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It’s the most wonderful time of the year, soccer fans!

For the first time ever, the World Cup and the holiday season collide to bring us tidings of great joy.

Pro Soccer Wire is here to help with both. Check back for our daily World Cup coverage throughout the tournament and check below for the best gift ideas for the soccer fan in your life, including PSW’s own very first soccer jersey.

Made with our friends at Icarus FC, this jersey will have you on the right side of history as the USMNT is back in soccer’s grandest stage for the first time in eight years.

Whether you train on the pitch at any level, or just scream at the TV from your couch, we’ve got you covered with these best gifts for soccer fans.

Rose Lavelle tore through karaoke like it was a shaky defense

The USWNT midfielder brought the house down, with a little help from Celine Dion

Is there anything Rose Lavelle can’t do?

We already know the U.S. national team midfielder has an eye for a pass and a wand of a left foot, but what the world perhaps didn’t know until Monday night is that she can absolutely bring the house down during karaoke.

Lavelle showed her ability to command a stage at the Players’ Ball in New York, an event thrown by the USWNT Players Association to celebrate the team’s recently signed collective bargaining agreement that enshrined equal pay.

Her song of choice was helpful too: Celine Dion’s massive 1996 hit “It’s All Coming Back to Me Now,” a song that starts out slow and builds to a crescendo that makes a real impact on an audience.

Just look at Ashlyn Harris, who appears to be having a religious experience.

And Christen Press can’t contain herself.

Maybe Lavelle would never do this again, but then it will always seem right.

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Farewell Ashlyn Harris: USWNT goalkeeper, World Cup champ, celebration chronicler

The two-time World Cup winner has announced her retirement

Former U.S. women’s national team goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris has announced her retirement, bringing an end to a decorated 13-year career.

Harris was a member of two World Cup-winning teams, in 2015 and 2019, earning 25 USWNT caps after making her debut in 2013.

The 37-year-old also played in all 10 seasons of the NWSL thus far, playing her final season in 2022 with NY/NJ Gotham FC alongside her wife and fellow World Cup champion Ali Krieger.

After Harris announced her retirement, Gotham FC confirmed she would be staying with the club in the newly created position of Global Creative Advisor.

“It has been my greatest honor to represent this country both on and off the field,” Harris said.

“I started this journey with U.S. Soccer at the age of 13 and it has shaped me in every part of my life. I’m proud of the woman I’ve become, and I can only thank the people who have supported me and lifted me throughout it all. Thank you to all my youth national team coaches, full national team coaches, goalkeeper coaches, support staff, and everyone in between.

“To all my teammates, you have been the driving force to my longevity. This journey has always been about the people for me, so thank you for all the incredible memories and life-long friendships. To the fans, thank you from the bottom of my heart. I hope in some small way I’ve impacted your lives the way you all have impacted mine.”

Harris also gained fame for her tremendous work as unofficial USWNT videographer following the team’s 2019 World Cup win. Her Instagram stories from that evening in Lyon are the stuff of legend. Some (very NSFW) highlights can be found here.

From all of us Ashlyn, thank you for the content.

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Vlatko Andonovski will moonlight with the USMNT at the World Cup

The USWNT coach will be doing some unspecified work for the USMNT in Qatar

For Vlatko Andonovski, 2022 is over in terms of his coaching duties with the U.S. women’s national team. But his work for U.S. Soccer is far from over.

Andonovski has said he’s set to travel to Qatar, where he’ll do some unspecified work for the U.S. men’s national team at the World Cup.

Speaking to the media following Sunday’s 2-1 win over Germany, Andonovski was asked about his plans for the remainder of 2022, with the USWNT set to gather next at a January camp in New Zealand.

“First and foremost I’m going go to Qatar with the men’s team,” Andonovski said. “I will be helping the men’s team a little bit with some work.”

Andonovski added that while he moonlights with the USMNT, he would be continuing with his day job as his team gets ready for the World Cup next summer.

“Then in the meantime, [I’ll be doing] analysis of the year and seeing where we are in the process and what else we need to do to get ready for the next camp and then for the World Cup,” Andonovski added.

Andonovski’s entire coaching career has been spent on the women’s side, save for a stint in charge of the Kansas City Comets of indoor league MISL.

The USMNT will kick off the World Cup next Monday against Wales.

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The USWNT has lost three straight and some legends are getting restless

Heather O’Reilly and Carli Lloyd aren’t happy with the USWNT’s mentality

The U.S. women’s national team lost 2-1 to Germany on Thursday night, the team’s third consecutive defeat.

To put it simply, the USWNT just doesn’t lose three games in a row. Before the Germany defeat, it had been 29 years since the USWNT’s last three-game losing streak. It has never lost four in a row.

