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 …