Prior to the friendly against Switzerland on August 20, 2014, the U.S. Women’s National Team held a public training session. Photojournalist Cynthia Hobgood put together a pictorial that captures the action during training.
Every year, Our Game Magazine puts together an annual College Issue, which features our Top 25 teams in the country. The issue also features interviews with coaches and current players, as well as articles written by former college players. Below is OGM‘s Preseason Top 25 list. UCLA, coming off its first national title in women’s soccer, tops the list heading into the 2014 season. UCLA’s 2013 tournament run was impressive but the Bruins will have their work cut out for them on their quest to repeat as national champions, as Virginia, Florida State, North Carolina — to name a few — return strong squads seeking to return to the College Cup.
Les Bleues, with their technique and flair, it seemed, was the antidote for the toxic display the men’s side displayed during the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
“Since the 2011 World Cup we’ve had a lot of progress about women’s football,” Abily said about the increase in girls’ participation. “I think now almost every town has a club for girls. Before it wasn’t, like I said, when I started, I couldn’t play with girls, I had to play with boys. If I wanted to play with girls, I had to maybe do one hour by car to play with them.” (via Fresh Perspectives: Camille Abily » Our Game Magazine)
The U.S. Women’s National Team defeated France, 1-0, in front of a crowd of 9,799 in Tampa, Florida, on June 14, 2014. Sydney Leroux netted the game-winner in the 21st minute off a Christen Press assist.
Leroux earned her seventh goal for the national team this year while Press garnered her second assist of the year. Hope Solo earned her 71st shutout, tying the record set by Briana Scurry. Christie Rampone was named Budweiser Woman of the Match.
The teams meet again on June 19, 2014, at Rentschler Field in Connecticut.
Photojournalist Cynthia Hobgood chronicled the game and will be there to capture the action in the second game of the two-game series.
The Frauen-Bundesliga league title race came down to the final game between VfL Wolfsburg and 1. FFC Frankfurt, with Wolfsburg retaining the title with a 2-1 victory.
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Originally from Portsmouth, England, Ellis moved to the United States while a teenager. Her father, John Ellis, is a former player and long-time coach with a varied coaching career that spans decades and includes a stint as an assistant coach with the USWNT under former head coach April Heinrichs. In 1981, the senior Ellis founded the Soccer Academy, where son Paul serves as director.
As a player, Ellis won a U-19 U.S. Youth Soccer National Championship with Virginia’s Braddock Bluebelles and was a third-team All-American for the College of William and Mary in 1987.
Like her father, Ellis has a varied coaching background, with head coaching spells at the collegiate and youth levels, as well as a short stay as an assistant coach with the USWNT under Pia Sundhage in 2008 and 2012. Her coaching career began with an assistant position at North Carolina State University and then on to the University of Maryland and the University of Virginia, both under April Heinrichs. A head coaching position at the University of Illinois beckoned soon after and while there, she not only established the women’s soccer program but also led the Fighting Illini to a Big Ten Tournament berth in its second year of existence.
In only the third week of the season, it’s interesting to see a team like the Reign, which was completely revamped in the offseason, look as if it’s been playing together for months. For the next three matches the Reign will have to leave the cozy confines of Memorial Stadium and take to the road. If the club can earn results on the road, then we’ll truly know that Laura Harvey’s squad is for real.