The Houston Dash are perhaps the biggest X factor in the upcoming 2014 NWSL season. As an expansion club there is no last season to reflect on in order to judge or predict how well they will do in 2014. Many players on their roster played in the NWSL in 2013, but they played for different clubs, with other players, and under a different coach. The trajectory of the Dash’s season...
For a new team going into a new league, Seattle Reign FC, led by former England International Laura Harvey, had a lot going for them. They would have the top goalkeeper in the world guarding the posts, and midway through the season, they’d be joined by the woman responsible for Abby Wambach’s historic headed goal against Brazil. The Reign had a playoff team before they even...
Abby Wambach scored her record 165th international goal in the U.S. women football team's comprehensive 8-0 win over Russia in a friendly Thursday.
The United States has beaten Russia by a 15-0 margin over two friendlies to extend its unbeaten streak to 42 games.
With the United States up 2-0 on own goals in the 11th and 50th minutes, Amy Rodriguez took Heather O'Reilly...
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February 13, 2014
The United States women's national soccer team needed a little help to get going, but two Russian own goals set them on a path to an 8-0 win on Thursday night, elaborating on the point made during Saturday's 7-0 win over Russia.
Initially planned for Wednesday night, the game on the shiny artificial turn of Atlanta's Georgia Dome was rescheduled because of the inclement...
Over the next year and a half, you're going to be hearing a lot about Abby Wambach's legs. As the United States women's national team gets ready for the 2015 Women's World Cup , an awful lot rests on them.
Under head coach Tom Sermanni, the USA has made long strides in building depth and diversifying its portfolio of attacking options. Fellow forwards Alex Morgan...
In the first of two matchups in five days between the USA and Russia, American Coach Tom Sermanni’s side sought to continue their winning ways in 2014 as well as try out some new ideas for his side arising from the January camp in the Sunshine State.
Having last met in 2002, the Russians were largely an unknown foe to the current US side. Even Abby Wambach, one of the most tenured...
It had been some 11 ½ years since the US women's national team last faced Russia. And that rare unfamiliarity with an opponent brought on some angst among the Americans. But as it turned out, little had changed in all of those years.
When they last met in Uniondale, NY on Sept. 29, 2002, the USA won 5-1. On Saturday in Boca Raton, Fla. the Russians offered up even less resistance...
Russia is no longer the great unknown. The Cold War ended more than two decades ago, the Soviet Union has crumbled, and its core state is now happily hosting the world at the Winter Olympics. Russia's women's national soccer team, however, does remain a largely mysterious quantity to the American women, whom they take on in Boca Raton, Fla. ( live, Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET...
Germany goalkeeper Nadine Angerer has been voted the best women's football player in the world for 2013.
Angerer, the current European player of the year, defeated United States forward Abby Wambach, last year's winner, and five-time champion Marta of Brazil.
Angerer helped Germany win the European Championship last year.
She will join U.S. team Portland Thorns in April...
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January 13, 2014
This past Wednesday, US Soccer announced its 2013 Athletes of the Year: Jozy Altidore and Abby Wambach. Altidore receives the award for the very first time, becoming the 22nd male athlete to win the award. Wambach, meanwhile, wins the award for a record breaking sixth time. The veteran USWNT forward surpasses Mia Hamm, who held the record at five. This also marks the third...
Jozy Altidore and Abby Wambach were honored as the men's and women's players of the year by U.S. football.
The men's Athlete of the Year honor is the first for Altidore. He becomes the 22nd player to earn the award since its inception in 1984.
Altidore set a U.S. men's national team record by scoring a goal in five consecutive matches from June 2 to Aug. 14. His...
Sydney Leroux scored twice in the first half as the U.S. women's football team completed its sixth undefeated year with a 4-1 win over Brazil in an international friendly Sunday.
Abby Wambach also scored in the first half and Erika Tymrak added the other goal for the United States. The Americans finished the year with 13 wins and three draws.
Leroux opened the scoring in the...
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November 10, 2013
2013 has been very good to Abby Wambach.
