QueensCast Top Ten: Must See Places in Orlando

Thinking about taking a road trip to Orlando? While it's known for its abundance of theme parks, there's so much more to do than just meeting Mickey. Check out our must do list of things to see and do when visiting The City Beautiful. Let's score!

Winter Park Scenic Boat Tour - Located on Lake Osceola in the quiet suburb less than 10 minutes from downtown Orlando, the boat tour offers hour-long, guided cruises through three of the seven lakes and two, narrow manmade cannals on the tranquil Winter Park chain.

Lake Eola Park - Located in the heart of Downtown Orlando. The sidewalk that circles the lake is .9 miles in length, making it easy for visitors to keep track of their walking or running distances. Other activities available to park visitors include renting swan-shaped paddle boats, feeding the live swans and other birds inhabiting the park, seeing a concert or a play in the Walt Disney Amphitheater, grabbing a bite to eat at Relax Grill on Lake Eola or relaxing amid beautiful flower beds and a spectacular view of Orlando’s skyline.

Park Avenue in Winter Park - Cozy dining options, one of a kind shops, and a canopy of trees can all be found in one place.  If you're around on Saturday's, be sure to check out the Farmer's Market!

Harry P. Leu Gardens -  Explore an amazing 50-acre botanical oasis minutes from Downtown Orlando. Each garden is designed specifically to further our mission: inspire visitors to appreciate and understand plants. The Leu House Museum located in the heart of the gardens reveals turn-of-the century living for the families who once called this home. The gardens and historical home were donated to the City of Orlando in 1961 by Mr. Harry P. Leu and his wife, Mary Jane.

Orlando Science Center - With four floors of exciting exhibits, amazing giant screen movies and engaging live programming, the Science Center is the perfect family destination. We’re also the ideal rainy day activity – fun for your entire family and completely indoors!

The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts - It brings the best international, national and local artists to our stages including Broadway, ballet, rock, orchestra, comedy, jazz, outdoor concerts, festivals, family shows and arts education programs. A place to see amazing performances and was named by Travel + Leisure magazine as "World’s Coolest New Tourist Attractions 2015" and Southern Living “50 Best Places in the South Now”. The two-block downtown destination includes the 2,700-seat Walt Disney Theater, 300-seat Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater, and more.

Wekiva Springs State Park - Located at the headwaters of the Wekiva River, the beautiful vistas within this park offer a glimpse of what Central Florida looked like when Timucuan Indians fished and hunted these lands. Just one hour from most central Florida attractions, Wekiwa Springs offers visitors the opportunity to relax in a natural setting, enjoy a picnic, or take a swim in the cool spring.

I-Drive 360 - Located in the heart of the International Drive Resort Area, the Coca-Cola Orlando Eye’s 400 foot iconic observation wheel is the centerpiece of this metro-chic themed complex featuring a dynamic blend of attractions, restaurants, clubs and shops. 

The Citrus Tower - One of Florida’s first “attractions,” the Citrus Tower was built in 1956 on one of the highest hills in Florida’s ridge section. The original plans specified a tower 75 feet high, but when completed, the Citrus Tower rose to a lofty height of 226 feet

Orlando Pride - With three major professional teams, Orlando City Soccer Club (OCSC) has established itself as one of the preeminent Clubs in professional soccer. The Orlando Pride, OCSC’s National Women’s Soccer League franchise, began play in 2016 – bringing professional women’s soccer to Orlando for the first time. The team is led by renowned Head Coach Tom Sermanni, former manager for the Australian and U.S. women’s national teams. Tickets for a match can be purchased at orlando-pride.com/tickets or by calling (855) ORL-CITY.

QueensCast Top Ten: Sweet Soccer Shirts

Summer is here and soccer season is in full swing.  Make sure everyone knows what sport is best, by rocking one of these sweet soccer shirts!  

What is life without goals - Bella Canvas Flowy Racerback, relaxed fit, slouchy tee -  Starting at $23.


Womens Burnout Tank Top "Dont Mess With Me I'm trained To Kick Balls" Soccer Shirt - $19.99


Soccer Eat, Sleep, Soccer shirt - $16.95


Soccer is Cheaper than Therapy Shirt - $23.99


Forget The Glass Slippers This Princess Wears Cleats - Starting at $16

Goal Digger Shirt - Starting at $20


You Just Got Meggg'd! - $25


I Play Like a Girl (try to keep up) - Starting at $14


Step Aside Boys Let A Lady Show You How To Play Soccer - $25.99


Rub Some Dirt On It & Get Back In There - Starting at $18

QueensCast Top Ten: Soccer Summer Reading List

Summer is HERE! Time to kick back and relax, by the pool. And we've got your summer reading list covered, so you can stay entertained and informed while you soak up those rays! Check out some amazing books about, and by, some seriously amazing women's soccer players. Plus we threw in a couple that may help you step up your own game. Let's score!

