‘Men grab their sacks’: Morgan says celebration criticism is double standards

Alex Morgan has said that criticism of her goal celebration during USAs defeat of England in the Womens World Cup semi-final is an example of double standards Alex Morgan has said that criticism of her goal celebration mimed sipping a cup of tea after she scored what proved to be the winning goal against England, provoking a backlash with some claiming she was guilty of gloating. Former England international Lianne Sanderson, who played alongside Morgan at Orlando Pride, called the celebration distasteful. On Friday Morgan said that the celebration was inspired by English Game of Thrones actor Sophie Turner who often that she would not do the same with Trump. I think we will make that decision after we finish …

They dont think were that good: Netherlands aim to shock USA in final

Danille van de Donk believes the Netherlands will be underestimated by the USA in Sundays World Cup final and said she is relishing their underdog status Danille van de Donk believes the Netherlands will be underestimated by the USA in Sundays World Cup final and says she is relishing their underdog status in Lyon. I think its the best role you can be in, the midfielder said. I dont think they think were that good I think that is going to be an advantage for us. Van de Donk is one of four Arsenal Womens Super League winners who form the spine of the Netherlands team, with Sari van Veenendaal in goal, Dominique Bloodworth in defence, Van de Donk in …

Storm in a teacup: Alex Morgan discusses World Cup goal celebration

US goal celebrations were a talking point yet again during Tuesdays World Cup semi-final against England Alex Morgan has explained her tea-sipping goal celebration which provoked controversy during the USAs World Cup semi-final victory over England. The US forward raised her fingers to her lips, miming a sip of tea, after scoring the decisive goal in Steelers Depot (@Steelersdepot) Alex Morgan sippin tea pic.twitter.com/oyiyeaFzKQ Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) Congrats to the

Confident USA riding high entering Women’s World Cup knockout stage

A win over Sweden may not have done much to settle concerns over the defense, but the US are brimming with confidence as the business end of the tournament comes into view Its onto the knockout round of the Womens World Cup for the defending champions, and the US looked convincing enough in a looked shaky against Chile in the matchs only real threatening moment, but her decision-making was on point against Sweden. Still, it wasnt enough to wash away fears that the USWNT can avoid conceding goals against a top team. More suspect injury reports show the USAs confidence First it happened in the opener against Thailand: Becky Sauerbrunn was left out of the starting lineup for a mild …

Gyasi Zardes hits twice as USA exact revenge against Trinidad in Gold Cup

The US mens soccer team earned a small sample of revenge with a 6-0 blowout over Trinidad and Tobago, which handed the Americans a nightmarish loss in 2017 Gyasi Zardes scored two goals in a three-minute span in the second half and the US mens soccer team earned a small sample of revenge with a 6-0 blowout in the Concacaf Gold Cup on Saturday night over Trinidad and Tobago, which handed the Americans a nightmarish loss two years ago. Aaron Long scored his first two international goals, and Christian Pulisic and Paul Arriola had one each during a five-goal barrage in the second half. The US cruised to its second shutout this week and clinched a quarter-final berth in Philadelphia …

USA edge past gritty Spain to set up mouthwatering quarter-final with France

The hype around the US womens national team finally appears to be waning, even as the Americans beat a resilient Spain side 2-1 The hype around the US at this World Cup finally appears to be waning, even as the Americans beat a resilient Spain side 2-1 on Monday with the help of two penalties. Both spot kicks were scored by Megan Rapinoe to put the Americans through and negate a mistake in the American back line that gifted Spain their goal. The reigning champions now move on to the quarter-finals, where they will face hosts France on Friday in a clash of arguably the two strongest teams left in the tournament. We showed a lot of grit and experience …

USA women face Sweden in first true test with chance to exorcise Rio ghosts

Three years after Sweden handed the US women their earliest ever exit from a major tournament, the Americans can score revenge while making a World Cup statement Megan Rapinoe insists that she has moved on from the 2016 Olympics, when Sweden handed the US womens national team Thailand and losing to Sweden in 2016 was a wake-up call and she has been trying to figure out how to avoid a similar failure ever since. That was the first time we had seen a team like Sweden a very established, veteran team take an approach to sit low on us and sit in their own half, Ellis said. Usually when you play teams that cant match up with you, they take …

Valencia shock Barcelona in Copa del Rey final despite Messis best efforts

Valencia beat Barcelona 2-1 in the Copa del Rey final on Saturday, denying Lionel Messi the chance to lead his team to a fifth consecutive domestic cup success By the end here in Seville they could take it no more, but the suffering was worth it and they made it. Somewhere in the madness a whistle blew and Valencia became Copa del Rey winners. For the first time in 1,456 days, Barcelona are not the cup winners. There will be consequences at the Camp Nou, changes. Lionel Messis second-half goal was not enough to cancel out strikes from Kevin Gameiro and Rodrigo Moreno and a league title is not enough for a club like this. For Valencia, the cup is …

Liverpool left disappointed but proud as the big prize fails to arrive | Andy Hunter

Liverpools record number of points and the individual awards were nice but all the thoughts were of what might have been in the Premier League climax You Make My Dreams Come True by Hall & Oates was a strange choice of song to play in the immediate aftermath of Liverpools title chase Barcelona on Tuesday changed everything, of course, and the Kop hit back with a stirring rendition of We Shall Not Be Moved the European Cup version when the Wolves support celebrated Manchester Citys win at Brighton with a chorus of Raheem Sterling, hes top of the league. The comeback of all comebacks here last Tuesday offers Jrgen Klopp and his players another opportunity to claim a magnificent prize …

Premier League 2018-19 season review: our writers best and worst

The best players, greatest games and standout signings plus those that didnt work out, and what needs to change Best player Ed Aarons: Virgil van Dijk. Raheem Sterling runs him close but in terms of impact and influence, the big Dutchman has been peerless. Nick Ames: A confession: at the time Liverpool paid 75m for Van Dijk this writer having been present to cover all of his exceptionally rare rickets at Southampton considered them barmy. Instead, he has almost single-handedly given Jrgen Klopp the ability to build from a solid base, transforming the teams prospects. No centre-back has had this profound an influence in years. Simon Burnton: Bernardo Silva has been an absolute joy a wonderful combination of technique, tenacity …