Early Friday the USWNT beat Norway to go 2-0 in the Algarve Cup. First half was scoreless. Abby Wambach scored her 133rd career international goal in the 51'. She doesn't have much of an angle, but enough to get a shot off the far post and in. (If videos don't show, I'll post below.)
Sub Sydney Leroux scored on a header in the 81'.
Norway scored in the 94' (grr).
Japan, which has beaten Norway 2-1 and Denmark 2-0, is up next on M 3/5 @ 9:10 AM ET (ussoccer.com will have a match tracker). The US has the edge in goal differential, so only needs to tie to win Group B. Beating them will feel much better, of course.
Sweden and Germany are contending for Group A; their game starts at 10 AM ET. Both beat China 1-0; Germany also beat Iceland 1-0, but Sweden beat them 4-1, so have the GD edge. Winners of Groups A & B will play for the championship; 2nd place group finishers will play for 3rd place.
The U-20 WNT is in Panama competing in the CONCACAF Championship. They opened by beating Guatemala 6-0. Lindsey Horan got a hat trick.
Next up is Cuba, Sun 3/4 @ 5PM ET. Concacaf.com will stream (free registration required, I think).
The USM U-23 soccer team beat Mexico 2-0, completing a US Soccer sweep - all shutouts! - on Leap Day.
Juan Agudelo made a near post run and scored on a header in the 35'. (I hope these videos embed properly - for some reason I haven't always had success in an OP.)
Edit: Rats! I can see the iframes, but no vids show up - I'll post below.
In the 36' Mix Diskerud deflected Freddy Adu's shot into the lower right corner. He's just entering the top of the box in the clip.
I wondered how the hell the goalie didn't have such a long shot dead to rights - could he really have not had the short side covered? - but the deflection gives him way less time to react.
Game was moved from Univision to Telefutura, which I don't get. Grr.
USMNT 1, Italy 0 - Dempsey's goal.
USWNT 5, Denmark 0 - highlights
I figured this would be the easiest way to compile a list of potential inagural class candidates. The 190 comment thread would be a difficult place to keep track, so here we can be a little more organized. Make suggestions and I'll add them to the lists. Since this is just a way to keep track of potential candidates, feel free to throw out some "maybes." Mods, feel free to edit the OP accordingly.
This may also help keep that initial thread focused on the manner in which people are elected, etc. Without further adieu...
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The USMNT has a friendly in Genoa against Italy @ 2:30 PM ET on ESPN2, ESPN3 & Galavision. Italy is #8, US #31 in the 2/15 FIFA Ranking.
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (6): Carlos Bocanegra (Rangers), Geoff Cameron (Houston Dynamo), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96), Clarence Goodson (Brondby), Michael Parkhurst (FC Nordsjaelland), Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Michael Bradley (Chievo Verona), Maurice Edu (Rangers), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht), Danny Williams (Hoffenheim)
FORWARDS (5): Jozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar), Terrence Boyd (Borussia Dortmund), Edson Buddle (LA Galaxy), Clint Dempsey (Fulham), Brek Shea (FC Dallas)
Shea was training with the U-23, but was called up with Kljestan because these withdrawals: Tim Chandler (left hamstring strain); Landon Donovan (bronchitis); Jose Torres (right hamstring strain).
The U-23 Men are hosting Mexico in FC Dallas Stadium @ 10 PM ET on Univision. A friendly tune-up before Olympic qualifying starts on 3/22 in Nashville.
GOALKEEPERS (2): Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire)
DEFENDERS (7): Greg Garza (Club Tijuana), Perry Kitchen (D.C. United), Alfredo Morales (Hertha Berlin), Ike Opara (San Jose Earthquakes), Kofi Sarkodie (Houston Dynamo), Zarek Valentin (Montreal Impact), Jorge Villafaña (Chivas USA)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Mix Diskerud (Gent), Dilly Duka (Columbus Crew), Jared Jeffrey (Mainz), Amobi Okugo (Philadelphia Union), Michael Stephens (LA Galaxy)
FORWARDS (7): Freddy Adu (Philadelphia Union), Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls), Terrence Boyd (Borussia Dortmund), Teal Bunbury (Sporting Kansas City), Joe Gyau (Hoffenheim), Jack McInerney (Philadelphia Union), Tony Taylor (Estoril Praia)
The USWNT is in the Algarve Cup pursuing their ninth crown. Denmark is up first at 12 PM ET.
None of the games will be televised - there will be MatchTrackers on USSoccer.com. Next opponent is Norway on F 3/2 @ 10 AM ET, then Japan on M 3/5 @ 9:10 AM ET. W 3/7 opponent TBD.
GOALKEEPERS (3): 1-Hope Solo, 18-Nicole Barnhart, 21-Ashlyn Harris
DEFENDERS (9): 2-Heather Mitts, 3-Christie Rampone, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 5-Kelley O’Hara, 6-Amy LePeilbet, 14-Stephanie Cox, 19-Rachel Buehler, 22-Whitney Engen, 23-Meghan Klingenberg
MIDFIELDERS (7): 7-Shannon Boxx, 8-Amy Rodriguez, 9-Heather O’Reilly, 10-Carli Lloyd, 15-Megan Rapinoe, 16-Lori Lindsey, 17-Tobin Heath
FORWARDS (4): 11-Sydney Leroux, 12-Lauren Cheney, 13-Alex Morgan, 20-Abby Wambach
It's a slow, mid-February Thursday, and I thought the fine fellow members of this site would enjoy a video that I find quite funny as well.
I don't know how to embed, so my apologies for that.
On a cold Saturday afternoon in FC Dallas Stadium, the USWNT hosted New Zealand for a friendly. The lovely, the talented Alex Morgan drew an early penalty shot, but Abby Wambach hit the post. NZ got Hannah Wilkinson in behind the D, but she shot over the goal.
Early in the 2nd half, LB Kelley O'Hara sent a horrible backpass to the box, too far up for G Nicole Barnhart (planned sub for Hope Solo) to get to it, and Wilkinson pounced on it for the 1-0 lead.
Alex Morgan did her late-game heroics thing again, scoring on headers in the 88th and 93rd minutes for the win.
Christie Rampone became the 4th player to earn her 250th cap for the USWNT. (Kristine Lilly, 352, Mia Hamm, 275, Julie Foudy, 271.)
Alex Morgan rocks!
Next up: the Algarve Cup starts 2/29. The US is in Group B with Denmark, Norway and Japan. Group A is Germany, Sweden, China, Iceland. Top three teams from each group play for the championship, 3rd and 5th places. 4th place teams play the top two of Group C (Portugal, Irleand, Wales, Hungary) for 7th and 9th, and the bottom teams of C face each other for 11th.