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)

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.

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).

18
Nov

USWNT’s Yael Averbuch unleashes inner rap mogul

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And if you don’t know, now you know!

Yael Averbuch of the U.S. women’s national team may not be as recognizable to casual fans as Alex Morgan, Hope Solo or Abby Wambach, but the 27-year-old midfielder rocks out on social media, and apparently, also raps. Averbuch got all of our attention on Monday morning with this tweet:

We suspect Averbuch couldn’t wait to spit hot fire all over the internet — or maybe she underestimated the power of twitter — because 500 RTs was way too low of a bar to set. Sure enough, Averbuch’s dare garnered over 1,000 re-tweets by the end of the day, so she duly released a verse of Busta Rhymes’ H.A.M. remix (in three parts):

Anytime you’ve got your own hype man, you know you’re the real deal. Is a second career in the works? Someone get Jay-Z on the phone. If anything, this will surely help Averbuch gain some rapport with those who hadn’t known her before (okay, we’ll show ourselves out).

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!

21
Jun

USWNT celebrates Abby Wambach record with the Tootsie Roll

The USWNT is at it again. After their 5-0 victory over Korea Republic which saw Abby Wambach break Mia Hamm’s all-time scoring record, the squad decided a celebration was in order.

Rather than Sydney Leroux’s traditional postgame cool down of prancercising, the team stepped it up by doing The Tootsie Roll.

Keep the awesome celebrations coming ladies.

Bonus Abby Wambach congratulatory tweet: