World Cup winner: Christen Press and Australia’s Caitlin Foord battle for the ball Monday during a FIFA Women’s World Cup soccer match in Winnipeg, Manitoba. (Photo by John Woods/The Canadian Press via AP).
In the other Group D match earlier in the day, Nigeria and Sweden played to an exciting 3-3 draw that saw Nigeria erase an 2-0 deficit in the second half and then equalize late in the game after the Swedes had made it 3-2. Following today’s matches, the USA sits in first place of Group D with three points, followed by Nigeria and Sweden with one apiece, and then Australia with zero.
Magic 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.
Press Pointers: USWNT striker Christen Press if Palos Verdes Estates chats with girls Wednesday during the soccer clinic.
“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.”