The USWNT beat Thailand in their opening group match game 13-0. Which...apparently some people have a problem with??
Let's put this in perspective.
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After a frustrating year and numerous squandered opportunities, the US Men's National Team has officially failed to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. It's a crushing blow to US soccer fans who have been cheering the underdog men's team at the World Cup for seven straight tournaments starting in 1990. This is the first time in living memory for many fans that the USMNT will not be in the tournament and comes at a critical time of growth for US soccer.
You don't really realize just how repetitive the motion of running is until you try doing something else. I had decided not to play soccer this summer or fall season because of a full schedule and the propensity of picking up odd injuries here and there but when I got the desperate text asking if I could please sub for a team that was going to be drastically short some placers I said yes, and on Thursday evening I pulled my soccer bag from the back of my closet and laced up the cleats.
With so many high quality local clubs and college programs producing world-class players, Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill are hotspots for soccer, and now the arena of men's professional soccer in the Triangle is evolving by way of North Carolina Football Club (NCFC). Currently ranked fourth in the NASL league, NCFC is battling for a spot in the playoffs, and this was the first time I'd been to a game since the rebranding, so I was excited to see the "New State of Soccer" for myself.
It's here - it's finally here! After such a long wait once again there is the weekend clash of titans, the relentless progression down a field, the glory in the lit up scoreboard. Football season is well underway and with it comes all the rabidity of fans fixated on screens over bowls of chicken wings.
Carli Lloyd is officially the best in the world. The soccer star was recently appointed the US Women's National Team captain (along with defender Becky Sauerbrunn) and, more importantly, was named the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year. But perhaps what is most remarkable about Lloyd's achievement is the fact that she almost didn't become the best player in the world.