4, 1.5, 2, and 20. These numbers have been running through my mind lately and here is why…
4 – It’s been 4 days since my 25th birthday. Twenty-five, wow what a milestone. A quarter of a century. Halfway through my 20s. Alright, I better stop before I start getting down. I can’t explain why, but after I hit this milestone, I almost had a quarter-life crisis! Luckily for me, I soon realized that you don’t have to have life figured out by 25, just as long as you are trying to find your way. I will be fine, right?!
1.5 – It has been 1.5 weeks since my surgery. Everything went well the day of surgery. I was pumped to get my journey started up until I actually started driving over to the surgery center on May24th. On that rainy Colorado morning, I got very quiet. Something you may not know about me is that is not a very normal thing. (more…)
Kristine Lilly will become the first female professional athlete in Boston sports history to have her number retired when the Breakers honor the U.S. soccer legend at halftime of Sunday’s Breakers game against the Philadelphia Independence. She is also the first player in Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) history to have her number retired. Lilly played for the Breakers in 2009 and 2010 and for the WUSA Breakers from 2001-2003. She is the most capped player in US Soccer history (men and women) with 352 international appearances for the United States Women’s National Team. (more…)
Nearly four months after Dan Borislow bought the Washington Freedom, changed its name to magicTalk, magicTalk SC, magicJack’s Washington Freedom, and then finally, magicJack, the team that calls Florida Atlantic University (FAU) its home will play its first game of the 2011 Women’s Professional Soccer season. MagicJack was supposed to open up against the Philadelphia Independence in Pennsylvania last weekend, but the game was postponed due to inclement weather. Tonight at 7 p.m. ET in Boca Raton, Florida on the campus of FAU, magicJack will play the Boston Breakers, who come into the game with a 1-1 record. (more…)
By David Bayer
When I was a kid (a thousand years ago), my first favorite athlete was Cookie Rojas. I’d be willing to bet that 99.9 percent of you have never heard of Cookie. Cookie was a second baseman for the Philadelphia Phillies. I can’t remember why I chose him. If you look him up, you’ll see that he was far from the coolest looking guy. He had a decent career, but his statistics weren’t stellar and the team he played on was pretty terrible. Nonetheless, he was my guy.
Soccer players, like baseball players or any athletes, are much more than numbers, especially to kids. Kids don’t care how many goals a player has scored, how many “caps” they have or how many different “U” teams they’ve been on. They want to connect personally somehow, whether it be a uniform number, hometown, etc. (more…)
The Boston Breakers are holding a clinic on Friday, April 15th to help raise funds for the earthquake relief efforts in Japan. Two Breakers – Taryn Hemmings and Claire Zimmeck – trained with the Japanese club TEPCO Mareeze just two weeks before the 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami struck Northern Japan. (more…)
Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) is set to launch its third season, and today, all six teams unveiled their final rosters. The 2011 season begins Saturday, April 9, at KSU Soccer Stadium in Kennesaw, Georgia as the Boston Breakers take on the host Atlanta Beat. Sky Blue FC faces the Philadelphia Independence on Sunday, April 9. Here are the 2011 rosters … (more…)
Hey all you Our Game Magazine viewers, my name is Jordan Angeli, and I am excited to start blogging for the best women’s soccer magazine out there! Since it is my first blog, I thought it’s only appropriate to introduce myself and hopefully make a good first impression. I grew up playing soccer in Colorado for what I claim to be the best club in the world – the Colorado Rush. I then attended Santa Clara University for six years. Yes, I am sure all of you are thinking, “Whoa, she flunked a few too many classes!” In actuality, I took a medical red shirt and a red shirt year my senior and fifth years due to injuries (I still claim they just didn’t want to get rid of me). My time at SCU lasted a bit longer than I imagined, but I am very thankful for it because I don’t believe I would be where I am now if it weren’t for all I learned and experienced there. (more…)
Taryn Hemmings talks about training with Japanese club TEPCO Mareeze just two weeks before earthquake
Taryn Hemmings recently returned from Japan, where she trained with the Japanese L1-League side TEPCO Mareeze. Two weeks after returning to the U.S., the massive 9.0 earthquake and tsunami struck off the coast of Northeast Japan. Shortly thereafter, the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant began experiencing trouble. Within days, it suffered an explosion and began releasing radiation.
