Sports Media Celebrate Equality By Accusing Hope Solo And The USWNT Of…

The U.S. women lost in the World Cup final to Japan on Sunday in Frankfurt after relinquishing leads in the waning moments of both regulation and overtime, then whiffing on its first three penalty kicks, the second of which went soaring off toward Lower Bavaria. In reductive, knee-jerk sportsworldese, this is called… » 7/19/11 5:25pm 7/19/11 5:25pm

The Women's World Cup Final Totally Kicked The Royal Wedding's Ass In…

Because one would never want to rely merely on television ratings to assess the popularity of women's sports, one must do the next best thing when one is a member of a generation of navel-gazing tech addicts: use Twitter! Oh, hooray. What ever would we do without Twitter? What ever would we do without the knowledge… » 7/18/11 1:40pm 7/18/11 1:40pm

Watch The Gut-Churning End To The Women's World Cup

The U.S. women's national team's run came to an end today in Frankfurt. Here's Abby Wambach's go-ahead goal in extra time, Homare Sawa's nifty conversion off of a corner kick soon after to tie it up, and — for the U.S. and for me, at least — the heartbreaking end in penalty kicks. I still advocate for Wambach's … » 7/17/11 6:25pm 7/17/11 6:25pm

Here's The Alex Morgan Goal That Looked Like It Was Going To Win The…

This game has been stressful to watch. After an uneventful first half, in which the Americans hit every part of the goalposts but couldn't find the back of the net, Alex Morgan finally capitalized on this beautiful goal. Japan tied it up a few minutes later. If you're not watching now — and if you didn't celebrate… » 7/17/11 4:30pm 7/17/11 4:30pm

The US Women's Coach, Who Is Swedish, Fires Her Team Up By Occasionally…

Neither Hope Solo's ravishing skin nor disappearing nipple has carried the US Women's National Team to one game of the women's World Cup. Rather, the team can credit the musical stylings of its head coach, Pia Sundhage. She sings. And even though she's Swedish, she knows more than Cardigans and Ace of Base. » 7/16/11 11:00am 7/16/11 11:00am

Soccer Analysts Find Many, Many Ways To Call The Japanese Short

On Sunday, the US Women take on Japan in the Women's World Cup Final. It will be a "tall order" for the Japanese, who have a "height disadvantage." Nay, a "major size disadvantage." The "small Japanese" will "lack height" against the Americans. But despite a match pitting "the smaller Japanese against a taller… » 7/15/11 1:39pm 7/15/11 1:39pm

We Hereby Nominate Abby Wambach For U.S. Ambassador Of Headers And…

The U.S. women's national team advanced to the World Cup final today with a 3-1 win over France. Les Bleues tied it up early in the second half, and looked more energized and aggressive than the Americans, up until Pia Sundhage subbed in Megan Rapinoe (a proven tactic by now) and until Abby Wambach got airborne once… » 7/13/11 2:10pm 7/13/11 2:10pm

Female Soccer Players Don't Fake It Like The Men, Science Says

Science has provided another reason to give the Women's World Cup a chance as it winds down this week: female soccer players don't flop. Not as much, at least, as their male counterparts (although we'll allow that the same could be said of toddlers learning to walk). Researchers at Wake Forest University have… » 7/12/11 12:30pm 7/12/11 12:30pm

Look Ma, No Bra: The Women's World Cup Grows Up With Rapinoe To Wambach

When Brandi Chastain scored the fifth and final penalty kick in the 1999 Women's World Cup to defeat China, I was sitting in front of more big-screen televisions than I'd ever seen before at the Bowl-O-Rama restaurant in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and I was almost eleven years old. After it was over, as Chastain… » 7/11/11 5:00pm 7/11/11 5:00pm

Watch Some Very Happy Americans Lose Their Shit Over Abby Wambach's Goal

From the maker of the seminal video of reactions to Landon Donovan's World Cup goal comes this new collection of viewers going bananas over Wambach's equalizer and Ali Krieger's clinching PK. The scale is smaller but the excitement is no less palpable. (Except for the reactions that were obviously faked. Shame.) » 7/11/11 2:55pm 7/11/11 2:55pm