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Brazil vs South Korea! Brazil break records!

South Korea stood no chance as Brazil dominated possession (68%). The final score ended at 2-0 to Brazil.

This was a game that put two Brazilian players into the record books. Firstly Formiga who is playing her 6th world cup at the age of 37 managed to score an opening goal and win the title as the oldest person to score ever in a Womens World Cup then if that wasn’t enough Brazil’s Marta scored with a second half penalty kick Marta has appeared 93 international appearances and this is her 92 goal stats that would rival any top male football player however this latest goal from Marta was something special. This is her 15th goal scored in total in Women’s World Cups this means she beats the current record of 14 held by herself and former Germany striker Birgit Prinz.

After the game Marta has explained how she nearly quit playing soccer after getting criticism from her peers as she grew up.

“As I got older and became a teenager there were more people criticizing me. For example ‘this is not a sport for you, go find something else to do in an area for women’,”

This proves that If you enjoy something and believe in what you do you should never give up no matter what others say!

Kansas city win against Houston dash

Kansas city managed to win some more points after beating Houston dash 2-1 Saturday infront of a houston home crowd at the Compass staidum in Houston.

This game could have gone eithier way.. Houston dash on the offensive as the game stood at 1-1 nearly looked as though they would score again and break the tie but things quickly turned the other way and it was kansas city in the final minute of stoppage time, thanks to Frances Silva who managed to socre a header for the kansas side in the last moments menat that Kasas won!

The first half the game was boring to say the least with not much action and drive from eithier side but in the second half things started to lift!

Jenna Richmond scored in the 66th minute of the match with some really great skill and all by her own.

In the 79 minute of the game Becky edwards kncoked the ball into the back of the net froma corner kick from Stepahinie Oches as she stood next to the post.

On the 94th minute of the game the final goal came as Frances Silva headed the ball in from a great cross made by Erika Tymrak.

Kansas City are currently second in the Nwsl with Houston Dash trailing behind in 7th position.

You can watch this match in full on Youtube HERE IS THE LINK.

-I have not been posting much recently here on womensprosoccer.. sorry guys I have been busy playing soccer and watching the WORLD CUP… the world cup does kind of trump the nwsl any day!

Womens Soccer News Roundup! 1ST July!

With the world cup in Brazil going on their has not been much updating here on womensprosoccer because we are all so busy enjoying the world cup! So I have decided to do a quick round up of all the womens soccer news I can find that has happened recently.

Lots of games on Saturday.. this is what happened!

—Seattle Reign are still top of the nwsl league and still undefeated after a goalless draw against Sky Blue Fc who are currently 7th in the league on Saturday. The game was played over in Seattle.

—Spirit gets one over on Dash at their home turf beating them 1-0 in Houston. The goal was scored by Jodie Taylor making it her 7th this season!

—Kansas city who are currently second in the nwsl gets some more points on the board and edges more and more closer to the top after beating Portland thorns who are 6th in the nwsl currently. The one goal was scored by Lauren Holiday from a assist from Amy Rodriguez.

—New york flash beat Boston Breakers. New york flash where first to score as Carli Lloyd got one in in the 51 st minute.. The Boston Breakers (who are at the bottom of the league needed the points) then equalized in the 71st minute after Nkem Ezurike scored and it looked as though the game would be a draw but the New york side snatched it back when Carli Lloyd scored again in the 83rd minute of the game.

In news off the pitch…
Goalie Hope solo has been released from jail after getting herself arrested for domestic violence. She has pleaded not Guilty.

Arch support insoles

There are many reasons as to why you might choose to add extra supportive insoles into your shoes, and it can be a very good idea especially if you suffer form conditions such as flat feet, high arches or your feet over pronate or under pronate when you walk or run these conditions make it more likely that you end up with injuries such as Plantar Fasciitis or even Achilles tendonitis (due to inflammation of the Achilles tendon which connects to the plantar fascia) this is because these conditions means that your plantar fascia (arch) of the foot is tighter than usual and can become more easily inflamed under tension and pressure. The extra support insoles can provide can help release some of the tension in the plantar fascia.

Having too much arch support can be bad but having the right amount is good. Too much arch support is often is a real problem when wearing custom made insoles as they leave no room for your feet to support themselves thus weakening the supporting muscles around the arch. The purpose of arch support insoles really is to help align your foot in a comfortable position helping to stabilize your foot and body, ease tension and pressure away form the plantar fascia of your foot, absorb and spread shock and pressure from unusual forces that would otherwise damage the foot and to help encourage positive bio-mechanics and function the foot.

