Tag Archives: U.S. Women’s National Team

Heather O'Reilly Talks WPS and World Cup

Heather O'Reilly has won at every level. She was part of the Sky Blue FC's 2009 Championship team in the WPS's innagrual season. (Courtesy Sky Blue FC/David Todd)

By Kevin Koczwara

Heather O’Reilly started playing for the United States Women’s National Soccer Team while still in high school in East Brunswick, New Jersey. O’Reilly was asked by the national team coach April Hendricks to suit up for the match against Sweden in the Algrave Cup on March 1, 2002 despite being only 17 years old and still in high school. The forward hasn’t looked back since, making over 1oo appearances.

O’Reilly played on the 2004 U.S. Olympic team, she was the youngest member of the team, winning a gold medal. She scored a crucial, game-winning overtime goal for the USWNT in the semi-finals match with Germany, which the U.S. won, 2-1. She would go on to be a vital member of the gold medal winning team in 2008 in Beijing, China.

The North Carolina Tar Heels retired O’Reilly’s number 20 jersey in 2008 after she graduated from the university with a degree in education and earning numerous awards for her play on two NCAA Division 1 Women’s soccer teams. She was named Offensive MVP of the NCAA Tournament twice and won the prestigious NCAA Honda-Broderick award for the best female college athlete as a senior – she was nominated three previous times.

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Carli Lloyd Talks WPS and The World Cup

Carli Llyod put the soccer world on notice at the 2008 Olympics when she scored the game winning goal in extra time of the gold medal game against Brazil. Courtesy Sky Blue FC/Howard C. Smith - ISI Photos

By Kevin Koczwara

Carli Lloyd holds down the midfield for the United States Women’s National Soccer Team [USWNT]. Her presence in the midfield for the U.S. has been a major part of the team’s success over the past few years.

Lloyd played all 600 minutes of the 2008 Olympics for the USWNT in Beijing and scored the game winning goal of the gold medal game against Brazil from 18 yards out with her left foot in extra time. Her goal clinched the U.S. the gold medal. After the goal and the gold medal, Lloyd was named U.S. Female Soccer Player of the Year.

Lloyd played for Rutgers College in her home state of New Jersey for her four collegiate years and left the school as its all team leader in points with 117 assists and 50 goals, impressive numbers.

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U.S. Women's National Side Beats Germany

Courtesy Jason Gulledge flickr

By Chris Wimmer  of Virginia Online Soccer News

On May 22nd in Cleveland, Ohio with a 4-0 shutout of 2-time defending Women’s World Cup Champions Germany, the U.S. Women’s National team made a statement: they are once again the best team in the world.

The U.S. had two goals in each half, and an amazing game from goalkeeper Hope Solo helped cap the shutout. Goals were scored by Heather O’Reilly, Kristine Lilly, and the always reliable Abby Wambach (2 goals) which moves her into the 3rd position on the U.S. all-time scoring leaders list.

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