She broke Mia Hamm's international career goal-scoring record. She is having a strong year for her country and her club team, Western New York, which won the NWSL Shield (regular-season leader) and reached the playoff final. She was the subject of a documentary. She got married just before a series of US friendlies that continues with...
Abby Wambach was the subject of headlines when it was revealed that she married longtime girlfriend and current teammate Sarah Huffman in Hawaii earlier this month. Wambach and Huffman didn’t publicize their wedding, but they didn’t shy away from the attention once the story became news. In an interview with ESPNW, Wambach revealed that she […]
FIFA has named women's world player of the year Abby Wambach as a candidate for the 2013 award.
The United States forward is joined by teammate Alex Morgan on the 10-player list, which includes five-time winner Marta of Brazil.
Germany goalkeeper Nadine Angerer, who won the European award this year, is included with teammate Lena Goessling.
Also nominated are: Christine Sinclair...
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October 25, 2013
Tom Sermanni needs hardly a second to start ticking off his greatest memories leading the Australia women's national soccer team.
With Sermanni as coach, the Matildas qualified for the 2007 World Cup, won their first World Cup game that year to get to the knockout stage, and in 2010 won the Asian Women's Cup.
''That gave the team that extra belief that they could...
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October 19, 2013
For Abby Wambach, marrying her professional teammate and partner Sarah Huffman was purely a statement of love, not politics.
Yet the star of the U.S. women's national soccer team understands that as soon as news broke of their Oct. 5 ceremony in Hawaii , she became perhaps the highest-profile athlete in the national debate over same-sex marriage and a role model for advocates...
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October 18, 2013
United States women's national team star Abby Wambach has married her longtime partner and teammate Sarah Huffman.
The two married on Saturday on the Hawaiian island of Kauai. In a post Wednesday on Twitter, Wambach said, ''Sarah and I wanted to thank everyone for all the love and support. We couldn't be happier. What an amazing week it's been. (hash)honeymoon...
U.S. soccer star Abby Wambach has married her longtime partner and teammate Sarah Huffman.
The two were married Saturday on the Hawaiian island of Kauai. In a post Wednesday on Twitter, Wambach said, ''Sarah and I wanted to thank everyone for all the love and support. We couldn't be happier. What an amazing week it's been. (hash)honeymoon''
TMZ first reported...
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October 09, 2013
US Women’s National Team star Abby Wambach married longtime girlfriend Sarah Huffman in a small wedding ceremony in Hawaii.
When Alex Morgan and Sydney Leroux were burning up social media over the past week sharing photos from their time in Hawaii, they weren’t just on vacation. They were actually in the land of paradise for a wedding of one of their national team teammates. According to TMZ, USWNT star player Abby Wambach got married […]
The United States women's national team will finish the year with a game against archrival Brazil.
The top-ranked Americans will play Brazil on Nov. 10 in Orlando, Fla. It's the first time the teams have met in the United States since July 2008, when the Americans won 1-0 in a tuneup game for the Beijing Olympics. The U.S. met Brazil again the next month in the gold-medal...
The U.S. women's soccer team will finish the year with a game against archrival Brazil.
The top-ranked Americans will play Brazil on Nov. 10 in Orlando, Fla. It's the first time the teams have met in the United States since July 2008, when the Americans won 1-0 in a tuneup game for the Beijing Olympics. The U.S. met Brazil again the next month in the gold-medal game, a 1...
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October 08, 2013
The NWSL semifinals will feature Abby Wambach and Carli Lloyd as you've never seen them before. Unless you've been watching the Western New York Flash this summer.
Wambach and Lloyd have been national teammates for eight years, through countless big games in the World Cup and the Olympics. But with the Flash, their roles aren't quite the same as they are on the national...
U.S. national team stars Abby Wambach, Alex Morgan and Hope Solo are among 18 players chosen by coach Tom Sermanni to play Mexico on Sept. 3.
Due to limited training time, Sermanni did not call up any European-based players with the exception of Yael Averbuch, who already will be on the East Coast to attend a wedding.
Wambach set the career goals mark earlier this season, surpassing...