBURG. Germany—Sweden scored twice in the first 16 minutes and went on to sweep into the Women’s World Cup semifinals with a 3-1 win over Australia Sunday at Impuls Arena.


July 9, 2011
WOMEN’S WORLD CUP ROUNDUP
The sun rises on Japan, sets on Germany; France outlasts England

LEVERKUSEN, Germany—France outshot England 33-7, but needed Eugenie Le Sommer’s fifth-round penalty kick and a little help from the crossbar to escape with a win after a 1-1 extra time draw in Saturday’s Women’s World Cup quarterfinal at Bay Arena.


July 9, 2011
FAMILIAR FOES
U.S., Brazil women face off yet again in knockout round

WOLFSBURG, Germany -- It just wouldn’t be a Women’s World Cup or an Olympics game without a United States-Brazil confrontation in the knockout rounds.


July 5, 2011
GOAL OF THE WEEK
Cheney lifts U.S. over N.Korea

Lauren Cheney’s game winning goal for the U.S. Women’s National team in a 2-0 win over North Korea has been named the New England Soccer News Goal of the Week for the week ending June 26.


July 6, 2011
WOMEN’S WORLD CUP ROUNDUP
Quarterfinal field set

FRANKURT, Germany – Cristiane led the way with two goals as Brazil defeated Equatorial Guinea 2-0 to clinch first place in Group D Wednesday at Commerzbank Arena.


July 6, 2011
LOST OPPORTUNITY
U.S. Women lose to Sweden, face Brazil in WWC Quarters

WOLFSBURG, Germany—All the U.S. Women needed on Wednesday was a win or draw against Sweden to win Group C and advance to a relatively sure-thing quarterfinal match against Australia. But they couldn’t pull it off, falling 2-1 at Volkswagen Arena and setting themselves up for a Sunday knockout match against Group D champions and tournament favorites Brazil (11 am ET, ESPN).


July 5, 2011
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Cheney helps U.S. to two wins

U.S. Women’s National Team forward Lauren Cheney has been named the New England Soccer News Player of the Week for the week ending July 4.


July 5, 2011
WOMEN’S WORLD CUP ROUNDUP
Quarterfinal pairings set for Groups A&B

AUGSBURG, Germany—England posted their first-ever Women’s World Cup shutout at just the right time, knocking Japan out of first place in Group B with a 2-0 win Tuesday at Impuls Arena.


July 3, 2011
WOMEN’S WORLD CUP ROUNDUP
Australia stay alive in Group D, Brazil takes control

BOCHUM, Germany—Lisa de Vanna’s 51st-minute goal lifted Australia to a 3-2 win over Equatorial Guinea Sunday at the Ruhrstadion.


July 2, 2011
TWO UNIQUE CELEBRATIONS
U.S. women show their creativeness

HEIDELBERG, Germany -- You have to give the United States a lot of credit.

The Americans not only dominated Colombia in their 3-0 Group C win in the Women's World Cup on Saturday, but they did some unique goal celebrations as well.


July 2, 2011
SHE'S NOT WORRIED
Wambach not concerned she isn't scoring

HEIDELBERG, Germany -- What's up with Abby Wambach?

The U.S. scoring machine can't hit the broad side of a barn or buy a goal these days.


July 2, 2011
WOMEN’S WORLD CUP ROUNDUP
Sweden clinches quarterfinal berth

AUGSBURG, Germany—Sweden booked passage to the Women’s World Cup quarterfinals with a narrow 1-0 win over North Korea Saturday at Impuls Arena.


July 2, 2011
STILL PERFECT
U.S. Women blank Colombia, 3-0

SINSHEIM, Germany—The U.S. Women’s National Team can certainly lift their glasses after Saturday’s 3-0 win over Group C opponent Colombia at sold-out Rhein-Neckar Arena, but there might be a question about whether those glasses are half-full or half-empty.


July 1, 2011
“FLASHES OF BRILLIANCE”
Rodriguez still looking for consistency with WNT

Last season, only two players in women’s Professional Soccer scored more goals than Amy Rodriguez. One was the world’s best player, Marta. The other is now her linemate on the U.S. National Team, Abby Wambach.

