U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati announced today the hiring of Tom Sermanni as the seventh head coach in U.S. Women's National Team history.
Sermanni, 58, comes to U.S. Soccer with 11 years of experience as a head coach in international women's soccer â€“ all with Australia â€“ a period during which he led the Matildas in three Women's World Cup tournaments.
If you've wondered what Alex Morgan has playing on her iPod or what music Megan Rapinoe dances to in the locker room, wonder no more. How about what Swedish National Team Captain, Caroline Seger, is blasting in her headphones? Or what five-time FIFA world player of the year, Marta, sings along to in the car [.
Abby Wambach celebrates a goal in front of her hometown crowd
The first game of the Fan Tribute Tour for the U.S. WNT was certainly memorable. It featured a sold
out crowd in Rochester, N.Y, two goals for hometown hero Abby Wambach, eight goals total and some
real emotion after the announcement that head coach Pia Sundhage was stepping down.
The U.S. WNT Fan Tribute Tour got kicked off today in grand fashion at Sahlen's Stadium in
Rochester, N.Y., as the WNT and hometown hero Abby Wambach were greeted by a pumped up crowd of
about 2,500 supporters during today's public training session prior to tomorrow's match against
Today's 90-minute session under the sun in Rochester was the first time touching the ball for many
of the WNT players since the team won its third straight gold medal, and fourth overall, on Aug.
Megan Rapinoe tries to avoid Abby Wambach in this ball possession game
The U.S. WNT held is final training in Manchester, England under uncharacteristically sunny skies
as it prepares for the Olympic semifinal on Aug. 6 against Canada.
The players actually had a pretty relaxing day featuring the training at Noon that was typical for
a pre-match practice -- short and sharp -- and the team had the rest of the day to relax before
dinner and the pre-game meeting at night.
With all of the games in the Olympic soccer tournament spread throughout the U.K., the WNT is
getting a pretty extensive tour of England and Scotland. After spending some time in Darlington,
Middlesbrough, Glasgow and Manchester the WNT is now in another new city -- Newcastle -- for their
quarterfinal match-up with New Zealand.
The U.S. WNT found some stiff competition in a scrappy and physical Colombian team in the second
match of Group play at the 2012 Olympics, but the superior quality and athleticism of USA
eventually wore down the South Americans, resulting in three great goals.
The U.S. Under-20 WNT topped Germany 1-0 in the final of their World Cup in Japan, making it two of
the last three crowns. Enjoy the sights and sounds of Kealia Ohai's 44th minute decider, plus the
aftermath. - Greg Seltzer
The 2012 U.S. U-20 WNT could be the tallest team ever put out for a Women's World Cup by the United
States. Ten players are 5-foot-8 or taller and 15 of the 21 players on the roster are 5-foot-7 or
So when it comes to taking pics, sometimes some players take advantage of a curb to even things
This U.S. U-20 WNT held its last training together today and now only a good night's sleep and a
few meals remain before the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Final against Germany at Tokyo National
It's has been quite a journey for this young U.S. team, one they have enjoyed tremendously and one
which has seen them grow as people and players across the entire cycle leading into this
The U.S. U-20 WNT held its final practice today before the quarterfinal clash with North Korea on
Aug. 31 (coverage starts at 6:20 a.m. ET on ESPNU and ESPN3) and it was the hottest day of numerous
hot days the U.S. team has experienced in Japan.
With temps hitting 95 on the field and the heat index climbing to 11o, the players went through
their paces during a short training that did not lack intensity, despite the heat.
Mollie Pathman steps over a tackle from Karoline Heinze
The U.S. U-20 WNT learned a harsh lesson about how mistakes can be punished by good teams at a
World Cup, losing 3-0 to Germany in its final Group D game, but fortunately it was not a fatal blow
as the Americans still qualified for the quarterfinal round.
The USA unfurled a banner after the China match to thank the people of Hiroshima who were so
kind and helpful during the team's stay
The U.S. WNT drew 1-1 with China in its second Group D match at the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World
Cup on Aug. 23 which was not the result the young Americans wanted, but it still put the team in
prime position to advance to the quarterfinals.
The U.S. U-20 WNT had Tuesday off after defeating Ghana 4-0 on a boiling late Monday afternoon in
Hiroshima. The team returned to the pitch on Wednesday and had a short training as the squad has
settled into a tournament rhrythm that is more focused on rest and regeneration in hopes of being
able to play six games in 20 days.
Tokyo, the host for the semifinals, third-place match and championship game (as well as two
group games and two quarterfinals) of the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup, is also one of thre
finalists to for the 2020 Olympic Games along with Madrid, Spain and Istanbul, Turkey.
If the excellent organization of this tournament, which was staged on short notice after the
competition was moved by FIFA from Uzbekistan, and the great fans, are any indication, Tokyo would
host a fantastic Olympic Games.
U.S. WNT head coach Pia Sundhage has decided to return home to pursue opportunities in Sweden.
Pia Sundhage: Homeward Bound
The likeable and laid-back Pia has spent nearly five full years as the head coach of the WNT, after
taking over in November 2007. In that time she's compiled an 88-6-10 record while taking the team
to 3 major tournament finals.
On Tuesday the WNT got the chance to play at famed Old Trafford, the home of English Premier League
club Manchester United. The historical stadium combined with the steady rain throughout the game
provided a pretty great backdrop for the group stage finale between the USA and Korea DPR.
