Musings

Lawyer. Sports fan. WoSo, WNBA and Stanford supporter. WoHo is a recent development. Foodie. Atlanta Resident. New Orleans Native.

I want to be a player that you have to watch. I think it speaks volumes when you are able to be in the back of the other team’s mind. Knowing that every time number 21 steps on the ice — that’s a player you’re going to want to watch because something great is going to be created.

(Source: captain-staal, via mtlstarsfan18)

Chances are, if you’re a woman and you’ve had much contact with the leadership of FIFA, you have a story to tell about sexism and soccer’s world governing body.

U.S. forward Abby Wambach tells one from the time she and her now-wife, Sarah Huffman, were backstage in a VIP room in January 2013 before the World Player of the Year awards gala in Zurich, Switzerland. “[FIFA president] Sepp Blatter came into our little area, and he walked straight up to Sarah and thought she was [Brazilian star] Marta,” says Wambach.

“Marta!” Blatter said, hugging a bewildered Huffman, who doesn’t look much like Marta. “You are the best! The very best!”

“He had no idea who Marta was, and she’s won the award five times,” says Wambach. “For me, that’s just a slap in the face because it shows he doesn’t really care about the women’s game.”

**********

Former U.S. World Cup winner Julie Foudy tells a story about the time she was part of the globally televised draw for the men’s 1998 World Cup in Marseille, France. Blatter said something about her onstage in French. “I don’t speak French,” says Foudy, “but when I got off the stage two women who worked for FIFA were kind of angry.”

“Why are you angry?” Foudy asked them.

“We don’t like what he just said about you,” said one.

“What did he say?”

“That they brought you here because you looked good—and nothing about your football.”

"Back in 2008 we were the new kids.  As fun as being the new kids was, I think it’s time we pass the torch."

(Source: thrace-, via landofthenameless)


U.S. Beats Canada, 3-2, in Shootout, Sweeping U22 Series
The U.S. Women’s Under-22 Select Team swept Canada in the 2014 Under-22 Series, winning the third and final game, 3-2, in a shootout. Canada led, 1-0, going into the third period and scored another, making it 2-0. The U.S. rallied, scoring two back-to-back goals, in the final two minutes to send the game into overtime. Team USA captain, Alex Carpenter (North Reading, Mass.), scored the game-tying goal and was two-for-two in the shootout.

U.S. Beats Canada, 3-2, in Shootout, Sweeping U22 Series

The U.S. Women’s Under-22 Select Team swept Canada in the 2014 Under-22 Series, winning the third and final game, 3-2, in a shootout. Canada led, 1-0, going into the third period and scored another, making it 2-0. The U.S. rallied, scoring two back-to-back goals, in the final two minutes to send the game into overtime. Team USA captain, Alex Carpenter (North Reading, Mass.), scored the game-tying goal and was two-for-two in the shootout.

(Source: ofwings)