Friday, August 12, 2016

Sweden Women's Soccer Shocked U.S, Team, Hope Solo Still Bitter Called Them "Cowards"

Sweden Women's Soccer, US womens soccer team, 2016 Rio Olympics

Sweden Women's Soccer, US womens soccer team, 2016 Rio Olympics

The United States women’s soccer team lost to Sweden in the quarterfinals of the 2016 Rio Olympics in the penalty shootout on Friday. The Americans are eliminated and are going home the loser.

The U.S. women soccer team which won last year’s Women’s World Cup, had been in the five previous Olympic final and won  four of those five title games and three straight gold medals in the gold medals in 2004, 2008 and 2012. Unfortunately for them the Swedish team which was coached by former U.S. team manager Pia Sundhage knows how to deal with the Americans.

The U.S. were clearly the favorites since Sweden can only come up with two goals in their three group stage goals and one of those come from a 5-1 lost against hosts Brazil. But the Swedes gave an impeccable defense that left the Americans clueless.

Sweden took a 1-0 lead in the 61st minute using a passing strategy that gave room for Stina Blackstenius for a goal. In the 77th minute the United States responded with a goal, a cross into the penalty area by Tobin Heath skimmed off Crystal Dunn and landed at the feet of Alex Morgan, who fired the ball into the net with her left foot to tie the score at 1-1.

Sweden Women's Soccer, US womens soccer team, 2016 Rio Olympics

In the penalties, the U.S. cracked first, and never really recovered. Morgan first shot in the shootout was blocked by the Swedish goalkeeper, Hedvig Lindahl. After four consecutive successful kicks, Solo had a great save, diving high and to her right to keep out Linda Sembrant and even things up. Christen Press took the Americans’ fifth shot and sent it over the net. Solo tried to mess up the concentration of Swedish shooter, Lisa Dahlkvist by calling to the bench for a change of gloves, but that didn’t work. Dahlkvist was calm and decisive and she delivers the shot that eliminated the Americans.

Sweden Women's Soccer, US womens soccer team, 2016 Rio Olympics
Hope Solo Tweeting
Solo wasn’t happy and she called Sweden Women's Soccer team "Cowards" and said that the better team didn't win.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Canada Beat Australia 2-0, Fastest Goal in The Olympics

Janine Beckie, soccer, Canada, Rio Olympics

Canada defeated Australia 2-0 in Women's soccer. Janine Beckie of Canada recorded the fastest goal, she scored 20 seconds into the Canada's Olympic opener against Australia. Beckie’s goal is the fastest in Olympic soccer history, men’s or women’s. The men’s record is held by Mexico’s Oribe Peralta.

Beckie, 21 plays soccer in the United States for the Houston Dash of the National Women’s Soccer League. This game was her Olympic debut. In the first game, Sweden beat South Africa, 1-0. U.S. soccer team will meet New Zealand on Wednesday at 6 p.m. EST.

USA Vs Bahrain Youth Soccer Match Brawl

US Bahrain soccer brawl, fight, soccer fight

Fight broke out during Monday’s game between the U.S. U-19 Men’s National Team and Bahrain. While Bahrain was up 3-1 in stoppage time, US player Pierre da Silva (wearing No. 10) was tripped by a Bahrain player, followed by Bahrain player that kicked the ball to his head. After seeing the kick, U.S. defender John Nelson chased the player who kicked the ball to da Silva's head, and it developed into a full blown brawl with players from both teams going at each while referees, coaches and trainers attempted to break it up.

The Americans was eliminated from the COTIF tourney with the 3-1 loss to Bahrain.