Though Sunday marks the conclusion of the World Cup, the entire 23-player roster plays stateside in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL), including two Stanford players on Utah Royals FC.
It was the first time since 2003 and the fourth time overall that the Americans managed to win all three group stage matches. The USWNT tally of 18 goals set a new record for most group stage goals ever by any team.
Following three NCAA-championship-winning seasons, the Stanford men’s soccer team faced the challenge of acquiring another title. Having graduated seven starters who led the team to three national championships, four Pac-12 Titles, a 65-10-13 overall record and a 30-3-7 Pac-12 conference record across four years, the legacy of Stanford men’s soccer was left to a relatively young team, composed of only three returning starters.
Drawing crowds to a packed Cagan Stadium, even in the pouring rain, the Stanford women’s soccer team (21-1-2, 10-0-1 Pac-12) finished the 2018 season in the NCAA semi-finals.
All three former-Cardinal appeared in the United States Women’s National Team 3-0 victory over South Africa in Levi’s Stadium on Sunday. The international friendly featured the reigning Women’s World Cup champion U.S., who will be seeking their fourth title in June, and South Africa, who will be making their first World Cup appearance in France.
Soccer holds an interesting position in the minds and attentions of American sports fans. The United States is in the minority of countries in which soccer, or futbόl as it is called internationally, is not the dominant sport and, particularly in the case of the U.S., is not even a major sport.
Davina and Bruce Isackson of Hillsborough, CA will join a wave of parents, including actress Felicity Huffman, to plead guilty to their involvement in the college admissions scandal.
From the podium at the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) draft, two Stanford teammates had something very similar to say.