That three-game streak in 1993 came well before the legendary USWNT careers of Heather O’Reilly and Carli Lloyd began. Both were dismayed by what they saw in Fort Lauderdale on Thursday and made their opinions crystal clear on Twitter.

O’Reilly and Lloyd both questioned the team’s mentality, an intangible but vital part of the USWNT becoming the most decorated women’s national team ever.

“Rewatched the match from last night and have to say I am tremendously disappointed. Simply not good enough in so many regards,” O’Reilly began in a thread.

“Let’s start with mentality. Last 30 minutes. Too many allowed crosses in the box and not dealt with well at all. On the flip side, no urgency in the last 5 mins. You are about to lose at home. Get the f—— ball down the field and fight.”

Lloyd, like O’Reilly a World Cup and Olympic champion, echoed the sentiment of her former USWNT teammate.

“The winning culture and mentality that has carried on from generation to generation within the USWNT has been fizzling away,” she said on Twitter in response to O’Reilly.

“I said it when I retired. I saw it slipping away. Players have to embody that. That’s been our DNA since the 80s, but not so much anymore.”

O’Reilly did end her thread on a positive note, putting more pressure on a USWNT side that will already be feeling the heat ahead of its final game of 2022.

“Thrilled the team has a chance for redemption in a few days to make things right,” O’Reilly said ahead of the USWNT’s rematch with Germany at Red Bull Arena on Sunday.

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USWNT on three-game losing streak after unlucky 2-1 defeat against Germany

It’s been over 29 years since the USWNT lost three straight

The U.S. women’s national team got an improved performance, but the results remain the same.

The USWNT, after losing 2-1 to Germany in Ft. Lauderdale Thursday night, is now on a three-game losing streak for the first time since April 1993. It’s the first loss at home for the team since July 27, 2017, and though the USWNT dominated a large chunk of the game, some flat second-half play and individual mistakes extended a worrisome run of form.

Germany’s relentless high pressure left the USWNT with some tricky work in the early stages, but after about 20 minutes they began to solve it. Sophia Smith and Mallory Pugh both spurned excellent chances to set up runners inside the box, while a dubious offside call spoiled another U.S. attack.

Lindsey Horan went closer, firing a shot over Merle Frohms that hit the bar and bounced down onto the goal line — but crucially, not over it — after good work from Rose Lavelle. Shortly thereafter, Alex Morgan’s pass from deep sent Pugh in alone behind the defense. This time, Pugh was decisive, but Frohms produced a huge save to tip her effort wide in the 36th minute.

The one-way traffic continued until halftime, with Horan having a strong penalty shout turned down by referee Odette Hamilton. It may have been frustrating for the USWNT, but the overall performance had far more composure and clarity than either loss to Spain in the last window.

Horan’s almost impossibly bad luck continued, with a spectacular overhead kick early in the second half slapping off the foot of the German post.

If that was cruel, things were about to get so much worse. Germany countered immediately, and while Naomi Girma initially slowed a four-on-two break, Klara Bühl worked the ball over to the right for substitute Paulina Krumbiegel. Krumbiegel’s shot was well-saved by Casey Murphy, but Bühl found the rebound and launched a curler towards goal.

Like Horan, she was denied by the post, but the USWNT couldn’t catch a break. The rebound hit Murphy’s back before bobbling over the line, giving Germany a shock 52nd minute lead.

If the USWNT’s performance up until that point had been very good, the response to the goal was alarmingly flat. Germany substitute Chantal Hagel arrived late on two occasions only to fire excellent chances over the bar, while a triple sub for the U.S. saw a loss of fluency in the midfield.

However, just as it seemed like the USWNT didn’t have an answer, a familiar face arrived to equalize. Megan Rapinoe smashed home an equalizer after the USWNT finally got their counter-press back online, with Morgan blocking Sara Doorsoun’s clearance and teeing up the veteran for a typically clinical finish.

It felt like a typical, old-school U.S. goal: overpowering, opportunistic, and authoritative. Unfortunately, it was followed by some of the hesitancy that has crept into the team lately, with Germany re-taking the lead on the counter just four minutes later.

Lena Oberdorf alertly took a free kick at midfield quickly, lofting the ball out to another substitute, Jule Brand. In isolation against Alana Cook, Brand simply dropped her shoulder and charged past Cook, shrugging off the OL Reign defender’s challenge before squaring for Krumbiegel, who did well to squeeze a shot over Murphy and into the roof of the net from close range.

The late goal left the USWNT with little time to reply, and full time brought some unwanted history, increasing the pressure on head coach Vlatko Andonovski, who has more losses in this unwanted streak than he had in the 49 games that preceeded it.

