‘They’re icons’: US women’s champion team take victory parade in New York

World Cup winners, who beat Netherlands 2-0 on Sunday to capture their second straight title, receive traditional ticker-tape parade Amid confetti and chants of equal pay New York honored the U.S. womens soccer team on Wednesday with a ticker-tape parade down the Canyon of Heroes, celebrating its World Cup triumph and paying tribute to the players emergence as icons of womens rights. The squads 2-0 win over Netherlands in the final match on Sunday capped a World Cup campaign that attracted vast television audiences and unprecedented public interest. Wednesdays parade down Broadway in New Yorks financial district also cast a light on the teams fight for equal pay with their counterparts on the U.S. mens national team, and by extension, …

How does Rose Lavelle’s goal compare to other World Cup final classics?

The USA midfielder sealed her teams fourth title with a wonderful strike. Here are a few other classics from down the years Rose Lavelle, the diminutive USA midfielder, the game-sealing goal with a marvelous effort. She meandered down the pitch and, with two Dutch defenders closing in, thumped the ball past Sari Van Veenendaal.

USAs Megan Rapinoe says equal pay talk must move to the next step

Megan Rapinoe called for the conversation on equal pay to move forward after she helped the USA to retain the World Cup Megan Rapinoe called for the conversation on equal pay to move forward after she helped Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

FA furious after US officials are caught in Englands World Cup hotel

The Football Association is furious after US team officials were caught in private rooms in Englands hotel two days before the teams meet in the Womens World Cup semi-final An extraordinary spygate row has broken out at the Womens World Cup after undercover US team officials were caught wandering into private rooms at Englands hotel while Phil Nevilles side were out training. The Football Association is furious over the incident, which occurred on Sunday morning, two days before the teams meet in Tuesdays semi-final. It claimed that it would never scope out another teams hotel let alone enter their inner sanctum while they were still in the tournament. It is understood the US officials were not wearing official team uniforms …

Alex Morgan heads USA past England into Womens World Cup final

England are out of the Womens World Cup after a 2-1 semi-final defeat to USA, who remain on course to defend the title they won four years ago They have won new friends and influenced plenty of opinions during a transformative month in France but the Rhne was swelled by English tears as Phil Nevilles Lionesses proved second best to the defending champions. England head to Nice for Saturdays third-place playoff after yet more semi-final disappointment but with heads held high having played their part in a wonderful game featuring some particularly harsh luck. Foremost among it was the marginal offside which saw an Ellen White goal disallowed and, later, a penalty miss by Steph Houghton. Granted, the @guardian_sport Facebook: …

Confident USA riding high entering Women’s World Cup knockout stage

A win over Sweden may not have done much to settle concerns over the defense, but the US are brimming with confidence as the business end of the tournament comes into view Its onto the knockout round of the Womens World Cup for the defending champions, and the US looked convincing enough in a looked shaky against Chile in the matchs only real threatening moment, but her decision-making was on point against Sweden. Still, it wasnt enough to wash away fears that the USWNT can avoid conceding goals against a top team. More suspect injury reports show the USAs confidence First it happened in the opener against Thailand: Becky Sauerbrunn was left out of the starting lineup for a mild …

I was punished for calling Sweden cowards, but now rawness is accepted | Hope Solo

I did not express myself well after USAs loss to Sweden at the Rio 2016. But US Soccer made sure it exploited my comments for its own ends This World Cup is about championing emotion especially in a lot of the marketing and ads surrounding the tournament. Nikes Dream Further campaign captures the emotion and drama of playing in a World Cup very well, with Joan Jetts Bad Reputation providing a badass soundtrack. Its great that kind of attitude is celebrated right now in the fantasy world of advertising and TV. In real life, its a little different. I have always been passionate about my sport and passionate about playing for my country. I wore my heart on my sleeve …

The superb Christiane Endler shows women don’t need smaller goals | Hope Solo

Goalkeeping is one of the last aspects of the game to develop in womens soccer. Thats down to lack of resources, not lack of talent Christiane Endler is the best female goalkeeper in the world. I was really excited to see her play against the United States and for the world to see how good she is. She sets the bar extremely high and shows what womens goalkeeping should be. The USA-Chile game could very likely have been 8-0 to the United States but Endler kept Chile in it, womens goals should be smaller because we are generally shorter than men but I keep telling people were not looking for average goalkeepers. We are looking for one in a million. …

USA aim golf-clap at their celebration critics and show their steel

Carli Lloyd celebrated her goals on Sunday like she was on the golf course. And while her team are scary in attack the quality of their defence is still a mystery In a result that surprised no one, the controversy that ensued after the USWNT exuberantly celebrated all 13 goals they scored against Thailand, the Americans were a little more low-key in their celebrations against Chile. After Carli Lloyd scored her first goal, she did her usual fist pump, but then followed it up with a polite, dainty golf clap. Lloyd wasnt sure whose original idea it was, but Lindsey Horan told her they decided whoever scored would perform the clap. It was fun, Lloyd said. I think it made …

It would have been a bigger disrespect if USA had not celebrated all 13 goals | Eni Aluko

Criticism of the USA has been widespread since they thumped lowly Thailand by a record score in Tuesdays group game I have to say Ive been surprised to see some of the reaction to the USA teams celebrations during the 130 win against Thailand. I think some of it is to do with the fact that they arent the most popular team out there theres this perception that the USA are arrogant and everything is excessive and over the top with them. But there is also a perception that womens football should be all hugs, smiles and kisses people do not expect a level of ruthlessness they might see in the mens game. That kind of win-at-all-costs attitude is perhaps …

Women’s World Cup 2019: talking points from the first week of action

Fifas ticket policy, French sarcasm, colourful supporters and teams making their World Cup debut have grabbed attention Tickets own goal by Fifa The word on the street in Nice and Le Havre well, mainly from the mouths of taxi drivers but theyre usually a decent barometer is that many French people are aggrieved that tickets for World Cup matches can only be bought online. The consensus is that, were it possible to buy them from stadium box offices until shortly before kick-off, crowds would rise appreciably. It is an eminently sensible viewpoint, although some say such a late free-for-all could potentially jeopardise the stringent stadium security precautions which are in place across tournament venues. Such logic is hard to fathom …

If you’re not nervous at a World Cup, you don’t care enough to win | Hope Solo

The pressure of a major tournament can be difficult to deal with and not a lot of players have the ability to deal with that day in and day out Before every World Cup game I played in, I felt good during the warm up. I was ready to play and wanted to play. But then we have to go to the locker room and wait for 20 minutes to come back out. Thats when the nerves start to build up. You walk out the tunnel. You line up for the national anthems. The camera is in your face. You become part of the pomp and circumstance and then the nerves start to kick in. Really kick in. You can …

Women’s World Cup 2019 team guide No 22: United States

The holders have a swashbuckling attack-first style and, though a shaky defence may be a concern, theyre still among the favourites This article is part of the Guardians theguardian.com is running previews from two countries each day in the run-up to the tournament kicking off on 7 June. Overview It has been an occasionally tumultuous four years for the World Cup holders. The afterglow of a cross-country victory tour rapidly gave way to an abrupt quarter-final loss to Sweden at the 2016 Olympics and a first ever loss to Australia in the Tournament of Nations. (And thats not even including the the friendly win over South Africa, same as against Sweden in the Rio Olympics. Star player Take your pick …