Three months have passed since the United States won the Women’s World Cup, and the celebrations continue.
On Sunday, the U.S. team plays Brazil at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando as part of the 10-game victory tour, and Tuesday the team heads to the White House to get honored by President Barack Obama.
The Americans, riding a 101-game home unbeaten streak, tied Brazil 1-1 on Wednesday in Seattle on an 85th-minute goal by (who else?) Carli Lloyd. After routing Costa Rica and Haiti earlier in the tour, the U.S. team was truly tested against the Brazilians.
These two matches against Brazil are giving U.S. coach Jill Ellis, a Palmetto Bay resident, a good chance to evaluate the team as it heads into qualifying in February for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Seeking to infuse the team with new blood, she invited three players to Sunday’s game who have never played for the national team — Jealene Hinkle, Emily Sonnett and Gina Lewandowski.
Hinkle, 22, plays for the Western New York Flash and played college at Texas Tech. Sonnett, 21, is a senior at the University of Virginia. Lewandowski is a 30-year-old who plays for Bayern Munich in Germany. Also on the roster Sunday is Crystal Dunn, the MVP and Golden Boot winner in the National Women’s Soccer League. Dunn, 23, is a dynamic winger who was the last cut from the 2015 U.S. World Cup team.
Orlando has been the epicenter of women’s soccer this week. Not only are the national teams of the United States and Brazil in town, but the city also announced Tuesday the launch of the Orlando Pride, an NWSL expansion team that will begin play in 2016. The Pride, owned by the MLS team Orlando City SC, is expected to get U.S. superstar Alex Morgan in a trade with Portland.
Morgan asked for the move to be close to her husband, Servando Carrasco, who plays for Orlando City. The deal is expected to go through. In exchange for Morgan, Portland will get the first pick in the 2016 draft and U.S. World Cup player Meghan Klingenberg, who is likely to be in the expansion draft. There also are rumors that goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris, a native of Satellite Beach, could land in Orlando.
The Orlando team will be coached by Tom Sermanni, who coached the U.S. national team before Ellis.
▪ Miami FC seeks players: Miami FC, the new NASL team, will host open tryouts Nov. 21–22. Local, national and international players are invited.
Coach Alessandro Nesta, the Italian legend, will be present during tryouts along with technical director Mauro Pederzoli.
“We have been diligently scouting for top talent to build a high-caliber team that will make Miami proud,” Nesta said. “We expect great things from our open tryouts and are looking forward to seeing what South Florida’s top players have to offer.”
The tryouts will be held at Barry University (11300 NE Second Ave., Miami Shores, FL 33161). Registration forms are available at www.miamifc.com.
▪ Pelé to hold camp: The one and only Pelé, who turned 75 on Friday, will be hosting a two-day camp Nov. 21-22 in Miami. The camp, to be held at FIU, is a parent/son-daughter camp, and costs $499. For more information, call 888-547-9072 or go to CBFcamps.com.
▪ Top-selling MLS jerseys: According to MLSstore.com, the top-selling jerseys this year are, in order, Clint Dempsey (Seattle), Steven Gerrard (Los Angelels), Kaká (Orlando), Andrea Pirlo (NYCFC) and David Villa (NYCFC).
▪ Game of the week: Manchester City vs. Manchester United, 10 a.m. Sunday (NBCSN and Telemundo). It’s Derby Day, and little in soccer is bigger than this one. This is the 170th meeting between the crosstown rivals. The last time they played, in April, ManU won 4-2, but City won the four previous times. City has played well of late, beating Sevilla in a Champions League match and knocking off Newcastle 6-1 and Bournemouth 5-1 in league games. Manchester United beat Everton 3-0, but tied CSKA Moscow 1-1 in Champions League.
MLS: East — New York (57), D.C. (51), Columbus (50), Toronto (49), Montreal (48). West — Dallas (57), Los Angeles (51), Vancouver and Portland (50), Seattle and K.C. (48).
NASL: Ottawa (44), Minnesota (35), N.Y. (30), Fort Lauderdale (27), Edmonton (25).
EPL: Manchester City (21), Manchester United and Arsenal (19), West Ham (17), Leicester City (16).
La Liga: Real Madrid, Barcelona and Celto Vigo (18), Atletico Madrid and Villarreal (16).
Serie A: Fiorentina (18), Roma and Inter (17), Napoli and Sassuolo (15).
Ligue 1: PSG (26), Angers and Caen (21), ASSE (19), OGC Nice (17).
Bundesliga: Bayern Munich (27), Dortmund (20), Schalke 04 (19), Wolfsburg (15), Hertha (14).
On the tube
Sunday: Sunderland vs. Newcastle (7:55 a.m., NBCSN), Manchester City vs. Manchester United (10 a.m., NBCSN, Telemundo), Liverpool vs. Southampton (noon, NBCSN), Barcelona vs. Eibar (1:10 p.m., BeINSport USA), U.S. women vs. Brazil (3 p.m., FS1), Columbus vs. D.C. (5 p.m., FS1), K.C. vs. L.A. (7 p.m., ESPN).