Photo: Paul Rudderow
The U.S. women’s national team won 14-0 over the Dominican Republic on Friday. Yes, the women’s soccer team won by that score. Amy Rodriguez scored five goals.
At halftime, Abby Wambach told her teammates to keep scoring in the Olympic qualifier, despite being up 7-0, because goal differential can impact Olympic qualifying qualifying. (SI.com examined the team’s qualifying prospects before the game.) Coach Pia Sundhage apparently had no problems with that. Unreal.
Final previews on today’s USMNT match vs. Venezuela, which starts at 9 p.m. EST:
Wambach and Clint Dempsey were named women’s and men’s U.S. soccer players of the year, respectively. Sidney LeRoux and Brek Shea were named young players of the year for the women’s and men’s sides.
The Union web site has a feature on Tom Brandt, a Pennsylvania native who played at Penn before getting drafted by the Union.
D.C. United picked up midfielder Danny Cruz in a trade from Houston. Cruz played well against the Union last season, but Houston left him unprotected in the expansion draft and now traded with him.
In other D.C. news, former United midfielder Santino Quaranta won’t be retiring after all. He’s going to play in India’s new soccer league, which apparently is paying some big money for big names like Fabio Cannavaro. “With the money they’ve got in this league, a lot of guys are unretiring,” Quaranta told the Washington Post.
Steve Zakuani is back in training for Seattle after last year’s horrid leg injury.
Didier Drogba says he plans to play out his Chelsea contract, which ends in June. That’s potentially big news for MLS, because it means he could move to the LA Galaxy or another team on free transfer.