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Women's World Cup

2007 WOMEN'S WORLD CUP

Dec. 28, 2007
GETTING THE CALL
Sundhage invites 27 to USWNT camp

CHICAGO – U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage has called 27 players to a six-day training camp at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., that will run from Jan. 3-8, 2008 in the USA’s first action of the new year. Sundhage will then select a 20-player roster to travel to China for the 2008 Four Nations Tournament being held from Jan. 16-20 at the Foshan Sports Center Stadium, in Foshan, China.


Dec. 22, 2007
WE'RE NO. 2
American women 2nd in final FIFA rankings

The United States women finished second in the final FIFA rankings of the year.


Dec. 4, 2007
FIRST CAMP
New USWNT coach calls 24 to Carson

CHICAGO – New U.S. Women’s National Team coach Pia Sundhage has called in 24 players for a mini-camp Dec. 8-12 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.


Nov. 30, 2007
SHUTOUT
No U.S. women among FIFA finalists

Here's just another reminder that the United States has fallen from its lofty perch in women's international soccer.


Nov. 13, 2007
RARING TO GO
Sundhage is eager to start with WNT

For the first time in its 22-year history, the U.S. Women’s National Team went outside the United States to hire a coach, naming former Sweden international forward Pia Sundhage Tuesday.


Nov. 12, 2007
HISTORIC HIRING
Sweden’s Sundhage to coach U.S. women

In U.S. Soccer's second historic move within three weeks, Swede Pia Sundhage will become the first foreigner to coach the U.S. Women's National Team, according to sources in the American soccer community.


Oct. 22, 2007
THROWING HIS HAT INTO RING
DiCicco wants 2nd shot at national coach

If he was given a second tenure as U.S. women's national coach, Tony DiCicco wouldn't necessarily turn things upside down and its head.


Oct. 22, 2007
KEEPING PACE
Gulati: U.S. women not falling behind

Has the United States fallen behind Brazil and Germany in international women's soccer?

U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati doesn't think so.


Oct. 22, 2007
GREATER EXPECTATIONS
There is a difference between the U.S. men's, women's National Teams

Like it or not, it all comes down to expectations.

If the U.S. men reached the World Cup final, the players and coach would be considered the greatest thing since sliced bread.


Oct. 22, 2007
HOPE SPRINGS ETERNAL
Gulati: Solo to be invited to residency camp

She might have been shunned by her National Team teammates during the final week of the Women's World Cup in China last month. But goalkeeper Hope Solo hasn't been suspended from the team and can play with the side next year, U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati said during a conference call Monday.


Oct. 22, 2007
OVER AND OUT
Ryan's contract as women's national coach won't be renewed by U.S. Soccer

The other soccer boot dropped for Greg Ryan Monday.

Ryan, considered a dead coach walking after the U.S.'s failure and disappointing third-place performance in last month's Women's World Cup, essentially was given the boot by U.S. Soccer and won't return to guide the team at the Beijing Olympics.


Oct. 21, 2007
IS THE END NEAR?
Ryan could be out as U.S. women's coach

Will Greg Ryan return as women's national team coach for 2008 and beyond?


Oct. 20, 2007
BATTLE FATIGUED
U.S. women struggle to 1-1 tie with Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.– A tired and injury depleted United State’s Women’s National team could only manage a 1-1 tie with Mexico in front of 9,000 bi-partisan fans at University Stadium.


Oct. 17, 2007
ANOTHER U.S. WIN
4-0 Shutout over Mexico

PORTLAND, Ore.---Kristine Lilly, Abby Wambach, Natasha Kai and Carli Lloyd each scored as the United States defeated Mexico 4-0 in front of 10,006 fans at PGE Park Wednesday night. It was the second straight win over Mexico for the U.S.


Oct. 13, 2007
MEANINGLESS WIN
U.S. Women defeat Mexico 5-1

ST. LOUIS, Mo.– Two weeks after finishing in third place at the FIFA Women’s World Cup, the United States found its offense when it really didn’t matter, defeating Mexico 5-1 in a meaningless exhibition in front of 10,000 at the Edward Jones Dome Saturday night.


