The United States Women’s National Soccer Team is aiming to make history this summer as it tries to become the first team, women or men, to win a third consecutive World Cup.
With an Olympic title in 1991, 1999, 2015 and 2019 and four World Cup titles, the United States is the most successful nation in women’s soccer. The current squad will be looking to make their win in the tournament a historic one. Launches in Australia and New Zealand on July 20. It will continue till August 20, with 32 football teams participating.
But after victories in Canada in 2015 and France four years ago, Time magazine believes the world’s No. 1-ranked US national team is now going through a transitional period as players age up to 18. Years since the late thirties.
And in its fourth appearance at the World Cup, the U.S. national team is relying on the enthusiasm of senior leaders and younger players around several of its key stars, notably strikers Megan Robinho, 38, and Alex Morgan, 35. Defender Kelly O’Hara, 34, and midfielder Christy Moyes, 32. .age.
CBS News notes that even though the U.S. national team announced that Morgan was excluded from leading the national team during the World Cup, he was chosen as the second captain and midfielder Lindsey Horan, 29, as the first captain. Specifically toward Morgan, it appears at No. 207 on the national team.
Meanwhile, according to “Time”, the team includes 14 new players, including young attackers Sophia Smith, 22, the best player in the Women’s Soccer League, Trinity Rodman, 21, and Alyssa Thompson, 18, and player center Savannah DiMelo, 25.
According to NBC News, the current team under coach Vladko Antonovski reflects the diversity of the country it represents more than ever, with nine women on the roster, including seven black women, a welcome development. White sports in America.
“TIME” believes that mixing the enthusiasm of young women and the energy of new faces with the experience, wisdom and veteran leadership of veterans increases America’s chances at the World Cup. not carrying
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The history of the US women’s national team has seen a struggle against discrimination in favor of men. Before the start of the 2019 World Cup in France, female players sought equal pay with their male counterparts, and these efforts prevailed. Pre-match headlines.
While the case has fueled the movement for equal pay in the United States and abroad, according to Time, the case has added some pressure to their presence at the World Cup. Also, the team’s star Megan Rapinoe got into a Twitter spat with then US President Donald Trump.
In May 2022, the U.S. Soccer Association approved a historic move to pay members of the women’s and men’s national teams equally, after reaching a collective bargaining agreement. The result is a first at the global level and allows equality of awards for male and female players after participating in the World Cup, according to Agence France-Presse.
Time therefore sees the team facing fewer distractions heading into the World Cup, however, the players are still under intense pressure, as anything less than a third consecutive title would be a failure.
Earlier this year the national team played several tournaments, beating Brazil, Canada and Japan at home in the Shebelieves Cup. But several players suffered serious injuries, including Mallory Swanson’s torn left patellar tendon and torn anterior cruciate ligament, ending hopes for promising U.S. striker Katerina Macario at the World Cup, according to the Washington Post. “.
Injuries also hit the midfield, with Ross Lavelle suffering a knee injury, and the national team will miss its impressive performance on the field in the 2019 World Cup final against the Netherlands, resulting in the goal that decided the match in favor of the Americans. , according to the newspaper.
On defense, Team USA has been plagued by a leg injury to veteran defender Becky Sauerbrunn, a two-time World Cup champion and one of the leaders in the team’s wage war, who will miss this year’s World Cup.
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Sauerbrunn’s absence, as Time explained, will be filled by 23-year-old defender Naomi Kirma, who is the only player to win the MLS Rookie of the Year award.
The Americans will have to rely on their depth to compensate for the absence of Swanson and Macario. Time reports that three young World Cup players, Sophia Smith, 22, Trinity Rodman, 21, and Alyssa Thompson, 18, and a fourth, Alyssa Thompson, 30, will join Morgan and Robineau.
“I’m excited about the energy and enthusiasm of the young players,” says U.S. National Team coach Vladko Antonovski. “That will be one of our strengths.”
British newspaper The Guardian has published fictitious details of the income of Egyptian star Mohamed Salah, who is not primarily dependent on his salary with Liverpool.
The newspaper quoted Rami Abbas, an Egyptian international agent, in a study conducted by the Harvard Business School on the Reds’ top scorer.
Abbas said: “Mohamed Salah’s contract with Liverpool gives him the incentive to earn at least a million pounds a week in gross income.”
He spoke about Salah’s approach to leaving Liverpool, adding: “The highest-paid player in the club’s history is close to leaving before his new contract, which runs until 2025, is confirmed on July 1, 2022.”
