Abby Wambach is the AP’s 2011 Female Athlete of the Year. Come on, WPS. Capitalize on this!
The USWNT will face Denmark, Norway and World Champions Japan in the 2012 Algarve Cup, which runs Feb. 29-March 7 in Portugal.
THE Val Henderson has a great article up on ESPN-W about Joanna Lohman and Lianne Sanderson traveling to India to start a clinic and mentoring program.
Ives Galarcep reports on the US U-23 camp. Sheanon Williams is battling Zarek Valentin at right back (with Valentin a possibility at LB, as well). Bill Hamid looks set between the pipes, although both Zac MacMath and Sean Johnson have performed well. Amobi Okugo has been a stud in the midfield, while Freddy Adu has shown unsurpassed skill on the ball (Ives has quite a soft spot for Freddy). Up front, Jack McInerney looks comfortable as a wing striker in the 4-3-3.
Video from the US U-23 camp. The Union boys will dominate. We are entering the Year O’ Kugo.
Greg Seltzer discusses Americans abroad with The Shin Guardian.
FC Dallas star Brek Shea had a great time training with Arsenal and can see himself playing in London in the future. If Andrei Arshavin keeps up his recent “form,” Brek might get that call quicker than expected.
Greg Berhalter is the new coach of Hammarby in Sweden. Wha!? Berhalter still has to obtain his final coaching licenses, but since the owner of the LA Galaxy, Anschutz Entertainment Group, also owns a 49 percent stake in Hammarby, Berhalter got his name in the mix for the coaching vacancy. Good luck to him!
Darren Mattocks has signed a Generation Adidas contract instead of opting to go overseas. There has been a rash of rumors lately that Mattocks would turn down MLS, a move that could have led to Montreal dealing its number one draft slot. The Impact think highly of Mattocks (who was sh-hut duh-hown by UNC Charlotte in the NCAA tournament).
Former Red Bulls goalie Bouna Coundoul believes there was a racist element to his treatment in New York.
Here are some renderings of Montreal’s Stade Saputo, due to be the home of the Impact when they begin MLS play. How does it compare to PPL?
RSLSoapbox asks why MLS isn’t more transparent, and says there is hope for a more open future with the league.
Stunning development! Qatar’s national team coach has been canned after the team failed to sneak through the group stage of the Arab Cup. Sebastiao Lazaroni was the 3rd Qatar national team coach of 2011. Luckily, Qatar remains at 95 in FIFA’s rankings, with plenty of time to improve on that before hosting the World Cup.
Howard Webb will be one of the referees for Euro 2012. Webb, you will remember, was the ref of the World Cup final who found Nigel De Jong’s flying kick to Xabi Alonso’s chest to be perfectly worthy of a match under his care.
The top 10 Own Goals of 2011. Check the list to make sure you’re not on it.
German Cup and Italian league action on WatchESPN.com today.