Here is the “sequel” to USWNT - Fun and Games, in case anyone who hadn’t seen the first also hasn’t seen this one.
Reading this still pisses me off like no other, seriously WTF US Soccer?
This is Mittsy!
Scheduling of international friendlies isn’t a simple process. A testimonial will require additional work as I’m sure Mitts would prefer to play the match in a location of significance and possibly against an important opponent.
I personally dislike the idea of requesting a testimonial because it is intended to honor a player’s service to a team. Obviously Mitts has done a lot for the USWNT, with over 130 caps, but I think she’s going about this the wrong way.
I could see a combined testimonial for Mitts, Rampone, and Boxx, but I wouldn’t hold my breath for an individual testimonial, except perhaps for Rampone.
For the time being, I think just getting the USSF to treat the USWNT equally is a big enough task. We still won’t be seeing the number one team in the world playing against the number two team next week…
Show your Love for LeP as she recovers from ACL surgery
Here is all you have to do:
1) Draw a heart with the number 6 inside. Decorate your heart however you like. Crayons, collage, glitter…whatever you want. The photos above are just an example. It doesn’t matter if you’re not a great artist or how much time you spend on it, it’s just about showing your love and support. Be creative. If you need help drawing a heart you can print this template.
2) Take a photo of your masterpiece.
3) Submit your photo here. (choose ‘submit a photo’ from pull down menu. You do not need a tumblr to participate, anyone can submit from anywhere!)
All of the photos will be put together to make a patchwork quilt of hearts. The finished project will be framed and sent to LeP in Chicago. She can hang it on her wall and be reminded of our support every day as she rehabs. The more hearts the better so please spread the word! Thank you everyone so much :)
FIFA Ballon d’Or USA Voter Breakdown
Jill Ellis: Abby Wambach, Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe
Christie Rampone: Alex Morgan, Abby Wambach, Megan Rapinoe
Grant Wahl: Abby Wambach, Christine Sinclair, Carli Lloyd
FIFA Ballon d’Or Voting Percentages
Women’s World Player of the Year
Abby Wambach: 20.67%
Alex Morgan: 10.87%
Women’s World Coach of the Year
Pia Sundhage: 28.59%
Norio Sasaki: 23.83%
Bruno Bini: 9.02%
How Marta managed to earn more votes than Morgan is beyond me.
A Comparative Look at the Last Six and Next Two World Cup Logos
Personally, I like Brazil 2014 the most, but the vibrant colors in the Canada 2015 logo are pleasing to the eye.
The Potential for a Wambach FIFA Ballon d’Or
I’ve noticed that a lot of people, myself included at one point, feel that Alex Morgan is a sure winner for the women’s FIFA Ballon d’Or. However, I think that, given a few circumstances, it isn’t necessarily that guaranteed of a win.
Abby Wambach Showed Up in London
Wambach scored 5 goals to Morgan’s 3 in London. Yes, Morgan scored the game winner against Canada, but Wambach scored the penalty that tied the match late. Additionally, Wambach has always been considered one of the leaders of the team and no doubt played such a role throughout the tournament.
Friendlies Play Little Role in the Voting
While Morgan and Wambach both have prevailed throughout the year, Morgan has especially performed in friendlies. When looking at the two players on paper, Morgan seems to be the clear winner. However, because of the nature of friendlies and the level of competition involved, it is unlikely to play a large role in the final voting.
Wambach is on Her Way Out
While Morgan has a, hopefully, long and prolific career ahead of her, Wambach may not even make the next World Cup. Should that happen, it would seem unfortunate that she came this close to the player of the year award without getting it. While Morgan will no doubt go on to compete for the Ballon d’Or in future years, the opportunity to cap off Wambach’s career with a deserved award might sway some voters.
FIFA Competitions are Ultimately a Popularity Contest
This might seem far-fetched, but it could well be the difference maker. Considering that Marta, who hasn’t done a thing this year, made the final three it would seem apparent that FIFA competitions are based mainly on popularity. From the global perspective, Wambach is a bigger name than Morgan. When the American FIFA Ballon d’Or voter, Grant Wahl, is choosing Abby Wambach over Alex Morgan, you know that the international voters are even more likely to pick Wambach.
So, while neither is guaranteed a win, it should come as no surprise if Wambach ends up winning the FIFA Ballon d’Or in Janaury.
Tuesday’s news that former NFL player Jerramy Stevens and U.S. women’s soccer star Hope Solo were involved in an alleged domestic dispute brought out the cynic in a lot of people.
So much for benefit of the doubt, or innocent until proven guilty.
Incoming Unpopular Opinion
If this… development, means that there will be more opportunity for younger goalkeepers to get time in matches with the USWNT, then I am the least bit upset.
Hope Solo, while unquestionably the top goalkeeper in women’s soccer, is simply too much of a dramatic person to maintain good team chemistry. Her outspoken nature is constantly putting a lot of poor publicity on herself and by proxy the team and the management. The only reason she got on was because of Sundhage, I seriously doubt Sermanni will have the time or patience to deal with Solo’s personality.