Equalizer Soccer http://womens.soccerly.com The No. 1 Source for Women's Professional Soccer News Tue, 21 Oct 2014 23:14:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Costa Rica thumps Martinique for perfect group record http://womens.soccerly.com/2014/10/21/costa-rica-beats-martinique-for-perfect-concacaf-record/ http://womens.soccerly.com/2014/10/21/costa-rica-beats-martinique-for-perfect-concacaf-record/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 23:14:28 +0000 http://womens.soccerly.com/?p=17057 Costa Rica cruised past Martinique to stay perfect in the tournament. (USA Today Images)

Costa Rica cruised past Martinique to stay perfect in the tournament. (USA Today Images)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Costa Rica ended group play at the CONCACAF Women’s Championship with a perfect record after beating Martinique, 6-1 at a rain-soaked RFK Stadium on Tuesday.

Costa Rica finishes the group stage of the Women’s World Cup qualifying tournament with three victories and will play Trinidad and Tobago in the semifinal on Friday outside Philadelphia. The top three teams from the tournament qualify directly for the 2015 World Cup, with the fourth-place finisher playing Ecuador in a two-leg playoff on Nov. 8 and Dec. 2.

[MORE: T&T determined for World Cup berth]

Raquel Rodriguez scored two goals almost immediately after checking into the game in the 79th minute and Carolina Venegas added a brace of her own, scoring her second goal on a bicycle kick in the 90th minute. Venegas’ second goal:

Fabiola Sanchez opened the scoring for Costa Rica in the 7th minute on a header off a corner kick and Wendy Acosta also added a goal after the half-hour mark.

Martinique leaves the tournament with 22 goals against and one goal for, but it’s one the players will remember. Prisca Carin buried the 1-v-1 opportunity in the 62nd minute to give Martinique a bright spot. She almost scored again in the 77th minute, skipping a slow-rolling 1-v-1 shot off the post.

Martinique is not eligible to make the World Cup since it is not a FIFA sanctioned nation, since it’s an overseas region of France. Martinique is, however, recognized by CONCACAF and thus can play in regional events.

By winning Group B, Costa Rica avoids the United States — the Group A winner — in the semifinals, where a win clinches a World Cup berth.

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Despite adversity, T&T on verge of World Cup berth http://womens.soccerly.com/2014/10/21/trinidad-tobago-concacaf-championship-financial-struggles/ http://womens.soccerly.com/2014/10/21/trinidad-tobago-concacaf-championship-financial-struggles/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 20:50:59 +0000 http://womens.soccerly.com/?p=17052 Trinidad & Tobago is one win away from being the first Caribbean nation to qualify for a Women's World Cup. (Photo Copyright Erica McCaulley for The Equalizer)

Trinidad & Tobago is one win away from being the first Caribbean nation to qualify for a Women’s World Cup. (Photo Copyright Erica McCaulley for The Equalizer)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — When the final whistle blew in the U.S. women’s national team’s 6-0 win over Haiti on Monday, the happiest team at RFK Stadium likely wasn’t on the field. The win by the U.S. secured once and for all Trinidad and Tobago’s second-place finish in Group A. Now the team that literally didn’t know where its next meal was coming from two weeks ago is one win away from securing a spot in next year’s World Cup. The Soca Princesses will play Costa Rica this Friday in the CONCACAF Women’s Championship semifinals.

About two hours before the United States’ win, Trinidad and Tobago head coach Randy Waldrum said he is happy with his team’s performance through the first stage of the tournament following his team’s 2-1 win over Guatemala.

[PHOTOS: Trinidad & Tobago top Guatemala, qualify for semifinals]

Waldrum said that he was “really, really excited for the players,” adding that he was especially proud of goalkeeper Tanesha Palmer, who had to step in for the suspended Kimika Forbes.

