Eric Adelson

  • Security at Women's World Cup not like it was for the men's tournament

    Eric Adelson at Yahoo Sports 1 day ago

    MONTREAL – For American fans, the Women's World Cup has been a fabulous tournament: hospitable cities, drivable distances from the U.S., mild summer weather, and a string of wins for the U.S. It's easy to notice how comfortable the entire event has been.

    But is it too comfortable? Security at the venues has been less stringent than anything fans will encounter at an NFL stadium, and certainly more relaxed than at the men's World Cup or at the Olympics.

    "Pretty easy," said John Weaver of West Lafayette, Indiana, who was in Ottawa for the U.S. quarterfinal match against China. "Slipped right through. We didn't have anything checked."

    There was a bag check at the Ottawa venue, but fans weren't ushered through metal detectors, and the use of the electronic wand has been intermittent.

    "This would be a bad situation for terrorism," Weaver said.

    Gerstenecker said if this was a men's World Cup, the protocol would be "full mag, full bag," meaning every single fan would be wanded and every single bag would be checked, whereas in the women's event, the wand use is based on an undisclosed random system of choosing who to flag.

  • Jill Ellis deserves credit for U.S. run to World Cup final, but how much?

    Eric Adelson at Yahoo Sports 1 day ago

    VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Becky Sauerbrunn got off the cross-country flight on Wednesday, tired but energized by the United States' semifinal upset of Germany on Tuesday. She smiled into a gaggle of cameras and was asked about the pregame speeches of head coach Jill Ellis.

    [Yahoo Sports Radio: Carli Lloyd on growing support for U.S. women's soccer]

    "They're really inspirational," she said. "She's really pumped up before every game."

    That is quite the departure from the Ellis we have come to know over the last few weeks at the Women's World Cup. Her press conferences are reserved, with just a trace of sardonic humor. Maybe she'll offer a wink and a smirk if sharing a joke. Mostly she returns barbs with shrugs. Last Friday, when asked by a German reporter about a "terrible" call that benefited her U.S. side, Ellis stared out into the crowd and said flatly, "Between the 18s, we're a very good team."

    It turns out that Ellis had more in her arsenal than a few bland quotes. She had speeches, she had wisdom and she had an 11th-hour surprise that may have put her team over the top.

  • Julie Johnston's wonderful World Cup nearly ruined by defensive mistake

    Eric Adelson at Yahoo Sports 2 days ago

    MONTREAL – Long after it happened, it looked like Julie Johnston wanted to cry all over again.

    She walked into the media area after the United States' 2-0 semifinal win against Germany and faced the reporters' questions she knew she would get – about the mistake that could have led to her team's ouster from the Women's World Cup.

    [FC Yahoo: Questionable calls go USA's way in semifinal win over Germany]

    "Definitely emotional," she said, offering a smile. "Definitely screwed up. Definitely apologetic."

    [Women's World Cup: Latest news | Scores and Schedule | Group standings]

    Johnston said she was so upset that she was "trying to breathe."

  • U.S. advances to Women's World Cup final with 2-0 win over Germany

    Eric Adelson at Yahoo Sports 2 days ago

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    MONTREAL – Captain Carli, Captain America.

    Carli Lloyd did it again, burying a penalty kick, hurling a Jersey-branded cussword into the bedlam and then setting up Kelley O'Hara for the clinching goal as the United States beat favored Germany 2-0 to advance to the Women's World Cup final on Sunday in Vancouver.

    [FC Yahoo: Questionable calls go USA's way in semifinal win over Germany]

    Lloyd's first highlight came only a few moments after Germany's lowlight, as Celia Sasic completely missed the net on her own penalty kick. That was the difference in the match, as the American defense locked it down for yet another shutout. Hope Solo and Co. have still only allowed one goal in the entire tournament.

    "It's a spectacular stat, to be honest," head coach Jill Ellis said of the shutout streak, now at a remarkable 513 minutes.

    "We did a good job getting behind their back line," Morgan said. "We could have exploited them a lot more."

  • Why Hope Solo should break her media silence at Women's World Cup

    Eric Adelson at Yahoo Sports 3 days ago

    MONTREAL – Hope Solo has done one exclusive interview since the start of the Women's World Cup. It took place in Winnipeg and it was conducted by Julianna Raposo.

    Raposo is an eighth grader. She is 13.

    The interview came about because Raposo's physical education teacher at Henry G. Izatt Middle School in Manitoba sent a tweet to Solo months ago to inform her that one of his students could use some confidence and inspiration. "She was a little bit lost," said the teacher, Blue Jay Bridge. "She was in an emotional place." Solo, the United States' star goalkeeper, is Raposo's favorite athlete, so much so that she had written H-O-P-E S-O-L-O across her fingers. ("I thought it was Han Solo," Bridge said.)

    [Women's World Cup: Latest news | Scores and Schedule | Group standings]

    So she decided to send an email to her teammates and open up even more.

