Mia Hamm expects the ‘most challenging World Cup ever’ this summer

first_img“This is going to be the most challenging World Cup,” Hamm said, via Yahoo Sports.”You have Germany kind of coming back together. The host, France, is one of those teams that, top to bottom, they are athletic, they’re dynamic, they’re technical, they’re tactical. The best team is going to win, the team that comes in and is peaking at the right time and stays healthy.”The (US) is definitely one of those teams that can be on the podium.” Related News LUNA Bar will pay difference in US men’s, women’s World Cup bonuses The USWNT will enter as the defending champions after defeating Japan, 5-2, in the 2015 World Cup. But, like Hamm noted, the competition has only gotten better since then.As the teams prepare for the competition, they have played in a series of friendlies and recently, the US has been tested in tough matchups against France, Spain and, just this past week, Australia.Hamm, however, sees a lot of similarities between the current roster and the one she starred on in 1999 when the USWNT won its second World Cup title on penalty kicks against China.“A lot of the spirit and the energy and the style of play that these women out here — and the commitment — these women play with is similar to what we had,” Hamm said. “We enjoyed the experience just as much as the fans watching. I think you saw that when we went out and played. I think there’s a lot, obviously, that they’re still fighting for.“And I admire them so much for continuing to raise the bar even higher in terms of the support they get.” Soccer legend Mia Hamm gave a rare interview Sunday ahead of a friendly between the United States women’s national team and Belgium. The two-time FIFA Women’s World Cup champion has seen her fair share of competition after 276 caps with the national team, but Sunday she said this year’s World Cup will be the most challenging, ever. The US is still favored to win the World Cup, according to recent odds, but the host country and a talented Germany team are close behind. The team will have just three more friendlies after Sunday’s contest before the Group Stage starts June 11.last_img read more


first_imgClub Notes – Naomh Adhamhnáin – 17.09.12The Big Day is almost here! Best wishes to Rory, Kevin, Jim and all the Donegal players and backroom staff on Sunday in Croke Park v Mayo. Hopefully Sam will be heading to the Hills once more. Whatever the result they have done us proud. Tír Chonaill Abú!The Minor Boys defeated Cloughaneely in the Northern Championship Final after a super second half performance. They still await their League semi-final replay v Aodh Ruadh. The U15 Boys are due to meet Gaoth Dobhair in the Northern Final on Wednesday but it may well be changed due to  a clash with a schools game.The U14 Boys also turned in a good second half performace to clinch the League and Championship double after overcoming Naomh Conaill in Ballybofey on Sunday.The U13 Boys Div. 1 team had a win over Buncrana on Friday and they make the short trip to Termon  this week. The Div. 2 team went down narrowly to Glenswilly in their game and they are due to be at home to St. Michael’s this week. The Div. 3 team were also beaten by Robert Emmett’s and they will welcome Urris to the Park this Friday.The U16 Girls reached the Co. Final on Monday night after getting a narrow 1 point victory over a good Fanad Gaels side in Milford. Their opponents are not known yet. The U13 girls will take on MacCumhaills on Wednesday (19th) in Glenfin in their Co. semi-final. Malin v Bundoran meet in the other semi-final in the Park also on Wednesday.U12 Girls training continues at 6pm on Wednesdays in the Park.The All-Ireland Final Tickets Draw will take place this Thursday night (20th) in the Clubhouse from 8pm. Please return your tickets and money asap. Thanks to all those that gave up their time on Saturday to help sell tickets at the Shopping Centre.The U16 Hurlers will take on Carndonagh in the B Championship Final this Thursday in Burt at 6:15pm.There were 2 winners in this week’s Lotto Draw. They matched 3 numbers and win €50 each. The numbers were 10-11-13-16. David O’Herlihy (Adrian) and James Gallagher, Sallaghagrane (card). Next week’s Jackpot is €2,375. We extend our sympathies to the Herron family, Ballymacool on their loss.GAA: ST EUNAN’S GAA CLUB NEWS was last modified: September 18th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAA: ST EUNAN’S GAA CLUB NEWSlast_img read more