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LGBT Soccer Roundup, June 6-8

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LGBT soccer Galaxy lineupPride month is in full swing and soccer fans can be proud that we have so many out LGBT soccer players seeing professional action in America.

  • Only one goal was scored in the Washington Spirit’s victory over the Chicago Red Stars midweek. Lori Lindsey played most of the match, and her pressure helped ensure the shutout.
  • Also in midweek action, two first-half goals led to the Boston Breakers being shut out by FC Kansas City. Lianne Sanderson captained the team for a full 90 minutes.
  • The shutouts in NWSL continued over the weekend with a 5-0 walloping of the Portland Thorns at the hands of the Western New York Flash. Meleana Shim was a first half sub.
  • Finally it was a 1-1 draw for the LA Galaxy against Chivas USA. After an outstanding performance on the road in Chicago, Robbie Rogers earned a spot in the starting lineup and played for the full 90 minutes in his new home at right back.
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LGBT Soccer Roundup, May 23-25

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Lori Lindsey LGBT SoccerOne year since the first out player took the field in Major League Soccer, it’s time to look at all of the LGBT soccer players’ action this past weekend.

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Portland Teams Hail Oregon Marriage Decision

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Portland Timbers Army TifoIt’s been a good week for landmark court decisions legalizing same-sex marriage, and both the Portland Timbers and Thorns took to Twitter to note the occasion in Oregon:

The reaction, while unique for sports teams, shouldn’t be a surprise from the Timbers and Thorns organization. Last October the teams became the first professional franchises in the nation to endorse a ballot initiative legalizing gay unions. Oregon voters weigh in on the proposal this November.

The Oregonian took the opportunity to talk to the Thorns’ Sarah Huffman. Huffman and Abby Wambach wed in Hawaii last fall, but while they consider themselves spouses their relationship does not yet have legal status. She said the couple plans to take those steps “when the time is right.”

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LGBT Soccer Roundup, May 16-18

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LGBT soccer Robbie RogersWith NPSL kicking off their season on the East Coast and Robbie Rogers once again taking the field with the LA Galaxy, there’s more LGBT soccer to talk about than ever.

  1. After a few weeks on the bench, Robbie Rogers made his season debut with the main LA Galaxy squad in their 1-0 loss to the Houston Dynamo. It’s a packed week for the Galaxy as they return to the field Wednesday night against FC Dallas at home.
  2. Once again the Portland Thorns delivered a 1-0 defeat to the Houston Dash at BBVA Compass Stadium. Both Sarah Huffman and Meleana Shim were substitutes in the match. 
  3. It was a doubly bad week for Lianne Sanderson, Joanna Lohman, and the Boston Breakers as they lost twice in a row to the Chicago Red Stars. Both Lohman and Sanderson saw 180 minutes of action across the pair of matches.
  4. Abby Wambach’s head found the back of the net once again, but it wasn’t enough for the Western New York Flash who lost to the Washington Spirit 3-2. Lori Lindsey served up the assist for the Spirit’s first goal of the game.
  5. Anton Hysen and the Myrtle Beach Mutiny got their season off on a good note Friday night as they were victorious on the road against the FC Carolina Discoveries. The team capped off the weekend with a day at the beach to celebrate:

 

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LGBT Soccer Roundup, May 9-11

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Sanderson LGBT SoccerIt’s time for our weekly look at LGBT soccer pros in North America, keeping an eye on all out sportspeople in soccer and their accomplishments over the past week.

  • Midweek, many NWSL stars’ attentions turned to international duty. 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup qualifying has started for UEFA, and Boston Breakers captain Lianne Sanderson played in England’s 4-0 victory over Ukraine. England’s four remaining qualifiers are all on the road. Abby Wambach captained the USA Women to a 1-1 draw with Canada in Winnipeg.
  • Robbie Rogers once again traveled with the LA Galaxy and while he was in the 18 he didn’t see any action. His exclusion is a bit inexplicable as Bruce Arena only used two of his available substitutions. After a 92nd minute goal from Robbie Keane, a third substitution makes sense if only to kill off some of the time on the clock. And why not use the opportunity to bring in a player like Rogers who has found a new home in the back line of the LA Galaxy II?
  • In NWSL Weekend action FC Kansas City beat the Washington Spirit 2-1; Lori Lindsey was a late-game substitute. Abby Wambach and her famous noggin were the lone goal scorers in the Western New York Flash’s 2-0 victory over Sky Blue FC. Both Sarah Huffman and Meleana Shim were substitutes in what turned out to be a home turf upset for the Portland Thorns as they fell 1-0 to their Cascadia rivals the Seattle Reign, still without Megan Rapinoe. 
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LGBT Soccer Roundup, May 2-4

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LGBT Soccer WambachRobbie Rogers made his first road trip with the LA Galaxy main squad this past weekend, but didn’t see action. That and more in this week’s LGBT soccer roundup.

