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
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.

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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.

Updated

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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