10
Apr

In the family: Best of the best soccer siblings for National Siblings Day

In honor of National Siblings Day, we’re bringing you some of the best sibling action you’ll see on the soccer pitch:

Kristie and Samantha Mewis (USA)

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These sisters have dreamed of playing soccer together for the US women’s national team since they were little girls. During the 2014 Algarve Cup, that dream became a reality:

Gonzalo and Federico Higuain (Argentina)

Gonzalo is clearly the more well-known Higuain, but older brother Federico has also had a decent career in soccer. He currently plays for the Columbus Crew, and scores really pretty goals, like this one:

Eden and Thorgan Hazard (Belgium)

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The Hazard brothers in training for Belgium. (Image: Twitter)

Big brother Eden may be stealing the headlines now, but 21-year-old Thorgan isn’t far behind. While on-loan from Chelsea in the Jupiler League, the striker has been tearing it up — he even won the Golden Shoe for the 2013 season. It won’t be long until we see both brothers on the pitch for the Blues.

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24
Mar

Abby Wambach talks Alex Morgan, Julian Green, and more

Abby Wambach made an appearance on Crowd Goes Wild today, and had a lot to say. She talked about the upcoming documentary series Rise As One, teammate Alex Morgan, and new USMNT addition Julian Green.

Then, Wambach answered questions asked from fans on Twitter, including who her athletic hero was, who she would least like to be trapped in an elevator with and more. Don’t miss it:

8
Mar

Sydney Leroux offers #Instatips to teammate Megan Rapinoe

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The ladies on the US national team never cease to amaze us with their social media prowess, but this one might take the cake for post of the year, courtesy of Megan Rapinoe and Sydney Leroux:

Leroux has mastered the art of promoting herself and her team via Twitter and Instagram, and she has now taken Megan Rapinoe under her wing. With poses like that, the bleach-blonde midfielder will be #instafamous in no time!

According to Leroux, Rapinoe’s Instagram clearly needed some help:

To which the accused fired back:

Good laughs all around! It certainly doesn’t appear like the USA’s first loss in over a year (to Sweden in the Algarve Cup) has dampened their spirits much.

27
Feb

Sydney Leroux attempts ‘Happy Gilmore’ golf swing, fails miserably

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Anybody who ventures out to the driving range must attempt at least one “Happy Gilmore” swing. That’s just common knowledge. But while Adam Sandler makes it look all too easy in the cult classic, some of us know the struggle is real. Take United States women’s national team star Sydney Leroux for example:

It’s a good thing Leroux is wearing Richard Sherman’s “Don’t you ever talk about me” shirt, or else we might be tempted to give her some abuse for this.

She did get the hang of it, though (on her 29th try):

(H/T Deadspin)

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.

30
Jan

USWNT players make their Super Bowl XLVIII picks

The United States women’s national team is getting ready to take on Canada in the “Battle for the Border” (live, Friday,  FOX Sports 1, 9 p.m. ET), but the ladies know that the biggest “football” game this weekend happens two days later: Super Bowl XLVIII.

In the spirit of the big game, several of the players offered us their picks or rooting interest. Seattle Reign players Hope Solo and Sydney Leroux predictably both favor the Seahawks, while Abby Wambach and head coach Tom Sermanni are among those going with the Broncos.

Overall, Denver was the clear-cut favorite among the “panel,” garnering eight votes to Seattle’s three.