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As US Ready For Germany Showdown, Abby Wambach's Legacy Lurks In Shadows

As US Ready For Germany Showdown, Abby Wambach’s Legacy Lurks In Shadows

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon Abby Wambach has long been defined not simply by her ability to score goals at an incredible rate, but by her candor. That’s how as a youngster on the US Women’s National Team you end up getting a shirt from legend Julie Foudy that reads “HELP! I’m taking and I can’t […]

Quarterfinal Conundrum: Against Tough China, US Search For Playmakers

Quarterfinal Conundrum: Against Tough China, US Search For Playmakers

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon This much is certain. The United States can defend.  Ahead of their quarterfinal Friday night against China, the Americans have conceded just one goal at the FIFA Women’s World Cup in four matches, and haven’t been under any consistent pressure since the first half against Australia. The Americans have conceded just twice since […]

Women's World Cup: Day 12 Group Stage Lessons and A Knock Out of An Elim Bracket

Women’s World Cup: Day 12 Group Stage Lessons and A Knock Out of An Elim Bracket

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon The 2015 FIFA Womens’ World Cup group stages ended yesterday with a flourish, capping an excellent twelve days of soccer and setting up an intensely competitive knockout stage bracket full of intriguing matchups and potential matchups. The key takeaways from Day 12? A dominating performance from one of the pre-tournament favorites, […]

Under the Press-ure: Christen Press and US Face Big Test Against Sweden

Under the Press-ure: Christen Press and US Face Big Test Against Sweden

Tweet “The main thing I think about when I think about European soccer and my time in Sweden is that’s where I refell in love with the game. That’s where I found passion again and it is that passion that led me to the national team.” — Christen Press Neil W. Blackmon Following a thrilling […]

Women's World Cup Day Three: Four Thoughts

Women’s World Cup Day Three: Four Thoughts

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon Day three of the Women’s World Cup brought us the tournament’s best game thus far, two great performances from African sides generating two strong nominations for tournament darling, a challenge to the defending champions and the debut of the US Women’s National Team. Here are four thoughts on a four match […]

Becky Sauerbrunn: US Women's Reluctant Backbone Also Its Best NWSL Argument and Advertisement

Becky Sauerbrunn: US Women’s Reluctant Backbone Also Its Best NWSL Argument and Advertisement

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon “I don’t take any day I get to play soccer for granted.” — Becky Sauerbrunn When the United States take the field tonight against Australia to open World Cup group play (7:30 PM ET, FOX Sports 1), they’ll face an Australian side capable of scoring in a hurry behind pacy and […]

2015 Women's World Cup: Five Thoughts on Days One and Two, and Sadly, Hope Solo

2015 Women’s World Cup: Five Thoughts on Days One and Two, and Sadly, Hope Solo

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon The 2015 Women’s World Cup kicked off in Canada Saturday night and fans received a thrilling opening game, won by the hosts 1-0 over China on a Christine Sinclair penalty in stoppage time. The penalty came following a foul by Rong Zhao on Adriana Leon. The goal by the longtime Canadian […]

With Lloyd Leading, US Women Win Algarve Cup, Build Confidence

With Lloyd Leading, US Women Win Algarve Cup, Build Confidence

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon The four games in eight days format is bizarre and the playing surface is natural grass, but the USWNT earned a measure of needed confidence by defeating France 2-0 Wednesday afternoon to win the Algarve Cup, the team’s “competitive dress rehearsal” for this summer’s World Cup in Canada. The victory marked the […]

US Women Have Been Here Before Against Mexico

US Women Have Been Here Before Against Mexico

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon Win and they are in. Tomorrow the very beginning of the expectation surrounding the US Women’s National Team meets reality in Philadelphia. All the US have to do to secure World Cup qualification is defeat Mexico. Sounds simple enough. Of course, it sounded simple enough four years ago too. Faced with […]

US Women Survive Brave Trinidad and Tobago, But Questions Linger

US Women Survive Brave Trinidad and Tobago, But Questions Linger

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon As has happened so many times before, Abby Wambach scored when her team needed her most, hammering home an Alex Morgan cross in the 54th minute to give the US a 1-0 lead it would never relinquish last night in chilly Kansas City.  The goal was more relief than anything, giving […]

32 Players to Watch in Brazil: # 31 Alex Song

32 Players to Watch in Brazil: # 31 Alex Song

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon We continue our 32 Players to Watch at the 2014 FIFA World Cup feature with a look at one of the more enigmatic talents in the field, Cameroon’s Alex Song. For a refresher on how these pieces work, see our piece on # 32, Shaqiri of Switzerland. # 31 Alex Song […]

69 Days Till Natal: Tuesday Thoughts

69 Days Till Natal: Tuesday Thoughts

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon Greetings. We’re under 70 days until the US tries to exorcise two World Cups worth of demons against Ghana and get group play in Brazil off to a roaring start. If you’re anything like me, the sense of anticipation grows more palpable by the day. Here’s a few thoughts to jumpstart […]

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