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USA Women’s National Team: An open letter to other federations

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She looks perfectly fine to me, Pia.

Dear women’s football (soccer) federations, and coaches across the world not named Pia Sundhage,

Here in the United States we have something called the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). There are a lot of sports under their governance, including women’s soccer.  Many great players have passed through NCAA, perhaps even some players on your own squads. This past year, some notice has been given to the leading scorer in the collegiate ranks this year, a young lady by the name of Christen Press.

Miss Press is an accomplished striker who is able to create and finish, fleet-footed, and has (as far as we have observed) tremendous promise. She is also a much calmer presence than Kelley Maureen O’Hara and Kerri Michel Hanks, the two players she is most often compared to. Unfortunately, this promise seems to be going to waste in our country, as our head coach has somehow decided that even Meghan “Wears Too Much Eyeliner So She Looks Strung Out” Klingenberg merited a full national team call-up ahead of her.

Here, my dear women’s football federations, is where you come in. Miss Press’ teammates at Stanford University, Alina Lisi Garciamendez-Rowold and Teresa Noyola-Bayardo, having been otherwise given short-shrift by the United States Soccer Federation, have transferred their talents to Mexico. This is working very much in Mexico’s favor as well as their own — both have a very good chance of representing Mexico at the Women’s World Cup in Germany. Miss Press, on the other hand, has (as far as we have seen) little future with the United States. The fact that we have still not released Kristine Lilly from the player pool is a damning statement of what USSF thinks where its talented youth should go. (Hint: where the sun does not shine.)

So, my dear women’s football federations (and coaches), here is your chance to seize a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity (literally) to offer citizenship to Miss Christen Press, who will certainly be an asset to any football (soccer) team that will have her. Applications are open to all reasonable contenders, but being a World Cup-bound team in need of a good striker is a plus in the consideration process. (Equatorial Guinea and North Korea, please sit down, I do not think Miss Press looks manly enough for your teams.)

I hope you consider our proposal, and in everything make the most of your youthful promise.

Please accept our most humble regards, etc. etc.,

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Written by teamongolia

December 20, 2010 at 11:23 pm

Mexico Women’s National Team: Yes she did

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Please take a moment to watch this video…you will probably recognize who that young lady wearing 19 is.

That’s right. Teresa Noyola. I remember asking a while ago– “will she or won’t she?” As in, would she or wouldn’t she leave the US Soccer system to play for her motherland? Considering that she’d just worn the USA crest this past summer (as opposed to Perez, who last wore it in 2008 — and Garciamendez, who last wore it when she was 16 or thereabouts but only at a training camp), I hadn’t thought she would go for it so soon.

But she did. Since this video was of a senior national team competition, I can’t see her not being cap-tied.

There goes another expatriate…but not just any expatriate. Unlike Perez and Garciamendez, Noyola has had more presence in the USA youth system, having represented the USA in serious business international competitions since 2007.

Huge loss for US Soccer (although I doubt they’ll realize it), a great coup for Mexico.

EDIT: Money quote from the comments: “If the US doesn’t stop fucking around, they’re going to lose every player ever to have a relative from another country. All the NT will be left with is ex-pat Canadians that got wamboozled by UCLA.”

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December 16, 2010 at 6:54 am

USA Women’s National Team: A Soccer Pundit Says

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I tried to get Dr Dibble to talk about Kristine Lilly’s role in this, as there was a good point made during the Twitter flood last night, but apparently he forgot.

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November 6, 2010 at 3:37 pm

USA Women’s National Team: A List & “WELL THAT SUCKED”

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Let’s have some sappy sad music for the USWNT (who lost an automatic bid to the Women’s World Cup tonight). The game winning goal was scored by none other than University of Washington alumna and former USA U-23 player, Veronica Perez.

That said, here is a list of posts I wish to write:

  • Alina Garciamendez and the Mexico WNT (why she can come and go while Alex Morgan cannot)
  • Teresa Noyola: will she or won’t she?
  • Was my previous post about Morgan vindicated by this admittedly painful game?
  • What I wish Pia had done a long time ago
  • Jonelle Filigno is hot That’s self-evident. (Anyone else think she jinxed the USA in her post-game interview?)

Written by teamongolia

November 6, 2010 at 4:54 am

FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, NCAA: It’s Like One Tree Hill

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I am a University of California, Berkeley alumna so generally I am very protective of their women’s soccer team. However, even I know they’ll never crack the Sweet 16. Not with the coach they have now, unless they give him the boot and let Kelly Lindsey take the lead, for real this time.

(Dear SBFC fans who may have come by this way and want to rip on Kelly Lindsey for abandoning your beloved team: For a team that goes through coaches like disposable baby diapers, one might think the problem isn’t the coaching but your smarmy GM and bloated egos the size of the former USSR just because of that star on the crest of your Kraft macaroni and cheese jerseys. SO GO AWAY. Thank you.)

That said, I am totally sold on Alina Garciamendez, the Stanford sophomore and the heart of Mexico’s national team, both at the U-20 and senior level. That girl is El Tri’s be-all end-all. Seriously, I am dying to see her wonder goal against Nigeria. Not to mention she has impressive forearms.

Man. The Cardinal (and their unpleasant fans) always get the good ones. Yeah, I’m jealous. Shut the fuck up.

(Off-topic question: Is the Alex Morgan fanboy who mispronounced Lauren Fowlkes’ name — to hilarious effect — still commentating these games?)

Also somewhat ironically, Mexico’s current leading scorer at the tournament is Renae Cuellar, who plays for the University of Arizona — the team that usually ends up at the bottom of the Pac-10 heap.

WPS: Athletica’s Veronica Perez joins Mexico’s national team

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Last summer, she spent 10 days with the U.S. under-23 national team before deciding she would play with the Mexico national team, her mother’s homeland. In Mexico, she is already on the full national team roster and will earn her first “caps” — international appearances — when Mexico faces the U.S. at the end of the month — March 28 in San Diego and March 31 in Utah.

“It was definitely a tough decision to make,” Perez said. “I’m still young. Most of the Team USA girls didn’t get their break (with the full national team) until their mid 20s.”

“Perez realizes her dream of playing pro soccer”, The Daily Journal, 16 March 2010.

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March 16, 2010 at 6:48 pm