In order for the U.S. team to go far in the Women’s World Cup, Rodriguez and Wambach are going to need to click. Saturday’s game against Colombia (11:30 am ET-ESPN) might be a good time for them to start.


July 1, 2011
WOMEN’S WORLD CUP ROUNDUP
Japan, England win setting up Group showdown

LEVERKUSEN, Germany—Homare Sawa’s hat trick powered Japan to a 4-0 Group A win over Mexico, and into the Women’s World Cup quarterfinals, Friday at Bay Arena.


June 30, 2011
WOMEN’S WORLD CUP ROUNDUP
France, Germany advance to quarterfinals

BOCHUM, Germany—Gaetane Thiney scored twice as France emphatically booted Canada out of Women’s World Cup contention 3-0 Thursday at the Ruhrstadion.


June 29, 2011
WOMEN’S WORLD CUP ROUNDUP
Brazil, Norway share Group D lead

AUGSBERG, Germany—Norway might have been confident going into Wednesday’s Group D match against Equatorial Guinea at Implus Arena, but in the end they were relieved to emerge with the 1-0 win delivered by Emile Haavi in the 84th minute.


June 28, 2011
WOMEN’S WORLD CUP ROUNDUP
Sweden tops Colombia

LEVERKUSEN—Sweden sweltered through a 1-0 victory over Women’s World Cup debutantes Colombia in Tuesday’s Group C opener at Bay Arena.


June 28, 2011
SOLID START
US opens World Cup with 2-0 win over North Korea

DRESDEN—It wasn’t a dominant performance by any means, but the result was all the U.S. women could have hoped for – a 2-0 win over North Korea to open Women’s World Cup Group C play Tuesday at Rudolf-Harbig Stadion.


June 27, 2011
TITLE QUEST
USA’s O’Reilly looks for elusive World Cup win

Heather O’Reilly is only missing one championship from her resume – the FIFA Women’s World Cup – and she hopes to add that this month in Germany.


June 27, 2011
WOMEN’S WORLD CUP ROUNDUP
Japan takes the lead in Group B

BOCHUM, Germany—Aya Miyama’s 68th minute free kick gave Japan a 2-1 win over New Zealand in the Group B opening match of the Women’s World Cup on Monday.


June 26, 2011
WOMEN’S WORLD CUP ROUNDUP
Early victories for Germany, France

SINSHEIM, Germany---France opened the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup with a 1-0 win over Nigeria at Rhein-Neckar-Arena.


June 24, 2011
WOMEN’S WORLD CUP PREVIEW
Experts scope out the tournament

The Women’s World Cup kicks off in Germany on Sunday. Here is a quick look at each of the 16 competing teams, along with a comment from a distinguished group of women’s soccer experts.


June 24, 2011
BIG COMMITMENT
ESPN will air all Women’s World Cup games

After making one of the biggest commitments in its history to the 2010 FIFA World Cup, ESPN is making a similar commitment in broadcasting this year’s Women’s World Cup, which starts on Sunday (June 26).


June 7, 2011
GOAL OF THE WEEK
Cheney gives U.S. a win

Lauren Cheney’s goal that gave the U.S. Women’s National team a 1-0 win over Mexico has been named the New England Soccer News Goal of the Week for the week ending June 5.


June 5, 2011
AIRBORNE ABBY
Wambach takes flight against Mexico (photo)



June 5, 2011
BON VOYAGE
Cheney’s late goal lifts US over Mexico in WWC sendoff match

HARRISON, NJ---It seemed like a goal would never come. When Lauren Cheney finally connected two minutes into stoppage time, it had to provide some relief for the United States Women’s National Team, as it gave them a 1-0 win over Mexico in their sendoff game at Red Bull Arena as they head to the Women’s World Cup.


June 2, 2011
NOT AGAIN!
Injuries threaten Mitts’s Women’s World Cup debut

You can’t blame Heather Mitts for thinking she might be the object of a World Cup jinx. Even though she has been a stalwart of the U.S. Women’s National team since 2004, she has yet to play in the World Cup.


