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2011 Women's World Cup

2011 WOMEN'S WORLD CUP

December 23, 2011
STILL NO. 1
U.S. women finish atop FIFA rankings

The United States finished 2011 atop the FIFA world women's rankings, the organization announced on Friday. The Americans accrued 2,148 points, only five point ahead of second-place Germany (2,143). Japan (2,106), which captured the Women's World Cup in July, cracked the top three for the first time in its history.


December 21, 2011
KIWIS COMING
New Zealand to play U.S. women

The U.S. Women's National Team will face New Zealand on Feb. 11 at FC Dallas Stadium in Frisco, Texas, in a meeting between two teams that made emotional runs at the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup. The match will kick off at 4 p.m. ET.


December 20, 2011
MY DEAR, ABBY!
Wambach named AP athlete of the year

Abby Wambach accomplished something on Tuesday that neither Mia Hamm, Michelle Akers or Landon Donovan had been able to do. She became the first soccer player -- man or woman -- to be named athlete of the year by the Associated Press.


December 19, 2011
WORLD CUP FINAL REMATCH
U.S. vs. Japan women in Algarve Cup

The U.S. women have been placed in Group B at the annual Algarve Cup in Portugal, where they will face Denmark, Norway and Japan during the tournament that will run from Feb. 29 through March 7.


November 19, 2011
ENDING WITH A DRAW
U.S. women close out year 1-1 vs. Sweden

GLENDALE, Ariz. – Tobin Heath scored a second half goal to lift he United States to a 1-1 tie with Sweden in front of a record crowd of 18,482 at University of Phoenix Stadium Saturday night. It was the largest crowd to ever see the U.S. women in Arizona.


November 19, 2011
CAPPING THE YEAR
U.S. Women close out against Sweden

GLENDALE, Ariz.--The U.S. Women’s National Team will close out their resurgent 2011 campaign with a game against Sweden at the University of Phoenix Stadium on Saturday night (9 pm ET, webcast on USSoccer.com).


October 26, 2011
BACK TO BUSINESS
WNT Olympic qualifying schedule unveiled

The Women’s World Cup now far behind them, the U.S. Women’s National Team will begin qualifying for the 2012 Olympic Games against the Dominican Republic January 20 at BC Place in Vancouver.


September 22, 2011
O-CANADA
U.S. wins friendly three nil

Abby Wambach scored two goals and Alex Morgan added a late minute strike to give the United States a 3-0 win over Canada in the second game of their two game friendly series at Jeld Wen Field Thursday night.


September 17, 2011
MUTED CELEBRATION
U.S. Women tie Canada 1-1

KANSAS CITY, Kan.—If the U.S. Women needed any reminders that next year’s CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament will not be the cakewalk it once was, they needed to look no farther than Saturday night’s 1-1 draw with Canada in front of a boisterous crowd at Livestrong Sporting Park.


September 16, 2011
NO ROOM FOR ERROR
U.S. Women begin prep for 2012 Olympics

As they head into a pair of friendlies against Canada in what is being billed as a “celebration tour” following their loss in the Finals of the 2011 Women’s World Cup, the U.S. Women’s National Team knows what lies ahead, and there’s no room for error.


August 29, 2011
WORLD CUPPERS RETURN
All 21 named for USWNT friendlies

CHICAGO – The entire 21-player roster for the United States from this summer’s 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup will face Canada during the “WNT Celebration Series” on Sept. 17 at Livestrong Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan., and on Sept. 22 at Jeld-Wen Field in Portland, Ore.


August 3, 2011
BACK TOGETHER
U.S. Women in 2 game series with Canada

CHICAGO – The U.S. Women's National Soccer Team will return to the field for the first time since the conclusion of the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup when it faces Canada in Kansas City, Kan., and Portland, Ore., during friendly matches in September.


July 22, 2011
CALL HER COACH WAMBACH
U.S. star named magicJack player-coach

U.S. international striker Abby Wambach, who led the United States to a second-place finish in Women’s World Cup, will coach the magicJack for the rest of the Women’s Professional Soccer season.


July 21, 2011
FINDING SOME FAME
National Jewish Hall honors former USWNT player Belkin Rademacher

Debbie Belkin Rademacher, a member of the United States team that captured the very first Women's World Cup in 1991, has been elected into the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.


July 18, 2011
NEW RECORD
WWC Final top cable rating ever for soccer

BRISTOL, Conn.---Sunday’s 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup Finals between the United States and Japan – which crowned Japan as tournament champion on a penalty shootout after the match ended in a 2-2 tie – was seen by an average 13.458 million viewers, based on a 7.4 U.S. household rating (8.58 million household impressions), making it the most-watched and highest-rated soccer telecast on an ESPN network, based on fast nationals by the Nielsen Company.


July 17, 2011
THE SUN RISES
Japan bests U.S. on penalties

FRANKFURT, Germany---Maybe Japan was the team of destiny. Maybe their shattered country needed the win in Sunday’s Women’s World Cup Final more, and the United States literally handed it to them.


July 17, 2011
DEFENSE WON’T REST
Stopping Japan will be chore for U.S.

Japan may be the surprise team of the FIFA Women’s World Cup, but the United States, who will face the upstarts in the final on Sunday (2:00 pm ET), know the Nadeshiko very well, having beaten them twice in the run up to the World Cup, in Columbus, Ohio and Cary, NC.


July 16, 2011
INCREDIBLE SUPPORT
U.S. players appreciate groundswell

It seems everyone has jumped on the U.S. Women’s National Team bandwagon.


July 16, 2011
RIGHT AT HOME
Krieger looks forward to final in Frankfurt

A quick look down the U.S. Women’s National Team roster and one thing in particular stands out. Ali Krieger’s club. While every other player in the U.S. squad plies their trade in Women’s Professional Soccer, Krieger has spent the last three years playing in Germany. Frankfurt, to be specific. On Sunday, when the U.S. team steps out onto the field at Commerzbank Arena, it will be a very familiar feeling for the native of Dumfries, Va. She has played her professional soccer on that pitch for the last three years.


July 15, 2011
GOLDEN BALL FINALISTS
Solo, Cheney, Wambach are among dozen

Three American players -- goalkeeper Hope Solo, midfielder Lauren Cheney and striker Abby Wambach -- were among a dozen players who were nominated for the Golden Ball at the Women's World Cup in Germany.


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