goal line save

A Trip Down Memory Lane: The Journey to The Third Star

not sure if Hope Solo or Wonderwoman

clearly both

Pinoe doubles up vs. Australia

Kling’s goal line save vs. Sweden

*collective scream of relief*

when yellow became everyone’s least favorite color

same ^ 

and we all asked this question

that moment that mustn’t be named

and we were all like

when Alex finally got her goal vs. Columbia

thank god our captain can microphone

KO WAS FREED!! AND BLOODIED!! ALL IN ONE GAME!!

200th Cap, Captain, Game Winning Goal… Just Carli Lloyd Things

they don’t call her captain clutch for nothin’

when everyone’s hearts collectively skipped a beat or two… or five

HAO WAS FREED!!!

when we all got a headache at the same time

eggs, bacon, grits…. MISSED IT

the soccer gods are real

when everyone wanted to give JJ a hug

when Carli Lloyd teaches Sasic a lesson in PK taking

I have no idea what y’all are talking about. she obviously shouted “FIRE.”

FLYING SQUIRREL COMING THROUGH, BITCHES

footage of everyone:

when the final whistle blew in Montréal

CARLI

FUCKIN

LLOYD

#carliforprez

also some sweet goals by the new kids

HOLY. FUCKIN. SHIT.

same, tobin, same

5-2 FINAL!! THREE STARS

I’M

NOT

CRYING

YOU’RE

CRYING

Congrats to the US Women’s National Soccer Team

The best team in the world.

GIF Credits to: iguessyoucancallmev, uswnted, pocholavezzi, koptimism, ughohara, gabsterdreamsafootballobserver, and agent-sarahwalker

Take a moment because this is it

This is it. This will be the last time the ‘15ers will all play together. And to think that in a few years no one on the team or the fans will understand anything they’ve been through.

They won’t understand 2007. They won’t understand the match against Brazil in 2011 and how it was so intense and then the pure happiness that followed. They won’t understand the utter heartbreak in 2011 against Japan. They won’t understand when Kriegs tore her ACL and all anyone could do was watch. They won’t understand the match against Canada and the goal from Baby Horse that won the game. They won’t understand the feeling of redemption when we won the 2012 Olympics. They won’t understand the Aussie game where Hope literally saved the game. Or the game where Kling saved the ball from going into the net with a goal line save. Or when JJ fouled the German player and her getting all upset. Or when Hope played with Sasic’s mind and made her miss the PK. Or when Hope and the rest of the team comforted JJ after the PK. Nor will they understand the feeling of when KO finally scored the goal. Most importantly they won’t understand the feelings that came from the 2015 WWC final where we scored 5 goals. Where Carli Lloyd got a hat trick. Where Lauren Holiday got her last tournament goal. Where Tobin Heath redeemed herself of 2011 with a goal. Where 16 minutes into the game we knew we had it. They will never understand that final piece of redemption. That we finally, after all these years, got that 3rd star.

They just won’t understand.

One Year Ago Today......

…marked one of the greatest games ever to be played in the history of women’s soccer. Here is a recap of that outstanding final.


GOAL 1 (1-0)


GOAL 2 (2-0)


GOAL 3 (3-0)


GOAL 4 and the most memorable (4-0)


GOAL 5 (5-2)



IN THE END…


THE GOALSCORERS


THE STATS



THE HIGHLIGHTS


This memory will forever be engraved in the hearts of all USWNT fans not only for obtaining that 3rd star, but for all the incredible moments that occured, with Kling’s goal line save, Abby’s last WC goal, KO’s sealer to the final, and of course, Carli’s hat-trick and half way goal. Onward to winning gold at the Olympics!!!

anonymous asked:

I remember that you named Becky as your second favorite uswnt player once. I was trying to sum up why Broon is such a great defender to a friend, and it was frustrating not being able to think of moments where she's visually excelling as a consistent game-changer. Do you have a couple of favorite Broon moments on the pitch?

I know this wasn’t intended as an attack on Broon at all, she’s an amazing player and everyone knows it (and no one in their right mind would dare talk shit about her), but the way you worded this was honestly terrible and it hurts my soul to have to read. 

How can you honestly tell me that Becky Sauerbrunn, literally one of the best defenders IN THE WORLD doesn’t play “pretty” or “flashy” enough to “visually excel as a consistent game changer.” What does that even mean? It’s weak tbh. 