June 1, 2011
INJURY SUBSTITUTION
O'Hara replaces Tarpley on WWC team

CHICAGO---Boston Breakers midfielder Kelley O’Hara was on Wednesday named to the U.S. roster for the Women’s World Cup in Germany later this month.


May 26, 2011
JERSEY BOUND
USWNT set for send off with roster issues

Dealing with a couple of injuries that have left some issues with its final roster unsettled, the 2011 U.S. Women’s World Cup Team will arrive in New Jersey on Monday for a week of training leading into its Women’s World Cup Send-Off Match against Mexico at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. on Sunday, June 5 (2:00 ET).


May 18, 2011
GAINING MOMENTUM
WNT World Cup tuneup continues with 2-0 win over Japan

CARY, NC----Amy Rodriguez and Heather O’Reilly each scored for the United States in a 2-0 win over Japan at SAS Soccer Park on Wednesday.


May 15, 2011
WOUNDED KNEE
Tarpley out of WWC with injury

The U.S' Women's National Team's international friendly with Japan on Saturday will go down as a win in the books. But for the Americans, it will go down as a loss.


May 14, 2011
A-TEAM LIFTS USA
Abby Wambach, Amy Rodriguez score in 2-0 win

COLUMBUS, Ohio – First half goals by Abby Wambach and Amy Rodriguez gave the U.S. Women’s National Team a 2-0 win over Japan in front of 5,234 fans at Columbus Crew Stadium Saturday. The win extended the U.S.’s domestic unbeaten streak to 49 games.


May 12, 2011
SHIRT OFF THEIR BACK
US team to auction jerseys for Japan aid

CHICAGO – The autographed game-worn jerseys of all 21 U.S. Women’s World Cup Team players from the USA-Japan match on May 14 at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio, will be available via an Internet auction with all the proceeds going to benefit the Japanese tsunami relief.


May 9, 2011
COUNTRY CALLS
For U.S. Women’s National Team, World Cup means shuttling to WPS clubs

Club and country is a situation male players have had to deal with since the inception of national team programs. It’s always been a little different for women. The path to the 2011 Women’s World Cup for 20 of the 21 players selected to the U.S. roster by coach Pia Sundhage has meant a grueling schedule of national team training camps, national team games, and then commuting to games with their Women’s Professional Soccer teams.


May 9, 2011
THE ROSTER IS SET
Sundhage names 21 players for WWC

CHICAGO -- U.S. Women’s National Team coach Pia Sundhage on Monday named the 21 players who will represent the United States in the Women's World Cup in Germany. Four Boston Breakers were named to the team, Rachel Buehler, Stephanie Cox, Amy LePeilbet and Lauren Cheney. Breakers forward Kelly O’Hara and Boston College forward Kristie Mewis were among the final cuts.


April 18, 2011
AMERICAN REFS
Three from U.S. selected for Women’s World Cup

CHICAGO – Kari Seitz, Marlene Duffy and Veronica Perez have been selected to officiate at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany, making the United States one of only five countries to have three representatives on FIFA’s list of 51 officials.


April 14, 2011
THE SEND-OFF MATCH
U.S. vs. Mexico at RBA on June 5

HARRISON, N.J. – The U.S. Women's National Team will play their Women’s World Cup send-off match against Mexico at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. on June 5 at 2 p.m. (ESPN2, Univision).


April 11, 2011
ANOTHER CAMP
Five from Breaker get called by U.S.; BC’s Mewis also named to roster

CHICAGO – Five Boston Breakers players are among the 29 named to the roster by U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Pia Sundhage for a training camp that will take place in West Palm Beach, Fla., from April 18-May 6. Defenders Rachel Buehler, Stephanie Cox and Amy LePeilbet, midfielder, Kelley O’Hara and forward Lauren Cheney, along with Boston College forward Kristie Mewis have all been called to the camp.


April 2, 2011
HAIL, BRITTANIA
U.S. Women lose to England, 2-1

LONDON – The U.S. Women’s National Team stumbled badly against England on Saturday, surrendering two early goals on the way to their first loss in a friendly match since 2004, 2-1 at Brisbane Road.


   
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