  • Much sooner than anyone expected, Robbie Rogers made the jump from the LA Galaxy II to the LA Galaxy on Saturday, making his first appearance in the 18 in this MLS season. While he never saw the field, it’s very possible that he was part of Bruce Arena’s second-half plans until Omar Gonzalez was taken out of the game as a precaution at halftime. The Galaxy lost 1-0 to the Colorado Rapids.
  • Rogers wasn’t the only season debut in LGBT soccer this past weekend, as Abby Wambach made her first appearance of the season for the Western New York Flash after being sidelined due to injury. Not only was it her first appearance, but it was against her wife Sarah Huffman and the Portland Thorns. Meleana Shim also made an appearance in the 1-1 draw between the two teams.
  • Both Joanna Lohman and captain Lianne Sanderson played a full ninety minutes in the Boston Breakers’ 1-0 loss to Sky Blue FC. Sanderson is off to England this week for an appearance with her national team as they take on Ukraine in Women’s World Cup Qualifying.
  • Lori Lindsey was a late-game substitute in the Washington Spirit’s 1-0 loss to the Seattle Reign
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LGBT Soccer Roundup, April 25-27

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It was an awesome weekend for LGBT soccer pros as Boston’s captain Lianne Sanderson had a brace in their victory and was named the NWSL Player of the Week! Congrats!

  • Robbie Rogers didn’t play in LA Galaxy II’s road draw against Arizona United Friday night, but he saw nearly a full 90 minutes in their 3-0 win over the Orange County Blues. It makes one wonder if he’ll be on the road with the senior team soon as they begin a series of three games on the road.

  • The Myrtle Beach Mutiny kicked off their regular season with a 3-2 loss to Jacksonville United of the neighboring Sunshine Conference. Jacksonville was a tough opponent as 2011 league champions and 2013 conference champions.

  • Lori Lindsey played the first half in a 1-0 victory for the Washington Spirit over the Chicago Red Stars.

  • Both Meleana Shim and Sarah Huffman were late-game substitutes for the Portland Thorns as they defeated Kansas City FC 3-1.

  • It was team captain Lianne Sanderson with the brace as the Boston Breakers took down Sky Blue FC 3-2. Sanderson was involved with the third goal as well with an assist to teammate Julie King. Both Sanderson and Joanna Lohman played a full 90 and the Breakers take on Sky Blue again this upcoming weekend.

  • Megan Rapinoe was available on the bench but did not see any action in the Seattle Reign’s 2-0 shutout of the Houston Dash.

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LGBT Soccer Roundup, April 18-20

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A weekly roundup of what LGBT soccer players were up to over the weekend. What other sport does that? So with more action on the field and a big movie festival event, here we go!

  • Lori Lindsey made her 2014 debut for the Washington Spirit, who also chalked up their first win of 2014, defeating Kansas City FC 3-1. Lindsey started the match and was subbed out at the half. 
  • Meleana Shim was in the starting lineup and Sarah Huffman was a second-half substitute as the Portland Thorns drew Sky Blue FC 1-1 on the road.
  • Robbie Rogers played 80 minutes for the LA Galaxy II as they beat crosstown rivals the Orange County Blues 3-1. Josh Guesman at Corner of the Galaxy has some great quotes from Rogers on how he felt during the battle of a match and poses the question, “Is Robbie Rogers already ready for a return to the senior team?
  • A goal from Joanna Lohman wasn’t enough for the Boston Breakers, who fell 3-2 to the Houston Dash, who earned their first win of their inaugural season. Lianne Sanderson played a full 90 minutes for the Breakers.
  • Anton Hysen’s Myrtle Beach Mutiny unveiled a new logo and website at a player meet and greet with their fans.
  • The soccer documentary Next Goal Wins about Thomas Rongen coaching the American Samoa Football Team made its debut at the Tribeca Film Festival. One of the players in the film is Jaiyah Saelua, considered to be the first transgender person to compete in FIFA World Cup Qualifying, but she identifies herself as fa’afafine, considered a third gender in Samoan culture. Rongen shared this great photo with Saelua taken on the way to the event:

 

LGBT Soccer Roundup, April 11-13

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With NWSL season two kicking off, the Myrtle Beach Mutiny beginning preseason action and Robbie Rogers back on the pitch, it’s a good time to start a review of what our favorite out LGBT soccer players have been up to.

  • It was the inaugural match for the Houston Dash, but they were defeated by the Portland Thorns 1-0 at BBVA Compass Stadium. Both Meleana Shim and Sarah Huffman appeared as substitutes in the match. 
  • Abby Wambach was out of the Western New York Flash’s match against the Washington Spirit as she seeks treatment for a head injury suffered during the USWNT’s midweek match against China.
  • Lianne Sanderson wore the captain’s armband for the Boston Breakers and Joanna Lohman had a strike hit the crossbar, but their team’s efforts weren’t enough to defeat the Washington Reign FC, who clinched a 3-0 shutout with a goal from Megan Rapinoe.
  • On loan to the LA Galaxy II, Robbie Rogers played 40 minutes in the team’s loss to Sacramento Republic FC. His first competitive action this year, he became the first out man to play in USL Pro. 
  • Anton Hysen and NPSL’s Myrtle Beach Mutiny started preseason action against Francis Marion University, winning 2-1. Here’s him looking good in uniform from his Instagram feed:

ESPN

Abby Wambach Named to ESPNW “Impact 10″ List

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Abby Wambach

ESPN

Abby Wambach has been named number five on ESPNW’s year-end “Impact 10″ list of female athletes.

Wambach was a natural pick for the list with her record-breaking year as she passed Mia Hamm for the greatest number of international goals scored by any player. ESPNW also cites her leading the Western New York Flash to a NWSL championship match in her hometown, where they lost to the Portland Thorns whose Alex Morgan was named as number ten on the list.

You can still vote in the fan version of the poll at the ESPNW website.

Now ESPN, can we now discuss how there could possibly be four bigger athletes than Abby Wambach in 2013? Boo.

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