She’s a defender, she doesn’t have to play pretty to standout nor should she or anyone else have to. (“There’s no glory in being a defender.”) She just needs to make sure the ball doesn’t reach whichever goalkeeper is behind her and that is something she does do consistently. Think of how little goals the USA conceded in the World Cup, think of how Barnhart leads the NWSL (in all three seasons) in number of shutouts. It’s not a one woman job, but Broon is always the heart of the backline and you can fight me otherwise (she isn’t one of the highest paid players on the national team for no reason). 

I was honestly just going to keep this short and forget about it but now I’m heated and I’ve lost some chill because I didn’t pay $120 for her customized jersey to be shipped to Canada to then have to sit here and read this slander that she isn’t pirouetting to make goal line saves or cha-cha sliding into perfectly timed slide tackles. 

So tell me one more time, with all the media and internet available at your fingertips, that you honestly, in your deepest heart of hearts, in your great grandmother’s soul, can’t come up with ONE moment where Becky Sauerbrunn doesn’t “visually excel as a consistent game-changer” and

I

will

lose

(like she literally assisted this through the gk, two defenders, and her own player, so…)

my

shit.

The only way I might have enjoyed reading this more is if it were

BONUS: she scores goals too.

Thank you and goodbye. This has been a Becky Sauerbrunn appreciation post.

USWNT AWARDS CEREMONY 2015 (PART 1)

First, I would like to say, thank you to all that voted. And also sorry that this took a while because I have count all the votes by hand. But I was able to rack in a total of 60 responses. Anyways, onward to the results!


First we start off with the GOAL OF THE YEAR

And the winner is obviously…..

Carli Lloyd’s half-field shot with 44 votes

2nd place was KO’s first international goal with 15 votes

3rd place was Alex Morgan’s chest goal vs. Costa Rica with 1 vote


Next we have the ASSIST OF THE YEAR

The winner goes to…….

Tobin Heath’s elastico to Abby Wambach vs Mexico with 15 votes

2nd place was Carli Lloyd’s cross to KO with 12 votes

3rd place went to Morgan Brian’s cross to Tobin with 9 votes


Now for the MOMENT OF THE YEAR

And no doubt about it, the winner is

Winning the World Cup with 36 votes

2nd place was KO’s first international goal with 7 votes

3rd place was Carli Lloyd’s hat-trick in 16 minutes with 4 votes

Other ones were:

Armband passed from Carli to Abby in the WC then Abby to Cap, Carli’s equalizer vs Brazil, the Talex hug, Abby’s retirement, Sasic’s missed PK, and Kling’s goal line save. (And who said “when Kling did the Switzerland thing”….)


Following that will be the GAME OF THE YEAR

And this was A TIE FOR FIRST

Both the World Cup semifinal vs Germany AND the final vs Japan each received 29 votes.

2nd place was the draw vs Sweden with 2 votes


Onto the MOST IMPROVED PLAYER OF THE YEAR

The winner goes to….

Julie Johnston with 24 votes

2nd place went to Morgan Brian with 18 votes

3rd place goes to Christen Press with 7 votes


MOST UNDERRATED PLAYER OF THE YEAR

And the clearly obvious winner is

Becky Sauerbrunn with 46 votes

2nd place is Whitney Engen with 4 votes

3rd place is Heather O’Reilly with 3 votes


Next up we have BEST NEWCOMER OF 2015

The winner of this award goes too…..

Morgan Brian with 21 votes

2nd place went to Stephanie McCaffrey with 12 votes

3rd place is Julie Johnston with 11 votes



MOST LIKELY TO BECOME PRESIDENT

And the winner is…..

Carli Lloyd with 24 votes

2nd place was Becky Sauerbrunn with 14 votes

3rd place went to Lauren Holiday with 9 votes


Now on to who is MOST LIKELY TO BE THE NEXT AMERICAN IDOL

And the winner is by a big margin…..