T&T coach Randy Waldrum, who isn't paid by the federation, is proud of his team's performance thus fra at the CONCACAF Women's Championship. (Photo Copyright Erica McCaulley for The Equalizer)

T&T coach Randy Waldrum, who isn’t paid by the federation, is proud of his team’s performance thus fra at the CONCACAF Women’s Championship. (Photo Copyright Erica McCaulley for The Equalizer)

“I think the girls wanted to win this one for themselves, win it for Kimika and Tanesha. I thought handled things nicely,” Waldrum said.

While the financial woes the team has faced have been widely documented, the team has also had to deal with missing key players or having their availability limited throughout its tournament run. Aside from Forbes’ suspension, Waldrum named four players – Karyn Forbes, Ayana Russell, Tasha St. Louis and Janine Francois, that were dealing with injuries. Waldrum is happy with the way his players dealt with the adversity and he believes having the next couple of days off will help get those players ready for the next stage.

“We’ve really been a patchwork team throughout this first group stage. I’m really pleased with the changes that we’ve made and the players that have stepped up,” Waldrum said.

Kennya Cordner, who was scored the first goal for Trinidad and Tobago Monday night and earned the eventual game-winning penalty kick, gave insight on the team’s mindset.

“We put a block between that and said, ‘this is us over here,'” Cordner said of the team’s off-field struggles. “We can’t study that part of life is there and we have to focus on us and we have to show the world even if we have this problem, here, there and everywhere, we are going to qualify. The struggles is just a stepping stone in life. We have to overcome it. So with all the injuries and financial disappointment, whatever, we, the girls on the national team are just like, we got to stick together and play for each other. Go out there and fight for this with or without any financial support.”

Although the Soca Princesses are excited to be moving on in the tournament, the team has a lot more they want to accomplish. When asked what her first thought would be when the U.S. won its game and thereby ensuring Trinidad and Tobago’s second-place finish in the group, Cordner spoke very simply.

“Beat Costa Rica, qualify for the World Cup. That’s our main goal.”

No Caribbean nation has ever qualified for a Women’s World Cup. If Trinidad and Tobago are unable to beat Costa Rica on Friday, they can still clinch a World Cup spot in the 3rd-place game on Sunday. If the team secures a spot in the World Cup, Trinidad and Tobago’s triumph over adversity will no doubt be the most memorable story of the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship.

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PHOTOS: Trinidad & Tobago into WCQ semifinals http://womens.soccerly.com/2014/10/21/photos-trinidad-tobago-concacaf-championship/ http://womens.soccerly.com/2014/10/21/photos-trinidad-tobago-concacaf-championship/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 20:21:22 +0000 http://womens.soccerly.com/?p=17050 Trinidad & Tobago are into the CONCACAF Women’s Championship semifinals and guaranteed at least a playoff with Ecuador to get to the World Cup, if not a direct berth. It would be an ultimate Cinderella story, and even getting to this point has T&T — whose struggles are well noted — elated. A picture is worth a thousand words:

(Photo Copyright Erica McCaulley for The Equalizer)
(Photo Copyright Erica McCaulley for The Equalizer)
(Photo Copyright Erica McCaulley for The Equalizer)
T&T coach Randy Waldrum, who isn't paid by the federation, is proud of his team's performance thus fra at the CONCACAF Women's Championship. (Photo Copyright Erica McCaulley for The Equalizer)
(Photo Copyright Erica McCaulley for The Equalizer)
Trinidad & Tobago is one win away from being the first Caribbean nation to qualify for a Women's World Cup. (Photo Copyright Erica McCaulley for The Equalizer)
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PHOTOS: USWNT cruises past Haiti in WCQ http://womens.soccerly.com/2014/10/21/photos-uswnt-haiti-concacaf-championship/ http://womens.soccerly.com/2014/10/21/photos-uswnt-haiti-concacaf-championship/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 19:55:39 +0000 http://womens.soccerly.com/?p=17036 The United States was far from perfect in Monday’s 6-0 win over Haiti, but there was finally some confidence and dominance to the team’s play, characteristics that lacked in the opening two matches.

