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Lilly finishes Boston Marathon, Sauerbrunn headed to D.C.

Becky Sauerbrunn

Becky Sauerbrunn will play for D.C. United Women in 2012. (Patricia Giobetti |

Kristine Lilly continues to prove why she is an absolute champ in every sense of the word. Her unofficial U.S. national team beep test record no longer stands (that went down soon after her retirement in January 2011), but she has accomplished yet another spectacular accomplishment in her ultra-fit life: Finishing the Boston Marathon.

She didn’t just finish it, either. She killed for a first time runner on a hot, sunny day in which temperatures reached an unseasonable high of 89 degrees; Lilly ran the 26.2 miles in 4:27:45


Becky Sauerbrunn has signed with D.C. United Women. She is expected to play half the season for the W-League club, which is situated in a familiar place for Sauerbrunn. The move brings her back to the Maryland SoccerPlex, where she played for the Washington Freedom for two years before having to relocate to Florida when the team became magicJack. She also played collegiately at Virginia.

The Sauerbrunn deal is one long in the making. It was held up, I’m told, by some red tape and paperwork, but it always seemed likely once WPS suspended operations. Sauerbrunn is a spectacular addition for D.C. both on the field and off as a name that resonates in the capital region. Expect a couple of other names recognizable to WPS fans to find their way to the SoccerPlex, too.

“I think I can bring what I brought to the national team, which is sort of a calming influence,” Sauerbrunn said. “I’m not the strongest or the fastest but I feel like I can read the team well and I can help control the tempo.”

If you missed this piece about Alex Morgan and boyfriend Servando Carrasco, it’s a good read on how they have reunited in Seattle and now wear the same jersey. The comments on this story – one that just links back to the Seattle Times piece – are the typically disgusting sort of conversations that you’ll find on these sort of sites and why we strive to bring you something more than bar stool chatter.

It appears that Beverly Goebel and Rebecca Moros have signed with INAC Kobe in Japan. Both players were part of the recent Sky Blue FC trip to Japan. When I spoke to Jim Gabarra following the trip, he mentioned that INAC had interest in players and he clearly was not kidding.

Two posts from yesterday I would not want you to miss:

The United States men and women now have the same (ghastly) uniforms.

And, Morgan Andrews, who is an up-and-coming USWNT U-17 midfielder and will play for the New England Mutiny this summer in the WPSL Elite League, is now blogging for The Equalizer. And folks, I bet she is acing English classes with this kind of writing.


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