By the time all is said and done, it will have been a pretty busy week f or American soccer. Barely 48 hours after the United States women’s team toppled Japan for its third Women’s World Cup title last Sunday, the U.S. men defeated Honduras 2-1 in their first match of the CONCACAF Gold Cup. The Gold Cup is North America’s most prestigious soccer championship, and the American men are looking to make up ground in the eternal war on the pitch between the Stars and Stripes and Mexico. (Mexico has won six Gold Cups; the US has won five.)
Twelve teams are competing for the cup. The United States, Mexico, and Canada qualify automatically, while the rest came from qualifying tournaments in Central America and the Caribbean.
Here is group-by-group breakdown of the teams of the Copa de Oro (Spanish for Gold Cup), which the United States is hosting.
That was the sound heard around the world seven times in the FIFA Women’s World Cup Final in Vancouver, Canada on Sunday. This record-breaking, high-scoring game was a rematch of the 2011 final. Four years ago, Japan beat the U.S. in a shootout. This year, the outcome was far different with the U.S. dominating the field and winning 5-2. I was in the stands to see it all go down.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Carli Lloyd came up big again. Three times.
And with it came the Americans’ elusive third Women’s World Cup title.
Lloyd scored a hat trick as the U.S. burst to a four-goal lead in the first 16 minutes, and the Americans overwhelmed defending champion Japan 5-2 Sunday for their record third championship and first since 1999.
A sellout crowd that included U.S. Vice President Joe Biden roared in approval for Lloyd’s hat trick, the first ever in a Women’s World Cup final.
“We just made history,” Lloyd said. “I was on a mission.”
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Laura Bassett scored into her own net during second-half stoppage time, giving Japan a 2-1 victory over England in a Women's World Cup semifinal.
The decisive goal Wednesday came when Japan's Nahomi Kawasumi drove up the right side and sent a cross into the middle for Yuki Ogimi. Bassett reached out with her right foot and caught the ball flush, inadvertently sending it toward her net. The ball struck the crossbar and bounced in just before goalkeeper Karen Bardsley could get across.
The defending champions advanced to play the United States in the championship game at Vancouver on Sunday. It's a rematch of the 2011 championship game in Germany, when Japan won on penalty kicks after a 2-2 draw.
The penalty kick giveth, and the penalty kick taketh away.
Team USA defeated Germany, 2-0, in the semifinals of the 2015 Women’s World Cup yesterday, surviving a penalty shot and scoring one of its own in a game-deciding 10-minute span.
After 24 days and 48 games, four teams are two wins away from bringing home the 2015 Women’s World Cup.
The semifinals begin tonight when Team USA plays Germany in Montreal at 7 p.m. ET. The second battle of these all-World War II semis, featuring England vs. Japan in Edmonton, is slated for a 5 p.m. ET. kickoff on Wednesday. The first semifinal game will be on FOX, and the second will air on Fox Sports 1.
Here’s what you need to know about the Women’s World Cup’s final four.
Seventh-grader Anna Murphy raises money to help keep families in her hometown warm
Anna Murphy’s family always collected pennies to help pay the heating bills of struggling people in their hometown of Stafford Springs, Connecticut. Even when Anna's father lost his job, her parents made sure the practice continued.
"We were trying to teach the kids that giving to other people was still important," says Anna's mom, Rebecca. "It wasn't necessarily what we received, but what we could give to others."