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December 22, 2009

Marta: World Player of the Year, But Not Perfect

So Messi won the FIFA Men’s Player of the Year Award, and Marta won the FIFA Women’s Player of the Year Award, and no-one was surprised. But should we have been? There’s enough out there about Messi, so let’s look at Marta and the women’s award for a moment.

It sure looks like the voters, the captains and coaches of national teams, sent in their ballots based on past reputation rather than present performance. “...the Euro champion and top scorer, and the UEFA Champions League winner Inka Grings should win the award.”

Athletica's Solo Named U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year

The United States Soccer Federation has named Hope Solo one of four U.S. Soccer Athletes of the Year for 2009. Solo was honored as the Female Athlete of the Year, while her counterpart Landon Donovan was selected as the Male Athlete of the Year. Solo became the first goalkeeper to be honored with this award by U.S. Soccer.

December 21, 2009

Marta wins fourth consecutive FIFA award

Brazilian women's football star Marta won the FIFA world player of the year award for the fourth consecutive year here on Monday.
Marta, who plays professionally for Los Angeles Sol, thus becomes the record winner of the honour awarded by football's world ruling body.
American Mia Hamm won the inaugural women's award in 2001, winning again in 2002.
Germany's Birgit Prinz then picked up the award three years in a row from 2003-2005.

December 19, 2009

Morris is NJ Player of the Year

In July of 2008, Morris was featured in a Sports Illustrated article that projected 15 teenagers as players to watch at the time. Morris held up her end of the bargain with an impressive showing both locally and on the national level, where she played with the U-15 national team as a 13-year-old and currently is a member in the U-18 national pool.
Her stylish play also drew the interest of college recruiters across the country before Morris settled on powerhouse North Carolina, becoming the most recent in a long line of New Jersey products to find their way to Tobacco Road.

December 18, 2009

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December 17, 2009

FC Gold Pride to have new home

Hoping to boost revenue and fan appeal, the Bay Area’s pro women’s soccer club is switching home fields. FC Gold Pride, which began play in 2009 during the inaugural season of Women’s Professional Soccer, will play next year in Pioneer Stadium at California State University, East Bay.
The team played its first season in Santa Clara at Buck Shaw Stadium.
Pioneer Stadium offers seating for 5,000 people, about half the size of the facility in Santa Clara, which could help drive up demand for tickets, said Kessler.
FC Gold Pride attracted an average of about 3,600 fans per game, below the league average of 4,500 people. The team’s record was 4-10-6.

Waldrum Named Soccer America National Coach Of The Year

Notre Dame women's soccer head coach Randy Waldrum has been selected as the 2009 Soccer America National Coach of the Year, the publication announced Thursday.
Most college soccer observers agree the 2009 season produced the finest coaching performance of Waldrum's storied 28-year career, as he guided the Fighting Irish to a 21-4-1 record, their fourth consecutive NCAA College Cup appearance and a No. 4 ranking in the final NSCAA and Soccer America polls.

WPS Opening Weekend

Saturday, April 10, 2009
Washington Freedom vs. Boston Breakers, Maryland SoccerPlex, Boyds, MD

Sunday, April 11, 2009
Philadelphia Independence vs. Atlanta Beat, John A. Farrell Stadium, West Chester, PA Saint Louis Athletica vs. FC Gold Pride, The Anheuser-Busch Soccer Park, Fenton, MO
Sky Blue FC vs. Chicago Red Stars, Yurcak Field, Piscataway, NJ

December 16, 2009

WPS stars score

Brazil beat Mexico 3-2 on Sunday in the four-nation women's soccer tournament in Sao Paulo to lead the standings on six points.
Marta (LA Sol), Cristiane (free agent) scored for Brazil and Monica Ocampo (Atlanta) scored twice for Mexico.

Is Sweden really done?

"Sweden have reached their peak both in terms of their national team and Damallsvenskan, and I think you will see countries such as Russia, France, Holland, England pass them by."

December 15, 2009

Australians to leave WPS?

Garriock and Walsh said the Matildas’ commitments next year could see them concentrating on national duties.
“We have a very full schedule with the Matildas; we have World Cup qualifiers in May and that might clash with the league,” Walsh said.

December 14, 2009

Bronze leaves UNC

University of North Carolina defender Lucy Bronze has left the university, "after being unhappy with her course of studies in the USA."
"Lucy's been very busy with her college football in America," said Sunderland boss Mick Mulhern.
"The game over there is much more based around fitness and chasing people down,"

December 13, 2009

Gulbrandsen signs with Gold Pride

FC Gold Pride has announced that the team has signed Norwegian midfielder Solveig Gulbrandsen, who was selected by the Pride in the 2009 International Discovery Draft.
With this signing, Gulbrandsen becomes the first Norwegian player in WPS history.
"We are excited to welcome Solveig and her family to the Pride," said FC Gold Pride Head Coach Albertin Montoya. "Through the years, Gulbrandsen has asserted herself as one of Scandinavia's most respected players and one of Norway's most talented playmakers and finishers. Her experience, skills and leadership will help our team immensely. She is a great fit for our team system and our organization."