He added: “When you put your demands on the table and you don’t get what you asked for, you have to start thinking about breaking up.”
He continued: “If Liverpool find a way to agree to the salary we have in mind, and if Mohamed performs at the level he has achieved in recent seasons, we would conservatively expect a total sum and figure for Mohamed.” Human rights organizations say the contract he plays and his image rights over the next few years are worth up to 54 million euros. [46.8 مليون جنيه إسترليني] and 62 million euros [53.7 مليون جنيه إسترليني] annually”.
The newspaper added: “The amount Liverpool will pay Salah is unclear from the investigation and club sources believe he earns more from other parties such as Adidas, Bank of Alexandria in Egypt, PepsiCo, Gucci and business ties with the bank. Real Estate Brand Mountain View.”
Abbas says: “Now, Salah’s sources of income are 4 million euros [3.5 مليون جنيه إسترليني] Up to 7 million euros [6.1 مليون جنيه إسترليني] His move to Liverpool was a game changer when he joined the Reds.
He continued: “Sala’s successful association with the club was a major turning point as it not only led the club to a more lucrative playing contract but also helped boost other sources of revenue, as it is not easy to see how Salah helped Liverpool perform well. More will emerge.”
A data war between Barcelona and Sevilla due to the Negrera case
The last hour saw a tense situation between the Barcelona and Sevilla club officials ahead of the meeting between the two teams at the Louis Companies Olympic Stadium in Montjuic on Friday in the eighth week of the Spanish Football League.
The Sevilla club published an official statement on its official website on Friday about the latest developments in a police raid at the headquarters of the Spanish Football Federation as part of a judicial investigation into the bribery of a former Barcelona club deputy. Jury President Enriquez Negrera.
The Andalusian club said in a statement: “Seville FC shows its anger and its complete rejection of the practices carried out by former officials of FC Barcelona and those accused in the Negrera case, which are considered criminal by the trial court and the conduct of FC Barcelona during the period in which the alleged crimes took place.” “.
A Sevilla club statement added, “For this reason, we have suspended the special protocol before the Spanish league match between FC Barcelona and Sevilla on Friday, September 29, and there will be no representation of the club. Stages of the Montjuïc Stadium.”
The statement continued: “We express our deepest respect to Barcelona members and season ticket holders, the current staff and leaders who work every day at FC Barcelona, and those indirectly involved in this issue.”
The Sevilla club statement concluded, “We respect Spanish justice, the presumption of innocence and the decisions that can be made in any way. In the interest of competition, the club hopes that all events related to the Negrera case will be resolved amicably. The judge’s recent considerations ensure that such alleged events will not happen again, and the federal bodies… “The matter concerned will henceforth guarantee the integrity of all competitions in which Sevilla FC competes.”
FC Barcelona did not hesitate to respond to Sevilla’s statement, as the Catalan club confirmed that it rejects its rival’s unjustified and inappropriate attack, and made it clear that it would permanently sever its relationship with the Andalusian club. position on the issue.
In a statement published on its official website, Barcelona said: “FC Barcelona wishes to publicly expose the unfair and inappropriate attack by Sevilla, the club who refused to sit at the lunch table between the officials before tonight’s match between the two teams. At Montjuïc Stadium, its officials refused to attend.” On the podium.
Barcelona’s statement added, “Barcelona realizes that this is an attack and an unacceptable insult to the Catalan establishment. The so-called Negrera case cannot be a pretext for such actions, as the judicial procedure is at the investigation stage. Make clear that Sevilla’s position is premature.”
Barcelona did not stop there to confirm that the “judicial decision in no way changes the actual and legal position of the club”. Also, Joan Laborta, president of the Catalan club, intervened months ago in an extraordinary meeting of Spain. The league, “La Liga”, and called the case because he gave all kinds of explanations and clarifications about it.
The Catalan club’s statement concluded: “The action taken by the Sevilla club is completely disproportionate, because on the one hand it condemns the presumption of innocence and on the other hand the practices of FC Barcelona. It is unacceptable and unjustified. The position of the Seville club is that FC Barcelona considers that it has severed all ties with the Seville club.” Unless he corrects his current position.”
The group’s technical director Nuno Santo announced Jeddah Union The starting line-up will face its counterpart Al-Fayha this Friday evening at the King Fahd International Stadium in the eighth round of Saudi League competitions for the current season 2023-2024.