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Post by Geezaldinho on Tue May 29, 2012 9:05 am

Pia announced the 18 player roster and the four alternates.

U.S. Olympic Women’s Soccer Team Roster by Position – Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Nicole Barnhart, Hope Solo
DEFENDERS (6): Rachel Buehler, Amy LePeilbet, Heather Mitts, Kelley O’Hara, Christie Rampone, Becky Sauerbrunn
MIDFIELDERS (6): Shannon Boxx, Lauren Cheney, Tobin Heath, Carli Lloyd, Heather O’Reilly, Megan Rapinoe
FORWARDS (4): Sydney Leroux, Alex Morgan, Amy Rodriguez, Abby Wambach

“As always, these players make it very difficult to select rosters, and for this Olympic team it was a long, productive and interesting process to cut the pool down to these 18,” said Sundhage. “The team is a mix of very experienced players and several new fresh faces. All the players are versatile, which is extremely important when you have just 16 field players on a roster. This is a group that is focused on some very high goals and it will be a pleasure to coach them in the Olympics.”

Sundhage also named four replacement players in midfielder Lori Lindsey and goalkeeper Jill Loyden – both members of the USA’s 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup team – twice-capped midfielder Meghan Klingenberg and forward Christen Press, who is uncapped but currently one of the top scorers in the Swedish First Division.

Congrats to Megan, but too bad Steph didn't make it this time.

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Re: Olympics

Post by DoubleDipper on Wed Jul 11, 2012 10:00 am

Hmmm, Title IX? Yes, absolutely!

During this, the summer of the 40th anniversary of Title IX, the women outnumber the men on the US Olympic team for the first time. A look at the roster released yesterday by the US Olympic Committee shows 269 women and 261 men headed to London to compete. Cool

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Re: Olympics

Post by DaTruRochin on Wed Jul 11, 2012 10:14 am

Ironically the only reason the women's total roster is higher is the men's soccer team didn't qualify this year....

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Team USA Uniforms

Post by DoubleDipper on Wed Jul 11, 2012 10:26 am

Team USA’s Opening Ceremony uniforms have been revealed.....shrug.

I’m not going to come out and criticize the beret (although I’m sure those who still call French fries “Freedom” fries will), as the berets probably get their inspiration from various elite military units, but I’d like to see the ladies in something that didn’t remind me of an English schoolmarm with bobby socks.

And come on, what could be more American than the branding and product placement of the Ralph Lauren polo pony/player logo on the beret and blazer!!


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Heather?

Post by DoubleDipper on Wed Jul 11, 2012 10:35 am

Hmm, I do believe that is USA Soccer Team defender Heather Mitts in the picture above. I know she looks a lot better than the uniform makes her appear!




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Swoosh

Post by DoubleDipper on Wed Jul 11, 2012 10:40 am

When you consider how many hours, days, and years our USA Olympians spend perfecting their body and their athletic prowess, many probably love this USA "Turbospeed" uniform from Nike:


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Re: Olympics

Post by DoubleDipper on Wed Jul 11, 2012 10:47 am

DaTruRochin wrote:Ironically the only reason the women's total roster is higher is the men's soccer team didn't qualify this year....
Point taken, but I'm looking for a more descriptive word than "ironically" when commenting on the men's failure to qualify for the Olympics. Embarassed

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Re: Olympics

Post by pilotram on Wed Jul 11, 2012 11:45 am

Those are ugly opening ceremony unis.....even without the silly beret.

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Re: Olympics

Post by DoubleDipper on Wed Jul 11, 2012 12:02 pm

pilotram wrote:Those are ugly opening ceremony unis.....even without the silly beret.
OMG, do you realize you just called Geez's (avatar) beret "silly?"

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Re: Olympics

Post by pilotram on Wed Jul 11, 2012 2:58 pm

DoubleDipper wrote:
pilotram wrote:Those are ugly opening ceremony unis.....even without the silly beret.
OMG, do you realize you just called Geez's (avatar) beret "silly?"
Che wore a beret before it was cool. And, he was an actual, you know, revolutionary.

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Re: Olympics

Post by Geezaldinho on Wed Jul 11, 2012 3:07 pm

"Che lives!" is the slogan for a generation of restless students and budding revolutionaries the world over. The Black Panthers, who occasionally style themselves 'Che-type,' have adopted his black beret. Arab guerrillas sometimes name combat operations in his honor. Posters of Che adorn dorm walls from Berkeley to Berlin, and his books have become basic-training manuals for the New Left. Writers from Graham Greene to Susan Sontag have extolled him. West German Playwright Peter Weiss has even compared him to "a Christ taken down from the Cross."
Time Magazine on October 12, 1970 - as quoted in "Che: A Myth Embalmed in a Matrix of Ignorance"

The Olympic team....who knew?


