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WPS: Sky Blue FC’s scoring woes continue in loss to Atlanta

Posted on 20 July 2010 by lbarker

The Atlanta Beat came to New Jersey with something to prove. The expansion Beat currently sit in last place in the Women’s Professional Soccer table and had just one win on the season coming into Sunday night’s match. A win against defending WPS champions Sky Blue FC would go a long way towards making the case that the Beat are on the way up. Perhaps more importantly it would avenge the 1-0 loss to Sky Blue on an own-goal that put a damper on the Beat’s home opener in early May. Lauren Barker reports.

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Second Time’s a Charm: US Women Defeat Sweden 3-0

Posted on 18 July 2010 by ASN Staff

The US Women’s National Team faced Sweden on Saturday night at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut. The meeting between the top-ranked US and fourth-ranked Sweden was the second between the two teams in less than a week – Tuesday night the two played to a 1-1 draw in Omaha, Nebraska.
Lauren Barker reports from Rentschler Field in Hartford, Conn.

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Saturday MLS Wrap: Philly edge TFC, Crew take control of East

Posted on 18 July 2010 by Breton Bonnette

Coach and player celebrate the Union's win ©TMcLaughlin 2010

Sebastien Le Toux strengthened his bid for an All-Star spot with a goal and an assist as the Union got back to their winning ways in front of 17,251 at PPL Park. Breton Bonnette reports from Chester, Pa., with photo gallery supplied by Terry McLaughlin.

The New York Red Bulls played another listless performance Saturday night and this time were punished by an efficient Columbus Crew squad. By taking all three points from the match, the Crew move five points clear of the Red Bulls in the Eastern Conference standings. John Zidar reports from Crew Stadium. The RBNY reaction.

The Colorado Rapids found themselves down by a goal 20 minutes into the match against the Kansas City Wizards at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on Saturday night, but hometown striker Conor Casey scored the equalizer in the 74th minute and almost earned three points for his team with another shot in the 89th minute. Pat Shea reports from Commerce City, Colo., complete with player ratings from both teams so be sure to check it out!

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U-20 Women blow out Switzerland at World Cup

Posted on 17 July 2010 by ASN Staff

The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team defeated Switzerland 5-0 in its second Group D match at the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup as forward Sydney Leroux scored three times while Kristie Mewis and Zakiya Bywaters also added goals. The USA heads into its final Group D match against the Korea Republic on July 21 in Bielefeld (12 p.m. ET on ESPN2) needing a win or a tie to advance to the quarterfinals. A win would clinch the group title for the USA. Read on at our USWNT page.

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Win tickets to USA v Brazil!

Posted on 17 July 2010 by ASN Staff

What do you think of the U.S. national team’s performance at the 2010 World Cup? Take the survey! You could win two tickets to see the U.S. take on Brazil at the New Meadowlands Stadium on Aug. 10. Click here to participate

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It’s official: Thierry Henry is a New York Red Bull

Posted on 15 July 2010 by ASN Staff

Red Bull New York announced today that it has signed star French forward Thierry Henry to a multi-year contract as its second designated player. The 32-year old is expected to debut on July 22 against Tottenham Hotspur, in the Barclays New York Challenge at Red Bull Arena. Not surprisingly, the press release announcing his arrival makes no mention of the infamous handball game or the recently-concluded World Cup. Read it here.

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Has the coaching change made a difference for the Red Stars?

Posted on 14 July 2010 by mwkajdas

Two months ago, the Chicago Red Stars fired Emma Hayes, their coach of one and a quarter seasons and replaced her with their current coach, Omid Namazi. Despite building a team that, for the most part, dominated play against its opponents, especially in the second halves of games, the complaint against Hayes was that her team was not only not winning enough games but it was not scoring very many goals either. So has the Red Stars new coach solved the two problems that plagued the tenure of Emma Hayes? Read on at ASN’s WPS page.

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U-20 Women draw Ghana 1-1 in World Cup opener

Posted on 14 July 2010 by ASN Staff

The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team opened Group D play at the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup with 1-1 draw against Ghana as forward Sydney Leroux scored in the 70th minute to answer an early goal from the Africans. Read on at ASN’s USWNT page.

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Slumping Wizards Travel to Conference Leading Columbus

Posted on 14 July 2010 by Nate Brinson

Saturday’s 2-0 home loss to Chivas USA gave the Kansas City Wizards their third loss in three games since the league’s World Cup break, and their task gets no easier as they travel to Columbus tonight where the Crew will look to extend their lead in the Eastern Conference.

It was the same old story for Kansas City against Chivas. The team had a great deal of the possession, and they created far more chances as evidenced by their 20 shots and 14 corner kicks. However, as has happened several times this season, the Wizards simply could not score, including a five minute span where a Davy Arnaud header hit the crossbar and a wide open Stephane Auvray could not head Graham Zusi’s corner kick on goal from inside the six yard box. Meanwhile, Chivas struggled to get scoring chances, but forward Justin Braun capitalized on two careless plays by defender Kansas City Jimmy Conrad to score two second half goals.

The Crew enter the game after a scoreless road draw to the Houston Dynamo on Saturday. In a game where Will Hesmer and Pat Onstad were called upon to make a combined three saves, both teams had a chance to win late in the game. Houston forward Cam Weaver sent a shot inches wide with ten minutes left to play, and two minutes later Columbus’ Steven Lenhart had a shot block by Mike Chabala.

The Crew and the Wizards met in late May at CommunityAmerica Ballpark. Kansas City had most of the play, and Columbus had just played three days prior. However, Robert Warzycha’s team was able to grind out a result through a second half goal by substitute Emilio Renteria.

Both teams enter this game with a fairly clean bill of health. However, both Peter Vermes and Warzycha may choose to make changes to their squad. Warzycha may use this as an opportunity to rest some of his veteran players against a struggling team at home. Meanwhile, Vermes may feel that his team, which has only won a single game since opening the season with two consecutive victories, may need a shakeup.

Whether or not Vermes changes his starting eleven, this Wizards team needs to find victories soon. They are ten points from a playoff spot, and while the 2010 team has been aesthetically better than last season, the results have certainly not changed. Even worse, Kansas City faces a Columbus team that they have not beaten in eight games. If there is a glimmer of hope, the Wizards may be able to catch the Crew in a trap game this evening. Columbus faces second place New York this weekend, and they may struggle to keep from looking past the hapless Wizards team. Even if Columbus are fail to properly focus on tonight’s game, the Wizards will still need to improve their finishing and maintain their focus defensively to have any chance of taking three points.

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USWNT renews rivalry with Sweden in two-game series

Posted on 13 July 2010 by ASN Staff

The USA renews what has been an excellent rivalry with Sweden, the home nation of its coach Pia Sundhage, during two summer matches starting tonight in Omaha, Neb. With the USA ranked first in the current FIFA Women’s World Rankings and Sweden at fourth, U.S. fans will once again get to see two of the top women’s teams in the world square off on American soil. Sundhage has called up 24 players, she will name 18 to suit up for both contests with the Swedes and could juggle the game roster between matches. Read on at ASN’s U.S. Women’s National Teams page.

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