United States' defender Kelley O'Hara (5) plays against France during the first half of a SheBelieves Cup women's soccer matc... United States' Kelley O'Hara in action against Brazil in a friendly soccer match Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, in Seattle. The ma... United States' Kelley O'Hara (5) looks on during the second half of an international friendly soccer match against Colombia, ... United States defender Kelley O'Hara looks at the scoreboard during the second half of an international friendly soccer match... United States' Kelley O'Hara (5) in action during the second half of an international friendly soccer match against Colombia,... United States' Kelley O'Hara in action against Brazil in a friendly soccer match Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, in Seattle. The ma... United States defender Kelley O'Hara dribbles upfield during the first half of an international friendly soccer match against... United States' Kelley O'Hara (5) acknowledges the fans as she walks around the … [Read more...] about Utah Royals trade for U.S. Women’s National Team defender Kelley O’Hara
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CINCINNATIClub: Futbol Club Cincinnati (FC Cincinnati for short – brand tweaks appears likely if selected for MLS, and could be renamed “Fussball Club Cincinnati” in order to play off the city’s German heritage). More: Jeff Berding: FC Cincinnati 'gave our best' at MLS presentation Club history: Formed in late winter 2015 and launched publicly in August 2015. The club played its first match in March 2016 and currently plays home matches in Nippert Stadium, the University of Cincinnati’s century-old college football venue (capacity 32,000+). In winter 2017, the club invested more than $2 million to renovate Nippert to better accommodate soccer and bring the venue up to FIFA specifications. FC Cincinnati enjoyed success on the field in each of its first two seasons (advanced to Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup semifinal in 2017) and shattered USL single-game and single-season attendance records. In a nod to the club’s and city’s soccer … [Read more...] about Breaking down the MLS expansion team finalists: Cincinnati, Detroit, Nashville, Sacramento
TOKYO (AP) — North Korea's national soccer teams have arrived in Tokyo as an exception to Japanese sanctions against Pyongyang's missile and nuclear development.North Korea is competing against Japan, China and South Korea in the E-1 Football Championship, which starts Friday.The arrival of North Korea's men's and women's teams comes amid growing tension in the region. Pyongyang test-launched an intercontinental ballistic missile that landed within Japan's 200-nautical mile exclusive economic zone, which experts said could hit Washington if launched on a standard trajectory. The U.S. and South Korean militaries are holding a major air force exercise.Japan has banned North Korean nationals from entering the country as part of its sanctions against Pyongyang's nuclear and missile tests. Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. … [Read more...] about North Korean national soccer teams in Japan for tournament
One of the biggest events in all of sport is approaching quickly, and it's time to field the tournament.The 2018 FIFA World Cup draw takes place Friday, Dec. 1, in Moscow, with the 32 teams who qualified being placed into eight groups.Here's everything you need to know for the event.How to watchFox Sports: 10 - 11 AM ET, with a 30-minute pre-and post-showFIFA's website.How does the draw work?All 32 teams will be separated into four pots evenly and based on their FIFA world ranking. The highest-ranked teams go in Pot 1, the lowest in Pot 4. The host nation (this year being Russia) is placed in Pot 1 among the world's best. From then on, the teams are drawn into eight different groups of four, labeled A-H.Confused? FIFA breaks it down below. One thing to remembered: teams from the same confederation cannot be drawn into the same group, with the only exception being UEFA teams, which allows two from the European confederation to be drawn in the same group.Who has … [Read more...] about 2018 World Cup draw: How to watch, how it works and teams who qualified
NEW YORK (AP) — Josh McCown has some big-time red, white and blue bragging rights on Demario Davis.The New York Jets teammates put their pads aside and served as opposing coaches for an eight-on-eight flag football game featuring military service members — who were appropriately decked out in green and white jerseys — at Fort Hamilton Army Base in Brooklyn on Tuesday.Final score: Team McCown 18, Team Davis 14."There's no doubt that we won and we had every intention of winning and I'll keep this in the books as 1-0 for my coaching career against Demario," McCown said with a laugh during a telephone interview. "And I won't let him live this down anytime soon in that locker room, I know that."The victory in the "Fort Hamilton Turkey Bowl" was sealed when a defender on McCown's team knocked away a pass."It was a lot of fun, but, oh, man, I don't like to lose," Davis said by phone. "I've got to find a way to get him back."Staff Sergeant Michael Edwards earned MVP honors … [Read more...] about Jets’ McCown, Davis coach military squads in flag football