I just want to know if the French will be wearing cowboy hats.

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Re: Olympics

Post by pilotram on Wed Jul 11, 2012 8:06 pm

PurpleGeezer wrote:

I just want to know if the French will be wearing cowboy hats.

Laughing
So, when are the Obama-forced-them-to-wear-leftist-berets conspiracy theories going to start?

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Re: Olympics

Post by pilotram on Wed Jul 11, 2012 8:07 pm


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Ask the Duke

Post by DoubleDipper on Wed Jul 11, 2012 8:48 pm

To the Fox Nation commenter essays (in a very deep voice): What would the "Duke" say about berets?


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Re: Olympics

Post by up7587 on Wed Jul 11, 2012 9:02 pm

Yeah. I found over a hundred images like this one versus the one with a beret.

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Re: Olympics

Post by Geezaldinho on Wed Jul 11, 2012 9:21 pm

My favorite part of that all-in-one-breath rant is:

ALLLLL of the stuff is made in CHINAAAA!

No doubt this guy's solution is to vote for Mr. "outsource/offshore - I have a bank account in the Caiman Islands."

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Re: Olympics

Post by A_Fan on Thu Jul 12, 2012 7:28 am

Those are some pretty boring Opening Ceremony outfits, maybe they are left over from some previous Olympics, possibly the 50's.

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Re: Olympics

Post by Geezaldinho on Thu Jul 12, 2012 9:21 am

I don't know, they would go over pretty well in Oyster Bay, The Hamptons, or Newport...You know, the places Ralph Lauren markets to.

White shoes have always been important at sporting events there.


I do prefer the straw boater, though.

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Faster!

Post by DoubleDipper on Thu Jul 12, 2012 11:56 am

I believe they now move at a little faster pace in The Hamptons, but apparently the dog must now stay below.


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Re: Olympics

Post by Geezaldinho on Thu Jul 12, 2012 12:19 pm

DoubleDipper wrote:I believe they now move at a little faster pace in The Hamptons, but apparently the dog must now stay below.


He keeps the dog in the engine compartment now?

You call that a billionaires toy? My plumber has a nicer boat than that.

The fellow in the boater was Harold S. Vanderbilt , who is famous for racing J boats against other billionaires like Thomas Lipton.( yeah, the Tea guy).

He also was one of the originators of contract bridge.

But he wasn't averse to speed, either. When he wanted to get somewhere fast, he used one of these boats, which you would appreciate.

It was one of only two ever in private hands, ( Howard Hughes had the other)
It used to sit on a beach in Centerport NY when I was a kid and the family was visiting their Eagles Nest estate there. Alas, the Coast Guard got ahold of it and crashed it. Only the Hughes boat is still in flying condition.

And when "Mike", as he was known, wanted to get to his office in Manhattan quickly, he had a private driveway built the 35 mile distance. It became the Vanderbilt expressway, the first limited access highway in the World. Hitler thought it was such a neat idea he built the Autobahns.

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Re: Olympics

Post by A_Fan on Fri Jul 13, 2012 6:28 am

I recently read a biography of Thomas Lipton ("A Full Cup: Sir Thomas Lipton's Extrodinary Life and His Quest for the America's Cup"). He was quite an interesting character. He started out penniless and made himself into one of the most famous men on the planet by the time of his death. He financed 5 attempts to win the America's Cup losing every time. The rules were so biased in favor of the US at the time that it was almost impossible for any other boat to win.

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Re: Olympics

Post by purple passion on Fri Jul 13, 2012 7:15 am

Since I know nothing about the New England wealthy and what they do on the water, I thought I might just stray off course here for a moment and post something about the Olympics...maybe I should have really just started a new thread.

Regardless, Heather O'Reilly is writing a regular blog for the NY Times about the Olympics. She may, or may not, write the kind of things that Hope Solo talked about concerning the 2008 team. You can find Heather's blog at:

http://london2012.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/06/22/the-soccer-chronicles-inspiration-in-sweden/

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Re: Olympics

Post by Geezaldinho on Sat Jul 14, 2012 11:54 am

In the Pre-Olympic buildup, Canada beat NZ today 2-0.

Christine scored one and matches her own record for most international goals in a year. Still a ways to go.


Sophie was player of the match with both assists. From Canadasoccer:

Christine Sinclair tied her own national record with the 16th goal of the international season in a 2:0 Saturday victory. Sinclair and Diana Matheson were the goal scorers in the 14 July win over New Zealand in the opening match at the Match world Women's Cup 2012.

"It was a really strong performance," said Canadian head coach John Herdman. "They took a couple of steps today. They were really resolute to sticking to certain things to which they said they would."

