Entering play Saturday at D.C. United, the Fire have dropped three consecutive games since the end of the Leagues Cup.
“This league has the potential to really break through in terms of being a really successful business,” Ricketts said. “I’ve invested in a lot of things that uplift women and focus on equity. For me, personally, this is in that sweet spot.”
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Ertz, 31, had already hinted at her retirement at this summer’s World Cup after the United States fell to Sweden on penalties in the Round of 16, tearfully telling reporters it was likely her final match wearing the team crest.
The Fire can’t afford too many more blips like the ones they suffered against Orlando if they want to move up or just stay above the playoff line.
As the lead play-by-play voice alongside analyst Taylor Twellman on Apple TV’s MLS Season Pass, Zivin figures to call more of Messi’s goals.
Spain is the fifth winner in nine editions of the Women’s World Cup and joins Germany as the only two nations to win both the men’s and women’s tournament.
Sunday’s game against Orlando City represents the beginning of an 11-match period that could end with the Fire reaching the playoffs for the first time since 2017.
The move comes less than two weeks after the Americans were knocked out of the Women’s World Cup earlier than ever before.
The Lionesses moved into their first World Cup championship game with a 3-1 victory Wednesday over Australia.
The Cubs co-owner also has an ownership stake in the WNBA’s Sky.
Spain will play the Australia-England winner on Sunday in the final in Sydney.
To get to the playoffs, the Fire will have to play at a high level against good teams in challenging conditions. Perhaps the Leagues Cup helped get the Fire ready for a stretch that will define whether 2023 was a success or failure.
Alyssa Naeher, goalkeeper for the U.S. women’s national team and the Red Stars, lunged at the ball before it bounced off her gloves, then she punched it away. But it was ruled over the line. “I thought I had it,” Naeher said.
The United States, which has a record four World Cup titles overall and was trying to win an unprecedented third consecutive championship, was eliminated in the Round of 16 for the first time in team history.
The vote — most of which came in before free-agent pass rusher Yannick Ngakoue signed for one year at $10.5 million — went heavily for the offense.
The Fire must keep three goals in mind as they seek to build off their run of five wins in six MLS matches in their quest to return to the postseason.
If we haven’t learned anything from politics in our own country, fear works.
Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino wanted to play incumbent starting goalie Kepa Arrizabalaga for the full 90 minutes in the team’s final preseason friendly, which drew 48,183 to Soldier Field.
On tour with Chelsea as they prepare for the upcoming season, Slonina is watching as veteran colleagues get themselves ready for the grind of a Premier League schedule.
The Americans reached the knockout round Tuesday despite a 0-0 draw against Portugal.
Lugging around her dad’s legacy was never easy, but Trinity Rodman admits she has the athletic genes and feistiness that propelled her dad to rebounding dominance and five NBA titles.
When Klopas was tabbed to replace the sacked Ezra Hendrickson, most assumed he would lead the Fire for the rest of the season before a new coach was hired.
Angry over being knocked down minutes earlier by Danielle Van de Donk, Horan scored a revenge goal in the second half.
Team USA will take on the Netherlands Wednesday evening in a repeat of the 2019 World Cup final. A slew of Chicago bars are preparing to watch the ball get rolling.
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Thanks to five wins in their last six games, the Fire have climbed to eighth place in the Eastern Conference, and figure to be playing meaningful matches down the stretch