Highlights (with THAT Meghan Klingenberg goal) and the recap can be found here. Here are photos of the match, from the talented Erica McCaulley:

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Flash send Salem, Reynolds to Spirit for Angeli, No. 6 pick http://womens.soccerly.com/2014/10/21/flash-trade-salem-reynolds-to-spirit-for-angeli-no-6-pick/ http://womens.soccerly.com/2014/10/21/flash-trade-salem-reynolds-to-spirit-for-angeli-no-6-pick/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:26:06 +0000 http://womens.soccerly.com/?p=17015 Angela Salem (center) is headed to the Washington Spirit. (Photo Copyright Erica McCaulley for The Equalizer)

Angela Salem (center) is headed to the Washington Spirit. (Photo Copyright Erica McCaulley for The Equalizer)

The Washington Spirit have acquired Katherine Reynolds and Angels Salem from the Western New York Flash in exchange for Jordan Angeli and their 1st round pick in the 2015 NWSL Draft.  By acquiring the No. 6 pick the Flash now own three of the top seven selections having acquired what will be the No. 7 pick from the Thorns and getting the No. 3 pick following their disappointing 7th-place finish in 2014.

“We are determined to take the steps we need to compete for an NWSL title,” Spirit coach Mark Parsons said in Tuesday’s release.  “Bringing in top professionals like Katherine and Angela is a huge leap for us and I am very excited to welcome them to the club.”

Reynolds and Salem were both regulars for the Flash during both NWSL seasons.  Both also played in WPS, Reynolds for the Independence and Beat and Salem for the Beat and Sky Blue FC.  But they both flourished playing for Aaran Lines in Western New York.  They were both part of the 2012 squad that won WPSL Elite and Lines saw fit to reacquire them both when he built his NWSL roster.

Salem’s arrival could mean less playing time or a new address for Yael Averbuch who scored the seminal goal of the season for the Spirit last season but also struggled in her first season in NWSL.  With Reynolds in tow, Parsons should be able to play Crystal Dunn—when she is available—in more attack oriented positions.  Last season he was often forced to turn to Dunn to shore things up at outside back.

The Flash, clearly in rebuilding mode, will be hoping to get more minutes out of Angeli this season.  She tore her ACL in April 2011—ironically in a tackle with Reynolds, her college teammate—and missed the rest of that season plus 2012 and 2013.  She finally returned with the Spirit last season and played just 235 over 10 games and was out of the regular rotation at the end of the season.

“I’m excited to welcome Jordan to the Flash,” Lines said in a release.  “She’s an experienced player that we believe will have an immediate impact to our club and prove herself in NWSL.”

Lines promised changes after the team disappointed this season and the club has been the most aggressive early in the offseason.  Last week they traded Carli Lloyd to the Dash for Whitney Engen and Becky Edwards.

The 1st round of the NWSL draft now looks like this:  1. Dash; 2: Sky Blue; 3: Flash; 4. Sky Blue; 5. Red Stars; 6. Flash; 7. Flash; 8. Red Stars; 9. Breakers

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U.S. routs Haiti, now one game from World Cup http://womens.soccerly.com/2014/10/20/u-s-routs-haiti-now-one-game-from-world-cup/ http://womens.soccerly.com/2014/10/20/u-s-routs-haiti-now-one-game-from-world-cup/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 01:33:41 +0000 http://womens.soccerly.com/?p=17000

Carli Lloyd opened the scoring on Monday as the USWNT routed Haiti. (USA Today Images)

Carli Lloyd opened the scoring on Monday as the USWNT routed Haiti. (USA Today Images)

It was rarely pretty, but the United States has won Group A of the CONCACAF Women’s Championship.  The U.S. beat Haiti 6-0 Monday night at RFK Stadium and now sit on the cusp of another World Cup berth.  They can make it official by winning their semifinal match Friday night in Philadelphia.  Barring a sensational upset by Martinique over Costa Rica, the U.S. will play the winner of Tuesday’s Mexico-Jamaica match.  A draw would be enough to get Mexico through.