Oct. 10, 2007
GOING (WITH) SOLO
Controversial GK on roster for U.S. tour

Goalkeeper Hope Solo, who was involved in a major controversy at last month's Women's World Cup in China, was among 20 women named to the roster for its three-game, eight-day tour by the U.S. Women's National Team.


Oct. 10, 2007
ON THE LIST
Lilly, Wambach are among the nominees for FIFA's women's player of the year

U.S. internationals Kristine Lilly and Abby Wambach were on the list of 26 candidates for the FIFA women's player of the year, it was announced Wednesday.


Oct. 5, 2007
PAYING THE PRICE
U.S. slips to 2nd in FIFA women's rankings

The United States paid the price for finishing third at the recent Women's World Cup, as it dropped from first to second in FIFA's rankings, which were released Thursday morning.


Oct. 1, 2007
WILL THEY RETURN?
Scurry says yes, Lilly undecided

Shanghai, China -- One world champion definitely wants to return to the U.S. Women's National Team next year for one final shot at glory, the other isn't quite as certain.


Sept. 30, 2007
THIRD BEST
U.S. whips Norway, 4-1 on two by Wambach

Shanghai, China -- OK, now you can call them the third best team nobody has heard of.

After struggling through a good portion of its five first games, the U.S. Women's National Team finally broke loose Sunday, connecting for three goals during a 14-minute span in the second half en route to a 4-1 third-place victory over Norway.


Sept. 30, 2007
A SILVER LINING
Wambach wins Silver Boot as No. 2 goalscorer

Shanghai, China -- U.S. striker Abby Wambach won the Silver Boot as the second leading scorer of the World Cup.


Sept. 30, 2007
UNFINISHED BUSINESS
Ryan wants to return to coach U.S.

Shanghai, China -- With all the speculation on whether U.S. women's coach Greg Ryan would return as coach due to the ongoing controversy, no one bothered to ask him if he wanted to be back and coach the team in next summer's Olympics and beyond.


Sept. 30, 2007
STILL IN THE BRONZE AGE
Wambach gives U.S. 4-1 victory over Norway for third place in WWC

Shanghai, China -- It took six games, but the U.S. broke out of its offensive doldrums Sunday night by securing a 4-1 win over Norway in the third-place match of the Women’s World Cup.


Sept. 29, 2007
NO RETIRING THOUGHTS -- YET
Lilly doesn't know if she will return in '08

Shanghai, China -- U.S. captain and forward Kristine Lilly doesn't know if Sunday's third-place game against Norway will be her final Women's World Cup game.


Sept. 29, 2007
20-20 HINDSIGHT
Ryan: Scurry, Solo should have been dual starters in goal in the WWC

Shanghai, China -- If he had to do it over again, U.S. women's national coach Greg Ryan said Saturday he would have dual starting goalkeepers for the Women's World Cup, not one.


Sept. 29, 2007
THE U.S. IS HOPE-LESS
Ryan: Solo won't be with team vs. Norway

Shanghai, China -- The U.S. is not going Solo in its third-place game in the Women's World Cup Sunday.

Goalkeeper Hope Solo's time in the competition is over.


Sept. 29, 2007
QUICK TURNAROUND
Gulati will decide Ryan's fate soon

Shanghai, China -- The future of U.S. women's national coach Greg Ryan will be determined soon after the Women's World Cup, according to U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati.


Sept. 29, 2007
GOING SOLO
U.S. goalkeeper apologizes on her MySpace page for criticizing Scurry

Shanghai, China -- U.S. international goalkeeper Hope Solo has posted an apology on her MySpace page for criticizing fellow keeper and teammate Briana Scurry after the American's 4-0 Women's World Cup semifinal loss to Brazil Thursday night.