Megan Rapinoe with 27 votes

2nd place went to Crystal Dunn with 5 votes

3rd place went to Meghan Klingenberg and Christen Press, each with 4 votes

(whoever but “Erin McLeod…I mean Pinoe”)


Now on to who is MOST LIKELY TO WORK FOR THE CIA

And the winner is no doubt……

Hope Solo with 18 votes

2nd place is Carli Lloyd with 10 votes

3rd place is Meghan Klingenberg with 5 votes


MOST LIKELY TO BECOME THE NEXT NOBEL PEACE PRIZE WINNER

Interestingly enough, the winner is…

Becky Sauerbrunn with 21 votes

2nd place was Lauren Holiday with 10 votes

3rd place went to Christen Press with 9 votes


As the fun continues, we move on to MOST LIKELY TO BECOME A COMEDIAN

And the clear winner is……

Megan Rapinoe with 30 votes

2nd place is Kelley O’Hara with 9 votes

3rd place is Heather O’Reilly with 8 votes


As we move on to MOST LIKELY TO HAVE THEIR OWN REALITY SHOW

The award goes to………

Sydney Leroux with 25 votes

2nd place is Alex Morgan with 7 votes

3rd place is Megan Rapinoe with 6 votes


Onward to MOST LIKELY TO BE ON DANCING WITH THE STARS AFTER HOPE

The clear winner is……

Alex Morgan with 32 votes

2nd place interestingly enough went to Abby Wambach with 7 votes

3rd place went to Carli Lloyd with 4 votes


That is all for Part 1 of the ceremony. Stay tuned for Part 2!

Brady leads Patriots to fourth Super Bowl title with 28-24 win over Seahawks

Tom Brady and the Patriots made this Super Bowl all about football, not footballs.

Clutch football, spiced by a sensational fourth-quarter rally and a goal-line, game-saving interception.

The record-setting Brady threw for four touchdowns, including a 3-yarder to Julian Edelman with 2:02 remaining Sunday night as New England rallied from a 10-point deficit to win its fourth Super Bowl in the Brady-Bill Belichick era, 28-24 over Seattle.

But the Patriots (15-4) had to survive a last-ditch drive by the Seahawks (14-5), who got to the 1, helped by a spectacular juggling catch by Jermaine Kearse. Rookie Malcolm Butler stepped in front of Ricardo Lockette and picked off Russell Wilson’s off-target pass to complete one of the wildest Super Bowl finishes.

Brady leaped for joy on the Patriots sideline after Butler’s interception.

“It wasn’t the way we drew it up,” said Brady, who won his third Super Bowl MVP award.

Brady surpassed Joe Montana’s mark of 11 Super Bowl touchdown passes with a 5-yarder to Danny Amendola to bring the Patriots within three points.

Seattle, seeking to become the first repeat NFL champion since New England a decade ago, was outplayed for the first half, yet tied at 14. The Seahawks scored the only 10 points of the third period, but the NFL-leading defense couldn’t slow the brilliant Brady when it counted most.

It didn’t matter how much air was in the balls, game Brady was unstoppable when the pressure was strongest. While pushing aside the controversy over air pressure in the footballs stemming from the AFC title game, the Patriots toyed with Seattle in the final 12 minutes.

Seattle didn’t quit — it never does — and Kearse’s 33-yard catch with 1:06 remaining got it to the 5. Marshawn Lynch rushed for 4 yards, then backup cornerback Butler, who was victimized on Kearse’s reception, made the biggest play of his first NFL season with 20 seconds remaining.

Seahawks linebacker Bruce Irvin was ejected in the final seconds for instigating a near-brawl, delaying the celebration for the Patriots.

Soon they were mobbing one another on the same field where their 2007 unbeaten season was ruined in the Super Bowl by the Giants. They also fell to the Giants for the 2011 title.

But thanks to superstar Brady and the obscure Butler, they are champions again.

Brady now has equaled Montana with four Lombardi Trophies and three Super Bowl MVPs. He stands alone with 13 Super Bowl touchdown passes. He was 37 for 50 for 328 yards against the NFL’s top-ranked defense.

He also was picked off twice. Brady had been intercepted a total of two times in his previous five Super Bowls.

Yet, he picked apart the Seahawks on drives of 68 and 64 yards, solidifying his legacy as one of the greats of the game.

His heroics offset those of Chris Matthews, one of Seattle’s least-used players before the postseason. Matthews recovered the onside kick that helped the Seahawks beat Green Bay in overtime for the NFC crown, and had a breakout performance Sunday.

Having never caught a pass in the NFL, Matthews grabbed four for 109 yards and a touchdown. Lynch ran for 102 yards, but didn’t get the ball at the 1 on the decisive play — a decision the Seahawks will rue.