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Tobin Heath remains the magnificent enigma of the U.S. women's national team
Heath is usually content to let her game speak for itself. JERSEY CITY, N.J. – If Tobin Heath remains a magnificent enigma in her 10th year on the United States women’s national team, that’s less by design than indifference.

Unlike most of her fellow stars on the team, you won’t see much of her away from the field. She doesn’t do bikini shoots. She’s isn’t on magazine covers. The USWNT’s reigning Player of the Year has a habit of ignoring interview requests, actually.

“I’m not opposed to it,” she said in an interview with Yahoo Sports that she was somehow talked into doing. “I think I’m more traditional in how I do media. I want my brand to be about football. I’m a footballer through and through. It’s all I’ve ever wanted to be.”

She lives on Tobin Time, moving at her own speed. She isn’t sure what Tobin Time is when she’s asked about it – it’s a term used by some of those around her.

“It sounds like something fun is going to happen,” Heath said before she bursts out laughing. But she sort of gets it. “I definitely don’t abide by most rules.” More laughter. “I don’t ever know the schedule. I guess I do live on my own planet sometimes.”

There’s a reason her socks always have that signature sag. “Because I have big calves and I don’t like socks,” Heath said. “Plus, I get kicked on my ankles. You don’t get kicked high up on your leg.” So she likes her shin guards lower down. It’s mostly the sockophobia, though. It should be noted that, on a frigid day, she’s wearing flip-flops for our interview.

All smiles and definitely no tears after the U.S. Women’s National Team come-from-behind victory over Brazil in the Tournament of Nations.

We really want to know what Crystal Dunn is saying that has Megan Rapinoe making that face and Ali Krieger clutching her pearls.

Our photographer was there to snap this photo as the trio headed to the locker room after the game.

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She texted me, ‘Holy crap, Sofia. This is amazing. I remember when we were in fifth grade and you did a project on the U.S. national team and said you wanted to play on their team.’

I honestly read that and said, 'Holy crap, that’s true.’

I think every girl who has this dream will understand that it means everything. It’s a surreal feeling because you’ve been working so hard toward this. Just to get a call-up is such an opportunity.

Upcoming USWNT Schedule

The U.S. Women’s National Team concludes 2017 with six friendlies, all of which are scheduled to be televised.

  • September 15: vs. New Zealand at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colorado (ESPN2).
  • September 19 vs. New Zealand at Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio (FS1).
  • October 19 vs. Korea Republic at Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana (FS1).
  • October 22 vs. Korea Republic at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina (ESPN).
  • November 9 vs. Canada at BC Place in Vancouver, Canada (ESPN2, UDN).
  • November 12 vs. Canada, likely in San Jose with TV broadcast details to come at a later date.

The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) Championship is October 14.

Ali Krieger returns to US roster for Tournament of Nations

CHICAGO (AP) – Defender Ali Krieger, who is nearing her 100th international appearance, has been named to the U.S. women’s national team roster for the upcoming Tournament of Nations.

Krieger, who plays for the Orlando Pride of the National Women’s Soccer League, was not on the roster for a pair of games in Europe last month. She has 98 national team appearances.

Coach Jill Ellis called up 23 players for the tournament, which also includes Japan, Brazil, and Australia. It kicks off July 27 in Seattle and also stops in San Diego and Carson, California.

Veteran midfielders Megan Rapinoe and Carli Lloyd, defender Becky Sauerbrunn and forward Alex Morgan were included on the roster. Midfielder Margaret Purce, a rookie with the Boston Breakers, got her first national team call-up.

Chicago Red Stars forward Sofia Huerta will train with the United States during the tournament although she is not yet eligible to play for the team. U.S. Soccer is seeking an association change for Huerta, who previously played for Mexico.

Midfielders Tobin Heath and Rose Lavelle, as well as goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris, were not available because of injuries.

The roster for the Tournament of Nations, including NWSL affiliation:

Goalkeepers: Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars), Jane Campbell (Houston Dash), Abby Smith (Boston Breakers.)

Defenders: Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage), Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars), Ali Krieger (Orlando Pride), Kelley O'Hara (Sky Blue), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars), Taylor Smith (NC Courage).

Midfielders: Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), Allie Long (Portland Thorns), Samantha Mewis (NC Courage), Margaret Purce (Boston Breakers), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign).

Forwards: Crystal Dunn (Chelsea), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns), Sydney Leroux (FC Kansas City), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit), Lynn Williams (NC Courage).


Olivia Dunne, Adeline Kenlin, Emma Malabuyo, Maile O'Keefe, and Sunisa Lee will compete during the senior session at Classics.

“Five junior elites, who are all members of the U.S. National Team, will compete during the senior elite session but will be vying for junior titles: 2017 Jesolo Trophy team gold medalists.”

