December 23, 2011 STILL NO. 1
U.S. women finish atop FIFA rankings
The United States finished 2011 atop the FIFA world women's rankings, the organization announced on Friday. The Americans accrued 2,148 points, only five point ahead of second-place Germany (2,143). Japan (2,106), which captured the Women's World Cup in July, cracked the top three for the first time in its history.
December 21, 2011 KIWIS COMING
New Zealand to play U.S. women
The U.S. Women's National Team will face New Zealand on Feb. 11 at FC Dallas Stadium in Frisco, Texas, in a meeting between two teams that made emotional runs at the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup. The match will kick off at 4 p.m. ET.
December 20, 2011 MY DEAR, ABBY!
Wambach named AP athlete of the year
Abby Wambach accomplished something on Tuesday that neither Mia Hamm, Michelle Akers or Landon Donovan had been able to do. She became the first soccer player -- man or woman -- to be named athlete of the year by the Associated Press.
November 19, 2011 ENDING WITH A DRAW
U.S. women close out year 1-1 vs. Sweden
GLENDALE, Ariz. – Tobin Heath scored a second half goal to lift he United States to a 1-1 tie with Sweden in front of a record crowd of 18,482 at University of Phoenix Stadium Saturday night. It was the largest crowd to ever see the U.S. women in Arizona.
November 19, 2011 CAPPING THE YEAR
U.S. Women close out against Sweden
GLENDALE, Ariz.--The U.S. Women’s National Team will close out their resurgent 2011 campaign with a game against Sweden at the University of Phoenix Stadium on Saturday night (9 pm ET, webcast on USSoccer.com).
September 22, 2011 O-CANADA
U.S. wins friendly three nil
Abby Wambach scored two goals and Alex Morgan added a late minute strike to give the United States a 3-0 win over Canada in the second game of their two game friendly series at Jeld Wen Field Thursday night.
September 17, 2011 MUTED CELEBRATION
U.S. Women tie Canada 1-1
KANSAS CITY, Kan.—If the U.S. Women needed any reminders that next year’s CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament will not be the cakewalk it once was, they needed to look no farther than Saturday night’s 1-1 draw with Canada in front of a boisterous crowd at Livestrong Sporting Park.
September 16, 2011 NO ROOM FOR ERROR
U.S. Women begin prep for 2012 Olympics
As they head into a pair of friendlies against Canada in what is being billed as a “celebration tour” following their loss in the Finals of the 2011 Women’s World Cup, the U.S. Women’s National Team knows what lies ahead, and there’s no room for error.
August 29, 2011 WORLD CUPPERS RETURN
All 21 named for USWNT friendlies
CHICAGO – The entire 21-player roster for the United States from this summer’s 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup will face Canada during the “WNT Celebration Series” on Sept. 17 at Livestrong Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan., and on Sept. 22 at Jeld-Wen Field in Portland, Ore.
August 3, 2011 BACK TOGETHER
U.S. Women in 2 game series with Canada
CHICAGO – The U.S. Women's National Soccer Team will return to the field for the first time since the conclusion of the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup when it faces Canada in Kansas City, Kan., and Portland, Ore., during friendly matches in September.
July 18, 2011 NEW RECORD
WWC Final top cable rating ever for soccer
BRISTOL, Conn.---Sunday’s 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup Finals between the United States and Japan – which crowned Japan as tournament champion on a penalty shootout after the match ended in a 2-2 tie – was seen by an average 13.458 million viewers, based on a 7.4 U.S. household rating (8.58 million household impressions), making it the most-watched and highest-rated soccer telecast on an ESPN network, based on fast nationals by the Nielsen Company.
July 17, 2011 THE SUN RISES
Japan bests U.S. on penalties
FRANKFURT, Germany---Maybe Japan was the team of destiny. Maybe their shattered country needed the win in Sunday’s Women’s World Cup Final more, and the United States literally handed it to them.
July 17, 2011 DEFENSE WON’T REST
Stopping Japan will be chore for U.S.
Japan may be the surprise team of the FIFA Women’s World Cup, but the United States, who will face the upstarts in the final on Sunday (2:00 pm ET), know the Nadeshiko very well, having beaten them twice in the run up to the World Cup, in Columbus, Ohio and Cary, NC.
July 16, 2011 RIGHT AT HOME
Krieger looks forward to final in Frankfurt
A quick look down the U.S. Women’s National Team roster and one thing in particular stands out. Ali Krieger’s club. While every other player in the U.S. squad plies their trade in Women’s Professional Soccer, Krieger has spent the last three years playing in Germany. Frankfurt, to be specific. On Sunday, when the U.S. team steps out onto the field at Commerzbank Arena, it will be a very familiar feeling for the native of Dumfries, Va. She has played her professional soccer on that pitch for the last three years.
July 14, 2011 WEEKDAY RECORD
USA-France 4th most viewed match ever
BRISTOL, Conn---The FIFA Women’s World Cup semifinal match between the U.S. Women’s National Team and France – a 3-1 U.S. victory in Moenchengladbach, Germany, on Wednesday, July 13 – was seen by an average of 3.35 million people according to the Nielsen Company, based on a 2.2 U.S. household rating on ESPN (2.57 million household impressions), making it the most-viewed weekday Women’s World Cup match in the U.S.