With the U.S. WNT in Glasgow, Scotland for its first two matches of the Olympic tournament, of
course the team could not attend the Opening Ceremonies in London. That didn't stop the U.S.
players from enjoying the spectacle, though, as the team dressed up in their official marching
outfits, marched from the team floor to the team meeting room, too a lap around the meeting room,
and then settled into to watch the show projected on a big screen.
The U.S. U-20 WNT has been treated wonderfully by all of the Japanese organizers, fans and many
others they have met here everywhere the team has gone during every moment of every day. And with
the U.S. team taking time to visit both the Peace Memorial in Hiroshima and a memorial to the
fallen in the tsunami-stricken area of Sendai, the Japanese have more more than appreciative and
supportive of the U.
After the U.S. WNT's win over New Zealand on Friday in the Olympic quarterfinal, Saturday was of
course another travel day.
After breakfast on Saturday morning, the players who didn't start or played limited minutes against
New Zealand did a on-field workout in Newcastle, while the rest ran through their usual
day-after-game regeneration and yoga.
The U.S. WNT has not gotten to train in its two first-round venues, but they squad has gotten to do
a walk-throughs at both Hampden park and today, at the Theatre of Dreams.
The USA players were like kids in a candy shop at Old Trafford, taking dozens of photos during the
15 minutes they were allowed on the pitch and every member of the team is looking forward to the
chance to play in one of the world's most famous soccer stadiums.
Breakers draft picks Andrews and Purce are headed for Spain.
The U23 women's national team is headed to La Manga, Spain for training and a spring youth tournament from February 25 - March 7. They'll play Japan, England, and Norway in their first international matches of the year.
The U23s are now being coached by Seattle Reign's Laura Harvey, who takes over from BJ Snow as he moves into being head of talent identification for the senior WNT.
It took just 48 seconds for Ohai to score for the US.
Kealia Ohai finally got her first cap for the United States Women's National Team and she made sure to make her mark. It took her just 48 seconds into that cap to score her first goal for the United States Women's National Team.
Today the US Soccer Federation in conjunction with the Canadian Soccer Association and the Federation of Mexican Football announced their new women's professional league launching in 2013. The announcement was that eight cities will be hosting teams, four of which already had pro teams back in the WPS era and four new cities who will be fielding brand new teams.
The U.S. WNT trains at Toyota Park in front of a nice crowd
The U.S. WNT practiced in front of a few thousand fans today during its Public Training at Toyota Park, but there will be a lot more in the stands tomorrow night as the USA takes on Germany at 5:30 p.m. CT/6:30 ET live on FOX Soccer.
Pia Sundhage has been in charge of the U.S. WNT for nearly five years and her first camp with the Women's National Team was in Los Angeles. So it was fitting to stop in LA for Pia's last trip with the WNT. Needless to say, everywhere we went Pia was a rock star:
The team went to the Gymanstics Tour of Champions on Saturday night at the Staples Center.
U.S. players with the BEST U-20 WWC team liaison in all of Japan, Hiromi!
The U.S. U-20 WNT players had their first chance to get a good look at Tokyo today on a short
shopping excursion to and near the Shibuya area of Tokyo, i.e., right smack in the middle of the
hustle and bustle.
In the eyes of many, the U.S. U-20 WNT went into the 2012 U-20 Women's World Cup semifinal in an
unusal role: underdogs. Coming off a 3-0 loss to Germany in its Group D finale, and facing a North
Korean team that had rolled through group play by scoring 15 goals, by far the most in the
tournament, while featuring no less than 10 players from its 2012 Olympic, well, you can see why
the Asian power was perhaps the favorite.
In intense preparation for their opening match
against Ghana, the U.S. U-20's play hangman.Oh, folks. In the very wee hours of today, my time, a
world cup tournament kicked off in Japan, and, yes, I was sleeping, and, yes, my DVR was set to
capture all the action, so I'm off to that soon. The tournament kicks off with Brazil v.
U.S. U-20 WNT forward Kelly Cobb is making history as the first player from the state of Alaska
to make a U.S. Women's World Cup Team. The Duke striker scored 11 goals with nine assists during a
banner freshman year last season and at 5-foot-9 with speed and strength is a handful for any
Turns out that Cobb is also quite the outdoorswoman.
The Olympic Gold medal match wasn't the only drama for U.S. Soccer on Thursday ...
While the WNT was winning gold in London, Terrence Boyd and Rapid Vienna were on the continent and
facing a 2-1 deficit heading into the second leg of third round qualifying for the Europa League.
The game was level at 0-0 heading into the 90th minute, which would have meant elimination for
For many on the U.S. WNT coaching staff, this trip to the U.K. is a homecoming of sorts. Goalkeeper
coach Paul Rogers is from Brighton in the south of England, assistant coach Jill Ellis lived in
Folkstone, England before moving to the United States in high school, and fitness coach Dawn Scott
is from -- wait for it -- Newcastle!
The U.S. WNT had its last full training in Glasgow today and the stay has been excellent. After
today's training, the players took a picture with all the volunteers at the training ground who
have been so nice and helpful during the USA's stay in Scotland. Before the photo, each U.S. player
went from volunteer to volunteer, shaking everyone's hand and thanking them for their work.