The rosters for the England vs. Sweden friendly scheduled for May 17th are set. England features five players from Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) – Sky Blue FC’s Eniola Aluko, Anita Asante, and Karen Bardsley and Boston Breakers Kelly Smith and Alex Scott. Four players from FA Women’s Super League (FAWSL) league leaders Birmingham City are on the squad – Karen Carney, Dunia Susi, Laura Bassett, and Rachel Williams. For Sweden, captain Caroline Seger will make her first appearance in 2011 for her country. She missed the Algarve Cup due to injury. Sweden keeper Sofia Lundgren (Linkopings FC) will not travel to Oxford for the match. She recently suffered a minor foot injury. Head Coach Thomas Dennerby has named Kristin Hammarström (Göteborg FC) as the replacement for Lundgren. (more…)
Although they’ve yet to face the toughest tests, Birmingham City comfortably sit in first place in the FA Women’s Super League after two games. No matter the result of Thursday’s game between Arsenal and Bristol Academy, Birmingham City will enter this weekend in first place. With Wednesday’s 4-0 win over Liverpool, the Blues improved to 2-0 and have outscored their opponents, 8-0. Doncaster drew, 1-1, with Everton and sit in second place with four points. An Arsenal win Thursday over Bristol Academy would put them in a first-place tie with Birmingham City. (more…)
The FA Cup semifinalists are set after this afternoon’s Sixth Round games. Barnet continued its recent run of victories, this time taking out West Ham, 3-2. Barnet beat Birmingham City in the fifth round and earlier this week beat Nottingham Forest to win the Premier League Cup. Also in Sunday’s FA Cup Sixth Round, Arsenal needed extra time to beat Sunderland, 3-2; Bristol Academy edged Milwall Lionesses LFC, 2-1; and Liverpool topped Doncaster, 3-0. (more…)
Thursday night at Adams Park, it took penalties to decide the winner of the FA Women’s Premier League Cup. And in the end, it was Barnet who came out on top, beating Nottingham Forest, 4-3 on penalties. England U-20 and former Arsenal midfielder Abbie Prosser scored Barnet’s first penalty. Then, Vicky Boardman, Jess Trimnell, and Sally Wade all converted for Barnet. Wade struck the game-winner. Up next for Barnet – a March 27th meeting with West Ham in the FA Women’s Cup sixth round.
U.S. Women’s National Team Coach Pia Sundhage has named the 23 players that will take on England April 2 at Brisbane Road in East London (the home of English League One side Leyton Orient). The U.S. heads to the UK on March 21. The team will also play Scotland in a closed-door training match during the trip. The U.S. vs. England match on April 2 will air live on ESPN2 at 3 p.m. Eastern time. (more…)