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Smith says she can learn from Popp ahead of USWNT-Germany clashes

Popp was co-leading scorer at Euro 2022 with six goals

U.S. women’s national team forward Sophia Smith said she can learn a thing or two from German striker Alexandra Popp, her counterpart in two upcoming friendlies.

The USWNT will take on Germany in its final two matches of 2022, the first of which will take place Thursday at DRV PNK Stadium in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., with the second on Sunday at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J.

The Euro 2022 runners-up will be led by Popp, who was co-leading scorer at the summer tournament with six goals before unfortunately being forced to miss Germany’s defeat to England in the final with an injury.

Coming off a season in which she was named NWSL MVP and scored in the final to help the Portland Thorns with the league title, Smith said she still has much to learn and Popp can be a model for her.

“Popp obviously is an incredible player,” Smith told the media on Wednesday. “Honestly, her movement in the box, how she gets on the end of crosses is something that I need to work on in my game.

“I watched her [at Euro 2022]. She’s very very good at it. So there’s stuff to learn there. But honestly, all the players on this team are great players and it’s going to be a good test for us for sure.”

After losing back-to-back games last month to England and Spain, Smith said she and her teammates are eager to get a result against Germany — though she stressed that putting in a strong performance was still the most important thing.

“We all have a hunger to get the result that we want and at the same time, we know that there are things we need to work on in these games that we didn’t do well enough in the last few games,” Smith said. “So not putting all the focus on the outcome, I think focusing for the most part on how we can grow from the last few games, how fix the things that we want to fix. I think if we do all those things, if we put together the pieces and do the little things right, we will get the outcome that we want.”

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Michelob World Cup commercial sees Pulisic and Lloyd square off in foosball

The USMNT star and ex-USWNT star face off in some intense foosball competition

Christian Pulisic and Carli Lloyd aren’t really able to face off on the soccer field, but the foosball table isn’t a bad alternative.

In a Michelob Ultra commercial for the 2022 World Cup, the two U.S. national team stars square off at the foosball table before a guest star enters the fray late on to call next game.

Pulisic will lead the U.S. men’s national team at the World Cup in Qatar. Lloyd, meanwhile, retired last year after a glittering career that saw her capture two Olympic gold medals and two World Cup titles with the U.S. women’s national team.

As the commercial draws to a close an errant ball is caught by Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa, who will be El Tri’s starter for a third straight World Cup at the tournament in Qatar.

Ochoa calls next, with the foosball competition set to continue.

Watch Michelob’s World Cup ad

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USWNT to make first New Zealand trip with January friendlies vs. Football Ferns

The USWNT will play at the two stadiums where all three of its 2023 World Cup group-stage games will take place

For the first time, the U.S. women’s national team is heading to New Zealand.

U.S. Soccer has announced a pair of January friendlies for the USWNT against New Zealand, the co-host of the 2023 World Cup along with Australia.

After training in New Zealand for six days, the USWNT will face the Football Ferns on January 18 at Sky Stadium in Wellington. The match will kick off at 4 p.m. local time, which will be 10 p.m. ET on January 17 in the United States.

The second match will take place at Eden Park in Auckland on January 21 at 4 p.m. local time, which will be 10 p.m. ET on January 20 in the U.S.

Next year will see U.S. Soccer’s new media rights deal with Warner Bros. Discovery Sports come into effect, with broadcast details for the two matches to be announced at a later date.

Sky Stadium and Eden Park will play host to all three of the USWNT’s group-stage matches at the World Cup, with Vlatko Andonovski’s team drawn into Group E alongside Vietnam, the Netherlands and the winner of a playoff between Cameroon, Thailand, and Portugal.

“Everything about this trip is a positive for our team ahead of the World Cup,” said Andonovski. “We will get some quality training time together and have two tough matches against a great opponent that is hosting the World Cup. We also get to experience the long travel and familiarize ourselves with the host cities, the stadiums, the training grounds and the culture, and hopefully we’ll play in front of some big crowds supporting the home team. It will be a great way to start the year.”

The USWNT and New Zealand have met 19 times previously, with the U.S. winning 17, drawing one and losing one.

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USWNT injury updates: Andonovski speaks on 10 players including Macario and Mewis

The USWNT is missing a lot of key players, and the coach provided updates on almost all of them

The U.S. women’s national team is currently dealing with a lot of injuries.

Some are long term and others are more minor, but many of the USWNT’s most important players over the past several years are presently sidelined.

On Monday after announcing his roster for November friendlies against Germany, USWNT head coach Vlatko Andonovski offered updates on no less than 10 players who are currently out: eight who are injured and two coming back after giving birth.

Here is a list of the players Andonovski spoke about on a conference call.