At Stade de Lussy, Sophie Schmidt was the player of the match, with assists on both the Matheson and Sinclair goals. Sinclair was playing in her 39th consecutive match, the fifth-longest streak in Association history.

All four teams competing in the Match world Women's Cup are preparing for the London 2012 Women's Olympic Football Tournament. The Canada-New Zealand match was followed by Brazil-Colombia.

With 16 goals in 2012, Sinclair ties the national record she set in 2007. Sinclair now has 136 career goals in 183 international matches.

Canada's women's national team will train in Switzerland from 5-18 July. The team then travels to England where, after two days in London, it will be based in Coventry for its first to London 2012 Women's Olympic Football Tournament matches. Canada plays 25 July against Japan, South Africa on 28 July, and Sweden (in Newcastle) on 31 July.

Brasil is leading Colombia 1-0 in the other match.

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Re: Olympics

Post by Geezaldinho on Sat Jul 14, 2012 12:49 pm

Colombia made a match of it, falling 2-1 to Brasil. (Goals: Rosana 28' (Br), Orianica Velαsquez 52'(Col), Formiga 65'(Br)

Interesting that they brought 34 year old Formiga back after pushing her out for younger players.

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Re: Olympics

Post by Geezaldinho on Sun Jul 15, 2012 3:52 pm

Stick this on your fridge:

http://wsocexpress.com/2012/07/08/olympics-more-details-on-nbcs-coverage-of-the-womens-soccer-tournament/

KEY POINTS

All USWNT matches will be shown live on NBCSN.

For the first two match days, all twelve matches will be televised on either MSNBC or NBCSN, with eleven of those matches being live. The only tape-delayed match for those two days will be Sweden vs. South Africa on July 25th.

On the final group match day, only the Group G matches will be shown live and in their entirety on NBCSN or MSNBC. Those two matches are USA vs. North Korea (NBCSN) and France vs. Colombia (MSNBC). There is a one-hour block for Great Britain vs. Brazil on NBCSN  from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. EDT, which would seem to indicate that the match would be joined in progress as the kick-off time is scheduled for 2:45 p.m. EDT.

All knock-out matches will be televised on NBCSN. For the quarterfinals and semifinals, non-soccer events are sandwiched in between those matches. It remains to be seen whether those other events will be pre-empted if one of those matches runs past its timeslot due to extra-time.

Online Options: All matches should be streamed live via NBCOlympics.com. On-demand replays should also be available.

And, if you missed this earlier: NBC recently announced that four alumni of the USWNT will be serving as analysts at the Olympics: Brandi Chastain, Kate Markgraf, Cat Whitehill, and Angela Hucles.

* * *

STANDARD CABLE CHANNELS (MSNBC, NBC SPORTS NETWORK)

All times are EDT.

Wednesday, July 25th
10:30 a.m. to  1:00 p.m. – Great Britain vs. New Zealand (MSNBC, Live)
11:30 a.m. to  1:45 p.m. – United States vs. France (NBCSN, Live)
1:45 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. – Cameroon vs. Brazil (NBCSN, Live)
2:30 p.m. to  4:15 p.m. – Colombia vs. North Korea (MSNBC, Live)
3:45 p.m. to  6:00 p.m. – Canada vs. Japan (NBCSN, Live)
4:15 p.m. to  6:00 p.m. – Sweden vs. South Africa (MSNBC, Tape-Delay)
6:00 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. – Encores of USA/FRA, CMR/BRA, CAN/JPN (NBCSN)

Saturday, July 28th
7:00 a.m. to  9:00 a.m. – Japan vs. Sweden (MSNBC, Live)
9:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. – New Zealand vs. Brazil (NBCSN, Live)
9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. – Canada vs, South Africa (MSNBC, Live)
12:00 p.m. to  2:30 p.m. - United States vs. Colombia (NBCSN, Live)
12:15 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. – Great Britain vs. Cameroon (MSNBC, Live)
2:45 p.m. to  4:30 p.m. – France vs. North Korea (NBCSN, Live)

Tuesday, July 31st
12:15 p.m. to  2:00 p.m. – United States vs. North Korea (NBCSN, Live)
12:15 p.m. to  2:00 p.m. – France vs. Colombia (MSNBC, Live)
3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. – Great Britain vs Brazil (MSNBC, Live/In-Progress?)

