How The USWNT Finally Figured It Out

After toiling in mediocrity for the whole tournament, with players playing out of position, no organizational structure, and no defined individual roles, the USWNT finally came out last night looking like the World Cup favorites we all thought they’d be. Because of that, we’re left with one question: the hell took so… » 7/01/15 12:59pm Wednesday 12:59pm

An Ode to Sydney Leroux's Eyelashes

Everywhere I go, people are talking trash about Sydney Leroux’s fake eyelashes. To be fair, I’ve been in Canada, where she’s particularly reviled. I get it, she turned her back on you, Canada. You’re hurt. But through the pain, I beg you, do not bring her eyelashes into this. Because let’s be real: those eyelashes are… » 6/30/15 4:47pm Tuesday 4:47pm

How The USWNT Can Beat Germany

So here we are, at the semifinals of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. There have been upsets, trash talk, and general FIFA-inflicted incompetence. After Germany escaped France last weekend, and the United States of America triumphed over China, this match between the world’s two top-ranked teams promises to be a… » 6/30/15 12:09pm Tuesday 12:09pm

The USWNT Must Evolve Or Die

This time last year, Brazil were capping off a fairly up-and-down group stage of the 2014 World Cup on home soil. The tournament favorites, whose fans had been planning the impending victory celebration practically since the moment FIFA announced them as hosts, had at times impressed, and at others looked curiously… » 6/23/15 4:24pm 6/23/15 4:24pm

Abby Wambach Wonders If The Ref Was Out To Get The USWNT

Midfielders Lauren Holiday and Megan Rapinoe racked up yellow cards in the first half of the U.S.’s 2-0 win over Colombia, and that’s bad news: because each was already sitting on a yellow from earlier in the World Cup, they’ll miss Friday’s quarterfinal match against China. They were the only two players entering the… » 6/23/15 11:08am 6/23/15 11:08am

Wambach Blows PK After Colombian Keeper Sent Off; U.S. Score Anyway

Abby Wambach botched a penalty kick awarded after Colombian keeper Catalina Pérez earned a red card for bringing Alex Morgan down on the inside edge of the box, and a lackluster performance by the U.S. seemed to have its lacklustiest moment until a lucky break when Morgan snuck one past replacement keeper Stefany… » 6/22/15 9:18pm 6/22/15 9:18pm

Colombia's Star Player Is Ramping Up The Shit Talk Ahead Of USWNT Game

Colombia aren’t afraid of anybody. They weren’t afraid of France (who they beat in the group stage), they weren’t afraid of England (who they lost to while still looking pretty damn good), and after making it to the Round of 16 and drawing one of the tournament’s favorites, they aren’t afraid of the USWNT, either. » 6/20/15 12:14pm 6/20/15 12:14pm

Hope Solo Is Not A Problem

So this is what equality looks like. Finally, sports writers care enough about women’s sports to bother digging into a female athlete’s personal life and find out she’s a mess: married to a man once accused of hitting her, brawling with her own family members, and getting belligerent with cops when they pull over her… » 6/16/15 4:25pm 6/16/15 4:25pm

Australian FA Is Salty AF Over World Cup Loss

Yesterday, we beat Australia 3-1 in each nation’s opening match at the Women’s World Cup. (Yes, “we.” Don’t look so modest! We couldn’t have done it without you.) But from reading today’s Football Federation Australia recap of the match, you wouldn’t know we gave them a Coriolis-clockwise swirlie. » 6/09/15 4:00pm 6/09/15 4:00pm

USWNT Defeat Australia 3-1, But Still Have Room To Improve

The United States Women’s National Team eventually beat Australia by a comfortable two-goal margin, but for 45 minutes Australia looked to be their better, or at least their equal. Saved by a brilliant performance from Megan Rapinoe, the USWNT will have to play much better to win the World Cup. » 6/08/15 10:38pm 6/08/15 10:38pm

How The Most Iconic Photo In Women's Soccer Was Almost Never Taken

It was arguably the biggest moment in the history of American women’s sports, and the single most memorable and reproduced image of the celebration. Brandi Chastain had just converted the penalty kick that cemented the 1999 Women’s World Cup for the United States over China. She then experienced a fit of irrational… » 6/08/15 11:00am 6/08/15 11:00am

OTL: Hope Solo's Redemption Tour Is Utter Bullshit

Citing police reports, depositions and interviews with Hope Solo’s half-sister and nephew, ESPN’s Outside The Lines is alleging Solo has been lying publicly about the events of a domestic violence incident last June, and Solo’s half-sister and nephew accuse Solo of punching them both in the face repeatedly, as well as… » 6/07/15 12:21pm 6/07/15 12:21pm

If Anything, The USWNT Might Be Too Stacked

When the United States Women’s National Team takes the pitch, they’ll be tasked with navigating the largest and deepest World Cup field ever. Though the Olympic gold medal more or less belongs to the USWNT—remember this?—they have tended to come up short on the sport’s biggest stage. They’ve advanced to at least the… » 6/05/15 1:45pm 6/05/15 1:45pm

Hope Solo's Redemption Tour Has Begun

The Women’s World Cup starts June 6, and, right on time, frequently-arrested USWNT keeper Hope Solo’s reclamation project is starting up, too. If you’re wondering why this campaign is happening, we have no answers for you; all we can do is point you to the first stop, a long, gushy, and somewhat confused ESPN profile. » 6/02/15 3:21pm 6/02/15 3:21pm

USWNT Striker Christen Press Is Way Too Fast

Like, those six players the USWNT's Christen Press runs past aren't scrubs. That's France, one of the best national teams in the world. And even they can't keep up with Press as, with two wicked bursts, she flies past them like they're stuck in quicksand before passing the ball into the back of the net. » 3/11/15 2:42pm 3/11/15 2:42pm