This week the SoccerInferno toolbar had news about dirty soccer tackles and slides from players all around the world. One of the worst tackles was in the match against Welling United.
The referee blew his whistle on Dorchester Town’s Gary Bowles first tackle but Bowles kept on playing to tackle another player who ended up injured. Bowles didn’t let the referee’s whistle or the pile of players on the ground stop him from lunging at ankles and playing ball. After the two tackles the referee gave him a red card and sent him off the field.
FIFA, the international governing body of association football, launched a new campaign today in Berlin urging young women to “Live Your Goals” by inspiring women and girls around the world to participate in organized soccer. Launched with cooperation from players in this summer’s FIFA Women’s World Cup, like Germany’s Kim Kulig and Canada’s Christine Sinclair, the initiative hopes to encourage the next generation of female soccer players.
Through “Live Your Goals,” FIFA plans to focus not only on increasing the popularity of this year’s women’s tournament, but to also raise awareness about future competitions. The campaign highlights the benefits provided to girls and young women by playing soccer: making friends, being physically active, coping with challenging situations and learning about teamwork. Each featured player shares her personal story, demonstrating the enthusiasm, dedication and determination it takes to reach the top level’s of women’s soccer.
After 90-plus minutes of close shots and excellent saves from Ceci Santiago, Mexico’s 16-year-old goalkeeper, the US finally broke the scoreless game with Lauren Cheney’s superb injury time winner from distance. It was the final match before the Women’s World Cup in Germany and the Cheney’s goal was the icing to the cake.
It wasn’t a great performance for the US team but the US is still ranked No. 1 in the world. It was enough to avenge its CONCACAF semifinal loss to Mexico back in November, which supposedly was “the biggest upset ever.”
Guatemala held off Honduras in their Gold Cup (B Group) opener with finishing the game with nine men.
Defenders Gustavo Cabrera and Henry Medina were sent off near the end of the match for Guatemala. Guatemala goalkeeper, Ricardo Jerez, needed treatment on multiple occasions kept his team alive. “This tie feels like a win,” Jerez told reporters after he was named man-of-the-match.
Honduras will play Grenada in their second group match in Miami, FL on Friday.
Download the SoccerInferno toolbar to see the live updates and scores from the Honduras/Grenada game on Friday. Source: Fox
Cassie Dickerson was awarded the Female Medal of Honor for playing women’s soccer at Ohio State. Cassie is from Kalamazoo, Michigan and majored in Animal Science and Nutrition. She is a three-time co-captain for the Buckeyes. Cassie was named a 2010 NSCAA first team All-American after garnering Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year honors. Cassie started all 24 games for the Buckeyes in 2010, anchoring a defense that recorded 12 shutouts after 13 in 2009. After battling back from multiple knee injuries, Cassie helped lead the Buckeyes to a 31-8-4 record over her last two seasons in games she started, including a 2010 Big Ten title and NCAA College Cup appearance. The two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection also was named one of 15 semifinalists for the MAC Hermann Trophy, the most prestigious individual award in intercollegiate soccer. She plans to pursue a career in law.