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Posts Tagged ‘Women’s World Cup.’

Wambach wins U.S. Soccer Federation female of year

 

Abby Wambach (courtesy of USA Soccer)

Abby Wambach has been voted the United States Soccer Federation’s female athlete of the year for the fifth time, which matches Mia Hamm’s record.

Wambach previously won the award in 2003, 2004, 2007 and 2010.

Hamm won from 1994 to 1998.

Wambach scored four goals at the Women’s World Cup, including one in the 122nd minute in the semifinals that forced penalty kicks and helped the U.S. reach the finals.

Wambach, who is 31, is a forward and a graduate of the University of Florida.

She spent the 2011 season as the player/coach for the magicJack franchise of the Women’s Professional League.

 

Info courtesy of U.S. Soccer Federation, Radio, TV news

U.S. ties Canada on Wambach’s penalty kick

 

Abby Wambach (courtesy of US soccer)

Abby Wambach converted on an early penalty kick and the United States tied Canada 1-1 in the American’s first soccer match since losing to Japan in the Women’s World Cup final.

Melissa Tancredi scored just before halftime for the Canadians, which halted a seven-match losing streak to the U.S.

Info compiled from U.S. soccer

U.S. soccer star Hope Solo to drive pace car for Brickyard 400 race

 

INDIANAPOLIS — United States national soccer team goalkeeper Hope Solo will be driving the 2011 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Pace Car at the 2011 Brickyard 400 presented by BigMachineRecords.com, leading the starting field to the green flag Sunday afternoon July 31.

Solo became a world famous sensation earlier this month as one of the leaders of the U.S. national team that advanced to the Women’s World Cup final in Germany, losing to Japan on penalty kicks. She was named the top goalkeeper and also was selected to the 2011 World Cup all-tournament team.

Hope Solo in October 2009 (photo by John Mena/Johnmaxamena via wikipedia commons)

Solo led the United States to the gold medal in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing with a stunning performance in a 1-0 win over Brazil in the gold-medal game. She has made 101 appearnaces for the U.S. in international play.

The 30-year-old Solo, who is from Richland, Washington, was taught to play soccer by her father, Jeffrey, a Vietnam War vet.

 

compiled from staff, IMS & NASCAR news

U.S shuts down Columbia 3-0 in Women’s World Cup

 

Heather O'Reilly (courtesy of USA soccer)

Before a crowd of 25,475 in Sinsheim, Germany, the United States advanced to the quarterfinals of the Women’s World Cup with a 3-0 rout of Columbia on Saturday.

Goals were scored by Heather O’Reilly, Megan Rapinoe and Carli Lloyd.

The two-time World Cup champions will play Sweden next, one of two teams who beat them this year. The match will take place on Wednesday in Wolfsburg to determine the winner in Group C.

The Swedes and Americans both have six points, but the U.S. leads the group in goal differential and can take the top spot with a win or a tie.

O’Reilly’s goal was her 30th overall for the United States.

 

Info compiled from staff, Radio, TV & Soccer news

Cheney leads U.S. women’s team over Mexico in World Cup tuneup

 

Lauren Cheney, the UCLA product, scored in stoppage time to give the U.S. women’s team a 1-0 win over Mexico in Harrison, New Jersey, in the final tuneup match before the Women’s World Cup.

The victory was the third straight for the United States, who will now turn its attention to June 28 when it will open the World Cup competition against North Korea in Dresden, Germany.

Lauren Cheney (courtesy of UCLA athletics)

The Americans dominated the entire match at Red Bull Arena, home of the New York Red Bulls.

Abby Wambach assisted on the goal while playing in her 157th international game.

 

Info courtesy of U.S. Soccer news, Radio & TV news

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