After one of the most dominant runs to a title in World Cup history, the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team returned to the United States on Monday after wrapping up the 2019 Women’s World Cup with a 2-0 victory over the Netherlands.
The champions touched down in Newark, N.J. and received a hero’s welcome, as they collected the program’s fourth World Cup title. Queen's "We are the Champions" fittingly blasted out of speakers on the runway as the ladies sang along during their descent to the tarmac.
Head coach Jill Ellis and her squad have now won each of the past two World Cups, and this one was particularly impressive due to the way the U.S. just systematically took down each opponent they faced, with no shortage of iconic moments that set the world’s social media channels ablaze with comments.
The team was spearheaded by a trio of women with Bay Area ties, as Cal graduate Alex Morgan tied for the team lead in goals with Redding native Megan Rapinoe. Rapinoe also took home both the Golden Boot for top scorer and the Golden Ball awarded to the best overall player.
Stanford alum Christen Press also headed in the winning goal during the team's victory over England in the semifinals.
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The USWNT's celebration continues Wednesday as they will be part of a victory parade in New York City.
The Premier League is pushing back its restart date indefinitely amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, it announced in a statement Friday.
After bringing together the league’s top officials on a video conference, it was decided that the original hopes to begin playing again at the beginning of May were premature.
“It was acknowledged that the Premier League will not resume at the beginning of May,” the statement read. “And that the 2019/20 season will only return when it is safe and appropriate to do so. The restart date is under constant review with all stakeholders, as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic develops and we work together through this very challenging time.
“The Premier League is working closely with the whole of professional football in this country, as well as with the Government, public agencies and other relevant stakeholders to ensure the game achieves a collaborative solution.”
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Players also are facing a wage reduction of up to 30 percent as the league deals with the fallout from the coronavirus outbreak.
Until health officials declare that social distancing regulations can be lifted, don’t expect to see much in the way of live sports.
The Premier League suspending its season last month due to the global coronavirus pandemic delayed Liverpool’s inevitable clinching of their first top-flight title in three decades by at least two months.
The Reds, who were six points from winning their first-ever Premier League title, won’t lift the trophy until May at the absolute earliest. The season is suspended through at least April 30, and league executives reportedly will discuss what the remainder of the season could look like in a Friday conference call.
There wasn’t much drama remaining in Liverpool’s title challenge, but the same couldn’t be said for the rest of the Premier League by the time it closed its doors. Every club had at least nine matches remaining, with multiple spots for next season’s European competitions, all three relegation places still up for grabs and bragging rights in some of England’s best rivalries still unsolved
Which storylines would’ve captured our attention? Here are the five we’d be most closely monitoring had the Premier League season continued uninterrupted.