Forward: A Memoir by Abby Wambach

Abby Wambach has always pushed the limits of what is possible. At age seven she was put on the boys’ soccer team. At age thirty-five she would become the highest goal scorer—male or female—in the history of soccer, capturing the nation’s heart with her team’s 2015 World Cup Championship. Called an inspiration and “badass” by President Obama, Abby has become a fierce advocate for women’s rights and equal opportunity, pushing to translate the success of her team to the real world.


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When Nobody Was Watching: My Hard-Fought Journey to the Top of the Soccer World by Carli Lloyd and Wayne Coffey

This candid reflection on a remarkable turnaround will take readers inside the women's national team and inside the head of an athlete who willed herself to perform at the highest levels of competition.


Breakaway: Beyond the Goal by Alex Morgan

From her beginnings with the American Youth Soccer Organization to the role she played in winning the 2015 Women’s World Cup, Alex shares the details that made her who she is today: a fantastic role model and athlete who proudly rocks a pink headband.


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Soccer IQ: Things That Smart Players Do, Vol. 1 by Dan Blank

Blank tells his story from the familiar and humorous voice of a coach who has endured years of stress at the hands of his players. Written in plain-spoken language, Soccer iQ is an easy read and a quick-fix to the most common yet critically important soccer problems. Includes a bonus chapter on the college recruiting process.


For Soccer-Crazy Girls Only: Everything Great about Soccer by Erin Downing

From training techniques formations and strategies―this book has it all!

Stars of Women's Soccer by Illugi Jokulsson

Following the most spectacular—and largest—Women’s World Cup yet, the World Soccer Legends series presents Stars of Women’s Soccer, featuring a collection of the best female players from around the world.


Go For the Goal: A Champion's Guide To Winning In Soccer And Life by Mia Hamm and Aaron Heifetz

Filled with personal anecdotes and fully illustrated with both action and instructional photographs, Go for the Goal shows readers exactly how to master the silky skills and techniques that made Hamm and her teammates the finest women's soccer team in the world.


All Heart: My Dedication and Determination to Become One of Soccer's Best by Carli Lloyd and Wayne Coffey

There was a time when Carli almost quit soccer. She struggled with doubts and low confidence. In All Heart, adapted from When Nobody Was Watching specifically for younger readers, Carli tells the full inspiring story of her journey to the top of the soccer world—an honest, action-packed account that takes readers inside the mind of a hardworking athlete.


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Food Guide For Women's Soccer: Tips & Recipes From The Pros by Nancy Clark

This handy "how-to" food guide addresses the nutrition questions and concerns of soccer athletes of all ages and abilities to help them achieve success with energy to spare. Food Guide for Soccer offers practical tips, debunks nutrition myths and is a simple "how-to" resource for soccer players, their coaches and parents.


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Soccer Injury Prevention and Treatment: A Guide to Optimal Performance for Players, Parents, and Coaches by John Gallucci Jr.

Written by the medical coordinator for Major League Soccer, a nationally recognized physical therapist who treats athletes of all ages and abilities, Soccer Injury Prevention and Treatment is a comprehensive, illustrated guide to the best training, strengthening, stretching, nutrition, and hydration regimens to keep athletes, both professional and recreational, safe and on the field.


QueensCast Top Ten: Every Soccer Mom Needs...

The unsung heroes of every team.  They are the ones who get the players to every practice and game.  Every soccer player needs an amazing soccer mom.  We've come up with a list of things they need to keep it all together! Let's score!


Every soccer mom needs a large utility style vehicle, such as the minivan.  They've got to have somewhere to put kids for carpool, equipment, coolers, and whatever else they need to haul.


The next step is, how to get everything from the "MOMivan" to the sideline?  That's where to collapsable wagon comes in!  With it's all terrain wheels and telescoping handle, it can easily shoulder the load.


Soccer moms spend HOURS hanging out on the sidelines. They deserve to have some of the comforts of home.  A place where their coffee, cell phone, and camera are all within reach. This is the chair to all of that and then some!


What soccer mom wouldn't be complete without the Costco size tub of sunscreen that she insists on smearing all over her precious baby? No matter how old they are.


How does Mom win over a tired, sweaty soccer player? She makes sure she has ample amounts of their favorite Gatorade flavor on ice! 

Everyone knows that kids only play soccer for the snacks! And soccer moms ALWAYS have a bag filled with nutritious bites to satisfy hungry players.


Whether it's an early morning game or a late evening practice.  You can be sure that every mom out there will have their tumbler filled with an octane of caffeine.


Soccer moms will show their spirit with sometimes sparkly, sometimes personalized, but always proud "soccer mom" shirts. How many does she have?!? 


Whether it's raining or the sun is shining, every soccer mom needs to have that oversized umbrella.  It is a real life saver, no matter what the weather looks like.


But EVERY soccer mom deserves one of these!  Thanks moms!

