Right now, 17 field players appear to be competing for starting jobs. The problem is, only 16 of them will even go to Japan. Read the whole story
"Those that were collectively kneeling felt like we were kneeling to bring about attention to police brutality and systemic racism, and I think we decided that moving forward we no longer feel the
need to kneel because we are doing the work behind the scenes. We never felt we were going to kneel forever, so there was always going to be a time that we felt it was time to stand. I think
we're all proud that we are doing the work behind the scenes and it was just a game that we felt we were ready to move into the next phase and just continuously fight for change."
-- U.S. women's national team defender Crystal Dunn on the decision of all U.S. players to stand before Sunday's match against Brazil at the SheBelieves Cup in Orlando. In 2020, U.S. Soccer rescinded its "Rapinoe rule," which required players to "stand respectfully" for the playing of the national team. In the first four games since the policy was dropped, most but not all starters knelt.
Against a very much more attack-minded team than the Canadians proved to be, the USA delivered are far more pleasing performance. Read the whole story
0. Goals allowed in 5 games since returning from pandemic shutdown.
3. Goals allowed in 15 games since Vlatko Andonovski was named head coach.
4. Goals allowed in 20 games since winning 2019 Women's World Cup.
10. Consecutive shutouts by keeper Alyssa Naeher, extending her USWNT record.
The USA upped its game on the second matchday of the SheBelieves Cup with a 2-0 win on goals from two veterans. Read the whole story
Aron Johannsson (Lech Poznan) scored his first goal in Poland, while Bobby Wood scored his first goal for Hamburg since 2018. Read the whole story
Tyler Adams (3), RB Leipzig (2nd place), 90 minutes (3-0 at Hertha Berlin)
John Brooks (2), Wolfsburg (3rd place), 90 minutes (3-0 at Arminia Bielefeld)
Tim Chandler, Ein. Frankfurt (4th place), on bench (2-1 vs. Bayern Munich)
Matthew Hoppe (5), Schalke 04 (18th place), 66 minutes (0-4 vs. Bor. Dortmund)
Gio Reyna (-), Bor. Dortmund (6th place), sub-10 minutes (4-0 vs. Schalke 04)
Chris Richards (3), Hoffenheim (11th place), 90 minutes (4-0 vs. Werder Bremen)
Josh Sargent (6), Werder Bremen (12th place), 82 minutes (0-4 at Hoffenheim)
Note: In parentheses are Bild ratings (scale: 6-1, 6-low, 1-high).
The stars included AJ Chastonay (Belmont), Laolu Daranijo (Drexel), Natalie Beckman (Denver), Sabrina Bryan (Hofstra) and Danielle Fuentes (South Alabama). Read the whole story