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Tigres earns sixth Liga MX Femenil title, with win over Club América – Equalizer Soccer

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Tigres Femenil have done it again. Las Amazonas were crowned the Liga MX Femenil champions on Monday night, concluding the league’s 2023 Apertura campaign. The Gran Final is split in two parts, and Tigres won thanks to a 3-0 victory in Leg 1 on Friday night.

Monday night’s match saw no goals at the historic El Volcán stadium in Monterrey, Mexico. The stands were full to watch Tigres lift their sixth Liga MX Femenil title, this time against Club América.

Tigres were led this season by first-year head coach Mila Martínez, who joined the side from FC Juárez. Ironically, Tigres’ last title in Liga MX Femenil came in last year’s Apertura, and also against Club América.

In Leg 1, Stephany Mayor, Maricarmen Reyes and Belén Cruz found the back of the net. Mayor kicked things off with a one-touch strike past América goalkeeper Itzel González, after multiple attempts to clear the ball went right to Tigres players.

Meanwhile, Reyes, who won the league’s Golden Boot with 15 tallies, scored the second goal in the 24th minute. Reyes scored after she volleyed the ball to herself and sent it up and over goalkeeper González.

The third and final goal of the two-legged Gran Final came from Cruz, who has been with Tigres her whole career since signing in 2019 with the senior team. Cruz scored off a deflection from González, as América players pleaded for a foul against their goalkeeper. However, Cruz picked up a rebound and delivered it past a congested box.

In Leg 2, the match saw some flagrant misses from both sides, and some stellar ‘tipping over the crossbar’ from both América goalkeeper González and Tigres goalkeeper Aurora Santiago. Both kept a clean sheet, but it was Santiago that was on the winning end.

The 2023 Apertura is over and players will have some time off before the upcoming 2024 Clausura campaign. The 2023 Clausura victor was Club América, winning their second title over Pachuca. Can they make it back to the glory of the Gran Final?

The upcoming Clausura season will begin in January, with an official start date to be named soon.





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Shaw shines as U.S. tests out more system changes – Equalizer Soccer

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United States women’s national team interim coach Twila Kilgore said she wanted more efficiency from her team in its second group-stage game of the Concacaf W Gold Cup, against Argentina.

She appeared to get that from an opening 20 minutes played at a furious pace. The U.S. scored three goals in a nine-minute span early in the game, and although the Americans continued to dictate play throughout the 4-0 victory, goals were harder to come by in the second half, including after Argentina went down to 10 players for the final 15 minutes plus stoppage time.

The U.S. heads into Monday’s final group-stage game against Mexico with six points from two games in Group A and a spot in the quarterfinals already booked. Still — and predictably — there is room for improvement.

These are three big talking points from the U.S.’ 4-0 win over Argentina on Friday in Carson, California.

Another shape change

The U.S. started the tournament in aggressive three-back shape, building upon a trend from the end of  2023, but Friday’s match brought the return of a back four. Naomi Girma and Tierna Davidson resumed their old Stanford partnership as the central pair on Friday, with Crystal Dunn at left back and Casey Krueger at right back.

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How Rose Lavelle will thrive at Gotham FC – Equalizer Soccer

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New York is an artist’s paradise, and for Rose Lavelle, the ball is her paintbrush and the pitch is her canvas. 

The Cincinnati native, known for creating magic with the ball at her feet, has made 92 appearances for the U.S. women’s national team scoring 24 goals and notching 21 assists since her debut in 2017 – which was, perhaps serendipitously, at Red Bull Arena in New Jersey, the home of NJ/NY Gotham FC. 

“Rose is a really special player, as are a lot of players on our roster, But I think her ability to do the unexpected and to delight her teammates delight the crowd and her effectiveness on the ball is something that would benefit any team,” Gotham general manager Yael Averbuch West told The Equalizer. “There’s a lot she can do for us and we’re hoping that we can do a lot for her as well.”

The decorated midfielder now joins the defending NWSL Champions in the team’s quest for a second title. Lavelle, who became a household name after her championship-securing goal in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, could be just the piece Gotham needs to continue growing its program and keep up in the ever-changing and evolving landscape of the ultra-competitive NWSL.

“For me it just felt like a really great fit in every aspect,” Lavelle said at Gotham’s media day at Rockefeller Center last month. “On the field or off the field, it felt like somewhere I could settle in and be comfortable but also would push me in ways that I probably don’t even know yet but I’m excited to see. It was a really good opportunity for growth and development in every realm of my life.”

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The United States women’s national team kicked off the 2024 Concacaf W Gold Cup on Tuesday with a 5-0 victory over Dominican Republic. The result was predictable, but the United States’ lineup was not.

Interim head coach Twila Kilgore, with the remote input of impending coach Emma Hayes, rolled out a youthful starting lineup that played in a fluid, aggressive shape. Eighteen-year-old Olivia Moultrie and defender Jenna Nighswonger each scored their first international goals in the comfortable victory.

These are the big talking points from the match.

A refreshing lineup

It was expected that the U.S. would roll out some creative lineups at the Gold Cup, but to get that different of a lineup in the opening match was a pleasant surprise.

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