The U.S. Women’s National Team did not relinquish a lead this time as they dominated the Netherlands at Kyocera Stadium yesterday. The 3-1 victory included two goals by Christen Press who continues to rack up the goals in her early National Team experience. Tobin Heath secured the other goal in the friendly. Heather O’Reilly was the only returning starter from the April 5th match in Germany for coach Tom Sermanni. The Dutch were outshot 25-9 in the match as Press and Yael Averbuch led the early attack. O’Reilly had an attempt cleared off the line in the 27th minute. The opening tally by Heath came in the 36th minute as Sydney Leroux beat her defender on the right side and sent a cross through the area. Heath ran onto the ball unmarked after it skipped by a few players. Leroux also spurred the first goal by Press just before halftime. Aslyn Harris got her second start in net for the National Team while Julie Johnston started her first match in just her second cap. Highlights of the first Press goal are below.
The Seattle Sounders gave a courageous effort in Mexico last night as they tried to stage a comeback in the CONCACAF Champions League semifinals. They would fall 2-1 on aggregate after allowing a first half goal on a set piece despite drawing with Santos Laguna 1-1 last night. Santos moved to 19-1-1 in 22 CCL matches at home. Seattle made a big push in the second half, but came up short despite a goal from Lamar Neagle. Seattle was not as composed in the first half though as Darwin Quintero scored in the 21st minute off a free kick from 25 yards. The Sounders’ second half push caused sloppy passing from Santos, but Seattle failed to find the winner. Santos now awaits the winner of the other semifinal between the LA Galaxy and Monterrey. The second leg takes places tonight with the Galaxy needing to score twice to advance if they can hold the Rayados scoreless.
Daniel Cuevas, a break out player in the CONCACAF U-20 qualifying, has returned to full training with Santos Laguna. The U.S. youngster will be ready for the U-20 World Cup.
Speaking of U-20, Soccer America had a sit down with coach Tab Ramos.
Jason Davis looks at what matters in Portland, a perfect win.
Sporting KC has signed a memorandum of understanding with U.S. Soccer about potentially building a $50 million training center near Sporting Park. The agreement means that the Federation will explore the option of building a training center and coaching development center.
Finally, the Pittsburgh Riverhounds open up their new home, Highmark Stadium, this weekend. They have really been revving up the marketing effort and have sold out the opener. The stadium is right along the river in the Station Square area of the city. Take a look.