December 11, 2009

Jeff Cooper introduces partners

Men's professional soccer is set to return to St. Louis, this time under the team name AC St. Louis, which will be among 10 founding franchises in a resurrected version of the North American Soccer League.
The initials "AC" were chosen in appreciation of the support the team has received from members of the Missouri Athletic Club, according to Jeff Cooper.
Cooper, a well-respected Illinois attorney with the Simmons Law Firm, is a former college star at DePauw University.
He graduated in 1991 from DePauw University with a B.A. degree in political science and with a J.D. degree from St. Louis University Law School in 1995.
Cooper, who formerly sat on the board of the English League One football club Brentford, is recognized as one of the most influential persons in soccer in the US after helping establish the Women's Professional Soccer league and the reinvented NASL.
Jeff Cooper is also the owner and chairman of Saint Louis Athletica of Women’s Professional Soccer and his St. Louis Soccer United group oversees the largest youth soccer program in the Midwest, St. Louis Scott Gallagher, which is headquartered at the Anheuser-Busch Soccer Park that in March was transferred to St. Louis Soccer United.
Cooper introduced his partners in the venture, Sanjeev and Heemal Vaid, brothers living in Britain who have invested in ventures ranging from fast food franchises to commodity trading (and now soccer). The team logo also was unveiled. It is a stylized fleur-de-lis - called a "Flame-de-lis," with a background curved to suggest the Gateway Arch.

Kelly Smith: How I beat the drink

What started as an American dream turned into a nightmare, forcing her father to fly out and bring her back home for rehab.

December 06, 2009

UNC 1, Stanford 0

That was certainly the feeling of North Carolina head coach Anson Dorrance and his senior-laden team after the third-ranked Tar Heels pitched a shutout at top-ranked Stanford Sunday afternoon, prevailing 1-0 in the 2009 NCAA Women's Soccer Tournament championship game at Aggie Soccer Stadium before a stadium record crowd of 8,536.
The victory, powered by a goal by junior forward Jessica McDonald in the third minute of play, gave the Tar Heels their 20th NCAA title in the 28-year history of the NCAA Tournament, and Carolina's 21st championship in the sport overall when the 1981 AIAW title is included in the mix. UNC finished the season 23-3-1 overall and won the NCAA title with the fewest wins since the 2000 team won the title with a 21-3 mark. It was also the most losses UNC has had in an NCAA championship season since 2000 but those three regular-season losses and tie now seem like a distant memory to a team which ended the season on an 11-match winning skein.

December 05, 2009

WPS founder Cooper named acting commissioner of the NASL

St. Louis Athletica (WPS) and AC St. Louis (NASL) owner Jeff Cooper, has been named acting commissioner of the North American Soccer League.
A native of Granite City, Cooper played soccer under legendary coach Gene Baker at Granite City High School before continuing his playing career at DePauw University.
He graduated in 1991 from DePauw University with a B.A. degree in political science and with a J.D. degree from St. Louis University Law School in 1995. Cooper, who formerly sat on the board of the English League One football club Brentford, is recognized as one of the most influential persons in soccer in the US after helping establish the Women's Professional Soccer league and the reinvented NASL.

Nogueira's Late Goal Sends Tar Heels To Championship Game

Senior forward Casey Nogueira's 13th career NCAA Tournament goal proved to be a lucky one for the Tar Heels as it sent the third-ranked North Carolina women's soccer team to the finals of the 2009 tournament as Carolina blanked fifth-ranked Notre Dame 1-0 Friday night before a crowd of 8,026 at the Aggie Soccer Stadium.

December 04, 2009

Stanford coach calls O'Hara 'best college player'

Stanford women's soccer coach Paul Ratcliffe joined players Ali Riley, Kelley O'Hara, and Christen Press in a press conference to preview Friday's NCAA College Cup semifinal against UCLA.
Ratcliffe, who normally keeps his comments low key, broke from that for a moment, when asked about O'Hara, the senior forward who leads the nation in goals (25) and points (63).
"I always say that Kelly is an inspirational leader to this team year. She's a great competitor and her game has developed so much that she's creating great opportunities for others. And she's also capable of scoring at any time. Yes, she's been a fantastic player and I think she's probably the best college soccer player right now in the women's game."

December 03, 2009

WPS Features Three Finalists for FIFA World Player of the Year Award

Five weeks after announcing the nominees, FIFA announced the finalists for the 2009 FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year Award from its headquarters in Zurich on Monday with three of the five finalists for the award having played in WPS during the Inaugural Season. Finalists who played in WPS, all of them selected as 2009 WPS All-Stars, include (country/2009 team):
Cristiane, BRA/Chicago Red Stars
Marta, BRA/Los Angeles Sol
Kelly Smith, ENG/Boston Breakers

Matheson wanted by Barcellos

Saint Louis Athletica head coach and general manager Jorge Barcellos announced that the club has claimed the rights to Canadian midfielder Diana Matheson. Matheson has 94 caps for the Canadian Women’s National Team, appearing in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, the 2007 World Cup in China, and the 2003 World Cup in the United States.
“We are very pleased to have obtained the rights to a well established, international player of this caliber,” stated Barcellos. “Now we hope to sign her to a contract very quickly. Matheson will be filling an important role for our team this coming season.”

December 01, 2009

St. Louis Athletica ticket packages available

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* Season Ticket holder Certificate Stocking Stuffer
* Athletica Holiday Card
* Limited edition 2010 Season Ticket Holder Soccer Scarf
* Invitation to the January 10th Athletica Open House