Women's Soccer

4.49 Seconds After Kick-Off, She Hammered In This Goal From 57 Yards Out

For the preseason opponents of the University of Missouri-St. Louis Tritons, this isn’t what you’d refer to as a dream start. 4.49 seconds into the match, they find themselves down 1-0 to UMSL thanks to this wonder goal from Triton midfielder/forward Kayla Delgado.

The opposition goalkeeper stands atop her 18-yard box as the referee blows for kick-off, presumably extremely excited to get under way in the brilliant Missouri sunshine.

Hope Solo Calls An Early End To Her Club Season, Reportedly Considering Retirement

Hope Solo’s six-month ban from the USWNT, and the termination of her contract with the national team, has resulted in the decorated goalkeeper releasing another statement with regards to her status with the Seattle Reign, her NWSL club side.

“After careful consideration, I have decided to end my season with the Seattle Reign, an organization I love playing for. Mentally, I am not there yet,” reads the statement.

With A Six-Month Suspension And Her Contract Terminated, Hope Solo’s U.S. Career Is Over

For the United States Soccer Federation, it’s seemingly a case of enough finally being enough. Following Hope Solo’s infamous declaration that Sweden were a “bunch of cowards” after their victory over the U.S., America’s governing body has handed Solo a six month suspension and terminated her contract with the women’s national team. 

Germany Notch A Victory For Football By Defeating Sweden 2-1 In Gold Medal Match

After watching Portugal capture Euro 2016 by winning only a single match in regular time, the fear here was that we were about to witness more of the same on the women’s side of the game. Sweden had ridden their luck to the gold medal match on the strength of two penalty shootout victories.

Against Germany, they came undone. The first forty-five minutes appeared to give strength to the notion that Sweden were destined to win gold, but Germany simply blew them away in the second half. A 67th minute Sweden goal wasn’t enough to overturn the lead Germany had built.  

Canada Point The Way Forward For International Football

When Canada advanced to the quarter-finals of the 2015 Women’s World Cup, it was tempting to put their success down to the benefits of hosting the tournament and the individual brilliance of Kadeisha Buchanan and Christine Sinclair.

They’ve since put those notions to bed by advancing to the bronze medal match of the 2016 Rio Games. In their defiant 2-0 defeat to Germany in the semi-finals, they exemplified the strength of football as a sport of meritocracy — where, on any given day, the footballing superpowers of the world can be defeated by the long shot.

Sweden Is The Team These Olympics Deserve

We've already covered many of the terrible things that have gone on before and during the Olympics, but here's a refresher: the Zika virus, deadly bacteria in the water, the police and fire departments can't protect anybody, everything is dirty, the diving pool turned green, it's really hot, a camera fell on some people, the Olympic Village is unfit for human habitation and the Sweden Women's National Team is making soccer unwatchable.

Hope Solo Is A Different Kind Of Loser

Most athletes don’t live up to the standard of “role model” - for that matter, most teachers, parents, politicians and doctors don’t either.  Athletes are simply paid more attention due to the public nature of their jobs.  “Role model” is a title bestowed on an impressive and select group.  “Role model” is rarified air – it's a term reserved for people that live with positivity, compassion, connectivity, vision, courage, decency, empathy, intelligence, strength, work-ethic, clarity of purpose and love.