US women shut out the noise in quest for 5th gold medal
The U.S. women's national soccer team is in a bubble of its own making for the Tokyo Olympics, and it's not just because of coronavirus restrictions. “I think, especially the players that have been through these major tournaments, you figure out how to stay in the best mental headspace and sometimes that’s compartmentalizing, that’s focusing on one thing at a time and trying not to let the noise get into what we like to call the bubble,” defender Becky Sauerbrunn said. The United States, the top-ranked team in the world and the favorite to win, opens against Sweden at Tokyo Stadium.news.yahoo.com
Rapinoe, Press among players opting out of NWSL tournament
U.S. national team players Megan Rapinoe, Tobin Heath and Christen Press have opted out of the National Women's Soccer League tournament kicking off this weekend in Utah. Heath and Press, who played with Rapinoe on the champion World Cup team last summer in France, cited concerns about the coronavirus for their decisions not to play. Among the national team players taking part in the tournament are Chicago's Julie Ertz, U.S. Soccer's Player of the Year, and teammate Alyssa Naeher, North Carolina's Crystal Dunn and Portland's Becky Sauerbrunn. The league was rocked by the announcement Monday that the Orlando Pride were dropping out of the tournament after six players and four staff members tested positive for COVID-19. Like all NWSL players, she was given the option to participate.
Team USA members on historic fight for equal pay in women's soccer
On March 8, International Women's Day, all 28 members of the United States Women's National Team filed a gender discrimination lawsuit against the U.S. Soccer Federation. Last month, the players and the United States Soccer Federation tentatively agreed to enter mediation after the 2019 Women's World Cup. 60 Minutes contributor Norah O'Donnell interviews athletes from the U.S. National Women's Soccer Team CBS NewsNorah O'Donnell: There's a long history of athletes battling their employers for more pay. Clockwise from top left: U.S. Women's National Soccer Team captain Carli Lloyd, co-captain Becky Sauerbrunn and teammates Morgan Brian and Christen Press. Norah O'Donnell: Would you like to meet some women on the U.S. Women's Soccer Team?cbsnews.com