How often does the United States get to say they are the world champs in soccer? Well, the last time was 1999. In today's rewind, we will talk about the U.S. Women's National Team becoming champions, the NASL getting its fall season started and a very close standings race in Major League Soccer.
After what looked like a slow start to the tournament, the U.S. Women's National Team are champions for the third time. Carli Lloyd led the team with three goals, the first coming off of an amazing corner kick from Megan Rapinoe. Before anybody knew it, it was 4-1 at halftime. Japan wasn't going to go out easy though. They scored early in the second half to make the score 4-2. Tobin Heath scored the fifth goal and the dagger to Japan's heart to make the final score 5-2.
The U.S. Men's National team is up next in the CONCACAF Gold Cup starting Tuesday against Honduras.
There were a few shake ups in standings this week in Major League Soccer. Most of them being in the Eastern Conference. Just over halfway through the season, one point separates second place Columbus Crew SC from sixth place New York Red Bulls.
Along with that, New York City FC, after starting the season terribly, is just one win out of a playoff spot. Other expansion franchise, Orlando City SC is tied with Crew SC at 24 points. It will be a tight race for a playoff spot in the East and will certainly be fun to watch. Here is the Eastern Conference Table:
Out in the West, the Seattle Sounders are tied in points with their Cascadia Rival, the Vancouver Whitecaps. Just one point behind both of them are the surging Portland Timbers and LA Galaxy. The San Jose Earthquakes and Real Salt Lake are fighting for a playoff spot, San Jose is just two points out behind Sporting Kansas City. Here is a look at the Western Conference table:
The NASL got back to action after their mid-season break and the New York Cosmos are looking to win the Fall Season. Obviously after one game, standings don't mean much but combined standings do matter and right now the top three teams are Tampa Bay Rowdies, the Cosmos and the Carolina Railhawks. Indy Eleven are tied with future MLS expansion franchise Minnesota United and Ottawa Fury for fourth.
As the fall season goes on, the standings will get to be more important while teams are fighting for playoff spots.
Unlike MLS, the United Soccer League standings in the West are much closer than the East. The Rochester Rhinos continue to lead the East, but the Charleston Battery and Louisville City are inching closer.
In the West, the race is much closer, just one point separates first from fourth. The Colorado Springs Switchbacks hold onto first, tied with Sacramento Republic. Behind them are the Seattle Sounders II and LA Galaxy II.