14
May

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

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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)

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:

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.

19
Dec

Hope Solo notably upset at being left off USWNT all-time Best XI

The US women’s national team all-time Best XI was released on Thursday, featuring three active players in Christie Rampone, Abby Wambach and Alex Morgan.

To come up with the selections, the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) appointed a committee of 56 soccer historians, former players, coaches, media members and administrators at the national team level. Defender Joy Biefeld (Fawcett) and forward Mia Hamm were the only unanimous selections, while midfielders Michelle Akers and Kristine Lilly were just one vote shy of a unanimous ballot.

Here’s the full list from US Soccer:

Goalkeeper: Briana Scurry 1994-2008 (31 votes)

Defenders:

  • Brandi Chastain 1988-2004 (31)
  • Joy Biefeld (Fawcett) 1987-2004 (56)
  • Carla Werden (Overbeck) 1988-2000 (49)
  • Christie Rampone (Pearce) 1997-present (46)

Midfielders:

  • Michelle Akers 1985-2000 (55)
  • Julie Foudy 1988-2004 (40)
  • Kristine Lilly 1987-2010 (55)

Forwards:

  • Mia Hamm 1987-2004 (56)
  • Alex Morgan 2010-present (15)
  • Abby Wambach 2001-present (52)

Last week, Julie Foudy correctly predicted the all-time Best XI during a segment on ESPN’s Sportscenter (except for herself; Foudy chose to vote for Shannon Boxx), but drew the ire of current US goalkeeper Hope Solo in the process. Solo was not selected, losing out to Scurry by what we can only assume was a slim margin (considering Scurry got only 31 of 56 votes).

Interesting. You may remember that a young Solo was once benched in favor of Scurry back in the 2007 World Cup semifinals, which set off quite the firestorm. The USA lost 4-0 to Brazil, after which Solo said:

"There’s no doubt in my mind I would have made those saves. And the fact of the matter is, it’s not 2004 anymore. … It’s 2007, and I think you have to live in the present.

Solo was briefly kicked off the team after that World Cup, and the controversy may have ended up costing her some votes during this selection process. In any case, it seems like any mention of Scurry still pushes Solo’s buttons a bit.

FOX Soccer’s Warren Barton and Matt Reis sounded off on the debate of Scurry vs Solo during Thursday’s FOX Soccer Daily show:

On Friday, the United States men’s national team all-time Best XI will be released on FOX Soccer Daily. Make sure to tune in to the show to find out the complete squad (live, FOX Sports 1, 3:30 p.m. ET).

9
Dec

#USWNT star Alex Morgan is engaged!

Alex Morgan is officially tying the knot, breaking the hearts of millions of guys. The lucky man is Houston Dynamo midfielder Servando Carrasco.

Congratulations you two!

And sorry to break the news, boys.

29
Oct

Soccer stars get into the Halloween mood

Halloween is just a couple days away, and if you haven’t figured out a costume yet, well, you’re in luck.

Several soccer stars have already revealed what they’re being for the spookiest day of the year, and perhaps they can serve as inspiration for you.

Want to scare your friends silly? Just take a look at New England Revolution striker Juan Agudelo’s creepy outfit. As you can see by Charlie Davies’ reaction, this will do the trick (no pun intended):

Looking for something more pop culture related? Leave it to USA stars Alex Morgan and Sydney Leroux — who else? — to show you what’s hot in the streets right now:

Hilarious choice, but that twerk still looks like it could use some work, Alex. I mean Miley.

Of course, you can always go the vintage Halloween route. Check out Robin van Persie as Count Dracula! Too bad RVP didn’t strip on a Luis Suarez jersey along with it, that would have been truly epic.

4
Oct

The USWNT take Hawaii by storm

Alex Morgan (left) and Sydney Leroux are pictured below, clearly enjoying a well-deserved vacation in Hawaii. Since last summer, these two helped the USA win the gold medal in the Olympics, and ushered in the inaugural season of the National Women’s Soccer League.

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Photo via sydneyleroux.

But Morgan and Leroux weren’t the only USA stars on vacation in Hawaii. In a funny coincidence, fellow gold medalist Kelley O’Hara was seated right next to Leroux on their flight to Hawaii:

Not only were they enjoying some poolside relaxing, but being professional athletes, it’s no surprise that they took in some of the gorgeous sights of Hawaii:

However, it didn’t take long to realize that the fact that these ladies were all gathered in Hawaii at the same time was no coincidence. It looks like there’s a not-so-well-kept secret wedding on Saturday. Abby Wambach (below, left) and Sarah Huffman (right), both Western NY Flash players, have been rumored to be dating for some time now.

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Image courtesy of Getty.

If Huffman’s Twitter photo of her left hand with a rather large ring on it wasn’t a dead giveaway in August, it’s all but clear now what’s about to take place.

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Wambach and Huffman are registered on ourwedding.com for a wedding reception in Poipu Beach Park in Hawaii for Oct. 5.

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Portland Thorns player Marian Dougherty all but confirmed the big event in an Instagram post, saying “Let the wedding festivities begin, can’t wait to celebrate the marriage of my two best friends,” and tagged Wambach and Huffman in the post.

It looks like the happy couple will be tying the knot on Saturday, and many of their oldest and closest friends are there to share in the wonderful day with them.

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We can’t wait to see the photos from what is sure to be a picturesque ceremony.

Attempts to reach Wambach and Huffman were unsuccessful.

9
Jul

Behind the scenes: Alex Morgan’s FOX Sports 1 Promo shoot

FOX Sports 1, the one that makes sports fun again, coming to you August 17th!

See the full ad during the MLB All-Star Game, July 16, LIVE on FOX!