“The training center we stayed at was 8 kilometers from one of the nuclear power plants and 20 kilometers from another, so the entire area we were in has been evacuated,” Hemmings said. “Luckily, the team was in Southern Japan for a second team camp during the earthquake, but they have not been able to go back to their homes (they lived together in dorms) and don’t know how long it will be until they can go back or if they ever will. The scariest part to me is that because the team was owned by TEPCO, the girls worked everyday from 8-12 as administrative assistants in the nuclear power plants, so I am really glad they were nowhere near Fukushima when it happened. Right now, the girls said they are unsure what will happen with the team and have gone back to live with their families, so for now they have no team, no job, and their home is completely evacuated.” (more…)
Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) preseason is in full swing, and on Monday, teams made a number of roster moves. On a day that was supposed to cut rosters down to 28, some teams added players from their initial preseason rosters that were announced back on March 1. In other WPS news, magicJack made its preseason debut Tuesday, and Sky Blue FC landed in Turkey for the Alanya Women’s Tournament of Champions. (more…)
Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) announced the 2011 playoff format this week. Four teams will qualify for the postseason, which uses a tiered-format with the two top teams earning byes. The top team in the WPS regular season will receive the No. 1 seed and an automatic berth into the final and will host the 2011 WPS Championship. The championship game will take place Saturday, Aug. 27. In other WPS news this week, the Boston Breakers announced that they will retire Kristine Lilly’s number 13 at a halftime ceremony of the May 22nd game against the Philadelphia Independence. (more…)
Tiffany Weimer, who played both in Women’s Professional Soccer, and later in Damallsvenskan in Sweden last year, signed with Vancouver Whitecaps FC of the W-League.
“I’m very honored to be joining the Whitecaps organization. There are a lot of exciting things going on in Vancouver, and I’m anxious to get up there and be a part of it,” Weimer said. “I’m really looking forward to working with Coach (Hubert) Busby and the quest to win the W-League for 2011.” (more…)
Alyssa Naeher’s been on the big stage before. The 22-year-old Boston Breakers keeper won the Golden Glove for the world champion U-20 Women’s National Team at the 2008 Women’s World Cup. Now, Naeher has taken her game to another level. She’s currently in Portugal at her first Algarve Cup with the full U.S. Women’s National Team. (more…)
Alex Scott of the Boston Breakers, Keeley Dowling of the Atlanta Beat, Tasha Kai of the Philadelphia Independence, Karina Leblanc, Allie Long of Sky Blue FC, Nikki Marshall of the MagicTalk SC/Washington Freedom, Leslie Osborne of the Boston Breakers, and Becky Edwards of the Western New York Flash during the PUMA 2011 Women’s Soccer Launch in New York, NY, on February 03, 2011.
The 2011 Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) jerseys were unveiled Thursday night in New York City by PUMA. A number of players from around the league showed off the new home and away kits as well as the new Project Pink jersey. (more…)
By David Bayer
The WPS Draft is just days away … four rounds and only 24 names to be called. Sounds pretty easy, right? Wrong. I spoke to two of the parties involved, Jim Gabarra, head coach of Sky Blue FC, and Andy Crossley, general manager of the Boston Breakers. Both gave me insight into how their teams have prepared for Jan. 14 and beyond. (more…)
U.S. Women’s National Team midfielder Kristine Lilly has announced her retirement after a 24-year career. Lilly, who is the most capped player in all of U.S. Soccer with 352 appearances, played in five FIFA World Cups and recently played for the USWNT during the World Cup qualifiers. She scored her final and 130th international goal on May 22, 2010, in a game against Germany. (more…)
Throughout the 2010 Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) season, Our Game Magazine writers had a chance to interview a number of players and coaches. Here are some of the more memorable quotes from the season. (more…)
Another busy day around Women’s Professional Soccer as the Atlanta Beat signed former Washington Freedom and U.S. Women’s National Team defender Cat Whitehill, the WNY Flash signed former Sky Blue FC and USWNT midfielder Yael Averbuch, and the Boston Breakers re-signed Stephanie Cox. Also, WNY Flash Head Coach Aaren Lines talks to Our Game Magazine about one of his newest players, Caroline Seger. (more…)
The Western New York Flash of Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) agreed to terms today with former Gold Pride defender and Canadian international Candace Chapman, midfielder McCall Zerboni, formerly of the Atlanta Beat, and former Gold Pride keeper Brittany Cameron. (more…)
Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) free agency officially began Wednesday, Nov. 17, and since then a handful of players have signed, either with their current teams, or in the case of some players, such as Allie Long, they’ve inked deals with new teams.
Long talked to Our Game Magazine Friday about signing with Sky Blue FC. Long played the previous two seasons with the Washington Freedom. The midfielder started 21 games for the Freedom in 2010. She scored two goals and had one assist. The 23-year-old UNC grad will be playing close to home, having grown up in Northport, N.Y.
“I’m really excited to be able to play for Sky Blue FC,” Long said Friday morning. “I’m hoping I can help my team win another championship, and it’s always nice that my family and friends can watch me a lot more now.”
The Boston Breakers announced Thursday the signings of free agent defenders Rachel Buehler and Kasey Moore. Moore has played the last two seasons with the Breakers, while Buehler played two seasons with FC Gold Pride, the 2010 WPS champions. Buehler also is a member of the U.S. Women’s National Team.
Former Washington Freedom keeper Ashlyn Harris signed this week with the expansion Western New York Flash. In the recent Expansion Draft, the Flash selected defender Kaley Fountain from the Atlanta Beat and midfielder Beverly Goebel from the Washington Freedom. The Flash also unveiled their team logo.