Women’s Euro 2021 Qualifying: November 2019 Group Stage Window Recap and Highlights

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The year’s final qualifying matches for the UEFA Women’s Euro 2021 ended in disappointment for the Republic of Ireland and Portugal, who both saw late equalizers dash their hopes of full points, as well as Spain and Wales, who were each held to scoreless draws.  Top contenders, the Netherlands, France, Norway, Denmark, Italy, Switzerland, Belgium and Austria all finish the year on full points, as all are yet to concede a draw or lost.

Qualifying for the 2021 Women’s Euro, which will be hosted by England, resumes in March 2020, although most of the top contenders do not restart their qualifying campaigns until April 2020.

England, was also in action this window, playing two friendlies:  First, hosting Germany at Wembley in front of a home attendance record of 77,768 on Saturday, and then an away friendly at the Czech Republic on Tuesday.

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Women’s Euro 2021 Qualifying: October 2019 Group Stage Window Recap and Highlights

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Qualifying for the UEFA Women’s Euro 2021 continued this month, with no significant surprise results among the top teams.  That said, the October window was not without drama:

In Group A, the Netherlands needed a 78th minute goal to separate themselves from Slovenia.  Elsewhere, Kazakhstan held expected Group G winner France scoreless for over 55 minutes.  And, in Group B, minnow Malta kept Italy off the scoresheet for even longer, at almost 70 minutes.

But the match of the window was the Republic of Ireland’s 3:2 victory over Ukraine, which saw Ukraine equalize at 2:2 just fifteen minutes after Ireland took a 2-nil lead.  The tie did not last for long, as a deflected blocked shot led to a decisive own goal in favor of the home team.

Host England was also in action, playing two friendlies, losing to Brazil in Middlesbrough and defeating Portugal 1:0 on the road.  The victory against Portugal snapped a five-game winless streak that stretched back to the Lionesses semifinal loss to the United States in this year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup. Continue reading “Women’s Euro 2021 Qualifying: October 2019 Group Stage Window Recap and Highlights”

October 2019 International Window – Notable Friendlies Highlights

Not much to read here, just a short collection of highlights videos for notable friendlies played during the October international window.

Videos include France-Iceland, Poland-Brazil, Japan-Canada, and both USA-Korea Republic matches. Continue reading “October 2019 International Window – Notable Friendlies Highlights”

The 2020 U-17 USWNT Cycle: Notes On Individual Players (September 2019)

As noted in the previous article on this current U-17 cycle, a core group of seventeen players have been regular call-ups this cycle and during the 2018 U-15 cycle:

Goalkeepers: Nadia Cooper, Neeku Purcell
Defenders: Baleigh Bruster, Andrea Kitahata,  Aidan McConnell, Ayo Oke, and Lilly Reale.
Midfielders: Emma Egizii, Tatiana Fung, Devin Lynch, Alexis Missimo, and Jillian Shimkin
Forwards: Trinity Byars, Simone Jackson, Ariana Manrique,  Allyson Sentnor, and Amelia White

Several from this core group are “players to watch.”  Allyson Sentnor, Alexis Missimo, and Trinity Byars have all garnered significant praise and attention for their on-field prowess.  Forward Amelia White is another standout goalscoring threat who offers speed and composure plus solid fundamentals.  Midfielders Tatiana Fung and Jillian Shimkin both have excellent technical dribbling skills.

These core players are part of a larger pool (identified in the above linked article) of 25 players who have attended at least two U-17 camps so far in 2019.  Among those players are midfielder Devin Lynch and defender Shea O’Malley, who are more recent regular call-ups.  This post is a collection of brief notes on those players, plus a few notable others who may be in the mix. Continue reading “The 2020 U-17 USWNT Cycle: Notes On Individual Players (September 2019)”

Women’s Euro 2021 Qualifying: Match Highlights for the August-September 2019 Group Stage Window

UEFA Women's Euro logoOfficial highlights of nine Women’s Euro qualifying matches, featuring Germany, the Netherlands, Scotland, Sweden, Norway, Austria, and more, plus the two England friendlies (versus Belgium and Norway) and the France-Spain friendly.

Most videos are from YouTube, while some are embedded inside Twitter tweets or Instagram posts.  If I find any more notable highlights for this qualification window, they will be added to this post.

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