Women’s World Cup 2019: How did USWNT get here?

first_img Women’s World Cup 2019: Who made the USWNT roster for tournament in France? The team powered its way through the 2018 CONCACAF Women’s Championship, and a quick look at the numbers shows just how dominant the U.S. was during qualifying:0 goals conceded throughout the tournament 1 U.S. hat trick during the tournament2 players scored at least one goal in every game they played 3 individual tournament honors were awarded to the U.S: Golden Ball (Julie Ertz), Golden Boot (Alex Morgan) and Fair Play Award3 braces scored by Morgan during the tournament, which came against Mexico, Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica4 players scored at least one brace during the World Cup qualifying10 players scored throughout the tournament14 total shots were scored against the U.S. through the five-game tournament19 total assists for the USWNT during the tournament, which were registered by nine different players20 players saw action during the tournament, which turned out to be the entire roster26 goals were scored by the U.S. Here’s a detailed look at the Americans’ journey in the CONCACAF Championship, which served as the qualifying tournament for the World Cup.Oct. 4, 2018: 6-0 win over MexicoThe U.S. had previously faced Mexico twice before the CONCACAF Championship. In both games, the USWNT won by a margin of at least three goals (4-1, 6-2). The team doubled its success against its southern neighbors to open the qualifying tournament.The Americans ended up playing all three of their Group A games in Cary, North Carolina. Morgan and Megan Rapinoe led the team in its first 6-0 victory over Mexico. The pair both scored a brace as the USWNT started its CONCACAF shutout streak. Ertz and Tobin Heath also chipped in goals as part of the team’s high pressure attack. Rapinoe opened with a goal in the third minute after sending a Lindsey Horan assist to the back of the net. The team dominated all game with its fast-paced play. In the first half alone, the U.S. outshot Mexico 11-0.The USWNT’s next five goals all came in the second half.Oct. 7, 2018: 5-goal shutout against PanamaPanama entered the contest fresh off a 3-0 win against Trinidad and Tobago, but didn’t have anything to celebrate in its second game as the USWNT breezed to another victory.Carli Lloyd highlighted the Americans’ second win of qualifying with a hat trick. Her three goals helped push the USWNT past Panama, 5-0.What’s more, the team continued to showcase its defensive talent. When the U.S. entered the game, it had not given up a goal in the competition in 694 minutes, spanning six full games. The streak continued to seven full games … and counting. Oct. 10, 2018: 7-0 victory against Trinidad and TobagoThe U.S. marked its most dominant win of the tournament against Trinidad and Tobago. The 7-0 victory featured a brace from Morgan and Rose Lavelle as well as goals from Crystal Dunn, Heath and Horan.      The match was the final game of the group stage for the USWNT.The U.S. once again had control from the the opening kickoff to the final whistle. In the group stage, the Americans ended up outscoring their opponents a whopping 18-0. ​Oct. 14, 2018: 6-0 win vs. Jamaica The USWNT officially qualified for the World Cup after defeating Jamaica in the semifinals of the CONCACAF Championship as the top three finishers automatically earned berths to France. The win came in dominant fashion with a six-goal shutout.The U.S. scored its first goal in the opening minutes with Heath finding the net to set the team up for the win. She added another goal later in the half for only her second career multi-goal game. Rapinoe, Ertz and Morgan also scored to give the U.S. a 5-0 advantage at halftime.The Americans ended up outshooting Jamaica 15-1 in the first half alone.Morgan capped off the strong scoring in the second half on her way to her 100th international goal. With the victory, the U.S. was unbeaten in its last 25 matches (22-0-3) and outscored its opponents 89-17 while scoring in all 25 games. The U.S. is currently favored along with France to win it all, while Germany and England are also among the favorites. The national team faced both France and England in friendlies leading up to the World Cup.  But before the USWNT punched its ticket to the World Cup, it had to qualify. Related News The U.S. women’s national team is just hours away from opening the defense of its FIFA Women’s World Cup title. While the team cruised to its eighth consecutive World Cup since the tournament began in 1991 — winning the inaugural championship and then earning the 1999 and 2015 titles — the U.S. will likely have a tougher time repeating its championship against a talented field, including host country France. The U.S. went on to defeat Canada 2-0 in the CONCACAF Championship final with goals from Lavelle and Morgan.Since then, the U.S. was tested in a friendly against France, where it lost 3-1, and in 2-2 draws against Japan and England in the SheBelieves Cup, but defeated Australia, Belgium, South Africa, New Zealand and Mexico in friendlies in recent months, posting clean sheets in the final four matches before heading to France. The Americans’ first World Cup group stage game will come June 11 against Thailand.last_img read more

Blood Drive Scheduled For Thursday At First Christian Church

first_imgFacebook2Tweet0Pin0 Olympia, WA – The FDA regulates all blood donation in the United States. Men who have sex with men (MSM) are permanently deferred from giving blood. Despite this discriminatory policy, a group of gay men and their allies have decided to adopt a blood drive, encouraging friends, family, and community members to donate blood on their behalf.All blood centers in the nation are bound to follow the guidelines established by the federal government. However, this is the official position of the local (Puget Sound Blood Center) on this issue:“There has been an FDA regulation in place since early 1983 which defers MSM (men having sex with men) from blood donation. At that time, much less was known about HIV and how it is transmitted, and there were no tests available for detection. Much has been learned since 1983. Today, we have highly sensitive and accurate tests for HIV. In the medical and scientific community, and among major blood centers there is broad agreement that the current FDA deferral criteria is outmoded, and can be updated to better reflect current science and testing sensitivity. For several years, some members of Congress and major blood centers and associations .across the U.S. have been urging the FDA to review the policy, recommending that the MSM deferral period can be shortened with no risk to the safety of blood supply.”Despite the FDA’s outdated policy, the MAC (Mpowerment Advisory Committee), a group that advises on LGBTQ issues in Olympia, has decided to take a positive approach to this issue, supporting and facilitating the vitally important community act of blood donation. This unique blood drive will take place at First Christian Church at 701 Franklin Street in downtown Olympia on Thursday, September 6th from 11am – 5pm. Appointments are encouraged and can be scheduled by visiting the following this link.  Walk-ins are also welcome. Visit Facebook for additional information.Two years ago, Matthew Shrader, a student at South Puget Sound Community College was not allowed to donate because of the MSM criteria. He researched the issue, circulated a petition –gathering 546 signatures — and presented his case to the FDA, which refused to change their established position. He decided to take action. “As a leader in the Olympia LGBTQ community, it is my responsibility to educate people, fight discrimination, and build a greater sense of community. I have great pride to serve on a committee with fellow community leaders that share this sense of responsibility. Gay men and their allies could boycott blood drives in protest, but that will only cause harm. The love, compassion, and leadership being displayed by the MAC is the only way to lead people and overcome discrimination.”Tori Fairhurst, who schedules local blood drives for PSBC, has been working closely with MAC to coordinate this event. “The fact that this group of men is choosing to respond with love instead of protest is incredible. They understand that there are people in our community who are sick and in need of help. The fact that these men are recruiting donors to give on their behalf is remarkable. This is unprecedented.”For more information please contact Matthew A. Shrader, MAC Secretary: mfrancis77@yahoo.com 360-490-7004.last_img read more