Ashlyn Harris being named last week to the U.S. National Women’s Team in advance to the 2015 World Cup should come as no surprise to anyone, especially here.
She is one of the finest goalkeepers on the planet, has been since she was a monumentally tough 15-year-old playing for the national Under-19 squad, and doubtless would have had far more caps than she does were it not for injuries. And if you ever watched her play for the late Fidgi Haig in the Brevard Youth Soccer League and Satellite High School, or for Anson Dorrance at the University of North Carolina, you know how determined she is.
“She is not to be denied,” Haig once said. “She denies.”
Roughly 200 members of American Outlaws Portland (AOPDX) filled a room under the stands at Providence Park after the Portland Thorns beat the Western New York Flash 1-0 Saturday afternoon to hear the Thorns’ U.S. Women’s National Team players answer questions ranging from their World Cup memories to pre-game rituals to playing in Soccer City, USA.
U.S. Women’s National Team striker Alex Morgan is dealing with a left knee contusion and is questionable for Saturday’s match, while center back Rachel Van Hollebeke won’t be available for Saturday’s game after sustaining a hamstring strain at training Thursday.
“I just knocked my knee bone and it has been lingering for a little bit and I don’t want it to linger any longer,” Morgan said. “Regardless of whether it’s a World Cup year or not, I need to take this rest for a couple of days and we’ll see how it feels in a couple of days. I don’t think that I will be playing, but, again, I have to talk to the doctors and see how it feels."
The recent survey, the first to return to I-400 submarine since its
discovery, successfully located, mapped and captured on video for the
first time not only the submarine’s hangar and conning tower (navigation
platform), but an unexpected and significant new discovery — the
submarine’s bell. Torn from the submarine by the explosive forces that
broke apart and sank I-400, the bell lies close to the conning tower on
Morgan talked after Friday’s practice about training with the Thorns, with the U.S. Women’s National Team and Saturday’s matchup with the Western New York Flash at Providence Park at 4 p.m. With a “lingering” knee problem, will she play?
Portland Thorns midfielder Tobin Heath talks about playing her first home opener at Providence Park, being named to the U.S. Women’s National Team’s 23-player World Cup roster and the upcoming 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
Abby Wambach has always been fearless. Even as a rookie on the U.S. women’s national team, she would score goals that made me say, “Gosh, if she doesn’t win the ball, she’s probably going to get crushed.” She never blinked. If it is what her team needed, it is what she was going to do. How can you not cheer for that?