A-ROD DOWNS REIGN ONCE AGAIN
FORMER Arsenal boss Laura Harvey missed out on her first National Women’s Soccer League title by the narrowest of margins for the second year in a row, as Seattle Reign were beaten 1-0 in the Championship final.
Reign were upset by two goals from FC Kansas City’s Amy Rodriguez in the 2014 final... and when they faced the same opposition again this time around, a 78th-minute strike from Rodriguez was all that separated the sides.
Harvey won two FA Women’s Super League titles and two FA Cups with Arsenal, but the now two-time NWSL coach of the year was philosophical about falling at the final hurdle once again.
“When we watch the game back, we’ll be disappointed in the way we played,” said Harvey.
“Last year, it was gutwrenching because we played so well. But we’re already reflecting on the game and picking out things that we could have been better at.
“The longer the game goes on and you’re just not getting those breaks, you get the sense it’s not going to be your night
“We looked like we were getting more dangerous as the half went on. When you get into the 70th minute, into the 75th minute, can you take your chances?
“Unfortunately we couldn’t do that, and we couldn’t create enough. They took theirs and that was probably it.”
Georgia Stanway scored five first-half goals as England Under17s beat Croatia 13-0 in the qualifying round for the 2016 Euros.
England, Poland, Croatia and hosts Estonia are currently competing in a minitournament, with the top two advancing to play in the 24-team elite round of qualification.
Stanway wasn’t the only five-star showing. Alessia Russo grabbed five of her own.