News of Note: November 30, 2012

News of Note: Brazil has a new head coach… Women’s FIFA Ballon d’Or Finalists are Alex Morgan, Abby Wambach, and Marta… FIFA World Coach of the Year for Women’s Football Finalists are Pia Sundhage, Norio Sasaki, and Bruno Bini… Thursday’s Germany-France Friendly Ends In a 1:1 Draw… Former General Manager of the USWNT, Cheryl Bailey, was named Executive Director of the new women’s pro league… Portland’s Franchise intends to play most of its home matches at JELD-WEN Field… Women’s Champions League quarterfinal match-Ups set… MAC Hermann Trophy Semifinalists Named… The NCAA College Cup continues Friday night. Continue reading “News of Note: November 30, 2012”

Women’s Euros 2013: The Final Draw

On Friday, November 9th, the final draw for the 2013 UEFA Women’s Championship was held in Göteborg, Sweden. The twelve qualified teams were divided into three round-robin groups of four, with host Sweden being paired with Italy, Denmark and Finland in Group A. Group B features five-in-a-row reigning champion German, along with Norway, the Netherlands and Iceland.  In Group C, France will face England, Spain, and Russia.  As there are only twelve squads, the top two teams from each group, along with the top two third place teams will qualify for the knock-out stage. Continue reading “Women’s Euros 2013: The Final Draw”

USWNT: The USA Draws 1:1 with Germany in Chicago

Saturday night, in front of a sell-out crowd of 19,522, the United States Women’s National Team drew 1:1 with Germany at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois. Abby Wambach scored the USA’s only goal in the 2nd minute when the Americans capitalized on a turnover deep in Germany’s half. Twelve minutes later, Anja Mittag equalized for Germany on a counterattack. Continue reading “USWNT: The USA Draws 1:1 with Germany in Chicago”

USWNT: Notes Ahead of the Germany Friendlies

[Edit (20-Oct-2012): Additional information and clarifications have been added. Those have been denoted through italics.]

On Saturday, October 20th, and Tuesday, October 23rd, the top two women’s national teams in the world — #1 United States and #2 Germany — will face each other in a pair of friendlies.  The USWNT is bringing its Olympic Gold Medal squad, while Germany, who were knocked out of the Women’s World Cup by Japan in the quarterfinals, and consequently did not qualify for the Olympics, is in a rebuilding process as it prepares for the Women’s Euros in 2013. Continue reading “USWNT: Notes Ahead of the Germany Friendlies”

USWNT: Yes, Both Friendlies Against Germany Will Be Televised [Final Update]

FINAL UPDATE (18-Oct-2012): On Tuesday, confirmed that the match in Chicago would be televised on Fox Soccer, with JP Dellacamera and Kate Markgraf in the booth.  On Wednesday, Arlo White tweeted that the second friendly would be on NBC Sports Network.

Update #3 (14-Oct-2012): Fox Soccer is also showing a replay of the first friendly on October 22nd at 5:00 p.m. EDT.

Update #2 (13-Oct-2012): The first friendly is again on Fox Soccer’s schedule.

Update (12-Oct-2012): As of sometime on Thursday, October 11th, Fox Soccer updated its online schedule. The first USA/Germany friendly is no longer listed. Instead, a UEFA Champions League Magazine show and a replay of the day’s Arsenal v. Norwich City are listed instead. Stay tuned…

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The original post:

Although, U.S. Soccer has yet to publicly confirm it, both of the upcoming Fan Tribute Series friendlies against #2 ranked Germany will be televised in the United States. The first match, on Saturday October 20th, which will be played at Toyota Park outside of Chicago, will be shown live on Fox Soccer, starting at 6:30 p.m. EDT.* The second friendly, on October 23rd, which will be contested in Connecticut, will air live on NBC Sports Network, with coverage beginning at 7:30 p.m. EDT.**

*Per Fox Soccer’s online schedule (screenshot).
**Per‘s listings, (screenshot).

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So, to summarize:

  • Saturday, October 20th, 6:30 p.m. EDT – Live on Fox Soccer
  • Tuesday, October 23rd, 7:30 p.m. EDT – Live on NBC Sports Network

See Also: Germany’s travel roster for the friendlies, which was released on Monday.

Germany’s Travel Roster for the October Friendlies with the USWNT

Update (18-Oct-2012): On Wednesday, Celia Okoyino da Mbabi injured her thigh and will be out for two weeks, thus she will miss both of the friendlies with the USWNT. Also, Lena Lotzen and Verena Faißt are also nursing minor injuries, but should be available to play. (, in German)

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On Monday, the DFB published the the travel roster for Germany’s upcoming friendlies with the United States Women’s National Team, on October 20th (Bridgeview, Illinois) and October 23rd (Connecticut). Head coach Silvia Neid has called up 23 players, including offensive threats Celia Okoyino da Mbabi, Alexandra Popp, and Anja Mittag. Five players from Germany’s Under-20 WNT, which recently lost the U-20 Women’s World Cup final to the United States, were also called up: playmaking midfielder Dzenifer Marozsán, target forward Lena Lotzen, centerback Luisa Wensing, outside back Leonie Maier, and goalkeeper Laura Benkarth. Continue reading “Germany’s Travel Roster for the October Friendlies with the USWNT”

Olympics: Notes on the Latest FIFA Women’s World Rankings

On June 1st, the latest FIFA Women’s World Rankings were released. While there were no major shake-ups, the most notable rankings movement was by Brazil, whose series of losses to Canada, the USA, and Japan, caused them to drop 33 points and fall from fourth place to fifth place, behind Sweden. Meanwhile, the United States remains in the number one spot and was able to extend its points lead over Germany and the other top teams. Continue reading “Olympics: Notes on the Latest FIFA Women’s World Rankings”

A Round-Up of Other Notable International Matches (Late May 2012)

Besideds the USA’s 4:1 win over China, three other notable matches occurred in the past week: Canada defeated China 1:0 at home, Germany defeated Romania 5:0 in a Women’s Euro qualifier, and Sweden beat Scotland 4:1 in an away friendly. Continue reading “A Round-Up of Other Notable International Matches (Late May 2012)”

USWNT Rival Watch: Sweden at the 2012 Algarve Cup (Catch-Up)

In the 2012 Algarve Cup, Sweden suffered two straight 0:4 losses, first to Germany, and then to the USA. In its first two matches, Sweden defeated China 1:0 and Iceland 4:1.

Notables: (1) The back-to-back 0:4 losses; (2) Dennerby’s continued experimentation with the 4-2-3-1 formation; (3) Lotta Schelin earned her 100th cap in the China match; and (4) 21 year-old midfielder Antonia Göransson has 4 goals this year, to lead the team.

Continue reading “USWNT Rival Watch: Sweden at the 2012 Algarve Cup (Catch-Up)”