Fuel Soccer Talk: U.S. ready for match with Spain; Controversy in France; U.S. Youth Soccer champions crowned

Game Day for U.S. women’s soccer!

Women’s World Cup: U.S. takes on Spain today in knockout match

Date: June 24, 2019 Venue: Stade Auguste Delaune; Reims, France
Broadcast: FS1 and Telemundo
Kickoff: Noon ET

Starting XI vs.Spain: 1-Alyssa Naeher; 5-Kelley O’Hara, 7-Abby Dahlkemper, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 19-Crystal Dunn; 8-Julie Ertz, 3-Samantha Mewis, 16-Rose Lavelle; 17-Tobin Heath, 13-Alex Morgan, 15-Megan Rapinoe (capt.). Subs: 2-Mallory Pugh, 6-Morgan Brian, 9-Lindsey Horan, 10-Carli Lloyd, 11-Ali Krieger, 12-Tierna Davidson, 14-EmilySonnett, 18-Ashlyn Harris, 20-Allie Long, 21-Adrianna Franch, 22-Jessica McDonald, 23-Christen Press

Two players to watch:

Alex Morgan: She had a game for the ages against Thailand in the USA’s opening game of the World Cup, tying a World Cup record with five goals while adding three assists. The five scores upped her career total to 106 and she is now within one goal of tying Michelle Akers for fifth on the USA’s all-time goals list. Morgan has scored 33 goals over her last 37 WNT matches, a span that runs from the end of 2017. During that 33-goal streak, she has scored on about a quarter of her shots, scoring 10 goals with her right foot, 18 with her left, four with her head and one with her chest. The 33 goals have included six braces, one hat trick and one five-goal game. Morgan has scored in 72 career games for the USA and in those matches, the U.S. team has never lost, going 62-0-10.

Abby Dahlkemper: She earns cap No. 45 today. She has played the full 90 in eight of 13 games this year. She has played the most minutes of any U.S. player through the first three WWC games with 262. Dahlkemper and Alyssa Naeher are the only two players on the U.S. roster to have started all four games of this World Cup.

Which U.S. player will have the biggest impact in today’s game?

Controversy in France: Cameroon-England match gets heated during and after

Cameroon manager Alain Djeumfa accused officials of a “miscarriage of justice” after his team lost 3-0 on Sunday to England in the Women’s World Cup in France. Djeumfa was not pleased with several video replay decisions during the loss. He also got defensive when defending his players’ protest of the calls.

“I won’t go anything further than that,” Djeumfa said after his “miscarriage of justice” comment. “It’s a game, it’s a sport. The referee made a lot of mistakes tonight.”

“I sat through 90 minutes of football there and completely felt ashamed of the opposition,” said England manager and MU legend Phil Neville said. “I did not enjoy the game for that reason apart from the fact we’re in the quarterfinal and have momentum. All those young girls and boys watching the game back in England — we had 5, 6, 7 million people watching England play an international game against Cameroon with that kind of behavior. I think it’s pretty sad. I can’t gloss over it and fudge it, and I’ve got to tell the truth to everybody.”


Did the behavior fit the crime?

Champions crowned at 2019 US Youth Soccer Far West Regional Championships

BOISE, Idaho — The 2019 US Youth Soccer Region Far West Regional Championships came to an exciting conclusion on Sunday in Boise as 14 teams claimed titles. Even though these teams secured the first place spot, it would only be the beginning of another journey as each team also secured berths to the 2019 US Youth Soccer National Championships, which will be played July 22-28 at the Overland Park Soccer Complex in Overland Park, Kan.

Cal South, Nevada and Utah led the way with four Far West Regional Champions each. Cal North and Washington each would secure one.

2019 US Youth Soccer Far West Regional Champions

AgeGroup Team    State
13U Boys Rebels SC CA-S
13U Girls Albion SC Academy Whittaker CA-S
14U Boys LVSA 05 Red NV
14U Girls Snohomish United 05 Black WA
15U Boys Downtown LVSC 04 Gold NV
15U Girls Utah Celtic FC UT
16U Boys LVSA 03 Silver NV
16U Girls LVSA 03 National League NV
17U Boys Santa Clara Sporting 02 Green CA-N
17U Girls Legends FC G02 Academy II CA-S
18U Boys Sparta 01 Premier JK UT
18U Girls Celtic FC Premier JR UT
19U Boys FC Golden State White CA-S
19U Girls Celtic FC 00 Premier UT


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