Friday, August 3rd
7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. - Quarterfinal #1 / 1st-F vs. 2nd-G (NBCSN, Live)
9:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. – Quarterfinal #2 / 1st-G vs. 3rd-E/F (NBCSN, Live)
12:00 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. – Quarterfinal #3 / 2nd-E vs. 2nd-F (NBCSN, Live)
2:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. – Quarterfinal #4 / 1st-E vs. 3rd-F/G (NBCSN, Live)
{In between these quarterfinal are other events, which may or may not be pre-empted if the previous match goes into extra time.}

Monday, August 6th
12:00 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. – Semifinal #1 / Winners of QF #1 and QF #3 (NBCSN, Live)
2:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. – Semifinal #2 / Winners of QF #2 and QF #4 (NBCSN, Live)
{See previous note.}

Thursday, August 9th
8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. – Bronze Medal Match (NBCSN, Live)
2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. – Gold Medal Match (NBCSN, Live)

* * *

NBC OLYMPIC SOCCER CHANNEL

All times are EDT.

Wednesday, July 25th
12:00 p.m. to  2:15 p.m. – United States vs. France (Live)
2:15 p.m. to  4:30 p.m. – Colombia vs. North Korea (Live)
4:30 p.m. to  6:00 p.m. – Great Britain vs. New Zealand (Encore)
6:30 p.m. to  7:30 p.m. – Japan vs. Canada (Encore)
7:30 p.m. to  9:00 p.m. – Brazil vs. Cameroon (Encore)
9:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. – Sweden vs. South Africa (Encore)
10:30 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. – United States vs. France (Encore)

Saturday, July 28th
7:00 a.m. to  9:30 a.m. – Japan vs. Sweden (Live)
9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. – New Zealand vs. Brazil (Live)
12:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. – United States vs. Colombia (Live)
2:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. – France vs. North Korea (Live)
4:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. – Canada vs. South Africa (Encore)
6:15 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. – Great Britain vs. Cameroon (Encore)

Tuesday, July 31st
9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. – Canada vs. Sweden (Live)
12:00 p.m. to  2:30 p.m. – United States vs. North Korea (Live)
2:30 p.m. to  4:30 p.m. – Great Britain vs. Brazil (Live)
4:30 p.m. to  6:00 p.m. – Japan vs. South Africa (Tape Delay)
6:00 p.m. to  7:45 p.m. – France vs. Colombia (Tape Delay)
7:45 p.m. to  9:30 p.m. – New Zealand vs. Cameroon (Tape Delay)

Friday, August 3rd
7:00 a.m. to  9:30 a.m. – Quarterfinal #1 / 1st-F vs. 2nd-G (Live)
9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. – Quarterfinal #2 / 1st-G vs. 3rd-E/F (Live)
12:00 p.m. to  2:15 p.m. – Quarterfinal #3 / 2nd-E vs. 2nd-F (Live)
2:15 p.m. to  4:15 p.m. – Quarterfinal #4 / 1st-E vs. 3rd-F/G (Live)
4:15 p.m. to  5:45 p.m. – Team USA Quarterfinal (Encore)
5:45 p.m. to  7:00 p.m. – Quarterfinal / Game of the Day (Encore)

Sunday, August 5th
7:00 a.m. to  1:00 p.m. – All Four Women’s Quarterfinals (Encore)

Monday, August 6th
12:00 p.m. to  2:15 p.m. – Semifinal #1 / Winners of QF #1 and QF #3 (Live)
2:15 p.m. to  5:00 p.m. – Semifinal #2 / Winners of QF #2 and QF #4 (Live)
5:00 p.m. to  6:45 p.m. – Semifinal #1 / Winners of QF #1 and QF #3 (Encore)
6:45 p.m. to  8:30 p.m. – Semifinal #2 / Winners of QF #2 and QF #4 (Encore)
8:30 p.m. to 10:15 p.m. – Semifinal #1 / Winners of QF #1 and QF #3 (Encore)
10:15 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. – Semifinal #2 / Winners of QF #2 and QF #4 (Encore)

Wednesday, August 8th
12:00 p.m. to  1:30 p.m. – Semifinal #1 / Winners of QF #1 and QF #3 (Encore)
1:300 p.m. to  3:00 p.m. – Semifinal #2 / Winners of QF #2 and QF #4 (Encore)

Thursday, August 9th
8:00 a.m. to  9:45 a.m. – Bronze Medal Match (Live)
9:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. – Bronze Medal Match (Encore)
12:00 p.m. to  1:45 p.m. – Bronze Medal Match (Encore)
1:45 p.m. to  5:30 p.m. – Gold Medal Match + Medal Ceremony (Live)
5:30 p.m. to  8:00 p.m. – Gold Medal Match + Medal Ceremony (Encore)

Friday, August 10th
6:15 p.m. to  8:00 p.m. – Gold Medal Match (Encore)
8:00 p.m. to  9:45 p.m. – Bronze Medal Match (Encore)
9:45 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. – Medal Ceremony (Encore)

Saturday, August 11th
12:00 a.m. to  2:45 a.m. – Gold Medal Match + Medal Ceremony (Encore)



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