With the lure of Champions League football proving too strong to resist, United States forward Alex Morgan is joining European champion Lyon in a move she hopes will help her become the world’s best player. Lyon announced on Tuesday that Morgan is arriving from Orlando Pride on a six-month deal, with an option for her to play a further season. The 27-year-old Morgan wants to make the most of her career as she enters her peak years. “I hope that this change will help push my game to another level,” she said. “I want to be the best player in the United States, the best player in the world.” Morgan has made 120 appearances for the U.S. women’s team and scored 73 goals, winning the Olympic gold medal in 2012 and the World Cup last year in Canada. But she has never sampled European club football’s intense rivalries, and this was a chance too good to miss, especially considering three-time European champion Lyon is … [Read more...] about U.S. national team star Alex Morgan joins Lyon in quest to be ‘best player in the world’
If forced to sign a loyalty oath, I would root for the United States in a baseball game against Israel, OK? But until the two nations ever square off, I, like most American Jews, am pulling for Israel in the World Baseball Classic. We're all in for the affectionately self-titled Jew Crew, as Israel's baseball team, which has more American Jews than actual Israelis on it, engineers an underdog sports story as unlikely as the Miracle on Ice. If you follow Jewish history, you know miracles have never been in short supply, from the burning of the oil for eight nights of Hanukkah to Moses parting the Red Sea. But there has been far less magic in Jewish sports, and that's partly the reason Jews in the United States are gleaning so much pride from a rag-tag baseball team draped in the Star of David. Simply, we have never had many sports heroes to look up to. "It's a great story for people back home who follow the game and who are in our shoes — have Jewish … [Read more...] about What Team Israel means to American Jews watching the World Baseball Classic
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The Nigerian men’s soccer team had its trip to the Rio Olympics delayed by a mix-up at the airport, forcing the club to board a last-minute flight from Atlanta to Brazil just hours before its opening match in the games. The team boarded a Delta Air Lines jet out of Atlanta on Thursday morning for the jungle city of Manaus, where it plays Japan later in the day. The team’s spokesman posted a picture on Twitter of the team boarding the plane with the message “here we go” and said they were scheduled to arrive in the city in time to play the match. Still, the team faced the uncomfortable situation of spending the day of its debut at the Olympics aboard an airplane on a more than six-hour flight and facing a Japan team that has been in Brazil for several days preparing for the contest. There are conflicting reports about how the team ended up in this position. Bunmi Jinadu, founder of United Soccer Africa, … [Read more...] about Nigeria men’s soccer deals with flight issues that forces team to arrive for Olympics on day of 1st game
As the Rugby World Cup kicks off in the United Kingdom, the buzz across the pond in the United States is about the American national team: Will the Eagles finally make an impact on the world stage? Can one nation possibly excel at more than one oval-ball sport at once? Don’t put more money on it than you can afford to lose, sports fans, because lose you will. USA Rugby has historically had a dismal showing in the World Cup, winning only three games in their six tournaments to date. An optimistic view might turn up several factors indicating American rugby is ready for a turnaround. Rugby has become one of the fastest-growing sports in America, with almost half a million players nationwide. The sport has a higher international profile lately thanks to a crossover Aussie rugby star Jarryd Hayne making a splash in the NFL this season, and more football coaches looking to rugby to learn about the art of tackling. VOCATIV: NFL FANS, YOU'RE SERIOUSLY OVERESTIMATING YOUR TEAMS … [Read more...] about Is team USA a ‘sleeping giant’ in the Rugby World Cup?
TOKYO - Japan’s world champion women’s football team has taken exception to flying economy while their male counterparts sat in business class on a flight to Europe for the Olympics. The women’s team was assigned seats in premium economy for the 13-hour flight to Paris while the nation’s under-23 men’s team was up front on the same flight. Homare Sawa, the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year said “it should have been the other way around.” The Japan Football Association said the men fly business class to the Olympics in consideration of their status as professionals. The association upgraded the women’s team from standard to premium economy in recognition of their status as gold medal contenders. Join the Conversation: … [Read more...] about Japan’s World Cup champion women’s soccer team stuck in economy while men’s team gets business class … on same flight!