Sept. 28, 2007
HE'S HOPE-FUL
Ryan: Things can be patched up with Solo

Shanghai, China -- Can things be patched up between U.S. women's national coach Greg Ryan and Hope Solo? Ryan certainly hopes so.


Sept. 28, 2007
ON THE SHORT LIST
Lilly only U.S. player eligible for Golden Ball

Shanghai, China -- U.S. forward Kristine Lilly was the only player on the list of players selected by the FIFA technical study group that is eligible for the Golden Ball as the best player in the tournament.


Sept. 27, 2007
WORLD CLASS MELTDOWN
Just about everything goes wrong as U.S. suffers worst defeat in WWC semi loss, 4-0

Hangzhou, China -- If you needed a worse nightmare scenario for the U.S. Women's National Team in the Women's World Cup, you couldn't find a more devastating one than in their stunning and embarrassing 4-0 semifinals loss to Brazil Thursday night.


Sept. 27, 2007
HUMILIATED
Americans ousted, embarrassed by Brazil in the WWC semifinals, 4-0

Hangzhou, China -- Greg's gamble came back to haunt the top-ranked United States big time in its Women's World Cup semifinal match Thursday night.


Sept. 24, 2007
CHALLENGE OF A LIFETIME
Osborne ready to take on FIFA women’s player of the year Marta in semis vs. Brazil

Shanghai, China -- The most important American player to step onto the pitch at Hangzhou Dragon stadium Thursday night most likely won't be forwards Abby Wambach or Kristine Lilly or even goalkeeper Hope Solo, but rather an unheralded 24-year-old defensive midfielder who has started only twice in the Women's World Cup.


Sept. 22, 2007
TAKING CHARGE
USA players clear air, clear England hurdle

Tianjin, China -- In a city that has more than its share of air pollution problems, the U.S. Women's National team decided to clear the air about its disappointing performance before it took on England in the Women's World Cup quarterfinals last night.


Sept. 22, 2003
BREAKING OUT
3 goals in 12 minutes lift U.S. women over England, 3-0, in WWC quarterfinals

Tianjin, China -- Scoring drought? What scoring drought?

After enduring a scoreless streak of some 137 minutes over two matches, the United States broke loose for three second-half goals within a 12-minute span en route to a 3-0 Women’s World Cup quarterfinal victory over England Saturday night.


Sept. 18, 2007
QUARTERFINAL BOUND
U.S. edges Nigeria, 1-0, will meet England in WWC quarterfinals Saturday

Shanghai, China -- The results couldn't have worked out any better for the United States.


Sept. 17, 2007
CAN THEY AVOID GERMANY?
Americans can qualify for WCC quarterfinals by tying Nigeria

No one might say it out loud, but the unofficial mantra for the U.S. and North Korea teams at the Women's World Cup is: Avoid Germany in the quarterfinals at all costs.


Sept. 14, 2007
AMAZING ABBY
Wambach's brace lifts U.S. over Sweden, 2-0

Chengdu, China -- Striker Abby Wambach turned into a one-woman wrecking crew Friday, connecting twice to lead the United States to a vital 2-0 victory over Sweden in the Women's World Cup.


Sept. 13, 2007
FOUDY:I MISS IT
But 17 years was plenty

In 17 years with the United States Women’s National Team, Julie Foudy played in four World Cups, winning two of them. She also played in three Olympics, coming away with two goals and one silver medal.


Sept. 11, 2007
UNDERACHIEVERS
U.S. women settle for disappointing 2-2 draw with North Korea in WWC opener

Chengdu, China -- The United States survived a head injury to Abby Wambach, mediocre play and an inspired effort by North Korea to struggle to a 2-2 draw in its opening Group B match in the Women's World Cup Tuesday night.


Sept. 10, 2007
EVERYONE'S FAVORITE
Talent-laden U.S. enters WWC as team to beat

There's no Mia, Julie, Brandi or even Tiffeny on this team.

Yet, there are some people out there in the soccer universe who feel that this particular version of the U.S. Women's National Team is virtually unbeatable.


   
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