The U.S. is now unbeaten in 90 straight home games, dating back to Nov. 6, 2004.

Earlier, Trinidad & Tobago downed Guatemala, 2-1 and the Haiti result officially sent them to the semifinals, where they will play for a berth in the World Cup, likely against Costa Rica.  Neither team has ever played in a World Cup.

[MORE: Alex Morgan out 4-6 weeks, rest of qualifying with ankle sprain]

Against an over-matched Haiti side that elected to sit deep and play defensive throughout the U.S. went ahead in the 9th minute.  Megan Rapinoe had her free kick blocked near the goal line and Tobin Heath outworked three Haitian defenders to knock it free to Meghan Klingenberg.  The subsequent cross intended for Abby Wambach was punched away but only as far as Carli Lloyd who deftly chested it down and volleyed it in.

The next half hour featured total territorial domination by the U.S. but like against Trinidad & Tobago and pars of their win over Guatemala, they had little to show for it.  They finally doubled the lead in the 39th minute when Christen Press, given far too much space, sent a straight ball to the top of the six where Roselord Borgella’s clearing effort went directly into Wambach’s head and in.

“The first half, we got that goal early,” U.S. midfielder Carli Lloyd said, “but then we were a little bit stale and trying to do some things. I think we were trying to over-execute our plan. But then we found the rhythm again. Overall I thought it was a great team performance. Three down, now we’re on to the next one.”

The second half was the best the U.S. looked during group play, aided by Meghan Klingenberg’s first international goal, a stunning strike from distance:

Some inspired play by Morgan Brian also led to a goal in her first action of the week.  Wambach and Press also scored second-half goals.  It was Wambach’s second of the night and world record extending 173rd career goal in international play.

Ashlyn Harris got the start in goal and had little to do for the clean sheet, the first of her U.S. career in four appearances.  The United States did not concede a goal in group play.

Haiti was eliminated from the tournament and from World Cup contention.

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Trinidad & Tobago qualify for CONCACAF semifinals http://womens.soccerly.com/2014/10/20/trinidad-tobago-beat-guatemala-concacaf-championship-semifinals-world-cup-qualifying/ http://womens.soccerly.com/2014/10/20/trinidad-tobago-beat-guatemala-concacaf-championship-semifinals-world-cup-qualifying/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 23:55:00 +0000 http://womens.soccerly.com/?p=16995

Trinidad & Tobago secured the win they needed to likely advance to the semifinals. (USA Today Images)

Trinidad & Tobago secured the win they needed to likely advance to the semifinals. (USA Today Images)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Trinidad & Tobago qualified for the semifinals of the CONCACAF Women’s Championship after beating Guatemala, 2-1 on Monday at RFK Stadium. The United States’ 6-0 win over Haiti later in the night sealed the deal for T&T.

Kennya Cordner opened the scoring for Trinidad & Tobago on a header in the 73rd minute and she drew the penalty kick that captain Maylee Attin Johnson finished in the 83rd minute.

Maria Monterroso scored a 90th minute consolation goal for Guatemala, which needed to win big and then have the U.S. beat Haiti by a large margin in order to advance. Guatemala is eliminated from semifinal contention.

The top three teams from CONCACAF qualify directly for the World Cup. The fourth-place finisher from the region will play a two-leg playoff against Ecuador, with the winner advancing to the World Cup.

 

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2015 Algarve Cup field set: Brazil, France join http://womens.soccerly.com/2014/10/20/2015-algarve-cup-field-set-brazil-france-join/ http://womens.soccerly.com/2014/10/20/2015-algarve-cup-field-set-brazil-france-join/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:31:31 +0000 http://womens.soccerly.com/?p=16993 France got its wish and will participate in the 2015 Algarve Cup. (Getty Images)

France got its wish and will participate in the 2015 Algarve Cup. (Getty Images)

The Algarve Cup field appears to be set for 2015, with Switzerland joining the fray and France officially getting its wish to move up to the elite tournament.

