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.
Swimsuit 2014: Guana Island Alex Morgan Guana Island/Guana Island, British Virgin Islands, USA 11/17/2013
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.
No real surprises. Veteran Shannon Boxx — a long-time Torrance resident and South High alumnus — is not from Redondo Beach where she lived just briefly, but local representation includes Palos Verdes Estates and Rolling Hills Estates.
“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.”
Former UCLA coach Sigi Schmid hired former Bruin Ante Razov as an assistant coach for the Seattle Sounders after a 14-year MLS career. Razov, who played 14 MLS seasons, including stints with the Galaxy and Chivas USA, was the U-18 Galaxy Academy coach.
The Galaxy visit the San Jose Earthquakes in a preseason friendly at 2 p.m. Feb. 28, the clubs announced today.
“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.
“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.”
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.”
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