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US Women's Soccer - World Cup preparations

Discussion in 'Other Sports' started by BGRed, Jul 17, 2018.

  1. BGRed

    BGRed Starter 15 Year Member

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    The Women's World Cup will be held next summer in France, June 7th through July 7th.
    Top 20 Rankings as of 22 June 2018[1]
    Rank Change Team Points
    1 [​IMG] [​IMG] United States 2114
    2 [​IMG] 1 [​IMG] Germany 2049
    3 [​IMG] 2 [​IMG] France 2032
    4 [​IMG] 2 [​IMG] England 2026
    5 [​IMG] 1 [​IMG] Canada 2009
    6 [​IMG] 5 [​IMG] Japan 1988
    7 [​IMG] 1 [​IMG] Brazil 1985
    8 [​IMG] 2 [​IMG] Australia 1979


    Qualifying to be held October 5th through 17th in Frisco, Texas and Cary, NC.


    There is a great tournament coming up with 4 of the top 8 teams in the world playing doubleheaders. If you can make it to KC or Chicago, you'll see some great soccer. I've been to a few and the only negative is the fairly large number of shrieking preteen girls. We'll be going to the matches in CT.


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    https://www.ussoccer.com/schedule-tickets

    The match days will see Brazil open against Australia on Thursday, July 26, at Children’s Mercy Park (3:15 p.m. CT), followed by the USA against Japan (6 p.m. CT on FS1).
    All the teams will then travel to East Hartford where Japan will face Brazil on Sunday, July 29 (4:15 p.m. ET) followed by the USA taking on Australia (7 p.m. ET on FS1) at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field.
    The tournament will finish on Thursday, Aug. 2, at Toyota Park as Australia faces Japan (4:45 p.m. CT) and the USA tackles Brazil (7:30 p.m. CT on FS1).
     
  2. Red Reign

    Red Reign Husker Immortal 10 Year Member

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    The Jelene Hinkle issue appears to have blown up in Jill Ellis's face.
     
  3. BGRed

    BGRed Starter 15 Year Member

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    Some speculation that the callup was to avoid religious discrimination issues.

    I would assume that locker room chemistry would not be good with her there.

    18k+ at the match in KC. We have tickets to the games in CT tomorrow night, fairly close to field level on the sideline, but in the corner.
     
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    Red Reign Husker Immortal 10 Year Member

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    Not handled well at all by US Soccer. Could see a law suit coming especially when its a huge position of need and she arguably is the best left back in the pool. Does not help appearance wise when the head coach Jill Ellis is also a gay woman.

    With that being said her stance not wanting to play with the rainbow jerseys etc makes it an unattainable situation if she is not willing to compromise what-so-ever

    So yeah definitely an issue in the locker room. US Soccer has enough on their plate already that frankly they have not handled well (I.e. almost a year without a men's head coach).

    Have fun at the game!
     
  5. BGRed

    BGRed Starter 15 Year Member

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    Brazil/Japan walkouts:
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    US / Australia walkouts:
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  6. BGRed

    BGRed Starter 15 Year Member

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    US Women have a pair of friendlies in their final tune up before World Cup Qualifying:

    August 31, 2018; 11 PM ET WNT vs Chile; Carson, Calif. ESPN2
    September 4, 2018; 10 PM ET WNT vs Chile ASan Jose, Calif. ESPN2

    In related news today, Costa Rica and Panama move on to the final Conacaf qualifying from the Central American Zone. US, Mexico, and Canada are all automatically in the October final qualifiers.

    The Carribean Zone games continue with the top 3 of 5 moving on to the October qualifiers. Cuba and Bermuda still to play tonight.
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  7. BGRed

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    Final WC Qualifying warm up game tonight.
    September 4, 2018; 10 PM ET WNT vs Chile San Jose, Calif. ESPN2

    The draw for the WC Qualifying tournament was held earlier this morning. All US games to be on Fox Sports.

    Group A (Cary, NC):
    United States
    Mexico
    Trinidad & Tobago
    Panama

    Group B (Edinburg, Tx, near McAllen, betting that Mexico was hoping to get drawn here):
    Canada
    Jamaica
    Costa Rica
    Cuba

    Game times to be determined; Group A plays on October 4,7,10. Group B plays on October 5,8,11).

    Semifinals on October 14 in Frisco, Texas. Winners qualify for world cup.
    Final and Third Place games are on October 17, also in Frisco. Winner of third place game also qualifies for world cup. Loser of third place game goes to a two match playoff against Argentina in November.
     
  8. BGRed

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    Women's World Cup Qualifying begins this Thursday in Cary, North Carolina.

    In our Group:
    Trinidad & Tobago vs. Panama, 4 pm US Central time

    United States vs. Mexico, 6:30 pm US Central time

    Both games on Fox Sports 2
     
  9. jikastew

    jikastew All Legend 10 Year Member

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    What did Jill Ellis do?
     
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    I think post 3 and 4 pretty much explain it.
     
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    Ok. I found a couple articles on it as well.

    So, Jaelene didn't want any part of wearing a rainbow because of her religion/homophobia so she didn't accept the call up. Then she got the call up and Ellis said she doesn't rate her, despite the fact she's obviously the best LB available.

    What a mess. Would have been sooooo easy for Ellis to sit her down and let her know part of being on this team is respecting your teammates and their beliefs/lifestyles, etc. And that if she couldn't do that respectfully, then she doesn't fit into the squad. It also gives Ellis an solid 'out' should things later blow up by stating she did exactly this, if Jaelene decides to alter the narrative through the press. Jaelene ain't winning that controversy through the media. She'd probably get tossed off her current team by fans that would demand she be released/traded. At the NWSL level, no owner is going to risk alienating the fans for one player. They have a hard enough time drawing and keeping fans.
     
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    Yup what a mess. My point that this is going to blow up in Ellis face. Not to mention the team revolted on Ellis last year and she survived because Gualti told the players ot back off. I have never been a fan of Ellis. She got the World Cup win in spite of her. Wambach was pretty much the coach and got the players to pull together after an horrendous start to the Cup.

    Yup she is our best LB. Really good player.

    Bottom line I do not side with Jaelene but Ellis handled and is handling this horribly.
     
  13. BGRed

    BGRed Starter 15 Year Member

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    Gameday People!

     
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    I've been a little lax in updating the women's road to the World Cup.

    The US Women have looked very, very good in the three group matches; although the competition has certainly not been the strongest. 6-0 over Mexico, 5-0 over Panama, 7-0 over Trinidad & Tobago. Mexico was upset by Panama, sending Panama to semifinals.

    In the other group Jamaica upset Costa Rica and also is surprise in the semifinals.

    The winers of Sunday semifinals are guaranteed World Cup qualification. The losers will play a 3rd place game, with the winner of that going to the World Cup. The loser of that 3rd place game will play Argentina in November for a World Cup spot.

    Panama vs. Canada is 4 pm
    US vs. Jamaica is 7 pm

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    As was very likely, the US won their only real match of the qualifying tournament, beating Canada 2-0. The semifinal win over Jamaica had already put the team through to the World Cup; but, might as well lift a trophy on the way.

    In perhaps bigger news, Jamaica makes it to the World Cup to be the first Caribbean team to do so, winning in penalty kicks. Panama will play Argentina in two game set in November to try to make it be a fourth CONCACAF team.

    18 teams are now qualified, with 6 spots still to be determined (3 African, 1 European, 1 that will likely be New Zealand, and the Panama/Argentina winner).

    Draw will be December 8th.

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