July 13, 2011 WE SHALL OVERCOME
Weary U.S. women defeat France for spot in WWC Final
Last Sunday, it was Marta’s Brazil and an untimely red card. Wednesday, it was a fired-up and fresh-legged Cinderella team. But once again the US Women met the challenge, coming up with a pair of late goals to pull away from France 3-1 at Borussia Park and advance to their first Women’s World Cup final since 1999.
July 10, 2011 BEYOND BELIEF
U.S. Women make epic comeback against Brazil, referee
DRESDEN, Germany---In the storied history of the United States Women’s National Team, there have been some incredible finishes. But perhaps none as incredible as Sunday’s penalty kick Women’s World Cup quarterfinal win over Brazil at Rudolf-Harbig Stadium.
July 6, 2011 LOST OPPORTUNITY
U.S. Women lose to Sweden, face Brazil in WWC Quarters
WOLFSBURG, Germany—All the U.S. Women needed on Wednesday was a win or draw against Sweden to win Group C and advance to a relatively sure-thing quarterfinal match against Australia. But they couldn’t pull it off, falling 2-1 at Volkswagen Arena and setting themselves up for a Sunday knockout match against Group D champions and tournament favorites Brazil (11 am ET, ESPN).
July 6, 2011 SHE'S NOT WORRIED
Wambach: I would trade goals for a title
She hasn't scored a goal yet in the Women's World Cup, but U.S. striker Abby Wambach said that she wasn't concerned. "Four years ago, it might have been a different answer," she told reporters on Tuesday, a day before the Americans faced Sweden in their final Group C match on Wednesday (ESPN, Galavision, 2:45 p.m. ET).
July 2, 2011 STILL PERFECT
U.S. Women blank Colombia, 3-0
SINSHEIM, Germany—The U.S. Women’s National Team can certainly lift their glasses after Saturday’s 3-0 win over Group C opponent Colombia at sold-out Rhein-Neckar Arena, but there might be a question about whether those glasses are half-full or half-empty.
July 1, 2011 “FLASHES OF BRILLIANCE”
Rodriguez still looking for consistency with WNT
Last season, only two players in women’s Professional Soccer scored more goals than Amy Rodriguez. One was the world’s best player, Marta. The other is now her linemate on the U.S. National Team, Abby Wambach. In order for the U.S. team to go far in the Women’s World Cup, Rodriguez and Wambach are going to need to click. Saturday’s game against Colombia (11:30 am ET-ESPN) might be a good time for them to start.
June 5, 2011 BON VOYAGE
Cheney’s late goal lifts US over Mexico in WWC sendoff match
HARRISON, NJ---It seemed like a goal would never come. When Lauren Cheney finally connected two minutes into stoppage time, it had to provide some relief for the United States Women’s National Team, as it gave them a 1-0 win over Mexico in their sendoff game at Red Bull Arena as they head to the Women’s World Cup.
June 2, 2011 NOT AGAIN!
Injuries threaten Mitts’ WWC debut
You can’t blame Heather Mitts for thinking she might be the object of a World Cup jinx. Even though she has been a stalwart of the U.S. Women’s National team since 2004, she has yet to play in the World Cup.
May 26, 2011 JERSEY BOUND
USWNT set for send off with roster issues
Dealing with a couple of injuries that have left some issues with its final roster unsettled, the 2011 U.S. Women’s World Cup Team will arrive in New Jersey on Monday for a week of training leading into its Women’s World Cup Send-Off Match against Mexico at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. on Sunday, June 5 (2:00 ET).
May 15, 2011 WOUNDED KNEE
Tarpley out of WWC with injury
The U.S' Women's National Team's international friendly with Japan on Saturday will go down as a win in the books. But for the Americans, it will go down as a loss. Midfielder Lindsay Tarpley will be sidelined from the Women's World Cup after she tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee with 15 minutes left in the Americans' 2-0 victory in Columbus, Ohio
May 14, 2011 A-TEAM LIFTS USA
Abby Wambach, Amy Rodriguez score in win
COLUMBUS, Ohio – First half goals by Abby Wambach and Amy Rodriguez gave the U.S. Women’s National Team a 2-0 win over Japan in front of 5,234 fans at Columbus Crew Stadium Saturday. The win extended the U.S.’s domestic unbeaten streak to 49 games.
May 12, 2011 SHIRT OFF THEIR BACK
US team to auction jerseys for Japan aid
CHICAGO – The autographed game-worn jerseys of all 21 U.S. Women’s World Cup Team players from the USA-Japan match on May 14 at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio, will be available via an Internet auction with all the proceeds going to benefit the Japanese tsunami relief.
May 10, 2011 LONE CALL-UP
For U.S. U-23 WNT camp
Defender Morgan Stith of Montclair, N.J. was named to the U.S. Under-23 Women's National Team 23-player roster for its training camp at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. from May 15-21.
May 9, 2011 COUNTRY CALLS
For U.S. Women’s National Team, World Cup means shuttling to WPS clubs
Club and country is a situation male players have had to deal with since the inception of national team programs. It’s always been a little different for women. The path to the 2011 Women’s World Cup for 20 of the 21 players selected to the U.S. roster by coach Pia Sundhage has meant a grueling schedule of national team training camps, national team games, and then commuting to games with their Women’s Professional Soccer teams.