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Top 20 Women’s Soccer Players of 2014

A scientifically sound Top 20 Women’s Soccer Players List.  First of its kind! Ok, so science had nothing to do with it. I based it on this year’s performance, big stage opportunities, roles on their club/NT, personal achievements, and the eyeball test.

  1. Nadine Keßler [wiki / video]
    WCQ, Algarve Cup Winner, Bundesliga Champ, 2014 CL Winner, 2015 CL Quarter-finalists, UEFA Best Women’s Player in Europe
  2. Nilla Fischer [wiki]
    WCQ, Bundesliga Champ, 2014 CL Winner, 2015 CL Quarter-finalists
  3. Kim Little [wiki / video]
    WCQ playoffs, NWSL Shield Winner, NWSL BEST XI, NWSL MVP, NWSL Golden Boot
  4. Vero Boquete [wiki / video]
    Spain’s first WCQ, 2014 CL Runner Up, 2015 CL Quarter-finalists, NWSL Best XI
  5. Aya Miyama [wiki / video]
    WCQ, Algarve Cup Runner Up, Asia Cup Winner,  Asia Cup Player of the Tournament, Asian Games Runner Up, Nadeshiko Regular Season Winner, Nadeshiko Best XI
  6. Louisa Nécib [wiki / video]
    WCQ, Cyprus Cup Winner, D1 Feminine Champ, Coupe de France Winner, D1 Feminine Assist Leader
  7. Nahomi Kawasumi [wiki / video]
    WCQ, Algarve Cup Runner Up, Asia Cup Winner, Asian Games Runner Up, NWSL Shield Winner, NWSL Best XI
  8. Celia Sasic [wiki / video]
    WCQ, Algarve Cup Winner, Bundesliga Runner Up, Bundesliga Golden Boot, DFB-Pokal Winner, 2015 CL Quarter-finalists
  9. Lauren Holiday [wiki / video]
    WCQ, NWSL Champ, NWSL Best XI, U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year
  10. Marta [wiki / video]
    WCQ, Tournament of Brasilia Winner, 2014 CL Runner Up, 2015 CL Quarter-finalists, Damallsvenskan Champ
  11. Anja Mittag [wiki / video]
    WCQ, Algarve Cup Winner, Damallsvenskan champ, Damallsvenskan Assist Leader, 2015 CL Quarter-finalists
  12. Wendie Renard [wiki]
    WCQ, Cyprus Cup Winner, D1 Feminine Champ, Coupe de France Winner
  13. Becky Sauerbrunn [wiki]
    WCQ, NWSL Champ, NWSL Best XI, NWSL Defender of the Year
  14. Caroline Seger [wiki]
    WCQ, 2014 CL Runner Up, 2015 CL Quarter-finalists
  15. Lara Dickenmann [wiki]
    Switzerland’s first WCQ, D1 Feminine Champ, Coupe de France Winner, Swiss Player of the Year
  16. Ramona Bachmann [wiki / video]
    Switzerland’s first WCQ, Damallsvenskan Champ, 2015 CL Quarter-finalists
  17. Lotta Schelin [wiki / twitter]
    WCQ, D1 Feminine Champ, Coupe de France Winner, Top Scorer for Sweden, Daimantbollen Winner, Sweden Forward of the Year
  18. Jessica Fishlock [wiki / video]
    Wales highest FIFA ranking, 2015 CL Quarter-finalists, 2013-14 W-League Champ, W-League Grand Final Player of the Match, NWSL Shield winner, NWSL Best XI, NWSL Assist Leader
  19. Carli Lloyd [wiki / video]
    WCQ, NWSL Second XI, 7th in All Time USWNT Scorers
  20. Ali Riley [wiki]
    WCQ, OFC Nations Cup Champ, Damallsvenskan Champ, 2015 CL Quarter-finalists

Paper Dolls: Hope Solo (version 2014)

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Back in 2012 I was inspired by some sassy Downton Abbey paper dolls enough to try my hand at making my own. At the time Hope Solo had just done Dancing With the Stars so it seems obvious who I’d use as my muse. Kits? Costumes? What is not to love?

One thing led to another and it has progressed to this 2014 Seattle Reign version. This includes the new goalkeeper kit this year, supporters shield tshirt, gucci bag, Reign scarf, a jar of “hater’s tears” (quite full you will notice), and of course Twitter. Feel free to print this and try it out. Card stock works best I’ve found.

Hope Solo Paper Dolls

Included in the expansion pack are kit changes of the 2012 Olympic kit, 2011 World Cup kit, and 2012 Sounders Women kit.

The long awaited unabridged review of Hope Solo’s book. No one was waiting? What?

There has been a lot of discussion in the sports world over what Hope Solo’s book is about. Why she wrote it. Much of it negative. Discussion might be too strong of a word considering many of the people talking the loudest don’t seem to have read her book at all. I am looking at you espnW. Do they really not care to learn more about the woman they keep writing articles about? When journalism as we know it finally breathes its last I’m going to propose “self inflicted wounds” as the cause of death.

What is her book about though?
It isn’t a tell-all about Dancing with the Stars. Sorry reality tv fans. You get just a chapter in the back. It also isn’t a book that is going to bring the USWNT down to its knees. The part about the 2007 debacle is what we all knew anyway. The bones of it at least. Only now fleshed out with her POV. 2007 is an inescapable part of her life so of course it would be included in her bio. There is nothing malicious about it. It is just part of her life.

By the 2008 Olympics, most of the major players in the plot got taken out by an aggressive case of bad karma anyway. In the long term, the remaining people worked really hard to grow up like in the case of Rampone, Tina, and Abby. As it is written the important people get a resolution in the book as in life. That’s quite a bit more peace than the media ever given her on the subject for example.

What is it about if not those two things the media keeps going on and on about?
To me it’s a book about someone who chooses to be happy. Who chooses that over and over again despite all evidence in life that happiness just isn’t in the cards for some people. You have to fight for it and continue to fight and you have to be ready to treasure the smallest shard that comes your way.

The two major figures in the book, Hope and her father, both came to that resolve during different stages of their lives. That isn’t to say it is some kind of moralistic story full of lessons or whatnot. Well, maybe if you are a fan of grace through fire Flannery O’Connor Southern gothic style. Pacific Northwest gothic? Twin Peaks? David Lynch can direct her movie. Someone, make this happen! Ok, back on topic.

Choosing happiness leaves her open for more hurt, often by people who should know better, but that choice can also be an act of defiance. Her father. Her mother. Family love tinged with the effects alcoholism and grifting. Always a battle between the two. More than once she seemed to be afraid the worst parts of her own personality were legacies of that. Would she be lost in the woods for as long as her parents were? Take soccer away and what would be left?

She is amazingly optimistic just by continuously trying for her dreams despite what the universe seemed to be telling her. It all goes back to what her grandmother would often say:

Don’t let the devil steal your joy.

Thoughts on the rest of the book under the cut, semi-related (or not) ramblings about introverts, and uneducated speculation. Best if you’ve read her book first. Maybe had a glass of Walgreen’s wine too. I go on for a few pages. | Amazon/B&N

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