Your feet do need extra support when doing sport, but not in the way you might first think of. Support in the form of stabilizing the foot and correcting footing and improving balance all helps to improve form and technique in sports from jumping to running.

Custom insoles have been found to weaken the arch of the foot but not all insoles are bad. Make sure you buy some that give your feet room to maneuver, look for insoles made form gel as one of the main purposes of insoles is to help dampen the effects of shock whilst running and to spread the pressure that can build up in places such as under your heel and gel is the best and most adaptable material to do all of this. Gel insoles will offer support and stability which also adapts but the gel does not over support unlike fixed custom insoles that do not adapt this means that your feet have room to move and support themselves. this can all seem a little bit confusing and daunting especially when looking on the internet for the first time about insoles and finding that much of the information you read contradicts other information you just read before… so If you are still unsure about the types of insoles you can buy and the differences between them here is a good article.

World cup! is Brazil ready?

So this years world cup will be in Brazil a country that is undoubtedly one of the best soccer nations in the world but does this necessarily mean that Brazil will be able to deliver a good world cup.. after all their is a lot of corruption in Brazil! One thing that isn’t in question is Brazil’s love for soccer and they sure wont want to do things halfhearted, I am sure Brazil would swap hosting the Olympic for hosting the world cups anyway. In mens soccer Brazil have won it 5 times ang unlike any other team Brazil have been the only ones to have qualified for every single world cup to date! I am sure Brazil will do everything they can possible do to win this year! But despite how much Brazil wants the world cup you cannot hide from the fact that the world cup costs a lot! Even though Brazil is a rising economy their still is plenty of corruption and with so much money circulating around it may attract some corruption and with so much pressure to do the best ever world cup I am sure something may go wrong! what do you think will the Brazil world cup be a gooden? Do you think Brazil will be ready in time?

Abby Wambach set to play on saturday against Portland!

Abby Wambach is coming back!
You may or may not have been wondering what has happened to Abby Wambach and why she isn’t playing for the New york flash this season because she was such a good player last season…. have new york side lost their minds? No they haven’t… they just haven’t been able to play her because the U.S national team damaged her!!

Wambach hasn’t been playing for the new york flash in this years 2014 nwsl season because of a fractured orbital bone which has been a huge disappointment to fans this year as in the last nwsl season Wambach was one the flash’s star’ players.
But it has now been announced that Abby Wambach will be returning as she has been medical cleared and able to be play in New york flash’s next game on Saturday against n New york flashs next game on saturday against Portland Thorns FC. Wambach got injured after playing a national game on 10th April against China. Portland Thorns who are currently the champions of the nwsl are looking strong this season so new york flash are going to need all the star players the team can get. Abby Wambach last year was named player of the league twice.. and notched up plenty of assists and more importantly GOALS! something the new york flash seem to be lacking at the moment. The game on Saturday is a home game for the New york team and will be at the Sahlens stadium!

Portland Thorns FC are currently second in the league under Seattle Reign… whereas new york flash are trialling behind in 6th position but there are still plenty more games to be played and plenty more points to be grabbed so anything could happen and it could look totally different at the end of the season!

Boston Breakers lose against seattle 3-0

Sorry for the late news report…by 2 day! only just noticed that nobody else bothered posting about this match yet…(#weneedmorememebers!)

2 606 fans turned out to watch the game on Sunday were Seattle Reign and Boston breakers took each other on! and for those in the home crowd it was worth coming as Seattle broke the Boston breakers with the end result settling at 3-0! The first goal came when Kim Little managed to score from a penalty in the second half (49 minutes into the game) then 5 minutes later she scored again making it 2-0! It was a close game through out as either side had plenty of chances and possession of the ball but it was Seattle reign that seemed to have luck on their side!
Rapinoe would later score the decider in the 88th minute…. ending all hope for the Boston side!

It was going well for the Breakers at the start of the match, the Breakers looked as though they would get a early lead in the 5th minute with a Joanna Lohman volleyed a ball from a crossing made by O reilly which was ever so close to going in but didn’t!

