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USWNT overcomes early struggles in 3-0 victory over Colombia

Photo by Omar Vega/Getty Images Attacking group wakes up in strong second half. In advance of this summer’s CONCACAF W Championship, the United States Women’s National Team headed to the comfortable confines of Dick’s Sporting Goods Park for the first of two friendlies against Colombia. Vlatko Andonovski’s noticeably inexperienced side emerged victorious in Commerce City, Colorado, reeling off a 3-0 victory against the visiting Las Cafeteras (The Coffee Growers). Though initially stymied, the American attacking group kept chipping away until finally overwhelming the opponent. The USWNT started the match in a 4-3-3 formation. Casey Murphy earned the start at goalkeeper, her “third appearance of the year” and fifth overall cap, perhaps indicating a gradual change in the winds at the position. Megan Rapinoe — whose inclusion on the squad was described as a “head-scratcher” by Julie Foudy — began the match on the bench. Our XI today in Colorado #USAvCOL… Read More

USWNT vs. Colombia, 2022 friendly: What to watch for

Photo by Brad Smith/ISI Photos/Getty Images We get ready for the final preparations. The United States Women’s National Team begin their final preparations for the Concacaf W Championship when they host Colombia in a pair of friendlies, beginning tomorrow in Denver. The USWNT are hoping to figure out the best combinations of players as they prepare for the confederation championship, which also serves as qualifying for the 2023 World Cup and the 2024 Olympics. The USWNT look to use their lessons learned against the 28th ranked Colombia, who are preparing to host the Copa America Femenina next month. Both teams will likely be aggressive on the ball, and the two teams have a history of physical play when they face each other. We’ll see who will own the day in Denver. Roster GOALKEEPERS (3): Aubrey Kingsbury (Washington Spirit), Casey Murphy (North Carolina Courage), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars) DEFENDERS (7):… Read More

SSFC Spotlight: Jack McGlynn makes impact at CONCACAF U-20 Championship

Photo by Ira L. Black - Corbis/Getty Images Philadelphia Union midfielder scores fantastic goal in Honduras. The United States Under-20 Men’s National Team needed a mere two matches to reach the knockout stage of the 2022 CONCACAF U-20 Championship. Several intriguing players have emerged during the competition, with the next generation of American talent on display. The second fixture, a 2-2 draw with rivals Canada, featured a stunning strike from Jack McGlynn. The 18-year-old Philadelphia Union midfielder has been making great strides over the past few seasons, showing signs of being a potential star in the future. ⚽ What a strike by Jack Mc Glynn! @USYNT ties the game! | #CU20 pic.twitter.com/2CvFQM6L6e— Concacaf (@Concacaf) June 21, 2022 McGlynn was born in the New York borough of Queens and played club soccer with BW Gottschee, where his father serves as an independent director. In 2019, he joined the vaunted Philadelphia Union… Read More

50 years of Title IX: How college soccer fueled the USWNT engine

Photo credit should read TOMMY CHENG/AFP via Getty Images We look at how the law helped create the pipelines for women’s professional soccer and a dominant women’s national team. June 23, 1972. It is one of the most important days in the history of sports, and it came because of the signing of legislation...for education. It’s the day that the Education Amendments of 1972 was signed into law, and within that bill, the law that we know as Title IX. As Thursday marks the 50th anniversary of that bill becoming law, we take a look at how Title IX has shaped the strength of the United States Women’s National Team. Title IX’s primary purpose was to address discrimination in education. The text as signed into law by President Richard Nixon read: ”No person in the United States shall, based on sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits… Read More

Update: USMNT to play Japan, Saudi Arabia in September

Photo by John Dorton/ISI Photos/Getty Images 2 European matches before the World Cup. The United States Men’s National Team has one international window left before they head to Qatar for the 2022 World Cup, and it looks like they will begin with two quality opponents who will also be in the tournament. Today, the Japanese Federation announced that Japan will play the USMNT in a friendly on September 23rd. The kickoff time and venue are not announced, but Japan says that the match will take place somewhere in Europe. #SAMURAIBLUE 対 戦 国 決 定 国際親善試合⌚️2022.9.23(金)KO時間未定 アメリカ代表 欧州で調整中 https://t.co/4ZmBIUDpeZ#jfa #daihyo#サッカー日本代表 pic.twitter.com/X3GlAxy8a2— サッカー日本代表 (@jfa_samuraiblue) June 21, 2022 The USMNT have only played Japan, ranked 23rd in the world, only twice before. The most recent was a 3-2 victory in a domestic friendly back in November 2006. The other was a 3-1 loss in the Kirin Cup in March 1993. U.S. Soccer… Read More

SSFC Spotlight: Mauricio Cuevas could be key at U-20 Championship

Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images The Brugge fullback is a two-way talent. United States U-20 Men’s National Team manager Mikey Varas named a 20-player squad for the upcoming 2022 CONCACAF U-20 Championship in Honduras. The competition serves as qualification for both the 2023 FIFA U-20 World Cup and the 2024 Summer Olympics. One notable inclusion on the roster is Mauricio Cuevas. The 19-year-old defender joined Club Brugge during the winter transfer window and could be a key player during the tournament. Cuevas was born in Los Angeles, California and joined the LA Galaxy Academy in 2016, named to the Development Academy Western Conference Best XI while being scouted by Chivas Guadalajara. At 16 years old, he was promoted to the reserve side. “Mauricio is a talented young defender and we are excited for him [to] begin his professional career in our organization,” said then-General Manager Dennis te Kloese. “We are… Read More

USA vs. El Salvador, 2022 Concacaf Nations League: What we learned

Photo by John Dorton/ISI Photos/Getty Images We look at what we can take from the mud of San Salvador. The United States Men’s National Team toughed out a 1-1 draw against El Salvador on Tuesday night in their second match of the 2022-23 Concacaf Nations League group stage. As it turned out, they got caught in a bit of a storm down in San Salvador, with the match being played on a rain-soaked field that quickly devolved into a mud patch. From the outset, it didn’t look like we’d learn a whole lot from this one. El Salvador may be a decent team, but they aren’t World Cup caliber and the USMNT’s already played them twice within the last year. But as it turned out, this game had something to offer. In the 35th minute, Alexander Larín caught the USMNT goalkeeper, Ethan Horvath, cheating his line and nailed a ball… Read More

FIFA announces 2026 Men’s World Cup host cities

Photo by Doug Zimmerman /ISI Photos/Getty Images We know where the games will be. The 2026 FIFA Men’s World Cup will kickoff 4 years from now, and tonight, the United States, Mexico, and Canada know which cities will be the sites of matches during what will be the biggest World Cup tournament to date. In a star-studded announcement in New York City, FIFA announced the cities that will serve as host cities for the 80 games that will comprise that tournament. 22 cities/regions were vying to become host cities, with the tightest competition coming from the 16 bids in the United States. FIFA broke the announcement down into regions: West, Central, and East. In total, 11 cities in the United States, 3 in Mexico, and 2 in Canada won the honor of being 2026 World Cup host cities. It’s not known yet which stadiums will host the USMNT for their… Read More