23
Sep

Sydney Leroux’s best moments on social media

The Women’s World Cup is fast approaching, and USA star Sydney Leroux is gearing up for the biggest tournament of her career.

And, as we’ve come to expect with Leroux, we’re sure she’ll document the journey. But if you’re like us and can’t wait to see what her the next adventure she posts about, here’s a look at some of her finest moments online.

And, make sure you check out how she got where she is now, and how an unexpected mentor — Kobe Bryant — is helping guide her on her path to greatness.

7
Aug

USA, MLS legend Landon Donovan confirms he will retire at end of season

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Landon Donovan confirmed on his Facebook page that he will retire at the end of this Major League Soccer season:

After careful deliberation and after many conversations with those closest to me, I have decided that this will be my last season as a professional soccer player…

I feel incredibly blessed and lucky to have played a role in the remarkable growth of MLS and US Soccer during my playing career. And while my career as a player will soon be over, rest assured I will stay connected on many levels to the beautiful game.

As we enter a transformative time for the sport, I will do everything I can to help the continued growth of soccer in the United States. I look forward to making a difference, pursuing my passions and meeting all of you along the way in this next phase of my life.

Donovan, 32, will go down as the greatest American soccer player ever. He owns the United States men’s national team all-time records for goals (57), assists (58), and starts (140), and is only second to Cobi Jones with 156 caps:

Donovan also holds the all-time goalscoring record in MLS (138 goals), which he broke earlier this summer, and is second place all time in assists (124) and game-winning goals (38):

For more on Donovan’s pending retirement, go here!

11
Jun

Awkward. Landon Donovan ad makes poorly timed debut

Not all media moves at the speed of Twitter.

That couldn’t be more clear in the publication of a Landon Donovan/US Soccer-themed public service announcement.

The May 26 print edition of Sports Illustrated featured an ad with Donovan showing a lot of skin and highlighting the unfortunate results of not wearing sunscreen.

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(Image: Yardbarker/Sports Illustrated)

While not technically incorrect, the ad labels the LA Galaxy forward as “Landon Donovan, U.S. Soccer Star.”

Perhaps the tag line is the best/most awkward part. That reads: GET A SUNBURN, AND YOU COULD END UP ON THE SIDELINES.

Oops.

You can’t really blame the Skin Care Foundation for making the educated guess that Donovan would be spending time on some sunny beaches.

They’re just in Los Angeles, not Brazil.

(H/T Rumors And Rants )

22
May

Let’s all take a moment to remember this Landon Donovan moment

US Soccer fans, we feel your pain. USA legend Landon Donovan isn’t on Jurgen Klinsmann’s World Cup roster for Brazil this summer, and it stinks. The all-time leading goalscorer will probably never play in a USA jersey ever again, and that’s rather sad.

So instead of getting to depressed about it, let’s just re-live arguably the best Landon Donovan moment in the history of US Soccer, shall we?

Feel better now? No?

Well, we tried.

11
May

U.S. national teamers send Mother’s day greetings

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And from us here at FOX Soccer as well: Happy Mother’s Day!

Each one of you deserves one of these:

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20
Mar

FOX Soccer Exclusive: Julian Green opens up about decision to play for Team USA

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Editor’s note: Julian Green spoke to Ole Pongratz on Tuesday in Munich. This interview has been translated from German to English by FOX Soccer’s Thomas Hautmann.

Ole Pongratz: Reports in the United States said you were to be included in the US training camp ahead of the friendly against Mexico but you have said that this isn’t the case — yet. Can you explain?

Julian Green: Yes, Klinsmann wanted to invite me to the game against Mexico but because it is not an official international match, Bayern had to give me the clearance first. That [only] happened on Tuesday.

OP: Jurgen Klinmann has announced that you have chosen the United States and that you have handed in your request for the one-time association switch with FIFA. What can you tell us about that?

JG: Yes, that’s right: I have decided on the USA and I will play for them from here on out.

OP: And why did you choose the USA?

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21
Feb

The rumored USA kit is very, very blah

Just 110 days before the World Cup, USA fans may have received an early look at what their team will be wearing in Brazil.

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(Image via Todos Sobre Camisetas)

Yikes! It looks more like an Old Navy polo than a soccer jersey. But lucky for all of us, USMNT fans are quite the, umm, creative bunch.

Pour one out for kit nerds everywhere.

11
Feb

USA stars Alex Morgan, Hope Solo honored

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2013 was good to the United States women’s national team.

In their first year with coach Tom Sermanni, the squad was undefeated, posting an impressive 13-0-3 record last year. Not too shabby.

Individuals on the team had incredible years as well. Abby Wambach surpassed Mia Hamm’s all-time scoring record. Sydney Leroux sealed her spot as the next USWNT star.

And on Tuesday, beloved striker Alex Morgan and fierce goalkeeper Hope Solo got some recognition their own: they were nominated by AskMen.com voters as two of the Top 99 Women of 2014.

Not only are Solo and Morgan making waves in soccer, but they’re catching the attention of people across the nation with the impact they’ve made in their field.

Here’s to another amazing year that leads up to a very important one: 2015, and the Women’s World Cup.