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NCAA: For those of you still wondering

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Taylor Knaack is transferring to Texas to finish out her NCAA eligibility, since she can’t do it at Notre Dame. That hurts my heart a little, but rules are rules for a reason, as much as we wish it weren’t so.

And while we’re on the subject of Texas, Clarissa Wedemeyer (also known as That U-17  Who Missed a Crucial PK But We Still Feel Really Bad For Her) decided to forgo Stanford and become a Longhorn instead.

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April 22, 2011 at 2:03 pm

USA Women’s Youth National Team: The S.S. Where’s Press

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Mad props to commenter "RagingBull"

Blah blah, people are complaining about Christen Press being snubbed. My open letter still stands.

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February 15, 2011 at 9:39 pm

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NCAA: Christen Press is really good at acceptance speeches

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I guess she has to be because she’s, like, a communications major.

Now I don’t like wearing dresses — but we should give all the dresses in the world to Christen Press, because Lordy me, she wears this one very well. Press has such good carriage, she’d make a barrel look like haute couture (well, a barrel is often better looking than the tripe those so-called “designers” put out on fashion week).

Press — there’s just one thing I’d like to say about your speech, I know you were just being polite and all, but — while Melissa Henderson is a Natty Champ, I wouldn’t say that Alex Morgan had a particularly successful season. Unless you count saving the “Natty Team’s” ass as a success, which I guess maybe you do…

Anyway. Here’s to a successful first pro season for the young lady outta PVE.

(hat-tip to The Practice Field)

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February 2, 2011 at 2:54 am

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.,

rhythm bandits

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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

NCAA, etc.: Search terms for Christmas!

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Because it is almost the end of the year, here are the top 10 search terms used to find my blog since its inception in January:

Why yes, I am a badass, and this is my badass blog.

Bryane Heaberlin verballed to North Carolina, which makes me want to punch someone in the mouth.

Also, now that we know the Hermann Trophy finalists, I will just say that Christen Press deserves the Hermann Trophy and if she doesn’t win it, I will cry foul.

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December 12, 2010 at 10:43 pm

NCAA: Mariah Carey is a Popular Choice

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Amanda Laddish said that the Fighting Irish sing this song in the locker room:

The Cal Bears sing this song when they return to Berkeley from away games.

Katie Finley, formerly of the Stanford Cardinal, did an ASL video almost like this one. Probably cuter.

And then we can’t forget this song. Being the Christmas season and all.

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December 7, 2010 at 11:08 pm