Video: Fox Sports 1 to air USWNT games live from Algarve Cup with opener set for 11 a.m. Wednesday against Norway

Quotable:

“This tournament is a great tune-up for the world’s best teams as the Women’s World Cup approaches,” said FIFA World Cup on FOX executive producer David Neal. “Six of the world’s top-10 ranked teams are in this year’s Algarve Cup, and we’re excited to showcase them and deliver our viewers more important women’s soccer.”

More on the tournament from US Soccer is here.

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Weekly Soccer Column: Gold Cup, Olympic qualifying, Women’s World Cup cram 2015 international calendar

Need a cheat sheet to keep up? Check out this week’s 100 Percent Soccer column

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Name-dropping Soccer Round-Up: Hope Solo, Bruce Arena, Sigi Schmid and more

Busy day in soccer news included:

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US Soccer suspends goalkeeper Hope Solo, kicks her out of Carson training camp after she was riding with husband Jerramy Stevens when he was busted for DUI in Manhattan Beach

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Starting USWNT goalkeeper Hope Solo was suspended 30 days and kicked out of training camp at StubHub Center in Carson Wednesday, the day after her husband, former NFL player Jerramy Stevens, was booked on a count of DUI in Manhattan Beach.

Solo was riding in the car with him at the time.

“During our current National Team camp, Hope made a poor decision that has resulted in a negative impact on U.S. Soccer and her teammates,” said U.S. Women’s National Team coach Jill Ellis. “We feel at this time it is best for her to step away from the team.”

She will miss the U.S. games Feb. 8 in France and Feb. 13 in England.

The move comes after U.S. Soccer was criticized for not suspending Solo when she was arrested on domestic violence charges, causing some critics to see a double standard given swift action by the NFL against players accused of similar crimes.

The charges were later dropped.

Guess U.S. Soccer didn’t want another Charlie Davies situation.

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Here’s a statement from Hope Solo:

“I accept and respect the federation’s decision, and more importantly, I apologize for disappointing my teammates, coaches and the federation who have always supported me. I think it’s best for me to take a break, decompress from the stress of the last several months and come back mentally and physically ready to positively contribute to the team.”

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Former U.S. teammate joins growing number of women who see Hope Solo double standard as roster is named for World Cup qualifying

A now-retired former teammate has joined other female commentators blasting U.S. Soccer for allowing goalkeeper Hope Solo to keep playing while domestic abuse allegations remain unresolved.

Coach Jill Ellis, meanwhile, essentially punted when asked about Solo today in a conference call with reporters to discuss the roster:

“I’ve had a lot of thought and discussion within U.S. Soccer and certainly we acknowledge these are very serious issues,” Ellis said. “But after careful thought and consideration, we determined to stand by our decision to let the legal process play out and have Hope remain with the team.”

The column appeared Monday in USA Today and in emails circulated to media outlets. Read it after the jump.

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Watch: Monday Major League Soccer rewind, Landon Donovan’s last U.S. game and more

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The image above was included by U.S. Soccer this morning as they announced the 21-player roster for Friday’s game against Ecuador that included the LA Galaxy’s Omar Gonzalez in addition to Landon Donovan, set to make his 157th and final U.S. appearance in the wake of Saturday’s latest Galaxy victory.

I’ll have more on Donovan in Tuesday’s column, in addition to today’s USWNT roster announcement for the beginning of World Cup qualification, which begins against a backdrop of litigation and other legal action over the turf in Canada and goalkeeper Hope Solo’s alleged domestic violence issues.

Meanwhile, the Goats are almost extinct it appears even as they finally post a win Sunday in Carson


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LA Galaxy’s Omar Gonzalez joins Team Fruity, USWNT’s Alex Morgan hooks up with Team Cocoa

fruityomarAnd, no, it’s not a new MLS franchise.

The cereal promotion begins this month when boxes featuring Galaxy defender Omar Gonzalez and Diamond Bar’s Alex Morgan go on sale at um, your favorite Fruity Pebbles and Cocoa Pebbles outlet.

Here’s more, from the press release:

Since January, Pebbles fans of all ages have been asked to choose their allegiance to Team Fruity or Team Cocoa. Online, fans can share their support for their favorite Pebbles flavor by visiting www.TeamPebbles.com and downloading an interactive app encouraging fans to vote, take photos, and play minigames. By completing simple online challenges and sharing them through Instagram using their team’s hashtag (#TeamFruity or #TeamCocoa), fans become eligible to win prizes such as gift cards, iPads, or Alex Morgan and Omar Gonzalez signed merchandise.

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Fun fact, for what it’s worth, from the press release: Omar’s Fruity Pebbles boxes will feature limited edition Kickin’ KaBluey Green flakes.

“Joining Team Fruity is a dream come true for a flavor-seeking fanatic like me,” Gonzalez is quoted as saying, apparently with a straight face. “I’m prepared to go head-to-head with Alex and Team Cocoa with the hope of helping Team Fruity take the lead as the most well-liked Pebbles flavor – even if it means going into extra time!”

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Monday Kicks: Free LA Galaxy v. LA Galaxy II & more

*Free as in admission. And Parking. But not as in beer. Two out of three ain’t bad.

See the big boys take on the USL Pro team players they often play against  in practice anyway in what amounts to a scrimmage 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22 at StubHub Center. Did I mention it’s free?

Or, there’s a $50 option.

*Chivas USA loaned midfielder Gabriel Farfan to Liga MX side Chiapas FC on a six-month loan that includes an option to buy, the club announced today. He started 10 games last year for the Goats after joining the club from Philadelphia in May.

*The U.S. Women’s National Team will play Canada in Winnipeg May 8.

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