This big loss at the start of the nwsl will really hurt the Breakers team… and may even put doubt into the players minds about the new coach’s strategy Tim Durkin! Maybe the Boston Breakers next game at home against Houston Dash may go a little bit better.. but even though Houston Dash maybe the newbies to the league if their last game against the Champs Portland thorns is anything to go by Boston Breakers will have to up their game on 20th april!

Like all the games you can watch them on youtube LIVE… or catch up on all the league action if you missed something!

Houston Dash vs Portland Thorns 0-1

It may have been a loss for Houston dash but it was a win for their team really!

Houston Dash have lost their first ever nwsl game against Portland thorns…ending 1-0 to Portland thorns, well it was to be expected really as the Dash was going up against the previous nwsl champions? But what wasn’t to be expected was the fight the Houston Dash put up! There really is no doubt that Houston Dash is bringing something fresh and helping to improve the league even more!

After the math the Dash team didn’t just find the nearest exist and hide away instead they joined in with the celebrations and got in amongst the fans.. taking autographs and taking pictures…..

Despite the loss, The dash through out the game dominated it was only when Portland Thorns took an early lead and what proved to be the winner in the 23rd minute when Allie Long headed it over the Dash’s defense into the goal from a corner made by Jessica Mcdonald.
The Houston Dash didn’t give up and plenty of chances came and went their way and they dominated possession of the ball through out the game…. but it simply wasn’t to be…

It was a really good match… and with 8 097 watching the game in the BBVA compass Stadium last Saturday night creating a great atmosphere the turnout says a lot! The way The Dash went to their fans after the game will also help grow their support for their team, the league as a whole and womens soccer too!

If this is what they can deliver their first ever match they are definitely the ones to watch in this league!

So anyway what does this game say about the league and will the national womens soccer league last? After watching this game I think that they will do just fine…As the nwsl get set to start a second season this game has shown us a lot of things and we can safely say the nwsl is going in the right direction..

Houston Dash have joined this year increasing the league from eight to nine teams competing.

Many womens soccer league have started up only to fall under finical difficulty, he wps wasn’t much different to how the nwsl is right now et for some reason the sums didn’t add up and the league had to fold
Though the finical pressures doesn’t come from lack of support for womens soccer as its not like womens pro soccer isnt something not to be proud of, our national womens team can boost many victory’s including bringing in at least something in ever Olympics games and world cup for the U.S since 1991! it is a much loved game with many young female soccer players (about 1. million across the U.S) hoping to go pro, the fan turn out for games is great to as last year the average turn out was 4, 233 for a game alone!

Watching soccer being played both inspires and motivates young girls and gives them and a aim and dream that is different to the superficial “Hollywood” ones!

Does it take more than just finance to survive?…..What do you think the nwsl needs to do to survive?

Official nwsl 2014 roster

We have been posting about all the preseason rosters and seeing the development of the teams but now all the teams have just announced their official and unchanging rosters for the 2014 nwsl season!

Finally on Saturday all of the exhibition games and preseason stuff will be over and we will be into the real action of the 2014 season!
The first games we will be seeing will be;

Portland Thorns who were last years champions will be taking on Houston Dash in the first game of the season on Saturday.

Then on Sunday we will be seeing Washington Spirit battle it out against the western new york flash, also the Boston Breakers will be facing off with Seattle Reign as well on Sunday.

If you are struggling to find the games on tv then the nwsl are streaming all the games in full on YouTube for free!

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Tell us what you think about the roster in the comments below! (sign up if you dont have an account)

TIP: struggling to read the roster? Right click the team roster image and click -view image for better quality

New site feature! User Blogs!

We are now giving all WPS users a new feature… user blogs. Now you can have your very own soccer blog. We have not deiced to totally scrapped the old article way of posting to wps, you can still use the old format for the time being if you are not wanting your post to show up in your blog and just want to post some soccer news…but we hope everyone will love the new way wps will work. One of the whole points of this new feature or experiment is to make it much easier for other users to see what else you got to say and have posted about before. You will still be able to tag your posts to the right places but you blog posts will not only be promoted to the front page… and the tag pages but also all the blog posts you right will also show up on your own user blog! Adding posts to your blog is quite simple and very similar to how the old method worked so you have nothing really to worry about on that front. So we hope you like this cool new feature and good luck with your new blogs!

Remember that if you post something interesting and become a valued member here at wps you will be promoted to “blogger” role and thus unlock new posting abilities for example your posts will no longer be moderated before posting.
It really is up to you how you want to post…article or blog post? You decide!

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