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Buzz
01-26-2012, 02:41 PM
A small futbol team from Israel named Kiryat Shmona from a town of 23,000 is on top of Israel's premier league and looks like they may be qualifying for the Champions League. The town fans are of course over the moon and a bit of good news for a town that is otherwise in the economic doldrums. There is a nice article about the team in the NYTimes.

NeilJLeonard
01-28-2012, 03:13 AM
USA 3 v 0 Costa Rica. USA goes to the Olympics. Canada plays Mexico next to determine the other CONCACAF Olympic participant , the last team to qualify, BTW, & who'll play the USA in the Championship game.

NJL

Buzz
01-28-2012, 02:31 PM
Canada's women's team won 3-1 and are going to the Olympics. Meanwhile Man U and Liverpool are playing in the FA Cup final and are 1-1 currently and the game is still ongoing.

Buzz
01-29-2012, 05:22 AM
Man U lost 1-2 to Liverpool. :wuzrobbed

NeilJLeonard
01-30-2012, 04:00 PM
USA 4 v 0 Canada

USA wins the CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament with a 5-0 record and a 38-0 goal differential...:wideeyes:...I've watched the USWNT since the late 1980s & I've never seen them as dominating as they were during this tournament. Even good to very good teams like Costa Rica, Mexico & Canada were totally outclassed in every phase of the game. We'll see if they continue this form through some friendlies in February, the Algarve Cup in Portugal, then into the Olympics. If they do, they'll be favorites for another Gold Medal in London.

This is the exact opposite of their play before the WWC last year. An amazing reversal in so short a time. Maybe it's an illusion brought on by a very emotional loss then. Or, maybe it's the change that Pia's been trying to implement in the last few years. We'll see shortly....:)

NJL

KHenry14
01-30-2012, 07:33 PM
NJL, I have to agree, this team is in top form like I haven't seen since the summer of '99. Not only is the skill level as good as the '99 team, it's also very deep. Pia has multiple options in formations and talent to take on the Germans, Brazilians, Swedes and Japanese and beat them.

Alex Morgan is the true next superstar of US Womens soccer...she is very reminiscent of Mia Hamm, in that she's got the combination of quickness, speed and killer instinct that Mia displayed. And that makes her the perfect striker options to play off the best target forward in the world in Abby Wambach. And yet, Alex doesn't consistantly start for Pia, because Amy Rodriguez has found her game. These three strikers make the USWNT extremely dangerous.

They are also really deep at midfield, which gives Pia a lot more options. Yesterday Pia sat Heather O'Reilly on the right wing, playing Rodriguez out there and it worked beautifully. But Heather has been excellent out there, so it's tough to sit her. Same with Megan Rapinoe on the left. And Carly Lloyd has been scoring in bunches from the middle.

I'm a little concerned about the backline, as Rampone isn't as spry as she used to be, but she's such a savvy leader out there that it makes up for the decline in athleticism. And that concern flies in the face of the fact that the gave up ZERO goals in the tournament. But Canada had a couple of good chances yesterday that they just didn't finish that may indicate a lack of speed in the back line. That happens against Brazil or one of the other good teams, and the USA might find themselves in some trouble.

But even if that happens, they have the best keeper in the world to back them up. Hope Solo is the real deal, fearless, and smart. My onlyconcern is that she stay healthly.

What sticks with me is the comparison of this team to last year. The USWNT almost didn't qualify for the WC because a lot of poor play. Yet with pretty much the same group of players, this team has raised it's game a LOT! My best guess is the disaster of the WWC finals is really motivating these women. And that is reflective in their play.

The onus is now on Pia to keep this level of play up. And to keep Hope Solo healthy!

Buzz
01-30-2012, 09:28 PM
Bugger boo.... You mean we don't get to go after all? That sucks. LOL Anyway congrats to the US women's team. Job well done.

NeilJLeonard
01-31-2012, 01:54 AM
Bugger boo.... You mean we don't get to go after all? That sucks. LOL Anyway congrats to the US women's team. Job well done.
Yes, Canada is going to the Olys, too. The winner of the 2 SEMI finals go to the Olys.

Yesterdays final was for bragging rights in CONCACAF. After the 3rd place finish and further qualification games after the WWC qualifiers the USA felt they had something to prove. They proved it...:D

NJL (...for the USA and Canada it was job well done with the wins in Friday semifinals....but, if you ask both teams, Sunday's final was at least as important..maybe even more important...but, in a much different way...;)...)

NeilJLeonard
01-31-2012, 02:44 PM
WPS will suspend the 2012 league season because of ongoing problems & litigation with magicJack team owner Dan Borislow. They hope to resume play in 2013 with 6 teams in the league and continue in 2014 with an 8 team league.

English translation: After 3 years Women's Professional Soccer League has folded. This matches the same result as the prior WUSA.

NJL (...not a good day for the sport in North America...:(...)

Buzz
01-31-2012, 03:06 PM
Ok now I am totally convinced that I should stay away from commenting on ladies futbol. :lol:

KHenry14
01-31-2012, 03:32 PM
That's a shame about the WPS. But much like the WUSA, I think they had problems with upper management that made a lot of bad decisions, and it cost them. Maybe a gold medal might help restart the league?????

NeilJLeonard
01-31-2012, 04:34 PM
That's a shame about the WPS. But much like the WUSA, I think they had problems with upper management that made a lot of bad decisions, and it cost them. Maybe a gold medal might help restart the league?????
Upper management for one. MagicDan for another. IMO, the most difficult thing to overcome was starting up just as the economy went into the tank. No money to support the league was available. Much like anything under MLS, and most of MLS, a soccer team is a money eater. The $$$ simply was not available for it to succeed.

NJL (...better luck next time....in 10 years or so...if ever...)

Buzz
02-01-2012, 12:20 AM
Man U has regained the top spot in the EPL. :cheer2:

KHenry14
02-01-2012, 04:37 PM
NJL, 60 Minutes or Bryant Gumbel needs to do a big story on Borislow and the WPS. This is a disgraceful issue that hasn't gotten the press it deserves. Just check out Ella Masur's blog to get an idea of how bad it was: http://blog.ellamasar.com/ Borislow wanted the players to call him "Daddy"??? And Borislow wouldn't take care of an injured player??? And unfortunately, Abby Wambach doesn't come off very well. Disgraceful, shameful are the words that come to mind. Oh and appalling too.

NeilJLeonard
02-01-2012, 05:34 PM
NJL, 60 Minutes or Bryant Gumbel needs to do a big story on Borislow and the WPS. This is a disgraceful issue that hasn't gotten the press it deserves. Just check out Ella Masur's blog to get an idea of how bad it was: http://blog.ellamasar.com/ Borislow wanted the players to call him "Daddy"??? And Borislow wouldn't take care of an injured player??? And unfortunately, Abby Wambach doesn't come off very well. Disgraceful, shameful are the words that come to mind. Oh and appalling too.
There's a big thread, and growing, about this on BS in the WPS forum. I actually came here to link to that thread.

It is explosive. Not only Abby, but all of the USWNT players on magicJack seemed to have been involved is some way or another. I'd love to hear their side of the story,too. BTW, we had the feeling down here that some silly shit was going on w/magicJack. Sadly, it looks like what we thought was only a small fraction of the reality...:(

Do expect Dan & his hired guns to sweep it under the rug as "whining from a disgruntled employee". The man seems to be that kind of SOB.

Ella seems to be very happy playing for PSG...:)

NJL