Month: July 2012


US Women Advance to Olympic Quarterfinals on Friday

us-wnt-2012-olympics-glasgowThe U.S. Women’s National Team swept the group stage of the 2012 London Olympics with a 1-0 victory against Korea DPR on Tuesday.

Abby Wambach scored a goal for a third straight Olympic match and the USA took first place in Group G with a convincing win in front of 29,522 at Old Trafford, home of the Premier League’s Manchester United. The U.S. needed only a draw or better to assure itself a first-place finish in group play.

The Quarterfinal game will be played on Friday against the wildcard team from New Zealand, live at 8:30 am. All four of the Quarterfinal games will be broadcast on NBC Sports as well as streamed live.

There is also post-Olympic Games news. The U.S. Women’s National Team will face Costa Rica in its first post-London Olympics international friendly on Saturday, Sept. 1, at Sahlen’s Stadium in Rochester, N.Y. The match, which kicks off at 2:30 p.m. ET, will be broadcast live on NBC. The U.S.-Costa Rica matchup takes place in the hometown of star striker Abby Wambach, the second-leading scorer in the women’s game with 140 career international goals. She has scored in all three matches so far at the 2012 London clubs in dubai


Tiffany Laughlin Joins Missouri Southern Lions from Missouri State

tiffany-laughlin-missouri-state-bearsVia Missouri Southern Lions – Missouri Southern Women’s Soccer head coach Alese Woolard has announced the transfer of Tiffany Laughlin.

Big news for the Lions as they acquire an impact player who has spent the first two seasons of her college career filling holes in the Bear’s defense rather than her preferred offensive role. With freshman Bethany Smith’s move to Benedictine Coach Rob Brewer has prematurely lost two of his top three point scorers from 2011, leaving only the unpredictable Shelby Stewart.

Laughlin will join Candis Clark, a senior and her new dorm mate, along with sophomore Samantha Zoltanski and freshmen Kacie and Kimberly Hulse as former Pattonville Pirates on the Lion’s roster. Given Pattonville’s position as one of the top public school programs in the State the past four years, Coach Woolard has tapped a strong recruiting pool that will go a long way towards integrating Laughlin into the squad. The team also includes Kelsey Haist (Nixa), Megan Jenisch (Ozark) and Tasha Lord (Waynesville) on the roster.

The Lion’s reached the MIAA Championship game in 2011, winning nine of their last 12 games before falling to the #8 nationally ranked Central Missouri Jennie’s 3-1.

Laughlin comes to the Lions from NCAA D-I Missouri State University. In her two years in Springfield Tiffany scored seven goals and three assists for 17 points, in 35 matches. Laughlin’s game winning header against Northern Iowa in overtime sent the Lady Bears to the Missouri Valley Conference Championship Match at the Cooper Sports Complex. Laughlin wasted little time making an impact on the Bears in 2010 as a freshman as she scored two goals in the home opening win over UALR (8/27/10). Her four goals on the season were second on the team. She scored the game-winning goal in the regular season finale against Evansville (10/28/10) to give the Bears a bye into the semifinals of the MVC Tournament. Her two game-winning goals were tied for the team lead.

Laughlin was a four-year starter for head coach Tom Iffrig. During her tenure with the team, the Pirates went undefeated in conference play and were district champions her freshman, junior and senior seasons. She was named team MVP and earned all-conference, all-metro and all-state first team honors her senior season while leading her team to a state runner-up finish. During her junior season, Laughlin scored 11 goals and tallied 18 assists while earning first-team all-state, second-team all-metro and first-team all-conference honors for a Pirates team that finished third in state. Her sophomore campaign netted her an all-conference second team honor after she scored six goals and 23 assists, the most in the Suburban North Conference. Laughlin was named Rookie of the Year after her eight goal, 22 assist output as a freshman. She was also named all-conference first team, all-metro third team and all-state honorable mention accolades her freshman season. Laughlin was a place kicker for the football team her senior season.

Laughlin is the daughter of Kevin Laughlin and Rhonda Link and was born June 26, 1992. She is majoring in physical education. Her sister, Jenna, was a member of Missouri State Bears squad from 2005-2008.looking for escort


Ann Cook Promoted to Associate Head Coach at Penn State

erica-walsh-ann-cook-penn-state-soccerVia Penn State Women’s Soccer – Penn State women’s soccer coach Erica Walsh has promoted Ann Cook to Associate Head Coach. Cook has spent the last five years on the Penn State staff as an assistant coach.

Cook, who assumed the position on July 1, enters her sixth season with the Nittany Lions after helping guide them to their 14th-straight Big Ten title, a women’s athletic record in the conference. This will also be the sixth season Cook will be coaching under her former teammate, Walsh. The two combined for many wins on the field at William & Mary and have already shown their prowess on the sidelines together as they led the squad to four consecutive Big Ten titles.

Check out this interview I did with Ann Cook from 2005 when she was with Nebraska. I later visited Chicago to cover the Nittany Lion’s game at Northwestern in her first season with PSU. The photo above is from that trip, Ann (on right) with Head Coach Erica Walsh on the lakefront pitch at Northwestern.

For the sixth consecutive year, Cook traveled to Nicaragua with an organization called Soccer Without Borders, bringing along a few Nittany Lions in the process to help out. The organization focuses on using soccer as a tool for youth development around the world. The Nittany Lion players helped collect numerous pairs of shoes prior to Cook’s departure and accounted for about 50 young girls in Nicaragua getting new shoes and a new appreciation for soccer.

Prior to PSU, Cook was an assistant coach at Nebraska, for two seasons. Cook was responsible for numerous tasks while at Nebraska including individual and team training, recruiting, video analysis and scheduling. She also worked closely as the staff’s liaison to the Huskers’ athletic support staff.

During her tenure at Missouri State from 2004-05, she handled training, recruiting and team travel duties as well as supervising the strength and conditioning program. The head coach at Drury University from 1999-2000, her squad ranked No. 5 in the NCAA Division-II poll among new programs in 1999.

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See the U19 Boys National Championship Live on Fox Soccer Saturday

2012-usysa-national-championships-logoThe Under-19 Boys US Youth Soccer National Championship, James P. McGuire Cup, final will be broadcast live on Fox Soccer from Manchester Meadows in Rock Hill, S.C., beginning with a pre-game show at 6:30 pm CT and kickoff at 7:00 pm.

The Under-19 Boys James P. McGuire Cup is the oldest trophy in youth sports dating back to 1935 with the inaugural youth championships and played annually except during World War II. Officially known as the United States Soccer Federation National Junior Challenge Cup, the competition was renamed the James P. McGuire Junior Champion Cup in 1975, after the late United States Soccer Federation President. He played for the Brooklyn Wanderers in 1929, and later joined the Brooklyn St. Mary’s Celtics who with McGuire at centre half won the U.S. Open Cup. James McGuire also served on World Cup and various other FIFA committees, and earned an international reputation as an excellent soccer administrator and leader. READ MOREjapanese independent escorts dubai


US Women Face France in Olympic Opener Wednesday

2012-olympics-londonThe Football competition kicks off the London 2012 Olympic Games beginning Wednesday. The Women start things off when the host’s England face off against New Zealand at 10:00 am on MSNBC. The USA faces France at 11:00 am on NBC Sports Network. Japan plays Canada, also at 11:00 am. All of the games will be broadcast and the can be found in my Soccer on TV calendar (right footer).

Find the complete schedule on NBC. NBC will stream many of them, visit the Live Extra site to register, a necessity to view them. There is also an iOS application available for fans on the go.

Competition dates for the tournament run from Wednesday 25 July to Saturday 11 August. uk escort agency