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The U.S. national soccer team is moving on without Hope Solo
Naeher started in a 1-0 victory against Germany on Wednesday, Harris in a 1-0 defeat to England on Saturday. Ellis won’t say who will get the nod against tournament-leader France, though Naeher is the front-runner. The Americans must win to retain hopes of winning the title for the second consecutive year.
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Even though she is the best female goalkeeper in U.S. and probably international history

USWNT ToN Roster Thoughts

The U.S. Women’s National Team roster drop for the inaugural Tournament of Nations is upon us. Some quick thoughts on rosters, contracts, and other matters:

  • Don’t read too much into rosters two years out from the World Cup. The rosters tighten as the World Cup or Olympics approach. The World Cup qualifying roster will be a good barometer and baseline.
  • This is a tournament, not a series of friendlies. It’s good to get youngsters in and let them experience what’s needed in a tournament setting. This includes dealing with training, recovery, and travel in between match days.
  • As such, injured players won’t be a part of the roster.
  • New faces will be in camp as will the return of a forever fave face.
  • Number preferences, traditionally, go to the players with seniority, either in caps or years of service. This is different for every team, however.
  • The number of central contracts (I like this term, it’s what the FA WSL uses) has been reduced. This will give head coach Jill Ellis more flexibility in call-ups — and keep players on their toes.
  • Terminating a contract and not being offered a contract are not the same thing. At all.
  • Not being under contract does not preclude or prevent players from being called up.
  • There are several reasons a player might not be offered a central contract. A player might not figure into Ellis’ long-term plans, for example. Or, Ellis might know what a player brings to the table and not need to see her in every camp. Et cetera.
  • This is development. Get used to it.
  • Don’t read too much into rosters two years out from the World Cup.

I reserve the right to emend these thoughts. There’s a lot more to the CBA, mind you, but I like to revisit these very general points when rosters are released.

— Brandi

ESPN the Magazine Body Issue Brought to Life in New TV Special

The latest stunning ESPN the Magazine Body Issue will be brought to life in a new TV special airing Friday night on ESPN.

The first special one-hour show around the ninth annual Body Issue, which features the top names in sports tastefully photographed in all their glory, airs at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

It is set to feature behind-the-scenes photo, video and interviews with the 23 athletes in the issue, including Julian Edelman (pictured above), Ezekiel Elliott and Javier Baez.

Also Read: Laila Ali Talks Muhammad Ali Ahead of ESPN Humanitarian Awards: ‘He Is in a Better Place Now’

Titled “ESPN The Magazine – 2017 BODY Issue” and centered on the theme “Every Body Has a Story,” the show will be hosted by ESPN commentator Julie Foudy, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and former U.S. Women’s National Soccer team captain.

Also Read: Watch Super Bowl Champion Julian Edelman Eat Burgers Naked for ESPN Body Issue (Video)

Also featured on the show are: NHL teammates Brent Burns and Joe Thornton of the San Jose Sharks; adaptive snowboarder/mountaineer and the first veteran featured in the Body Issue, retired Marine Corps Sgt. Kirstie Ennis; Olympic silver medalist Gus Kenworthy, 2016 WNBA MVP Nneka Ogwumike of the Los Angeles Sparks and two-time NBA All-Star Isaiah Thomas of the Boston Celtics.

Also Read: ESPN the Magazine Body Issue: See Julian Edelman, Javier Baez, Caroline Wozniacki and More Pose Nude (Photos)

On Tuesday night, many of the stars from past and present Body Issues attended the “BODY at ESPYs” at Avalon in Hollywood on the eve of the 25th ESPY Awards.

Naughty by Nature performed to a packed crowd, which included Edelman, Elliott, Lindsey Vonn, Aly Raisman, Ashley Wagner, Lamar Odom, A.J. Andrews, James White and Dion Lewis.

Also Read: Inside the Plans for Tonight’s 25th Anniversary ESPY Awards

“We want to make sure we really make a big splash with this. One of the people I most excited to get this year was AJ Andrews, professional softball player. She is the first woman eve r to get the gold glove in history,” Alison Overholt, Editor-In-Chief of ESPN the Magazine, told TheWrap on the red carpet.

Related stories from TheWrap:

Watch Super Bowl Champion Julian Edelman Eat Burgers Naked for ESPN Body Issue (Video)

Ezekiel Elliott, Julian Edelman, Isaiah Thomas Bare All for ESPN Body Issue

2017 ESPY Awards: 22 Things You Didn’t See on TV

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U.S. Women's Soccer Team Members File Federal Equal-Pay Complaint
"I think that we've proven our worth over the years," Carli Lloyd says of the team that's been ranked No. 1 in the world since last July.

Despite the women’s team generating nearly $20 million more revenue last year than the U.S. men’s team, the women are paid almost four times less.

Go girls! Get em!!

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Hope Solo and Megan Rapinoe - from the U S Women’s National Soccer Team and Beyond

Question: Why cant I get a USWNT jersey in a mans cut? 

Pinoe: What?? You dont want a deep deep V Neck? 

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