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Schmid on Women’s World Cup, Gold Cup

US SoccerWe also got Sounders coach Sigi Schmid’s take on a couple of international soccer issues:

On the U.S. Women’s World Cup championship yesterday: I thought it was a great result for our women’s team. They saved the best for last. They played stronger and stronger as the tournament went on. Any time you can get a 3-0 lead in 15 minutes, that sort of relaxes you a little bit and you can enjoy the game a little bit. It was a great accomplishment for them.

On the U.S. men heading into CONCACAF Gold Cup tomorrow: Obviously our team and Mexico are probably the two favorites. Read more »


Lloyd hat trick ignites USA to 3rd WWC

USA celebrates its third Women's World Cup title.
USA celebrates its third Women’s World Cup title.

The United States has become the first country to win three Women’s World Cup titles.

They claimed their latest with a 5-2 win today over Japan. Carli Lloyd needed only 16 minutes to record the hat trick that gave the USA an early 4-0 lead.

Lloyd gave the United States a 1-0 lead in the third minute, running onto a low cross from Meagan Rapinoe and finishing from close range.

She made it 2-0 two minutes later – the quickest two goals in Women’s World Cup history – and that already seemed like that might be enough to return the Cup south of the border. Japan hadn’t scored more than two goals in any match of this World Cup, and in the USA they were facing a team that entered the game with a 513-minute shutout streak.

However, within another 10 minutes or so, the USA would double that lead.
The third goal came from Lauren Holiday in the 15th minute.

Then Lloyd completed her hat trick in the 16th, with the most memorable of them all. Technically precise Japan lost possession around the halfway circle. Lloyd touched it into space, saw goalkeeper Ayumi Kaihori well off her line, and launched a 50-yard shot on goal. Kaihori back desperately and managed to get a hopeful hand to it, but the ball continued on and into the net.

Lloyd was named player of the match and receives Golden Ball as player of the tournament. Hope Solo wins tournament’s Golden Glove as outstanding goalkeeper.

I’ll be back with notes and quotes.
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USA-Japan in World Cup final at 4 PT

WW15Here’s our game preview. And below, lots and lots of note below from U.S. Soccer. Start reading now and you might be done by first kick:

U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Japan
2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup – Final
BC Place; Vancouver, Canada
July 5, 2015

GRAND FINAL SET FOR VANCOUVER: The U.S. Women’s National Team will compete for the biggest prize in women’s soccer when it takes on Japan in the championship of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup on Sunday, July 5 at BC Place in Vancouver, Canada. This will be the fourth appearance in a FIFA Women’s World Cup Final for the USA, who previously won it all in 1991 and 1999, and its second straight after it fell short in a shootout against Japan at the 2011 edition. The rematch between the two 2011 finalists will be broadcast live on FOX and Telemundo at 4 p.m. PT (7 p.m. ET). Fans can follow all the action on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp, and follow the team along its journey on Instagram and on Snapchat (ussoccer_wnt). The USA earned its way into the Final with a 2-0 victory against top-ranked Germany on June 30 in Montreal, while Japan defeated England 2-1 on July 1 in Edmonton 1 to become the second defending WWC champion to return to a Final (Germany did it from 2003 to 2007). The United States can be the first country to win three Women’s World Cup titles, while defending champion Japan can be the second repeat winner.
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Schmid on USWNT: ‘I think they’ll get result they want’

In the buildup to the 4 p.m. Sunday Women’s World Cup final between the USA and Japan, we asked Sounders coach Sigi Schmid for his thoughts.

“They seem to be playing their best soccer right now, which is a good thing when you’re in a tournament like that,” he said of the USA. “You want to be hitting your stride and playing the best as you move forward in the tournament. I thought their game against Germany was their best game so far — their game against China was an uptick, and this was an even further uptick. If they

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Dempsey scores as USA beats Guatemala

US SoccerHere’s a game report from U.S. Soccer:

The U.S. Men’s National team, behind a Guatemala own-goal and scores from Timmy Chandler, Clint Dempsey and Chris Wondolowski concluded its preparation for the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup with a 3-0 win in front of a Tennessee state record crowd of 44,835 at Nissan Field in Nashville.

Dempsey has made a habit of scoring against Guatemala. His penalty kick goal in the 73rd minute was his fifth against the Central American nation. Chandler’s goal was the first of his international career with the USA and Wondolowski has now reached doubled-digit goals in his U.S. career.

The stage is now set for MNT’s run in the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup, where the team will look to defend its 2013 title. The USA starts group play on Tuesday, July 7, with a match against Honduras at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. The game will be broadcast live FOX Sports 1, UniMas and UDN. Fans can also follow the action on Twitter @ussoccer and @ussoccer_esp.
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AO has seats on charter bus to WCC final

WW15Happy to pass this news along from American Outlaws: Seattle:

American Outlaws: Seattle, with the help of AO: Tacoma, is proud to announce our charter bus to the World Cup Final to BC Place in Vancouver, Canada on Sunday, July 5.

You are sure to have some questions and concerns, so allow us to address them briefly here.

First, let me link to the ticket before going on further. The cost is $70 per seat.

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A bus ticket DOES NOT include a ticket to the match.
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Schmid on USWNT … and coaching women

WW15A couple of interesting answers from Sounders coach Sig Schmid today regarding the USA women’s team, headed to the Women’s World Cup on Sunday after their win over Germany yesterday.

Thoughts on the match: It was good for the U.S., except my TV went out for about 15 minutes there. Luckily nobody scored, but I missed the penalty kick that Germany missed until afterwards. But it was good. The U.S. in the last two games – China maybe isn’t a proper valuation point because of their quality — but for sure against Germany and I think the last two games they’ve played much, much better. The lineup changes, and just their confidence on the ball and their ability to play the ball and pass the ball has been much improved. Read more »


USA advances to WCC final with 2-0 win

WW15Here’s a report from U.S. Soccer:

The U.S. Women’s National Team downed FIFA No.1-ranked Germany 2-0 at Olympic Stadium to advance to the Final of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. It will be the fourth World Cup final appearance for the USA.

The first half was a balanced affair with both teams pressing and having opportunities to get on the board yet neither was able to capitalize. In the second half, things got going when U.S. defender Julie Johnston was called for a foul inside the penalty box in the 59th minute for pulling down Alexandra Popp. Celia Sasic stepped up to take the penalty kick but missed wide left to keep the game scoreless.

Almost ten minutes later, Alex Morgan got fouled in the box and it was the USA’s turn to attempt a PK. Carli Lloyd confidently netted the shot to give the USA the lead before assisting on Kelley O’Hara’s 84th-minute strike – the first of her international career – to secure the U.S. win.

Hope Solo and the USA back line continued to shut down opponents and has now kept a scoreless streak for 513 straight minutes (a span of more than five-and-a-half matches) in this year’s World Cup, the longest clean sheet streak in U.S. World Cup history.

It was Solo’s 10th clean sheet in World Cup play, tying Brianna Scurry’s record for shutouts in World Cup competition. The 10 clean sheets in a World Cup are not only a U.S. record, but also a FIFA Women’s World Cup record.

The WNT will vie for its third Women’s World Cup title on Sunday, July 5 at 4 p.m. PT, when it takes on the winner of the other Semifinal between England and Japan, which will be determined tomorrow, at BC Place in Vancouver, Canada. The tournament Final will be broadcast live on FOX and Telemundo. Fans can also follow in-game updates on Twitter (@ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp).
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