This reporter/blogger has followed the international career of Shannon Boxx from the beginning, so it was fitting to write what may be the final story on the eve of the U.S. Women’s National Team opener in Winnipeg against Australia.
U.S. Soccer is releasing a series of videoes profiling members of the U.S. World Cup squad called “One Nation. One Team. 23 Stories.”
This is the video for veteran striker Abby Wambach.
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.
Make no mistake — they are one of the favorites. There’s a healthy mix of young legs and experience. But the U.S. hasn’t won the tournament this century. Will this version be different?
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.
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.
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.