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  • Michael Sam back on CFL journey after dealing with 'personal matters'

    Eric Adelson at Yahoo Sports 3 days ago

    MONTREAL – The coaches left the locker room, closed the door, and allowed Michael Sam to have a few moments in front of his teammates.

    Sam addressed the Montreal Alouettes on Sunday night, telling them he was sorry for leaving the group, he needed some time to take care of his personal life, and now he is back and fully committed.

    When he finished speaking, he got a rousing ovation.

    Sam dreamed of Dallas or St. Louis or some other NFL city, but Montreal is likely a detour worth taking. In fact, becoming the first openly gay player in the CFL is probably his only way to get a real shot at becoming the first openly gay player to get a roster spot in the NFL. The NFL veterans combine in Arizona last spring showed some of Sam's combine issues – a little slow, a little small – and here on this field with two 50-yard lines and a premium on end rushing, he can prove himself as a player who can close space using his instincts as well as his feet. Game tape has always been Sam's best ally, and he can create plenty of it here on a professional level.

    This may be Michael Sam's last chance, but it is still a pretty good chance.

  • For USWNT's Ali Krieger, love conquers all and hopefully top-ranked Germany

    Eric Adelson at Yahoo Sports 4 days ago

    MONTREAL – Liebe.

    That's the word tattooed on Ali Krieger's left forearm. It means "love" in German: love of sport, love of team, love of time spent in that country.

    Here, this week, liebe also means rivalry.

    [Women's World Cup: Latest news | Scores and Schedule | Group standings]

    The United States defenseman has wanted to face the Germans from before the beginning of the Women's World Cup. She even called Germany out before the tournament started during the U.S. team's big sendoff in New York a month ago.

    "That's what I want the final to be," she said. "We are coming to play against them and beat them."

    [Eric Adelson: Meet the biggest U.S. women's national team fan at the World Cup]

    "Every time we play Germany," Brian said, "it's a physical matchup."

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  • Meet the biggest U.S. women's national team fan at the World Cup

    Eric Adelson at Yahoo Sports 5 days ago

    MONTREAL – Big-time soccer isn't big-time soccer without the WAGs (wives and girlfriends). Except in the case of the United States at the Women's World Cup, it's HABs (husbands and boyfriends), and one of them is 6-foot-5 and 250 pounds and starred for Jim Harbaugh and Chip Kelly.

    That would be Zach Ertz, the Philadelphia Eagles tight end, who was staring at a TV in Ottawa on Friday afternoon, hanging on every pass of the Germany vs. France quarterfinal match and waiting patiently for his girlfriend – U.S. defender Julie Johnston – to take the field against China.

    [Women's World Cup: Latest news | Scores and Schedule | Group standings]

    "I've evolved into a soccer fan," he said. "Ever since we started dating."

    And, yes, that was Ertz's new running buddy, Jrue Holiday of the New Orleans Pelicans, watching right alongside. Holiday is the husband of Lauren Holiday, the American midfielder.

    "Depends on in what," she smiled.

  • U.S. reaches Women's World Cup semifinals with 1-0 win over China

    Eric Adelson at Yahoo Sports 6 days ago

    OTTAWA, Ontario – Carli Lloyd posed for her Player of the Match photos, beamed into the bright lights and then was asked the difference between Friday night's game and all the others so far.

    "Freedom," she said.

    Head coach Jill Ellis met with Lloyd on Thursday at the team hotel and informed the midfielder that Morgan Brian would be added to the lineup as a defensive midfielder and Lloyd would be allowed to roam. Lloyd grinned recalling the moment, and she played like a lion unleashed.

    [FC Yahoo: The USWNT difference maker finally shows up at the World Cup]

    The U.S. did it with a collection of backups, too, as Megan Rapinoe and Lauren Holiday sat out and Abby Wambach subbed in the 85th minute. It was Amy Rodriguez setting the tone with an early chance, Kelley O'Hara threatening constantly and Brian playing a position she had never practiced before joining the national team. "Did I look comfortable out there?" she asked jokingly after the match.

  • There's nothing fake about issues with artificial turf at Women's World Cup

    Eric Adelson at Yahoo Sports 6 days ago

    OTTAWA, Ontario – These are the days when the Women's World Cup becomes truly grueling. Fewer days off, better opponents, more pressure. And a persistent obstacle the men never have to face – the artificial turf.

    "I have plenty of blisters on my toes," United States forward Alex Morgan said with a resigned smile on Thursday.

    That's not a good thing for any player, let alone a star on the mend from knee and ankle ailments. "Turf achiness takes a little longer to recover from," Morgan said.

    Michelle Heyman of Australia was even more blunt: "You wouldn't want to see the bottom of our feet after a game," she told one Australian newspaper. "They just turn white. The skin is all ripped off; it's pretty disgusting. It's like walking on hot coals with your skin ripping and slowly cracking, constantly."

    Sweden's Nilla Fischer told Yahoo Sports the blisters were such a constant concern during the group stage that some of her teammates started taping up every single toe before going out onto the field.