“It’s the sport that we love so much, it’s my livelihood, it’s my passion. World Cups in my opinion are meant to have the Americans in it. The reality of it still hasn’t hit. It’s disheartening. The steps that we’ve taken in fan base and media coverage and individual players is at an all-time high. To now go into the summer without a team in the World Cup, I don’t know if it stalls that, but it doesn’t help it.”
Alessia Russo scored in her fifth consecutive match, Bridgette Andrzejewski got a brace, and Jessie Scarpa found the back of the net in her return to the pitch in North Carolina’s 4-1 victory at Boston College on October 14, 2017.
If you’ve been on social media in the last two days, I would bet that you’ve seen more than one article giving the rundown about the United States Men’s National Team’s failure to qualify for the World Cup next summer. All that the USMNT had to do was tie Trinidad and Tobago (along with getting some help from Mexico and Costa Rica) to punch their ticket to the 2018 World Cup. However, the Stars and Stripes failed to beat the 99th ranked team in the world and was eliminated with Honduras beating Mexico 3-2 and Panama pulling an upset against Costa Rica winning 2-1. Continue reading “Red White and Lose”
On the back of the failure of the US Men’s National Team. Former forward Taylor Twellman discusses some hard truth’s regarding soccer in America. The whole system in the USA is under the microscope and changes will be made. How will the US College Soccer system fare when the US Soccer Federation makes their next move? Or does Bruce Arena actually have a point when he says “There’s nothing wrong with what we’re doing”?
With the college teams starting to find their rhythm in games, most teams have found their anchor with a solid goalkeeper. Having a defense that doesn’t allow many shots is equally great, but nothing compares to having a goalkeeper that goes above and beyond to keep balls out of the back of the net. With the season progressing like it has, there’s already been some standout goalies that could be up for goalie of the year.
With such an explosive season so far- Stanford scoring 31 goals in September, the University of South Carolina going 10-1-0, and the University of Central Florida outscoring their opponents 38-6- it seems that the teams are more focused on putting goals in the back of the net more than anything else. While this results in an exciting season for fans, one big question is left- How is everyone finding the back of the net so easily?
Recently, the USWNT played a friendly against New Zealand at Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio. They played in front of 30,000+ fans, making it the biggest crowd for an Ohio game, and the 7th most attended friendly for the team- more importantly this was the first time they played at Nippert. Nippert stadium is home to no other than the FCC- a USL team hoping to jump their way into Major League Soccer sometime in the near future. Now, you may be asking what this has to with College Soccer, and more importantly Women’s College Soccer. But don’t worry, all the answers are in this article. Continue reading “Sharing is Caring in the Soccer World”
While the University of Southern California’s Women’s team seemed to struggle in the preseason- tieing with UC Irvine, and barely winning against Long Beach State- it seems that the Trojans have found their shape in the beginning of the 2017 season. While I was doubtful about this team, they’ve appeared to have proven me wrong going 5-1 in their first six games, playing three away and three at home. So far in the season, the Trojans have recorded wins against UC Davis, Missouri, Santa Clara, Iowa State and Loyola Marymount- outscoring these teams 9-3.
With the September friendlies that the USWNT have coming up against New Zealand, Jill Ellis recently announced the 22 player Roster for the two games. Surprising everyone, Ellis called up Stanford sophomore Tierna Davidson. Again, only a sophomore, a few people have been wondering what can Davidson bring to the table for the National Team- can she be on the same level as Julie Ertz and Becky Sauerbrunn? Obviously not on her first call up, but this could be the start of a long journey that ends with a new regular defender for the U.S. Team- something that is much needed. Continue reading “Tierna Davidson’s Call Up- The Start of Something New”