NWSL news items from the past week or so:
- Becky Sauerbrunn Traded To Portland
- NWSL Hires Lisa Baird as New Commissioner
- The Regular Season Schedule Announced
- List of Allocated USWNT and CANWNT Players Released
Continue reading “NWSL News of Note: Sauerbrunn Traded to Portland, Commissioner Hired, Schedule Announced”
The 2020 edition of the SheBelieves Cup, which is hosted by the United States Women’s National Team, officially gets underway on Thursday, March 5th. Rosters for the four participating teams – the USWNT, England, Japan, and first-timer Spain – have all been announced.
In the United States, all USWNT matches will be shown live on ESPN channels, while the non-USA matches will be available via ESPN’s streaming platforms. Continue reading “2020 SheBelieves Cup: Updated Rosters, USA TV Schedule, and News Updates”
With Olympic qualification successfully out of the way, the United States Women’s National Team will hold their first post-qualifying camp later this month as Vlatko Andonovski’s squad prepares for the upcoming SheBelieves Cup, and more importantly, the Summer Olympics in Tokyo.
Andonovski has called back all twenty players from the USA’s CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship roster, plus six additional players, including uncapped Washington Spirit midfielder Jordan DiBiasi.
The five other additions are goalkeeper Jane Campbell, defender Tierna Davidson (who missed qualifying primarily due to a minor injury), outside back candidate Margaret Purce, outside back Casey Short, and forward Mallory Pugh. Continue reading “USWNT: 26 Players Called In Ahead of the 2020 SheBelieves Cup”
In this update:
- U.S. Soccer Formally Announces TV and Streaming Schedule for the SheBelieves Cup
- USWNT to Play Australia and Brazil in April
- Lynn Williams Departs Western Sydney Wanderers to Focus on USWNT Duties
Continue reading “USWNT Notes: SheBelieves Cup TV/Streaming Schedule, April Friendlies with Australia and Brazil”
Ahead of tonight’s semifinals, which will decide CONCACAF’s two representatives for this Summer Olympic’s women’s soccer tournament, here are summary tournament stats for the four semifinalist squads.
Semifinals (Friday, February 7th):
- Canada vs. Costa Rica: 7:00 p.m. ET – Fox Soccer Plus (7:06 p.m. kick-off)
- USWNT vs. Mexico: 10:00 p.m. ET – Fox Sports 1 (10:15 p.m. kick-off)
The statistics were compiled from the CONCACAF website’s match details pages for this tournament, which feature detailed player stats for each match.
Continue reading “CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship: Group Stage Stats For Semifinal Teams”
Yesterday, Grant Wahl reported that the United States Women’s National Team “will face Brazil in San Jose, Calif., on April 14 and two-time world champion Germany in East Hartford, Conn., on June 6.”
Also, Nike and U.S. Soccer released the details and photos for this year’s home and away uniforms. Continue reading “USWNT Notes: Friendlies Against Brazil and Germany Scheduled?”
With U.S. Soccer now officially launching a new version of its development program for Under-14 Girls, it is useful to put those changes into context.
Prior to 1999, the youngest age-level for U.S. Soccer’s female youth teams, was the Under-16 Women’s National Team, which appears to have been established in 1996. (Danielle Slaton, Abby Wambach, and Hope Solo are all listed as members of the U-16 team in 1996 per their media guide biographies.) Before that, the only youth USWNT was the original Under-20 USWNT, which began in 1989 (if not earlier, as a U-19 program) and exists to this day as the U-23 USWNT, having adjusted its maximum age level twice.
U.S. Soccer’s first Under-14 Girls’ program began in 1999, as part of the federation’s Under-14 National Development Program, which started two years earlier, on the boys’ side. Participants of that first girls’ camp included Heather O’Reilly, Lindsay Tarpley, Becky Sauerbrunn and Ashlyn Harris. Continue reading “A Quick History of U.S. Soccer’s Under-14 Girls’ Programs”
- 05-Feb-2020: U-17 USWNT – Added details for CONCACAF Women’s Under-17 Championship
- 11-Feb-2020: U-23 USWNT – Added details for Portland Thorns Spring Invitational
- 17-Feb-2020: Minor updates/clarifications
- 02-Mar-2020: Added March U-15 USGNT camp entry
- 13-MAR-2020: U.S. SOCCER HAS CANCELLED MOST YNT CAMPS THROUGH THE END OF APRIL, DUE TO COVID-19 CONCERNS. (U.S. SOCCER)
- NO NEWS ABOUT THE CONCACAF WOMEN’S UNDER-17 CHAMPIONSHIP, WHICH IS SCHEDULED TO START ON APRIL 18TH IN MEXICO.
While U.S. Soccer’s dysfunctional website* does not often include much information about future youth team camps and/or matches, that is not the case with a number of other associations’ websites. In addition, youth USWNTs regular participate in annual friendly tournaments at the La Manga Club in Spain, which regularly publishes online its upcoming schedule of hosted matches.
*A subject for a future post. Or three…
So, after much browsing and searching…
…Here are some things that were news to me:
- Confirmation that a USA team is scheduled to participate in the April U-23 WNT friendly tournament at La Manga Club in Spain.
- News that the USA will be sending a GNT to the annual soccer tournament in Montaigu, France. The USA will be in a four-team U-16 GNT mini-tournament with France, Japan, and Norway.
- A June U-15 USGNT camp or trip involving the U-15 GNTs of Germany and the Netherlands.
- The host and dates of this year’s U-23 WNT Nordic Tournament: Norway, September 14th to the 22nd. (USA participation not confirmed.)
- Also, the CONCACAF Women’s Under-20 Championship, which was originally scheduled to start on Saturday, February 15th, was quietly pushed back to February 22nd.
(Update 02-Feb-2020): Clarified the descriptions of the U-14 events.
In addition, a U-14 Girls identification regional mini-camp roster with dates for two more regional mini-camps plus a
normal national U-14 USGNT identification camp was published on Thursday, which gives a good picture of what that age group is doing up through late May.
Continue reading “Youth USWNTs: 2020 Calendar Update – Camps, Trips, and Tournaments”
The United States Women’s National Team will, almost certainly, win their group.
What is far from certain is which of the other teams will finish as the runner-up in Group A of this year’s CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship, thus earning a chance to play for a spot at this year’s Summer Olympics in Tokyo via an all-or-nothing semifinal against the top team from Group B.
Continue reading “2020 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship: Group A Preview”
After extended negotiations between CONCACAF and FOX Sports for a multi-year and multi-event deal (FOXSports.com), on Monday, FOX Sports announced their airing schedule for the 2020 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship, which starts on Tuesday, January 28th (a/k/a, “the next day”).
Every match of the tournament will be aired live by a FOX Sports network: FOX Sports 1 (FS1), FOX Sports 2 (FS2), or FOX Soccer Plus.
Continue reading “2020 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship: USA TV Schedule Announced (Finally!)”