It will take place from March 2-12 across Portugal, just like every year and feature 12 teams: Brazil, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Iceland, world champion Japan, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland and Olympic champion USA. The Swiss federation reported the field as official.

France coach Philippe Bergeroo had been lobbying to get his team — still on the cusp of truly joining the world’s elite — into the Algarve Cup. France had been playing in the simultaneous Cyprus Cup in previous years. The Cyprus Cup is often viewed as the second-best of the spring tournaments.

Germany beat Japan, 3-0 to win the 2014 Algarve Cup, which saw the United States finish an all-time worst seventh place. Tom Sermanni was fired a month later, replaced by current U.S. coach Jill Ellis.

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Second spot in Group A still a three-horse race http://womens.soccerly.com/2014/10/20/concacaf-championship-trinidad-tobago-haiti-guatemala/ http://womens.soccerly.com/2014/10/20/concacaf-championship-trinidad-tobago-haiti-guatemala/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:19:44 +0000 http://womens.soccerly.com/?p=16990 Both Haiti and Trinidad & Tobago have chances to advance to the semifinals, but Guatemala still holds hope. (USA Today Images)

Both Haiti and Trinidad & Tobago have chances to advance to the semifinals, but Guatemala still holds hope. (USA Today Images)

The United States women’s national team takes on Haiti on Monday in World Cup qualifying (7:30 p.m. ET, FS1) knowing that a win or draw will send it through to the semifinals as group winner.

Only Group B leader Costa Rica has clinched a berth to the semifinals thus far.

Trinidad & Tobago play Guatemala earlier in the evening (5 p.m. ET, FS2), also at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., in a match that can turn second-place in the group into an interesting race. A win for Guatemala, combined with a Haiti loss, would leave Guatemala, Haiti and Trinidad & Tobago all on 3 pts.

Guatemala, however, has a minus-6 goal differential, compared to an even goal difference (zero) for T&T and Haiti, so Guatemala would need to win by a large enough margin, combined with a significant Haiti loss to the United States, to advance ( which is not a totally unrealistic situation).

Trinidad & Tobago will go into the match against Guatemala knowing that a draw will likely be enough to advance to the semifinals; Haiti is a massive underdog against the United States. Even a narrow loss to Guatemala, combined with a larger Haiti loss to the U.S., could see T&T go through to the semifinals, where they will likely face Costa Rica, who have already qualified for the next phase of the competition.

The top three teams from CONCACAF will book direct tickets to the 2015 World Cup, with the fourth-place finisher entering a playoff against Ecuador.

“It looked like they were very athletic, fit and quick. I know a couple of players caught my eye,” Trinidad & Tobago coach Randy Waldrum said of Costa Rica.  “We’ve got another game we’ve got to get a result in before we start looking too far ahead to Costa Rica.”

T&T will be without standout goalkeeper Kimika Forbes, who was sent off in the win over Haiti on Friday.

The United States will be without striker Alex Morgan for the rest of the tournament and the next 4-6 weeks (during which the the team won’t be active) after spraining her left ankle on Friday against Guatemala. The same ankle kept Morgan out for nearly seven months, until June. The U.S. cannot replace Morgan on the roster and will play the rest of the tournament with 19 players.

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Canada, Japan announce rosters for friendlies http://womens.soccerly.com/2014/10/20/canada-japan-rosters-edmonton-vancouver-friendlies/ http://womens.soccerly.com/2014/10/20/canada-japan-rosters-edmonton-vancouver-friendlies/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:26:14 +0000 http://womens.soccerly.com/?p=16986 Canada celebrates Kadeisha Buchanan's goal against the USWNT in May. (©CanadaSoccer / by Douglas Portz)

Canada celebrates Kadeisha Buchanan’s goal against the USWNT in May. (©CanadaSoccer / by Douglas Portz)

Canada head coach John Herdman announced his 20-player roster for upcoming home friendlies against world champion Japan, and it features once again the inclusion of youngsters Jessie Fleming, Sura Yekka and Kadeisha Buchanan.

