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First up is Women’s World Cup news. Equatorial Guinea sisters Salimata and Bilguisa Simpore have withdrawn from the Women’s World Cup.
Ann Killion takes a look at how the U.S. women are still trying to grow out of the shadow of 1999.
Over at ESPN, Jeff Carlisle sits down with Christie Rampone and features Hope Solo in a well produced video. Speaking of ESPN, Mia Hamm will be joining the fray of analysts. Good to hear. And Bob Ley gives us a look at a stadium-sized Birgit Prinz.
Australia had to come back from a 2-0 deficit to top Mexico 3-2 in a Women’s World Cup tune-up.
Here is a piece on Alex Morgan and her boyfriend, Seattle Sounders FC midfielder Servando Carrasco.
And Grant Wahl takes a look at Morgan and Abby Wambach.
Of course, if you are looking for information on the Women’s World Cup, there is no greater companion than The Equalizer and All White Kit Present The Complete Guide to the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Buy it here and check out more information on it here.
In WPS news:
It is Week 2 of “Flash Through the WPS” and it continues to be a fun time. Check it out here.
Keeley Dowling is out for the season with a torn ACL. Atlanta had better find a replacement fast. On Wednesday, the Beat will be without Dowling and Cat Whitehill, who will be with ESPN for the Women’s World Cup. That’s both veteran center backs.
Dan Lauletta gives his WPS midseason report card.
Here is this week’s WPS column on Sports Illustrated taking a look at this game.
Amange Fond, a magicJack trainer, served as coach for that game. He joins Christie Rampone, Abby Wambach, Mike Lyons and owner Dan Borislow as folks who have served as coach this season. That is five coaches, a WPS single season record. Sky Blue FC has six coaches all-time.
Borislow’s suspension was reduced to two games, meaning he will coach the team this Saturday in the rematch at Philadelphia. He promised the result won’t be the same this time around. Borislow also added that the team likely will not sign another goalkeeper, meaning if anything happens to Shannon Myers, a field player will have to play in goal.
And in some shocking news on Tuesday, magicJack waved Meghan Schnur and Rebecca Moros and traded for Meghan Rapinoe (giving up only an “undisclosed fee”). More on this tomorrow.
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