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Can Twitter save women's soccer? #USWNT

Several supporters of women's soccer are hoping that fans across the US and beyond can help make a true impact by promoting the USWNT via Twitter today. Here's more:


As you know, the USA vs Italy game  is today, and a few of us avid supporters are trying to make #USWNT a trending topic on twitter. Ultimately we know that's probably damn near impossible, but over all just want to raise awareness about how big of a game this is and what it means to the future of soccer in American, especially in regards to the World Cup.  We're going to try and push a big campaign to make a statement (our goal isn't really to make a trending topic [TT], but just to raise awareness).


We're having a TweetChat tomorrow throughout the game (which essentially is just an on going conversation via people's tweets that use a certain hashtag, in this case it will be #USWNT) and want to get it out to as many players, coaches, and fans ahead of time.


If you wouldn't mind, would you send out a tweet and promote this as much as you can tomorrow before and during the game?


Here's the standard format we're going with, but feel free to make it your own and just ask people to retweet:


"Hey tweeps! Please support USA Women's Soccer as they attempt to qualify 4 the 2011 WWC. Add #USWNT 2 ur tweets. Pls RT!"


or 


"#USWNT take on Italy for the World Cup Qualifier today! Be a part of the conversation 11/27 @ 2pm ET: http://tweetchat.com/room/USwnt "


And if you can, please please please pass this along to any fans, supporters, coaches, NSCAA Members, MLS/WPS players, and better yet any National team players that you know would do a great job supporting this cause (and that are on twitter too of course).


Also, we've been trying to get bloggers to step it up this week and promote this game as much as possible to amp up the hype and push for monumental games like this to be on TV.


GOOOOO USA!



The make it or break it game: 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup Qualifier in Chicago


The USWNT will face Italy this Saturday, November 27th for the second of two games that will determine which team will qualify for the 2011 World Cup.  The US defeated Italy last weekend 1-0 with a last minute goal from substitute Alex Morgan.  The US has the upper hand coming into this game, but their fate has yet to be determined.  


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Tomorrow's the last day to buy supporters tickets to this suspenseful World Cup Qualifier at Toyota Park.  Here's more from the Chicago Red Stars' supporters group Chicago Local 134:


Buy your Official Supporters Section tickets to the USWNT game vs. Italy on November 27: http://tinyurl.com/swnt1127 


Tickets will be distributed/available for pick up on the day of the game.


Local 134 is partnering with Section 8 Chicago, the American Outlaws, Chicago Soccer and other super fab groups in the soccer community to organize the Official USWNT Supporters' Official Tailgate that will be officially awesome soooooooo be sure to get in on that action too.


Also, you'll see an option for donations in the above link which of course is not required, but any donations made along with ticket purchases will be used for extra tailgate goodies and tifo supplies. Three cheers for generosity!


ALSO x 2 -- the Chicago Red Stars very own Megan Rapinoe and Jillian Loyden were named to the USWNT playoff roster for this series vs. Italy. Just another reason to come out and support (we got loads more reasons where that came from...)!

USWNT 1 - China 1

Yesterday the US Women's National team tied China 1-1.  Here are some facts and random observations that I took from the game:


  • Yesterday's game against China was the USWNT's last friendly match before World Cup Qualifiers start
  • China hasn't qualified for the World Cup since 1999
  • Christie Rampone wore the captain's armband for the US.  She's played in 218 international matches for US Soccer and has the 5th most all time caps at 35 years old.  Not only that, but she just had a baby earlier in the year. 
  • Chicago Red Stars' player Megan Rapinoe started in the match.  Sadly, she wasn't sporting her funky new lost-boys-esque ponytail.  She didn't score a goal in this game against China, but she did score a goal against them in their 2-1 victory against them on Saturday, October 2nd, and she also scored in the game previous to that.
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Rapinoe always rollin' with her own flare and style -- here she's rockin' that ponytail


  • This was the first time in history that the four starting defenders (Heather Mitts, Amy LePeilbet,  Rampone, Rachel Buehler) for the US had ever played together (at the same time).
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Jillian Loyden earns first cap with USWNT

On October 2nd Jillian Loyden earned her first international cap with the U.S. Women's National Team in a victorious match against China that ended with a score of 2-1. Here she shares her excitement on her first cap and victory with the U.S.:


It was awesome. I couldn't stop smiling. It was so much fun and I had the support of the coaching staff and a great team in front of me. 


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Rapinoe scores in the USWNT's win against Sweden

Yesterday the USWNT played against Sweden for the second time in a week.  On Wednesday the game ended with a score of 1-1 in a game I personally felt they should have won. Yesterday, however, the US women's team defeated Kosovare Asllani and her swedish teammates 3-0.  Red Stars' Megan Rapinoe scored the first goal for the US with a goal in the 33rd minute. Abby Wambach tallied the other two goals for the US in the 45th and 72nd minute of play, both of her goals were scored off of headers. 

Since this goal there have been two rad photos of Pinoe (as many of her fans like to call her) floating around the internet from the USWNT soccer blog at US Soccer's website. I couldn't help but share them to celebrate her awesomeness with all of you. I hope she puts one in the back of the net for Chicago soon!

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Pinoe rockin' the shades

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Kate Markgraf earns 200th cap with USWNT

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Chicago Red Stars defender Kate Markgraf earned her 200th cap with the USWNT team on Tuesday in their match against Sweden.  Markgraf proudly wore the captain's armband in the game that ended in a 1-1 draw. Since 1998 Markgraf has played 200 games for the US, started 189 games, scored 1 goal, and has had 9 assists. 

Markgraf was not the only Red Stars player represented in the international friendly.  Megan Rapinoe also started for the USWNT, while Kosovare Asllani started for the Swedes. 

My horoscope made me do it...

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My daily horoscope suggested this to me today "You just need to make sure that you're dealing with the issues that are most obvious and pressing."  Great advice!..so let me begin with I hate the morning traffic, it is bloody hot in the office today, and did DaMarcus Beasley really make the 23-man roster today?  Many will disagree with me, but I am shocked!  Maybe I'm being too harsh but I think he stinks.  Speed really can't make up for the fact that he passes to Jesus (the invisible deity, not your buddy from down the street) more consistently than his own teammates.  I do have some Chicago love for D.B. and no voodoo dolls required here, but I just can't believe he made the squad. 
Well, good luck to you #7.  Prove me wrong, please.  Donovan has and I'm almost ready to admit I don't hate him anymore.
 
16 days 'til World Cup love--US vs. England.  Does anyone else feel a slight cough coming on?  Sniffle, sniffle, "I don't think I can make into work today boss...I wouldn't want to get everyone sick."

U.S. U-17 women beat Haiti 9-0, then offer hugs

U.S. U-17 women beat Haiti 9-0, then offer hugs 

(reblogged from Dirty Tackle - World Soccer)

 A touching story that is a perfect example of soccer making women out of girls and how the great game brings us all together. 

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