Japan also announced its roster, which will see several late arrivals to camp in Canada.

Canada will play Japan on Saturday at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton and then again on  Tuesday, Oct. 28, at BC Place in Vancouver. Both stadiums are 2015 World Cup venues, with BC Place being the home of the final next July.

“We’ve brought players that have that experience but also have that blend of youth,” Herdman said. Canada began its residency camp last month.

Japan won the last meeting between these two teams, a 2-1 victory in each team’s opening match of the 2012 Olympics.

Also of note for Canada: Sweden coach Pia Sundhage tells The Equalizer that Sweden will travel to Los Angeles in November for two games against Canada, on Nov. 24 and Nov. 26. Canada chose Los Angeles as the place to meet, and Sundhage wants her team to get used to the jetlag of significant travel, which Sweden will face at next year’s World Cup. The matches are believed to be closed-door games.

Canada and Japan rosters for October matches:

CANADA

GK- Stephanie Labbe | SWE / KIF Orebro
GK- Erin McLeod | USA / Houston Dash
D- Kadeisha Buchanan | USA / West Virginia University
D- Allysha Chapman | SWE / Eskilstuna United DFF
D- Rhian Wilkinson | CAN / Comètes de Laval
D- Sura Yekka | CAN / Brams United
D- Emily Zurrer | SWE / Jitex BK
D- Carmelina Moscato | USA / Seattle Reign FC
D- Rachel Quon | USA / Chicago Red Stars
M- Jessie Fleming | CAN / London NorWest SC
M- Kaylyn Kyle | USA / Houston Dash
M- Ashley Lawrence | USA / West Virginia University
M- Diana Matheson | USA / Washington Spirit
M- Sophie Schmidt | USA / Sky Blue FC
M- Desiree Scott | ENG / Notts County FC
F- Adriana Leon | USA / Chicago Stars
F- Christine Sinclair | USA / Portland Thorns
F- Melissa Tancredi | USA / Chicago Red Stars
F- Josée Bélanger | CAN / Comètes de Laval
F- Jonelle Filigno | USA / Sky Blue FC

Japan

GK
1 FUKUMOTO Miho(Okayama Yunogo Belle)
21 YAMANE Erina(JEF United Ichihara Chiba Ladies)
DF
2 KINGA Yukari (Arsenal Ladies FC/England)*
3 IWASHIMIZU Azusa(Nippon Television Beleza)
5 SAMESHIMA Aya(Vegalta Sendai Ladies)
18 ARIYOSHI Saori(Nippon Television Beleza)
19 KAWAMURA Yuri(Vegalta Sendai Ladies)
4 KUMAGAI Saki(Olympique Lyonnais/France)***
MF
7 ANDO Kozue(FFC Frankfurt/Germany)***
8 MIYAMA Aya(Okayama Yunogo Belle)
9 KAWASUMI Nahomi(INAC Kobe)
12 KAMIONOBE Megumi(Albirex Niigata Ladies)
6S AKAGUCHI Mizuho(Nippon Television Beleza)
14 TANAKA Asuna(FFC Frankfurt/Germany)***
13 UTSUGI Rumi(Montpellier Herault Sport Club/France)****
20 NAGASATO Asano(Turbine Potsdam/Germanuy)***
FW
11 OHNO Shinobu(Arsenal Ladies FC/England)*
17 OGIMI Yuki(Chelsea Ladies Football Club/England)**
22 SUGASAWA Yuika(JEF United Ichihara Chiba Ladies)
15 TAKASE Megumi(INAC Kobe)
16 IWABUCHI Mana(FC Bayern Munich/Germany)*****

- Players’joining info
*going with squad from Japan
**joining squad on 20 October
*** ~ ***** joining squad on 21 October

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