NWSL

OL Reign's Madison Hammond Becomes First Native American Player In NWSL History

Rookie defender Madison Hammond collected a bunch of firsts after her OL Reign faced off against the Utah Royals in their Fall Series debut.

Hammond, a graduate of Wake Forest University, made her first appearance for the Reign during the match and became the first Native American to play in the NWSL. (Hammond is Navajo.)

Canadians Simultaneously Earn Player Of The Week Honors In Both MLS And NWSL

Richie Laryea and Sophie Schmidt made history by becoming the first Canadians ever to simultaneously win MLS and NWSL Player of the Week honors. Laryea was named MLS Player of the Week after he tallied one goal and two assists for Toronto FC. Houston Dash midfielder Schmidt scored, had an assist and played a crucial role in the Dash’s third goal to defeat Orlando Pride, earning herself Budweiser Woman of the Week.

Both of the Canadians showed off their composure and creative abilities, and they are both, without a doubt, representing their nation one accolade at a time. 

Carli Lloyd Makes Public Her Plans For Retirement

Carli Lloyd, one of the world’s best footballers of the 2010s, turned 38 this summer. With the Covid-19 pandemic postponing the Olympics, she missed out on a potential curtain-call tournament, one last chance to strive for gold before riding off into the sunset. In March, after the Olympics were postponed, Lloyd announced she would put off retirement to work toward making the 2021 Olympic team.

Now Lloyd has all but confirmed that she will retire after next summer’s Olympics in Tokyo.

USWNT Star Megan Rapinoe Named To ‘Time 100’ List For 2020

U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka, American soccer player Megan Rapinoe and Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes were among the athletes named on the 2020 "Time 100" list of the most influential people in the world.

The annual list, which is not ranked, honours individuals who have had the most significant impact on the global landscape that year and includes heads of state, business leaders, activists and entertainers, among others. There is no winner named.

Alex Morgan Talks Leaving NWSL, Expectations And More In First Spurs Interview

Alex Morgan is a Spurs player. It’s a sentence that I haven’t gotten used to saying after she left for England earlier this month. Morgan traded the NWSL for the FA Women’s Super League and shed some light on that decision in her first interview with Tottenham.

We’re Still Trying To Figure Out How Ashlyn Harris Kept This Out

The North Carolina Courage won a seven-goal thriller last week. Back on CBS this week, the 2019 NWSL champs just couldn’t find a way past USWNT keeper Ashlyn Harris.

The Orlando Pride, playing in their first match of 2020, held the Courage to a 0-0 draw on Saturday in the NWSL Fall Series, with Harris and the Pride defense coming up big to deny North Carolina’s potent offense. 

USWNT Stars Mourn Loss Of Women’s Rights Hero RBG, A Noted USWNT Fan

In March of 2019, USWNT players celebrated Women’s History Month by wearing the names of inspirational women on their jerseys for a SheBelieves Cup match against England. One of the most prominent names was on Becky Sauerbrunn’s back, three simple letters that mean so much to so many: RBG.

OL Reign Rookie Madison Hammond Shares Her Inspirational Story

OL Reign rookie defender Madison Hammond uses her platform to inspire, change and raise awareness, and she really has wasted no time with her new professional status. Hammond was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she grew up in the Navajo and San Felipe Pueblo tribe. She grew up practicing ceremonial days and adopted customs of her native tribe for most of her childhood.

Then when she turned 9 she moved to Alexandria, Virginia, where her environment was much different than what it was in New Mexico. 

Stop What You’re Doing And Watch This Insane Golazo Right Now

In a matchup of the last two NWSL clubs to lift a trophy, the N.C. Courage once again showed they’re the best in the league. The 2019 NWSL champions rallied late to beat the Challenge Cup winners 4-3 in a match that actually upstaged the Liverpool-Leeds game as the most entertaining 90 minutes of action on Saturday.

Houston led 2-1 at halftime thanks to a pair of assists from Challenge Cup final MVP Shea Groom, but Debinha took over the second half with two incredible goals.

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