6
Oct

Former U.S. goalkeeper Jillian Loyden: Bench Hope Solo

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Third-string goalkeeper Jillian Loyden (R) with teammate Hope Solo (L) after the USA’s friendly vs Canada last May (USA Today)

Count fellow U.S. national team goalkeeper Jillian Loyden among those who do not believe Hope Solo should still be on the field with domestic violence charges hanging above her head.

In the fallout of the National Football League’s run of domestic violence scandals involving its players — Baltimore Ravens star Ray Rice among them — some have voiced concern over a double standard as Solo, the national team’s starting goalkeeper, continues to play despite her own charges.

Loyden, in an editorial to USA Today, called for the benching of Solo until the legal process took its course.

Loyden wrote:

"I believe that individuals are innocent until proven guilty, but in failing to take action against players’ behavior off the field, the league is not living up to its responsibilities.

U.S. Soccer needs to send the right message. They need to communicate that domestic violence is never okay and that it will not be tolerated.

Speaking out on these issues is not always easy. Hope Solo is my teammate and a personal mentor. But I cannot stand by as young fans receive the message that this behavior – even if the allegations proved to be inaccurate – can go unnoticed.”

Loyden, who also announced her retirement from the USWNT on Monday, has prioritized speaking out against domestic violence after being affected by personal tragedy. She started the Jillian Loyden Foundation after her sister Britton was murdered in 2012, allegedly at the hands of her former fiancé who is awaiting trial.

Solo was charged in Washington state with two counts of misdemeanor fourth-degree domestic-violence assault for allegedly striking her 17-year-old nephew and half-sister. Solo faces up to six months in jail if convicted at a trial scheduled in November.

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.

6
Aug

Sydney Leroux battles tow truck

Sydney Leroux did not have a fun morning. The U.S. women’s soccer star watched in horror as her Audi was being towed on Wednesday, but not before she gave it one hell of a fight:

She may have lost her car for a couple hours, but we’re glad she hasn’t lost her humor!

UPDATE: Leroux has revealed what she did wrong. Could’ve happened to anyone!

26
Jun

USA vs. Germany - As it happened on Twitter

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We did it America! We lost to Germany! (And still advanced! Just like we drew it up.)

It certainly wasn’t easy on our hearts or our nervous systems, but Jurgen Klinsmann’s boys got the job done. The USA advanced to consecutive World Cup knockout stages for the first time in history thanks to Ghana and Portugal knocking each other out.

Relive the drama, as it happened, via our Twitter timeline:

Time for a pregame message from Hulk Hogan …

…. and the POTUS:

The referee ruins the USA’s best chance of the first half!

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Let’s check in on the Obama …

It’s HALFTIME!

Why does Rihanna hate America!?

Afraid to say anything …

Klose is coming on for ze Germans

But America has an ace up their sleeve, as well!

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26
Jun

America gears up for USA vs Germany

14
May

Hope Solo caught up in feud with Portland Thorns owner and fans

imageHope Solo is at it again (Image: Getty)

Looks like USWNT No. 1 and Seattle Reign stopper Hope Solo has found herself in the midst of a little war of words. Shocker!

Over the weekend, Solo’s Reign visited the Portland Thorns in a National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) contest between two unbeaten teams. The Reign held on to a 1-0 win, but a few egos seemed to be bruised in the process.

Thorns owner Merritt Paulson was the first to fire a shot across the bow, tweeting:

A depleted Thorns team? Paulson was likely referring to the absences of U.S. national team stars Alex Morgan and Tobin Heath. Nevertheless, another Reign and USWNT star, Sydney Leroux, fired back at Paulson:

That looked to be the end of it, until Solo tweeted out a photo on Tuesday that showed quite a few Thorns fans giving Solo the one-fingered salute.

It looks like some pretty definitive proof right here, but there’s always another side to every story. Lucky for us, these two squads will face off again on July 27, but this time on the Reign’s turf.

Stay tuned!

(H/T YardBarker)