Mia Hamm, USWNT stars put on soccer clinic for girls in East Los Angeles

hamm1Magic Mia: Fashionably dressed retired soccer star Mia Hamm, a Manhattan Beach resident, shows kids she still has some moves Wednesday in East Los Angeles (Photos courtesy Nike).

Dozens of girls were joined by former U.S. striker Mia Hamm and World Cup-bound USWNT stars Christen Press and Amy Rodriguez for a soccer clinic Wednesday in East Los Angeles.

Funded by a grant from Nike and the Mia Hamm Foundation, more than 250 girls from East LA will particpate in a year-long soccer program.

Dubbed Soccer for Success, the program began in 2009 and more than 55,000 kids have participated in the free after-school event.

From the press release:

The Brotherhood Crusade, an organization whose principal mission is to raise funds and resources from within the community and distributes those funds directly back into the community, will operate the program at the Weingart YMCA in East LA.

The event is also part of “She Believes in Her Community,” a week-long celebration where the U.S. Women’s National Team players are giving back to their local communities with special events focuses on young kids. Conceived and developed by the players, the #SheBelieves campaign is a message to young girls that they can accomplish all their goals and dreams.

pressPress Pointers: USWNT striker Christen Press if Palos Verdes Estates chats with girls Wednesday during the soccer clinic.

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FIFA Women’s World Cup Video Profile: USWNT defender Whitney Engen of Rolling Hills Estates

engen(Photo courtesy U.S. Soccer).

U.S. Soccer is releasing a series of videos profiling members of the U.S. World Cup squad called “One Nation. One Team. 23 Stories.”

This is the second in a series of profiles of players from Southern California featuring Whitney Engen of Rolling Hills Estates.

Christen Press of Palos Verdes Estates is profiled here.

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Video Weekend Rewind: U.S. Women’s National Team Mother’s Day Surprise, Big D for LA Galaxy in Dallas

moms(Photo courtesy U.S. Soccer)

The result was not surprising, the occasion was Sunday for the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team in the Bay Area.

Next for the USWNT: Against Mexico 6 p.m. Sunday at StubHub Center in Carson. I will have more on the game in Thursday’s weekly soccer column.

Meanwhile, a disappointing week came to a disappointing end for the Galaxy in Dallas Saturday, where they surrendered a late goal and all three points.

Coach Bruce Arena took the blame:

“We didn’t do well at the end of the game, the last 15 minutes or so, and that’s my responsibility,” he said. “When a team plays that poorly on the road, they’re not well coached. We blew a lot of points this week. We could have walked away with maybe six points this week, instead we walk away with one, and that’s my responsibility. I have not done a good job with this team to get them tactically right at the end of games.”

That’s a dozen road games without a win now. Robbie Keane has missed the last six games through injury, while Arena made five changes to the starting XI. Is it too early in the year to look at the MLS standings?

Next for the Galaxy: Against Orlando at 2 p.m. Sunday in Florida live on ESPN.

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USWNT star Alex Morgan kicked off the #Passthelove campaign Friday in Hermosa Beach ahead of next month’s World Cup

USWNT soccer star Alex Morgan kicked off a campaign dubbed #passthelove Friday in Hermosa Beach. Morgan and soccer players "painted" a mural by kicking a soccer ball at a blank canvas. The campaign bursts of paint. The interactive mural helped bring to life the new campaign, which is rallying fans to share their messages of support with the team on Twitter using the hashtag #PASSTHELOVE.

USWNT soccer star Alex Morgan kicked off a campaign dubbed #passthelove Friday in Hermosa Beach. Morgan and soccer players “painted” a mural by kicking a soccer ball at a blank canvas. The interactive mural helped bring to life the new campaign, which is rallying fans to share their messages of support with the team on Twitter using the hashtag #PASSTHELOVE.

From the press release:

Fans can also go to PassTheLove.com beginning May 15 to share a message of support from their social media channels directly to the Wall of Support. Posting a message allows visitors to automatically be entered to receive instant-win prizes, such as snacks, U.S. Soccer jerseys, gear and other giveaways.

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USWNT star Alex Morgan hits the (Hermosa) Beach Friday to create mural — and you’re invited

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Swimsuit 2014: Guana Island
Alex Morgan
Guana Island/Guana Island, British Virgin Islands, USA
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Photo: Adam Franzino

Diamond Bar’s Alex Morgan, who appeared in Sports Illustrated’s 2014 swimsuit issue. will smash soccer balls that will create paint bursts on a blank canvas intended as a message of support for the team ahead of next month’s World Cup in Canada on Pier Plaza Friday in Hermosa Beach.

The public is invited to join the #PasstheLove campaign (passthelove.com goes live May 15) from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. to watch or join in the creation of the huge mural set for a 5:15 p.m. unveiling by Galaxy great Cobi Jones.

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