QueensCast Top Ten: Home is Where the Pitch Is

One piece of the puzzle that can make or break a soccer fans experience, is the particular venue the match is being held at.  When you're a supporter for the home team, this place can (literally) become your second home on the weekends!  Here's a quick tour of the "Homes" of the NWSL.

Portland Thorns - Providence Park has a capacity of 22,000 and is located at 1844 SW Morrison St, Portland, OR 97205.

Seattle Reign - Memorial Stadium has a capacity of 12,000, but limits Reign game capacity to only 6,000.  It is located at 401 5th Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109.

Chicago Red Stars - Toyota Park has a capacity of 20,000 for sporting events and 28,000 for concert events.  It is located at 7000 South Harlem Avenue Bridgeview, IL 60455.

Boston Breakers - Jordan Field has a "physical seating" of 4,100 and is located on the Harvard University grounds, at 65 North Harvard Street in Allston, Massachusetts.

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NC Courage - WakeMed Soccer Park is located at 201 Soccer Park Dr, Cary, NC 27511 and can seat up to 10,000.

Houston DashBBVA Compass Stadium is located at 2200 Texas StreetHouston, Texas 77003.  Seating capacity for this venue tops out at 22,039.

Sky Blue FC - Yurcak Field has a seating capacity of 5,000 and is located on the Rutgers University New Brunswick campus, at 83 Fitch Rd, Piscataway Township, NJ 08854.

FC Kansas City - Swope Soccer Village, located at 6310 Lewis Road Kansas City, MO 64132, has an increased seating of 3,557 as of 2015.

Washington Spirit - Maryland SoccerPlex is located at 18031 Central Park Cir, Boyds, MD 20841 and can seat up to 4,000.

Orlando Pride - Orlando City Stadium is located in the heart of Downtown Orlando, at 655 W Church St, Orlando, FL 32805.  While the stadium is able to seat more than 25,000, the Orlando Pride games are limited to only the lower bowl.

QueensCast Top Ten: Tiny But Mighty

This week we take a look around the league at some players who sometimes get overlooked.  Literally! These players hold the old adage "great things come in small packages" true.  Don't underestimate these ladies by their size.  Their speed and skill more than make up for what they lack in height. Now, let's score!

Jasmyne Spencer - Forward - Orlando Pride - 5'1"

Taylor Lytle - Midfielder - Sky Blue FC - 5'2"

Meg Morris - Forward - Portland Thorns FC - 5'2"

Diana Matheson - Midfielder - Seattle Reign FC - 5'2"

Adriana Leon - Forward - Boston Breakers - 5'2"

Lo'eau Labonta - Midfielder - FC Kansas City - 5'2"

Meghan Klingenberg - Defender - Portland Thorns FC - 5'2"

Nahomi Kawasumi - Forward - Seattle Reign - 5'2"

Brooke Elby - Defender - Boston Breakers - 5'2"

Daphne Corboz - Midfielder - Sky Blue FC - 5'2

QueensCast Top Ten: The Head Coaches of the NWSL

This week we showcase the people behind the players.  The masterminds.  Take a look at each of the Head Coaches for the 10 teams in the National Women's Soccer League.  

  TOM SERMANNI - ORLANDO PRIDE

TOM SERMANNI - ORLANDO PRIDE

Tom Sermanni serves as the head coach of the Orlando Pride, the newest club in the National Women’s Soccer League based in sunny Orlando, Florida.

Sermanni boasts a remarkable and successful coaching career spanning 25 years. His winning mentality and focus on player development have directly contributed to the success of two of the most prominent national teams in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup – Australia and eventual champions, the United States.

As a player, Sermanni had over 300 professional appearances and 57 goals in a 16-year span for clubs in his native Scotland, England, Australia and New Zealand. As a coach, he spent much of his early career in Australia, taking the helm of the Australian Women’s National Team for the first time from 1994-1996.

In 2002, he took over as head coach for the New York Power of the Women’s United Soccer Association and was nominated for Coach of the Year. In 2004, Sermanni returned to helm the Matilda’s and led them to the quarterfinals of the 2007 and 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup, and the team was ranked eighth – the highest ever – in the FIFA Global rankings.

In 2012, Sermanni was named head coach of the U.S. Women’s National Team, compiling a 17-2-4 record in a two-year span. During that time, the squad retained its No. 1 FIFA ranking, captured the 2013 Algarve Cup and registered its first unbeaten year since 2006.

  RANDY WALDRUM - HOUSTON DASH

RANDY WALDRUM - HOUSTON DASH

The first head coach in the history of the Dash, Randy Waldrum enters his fourth year in the professional game after one of the most successful collegiate tenures in NCAA Division I history. Waldrum's career totals of eight NCAA semifinal appearances, five title games and two championships (2004 and 2010) all rank second in Division I women's soccer coaching history. His combined win total (399-108-29) and win percentage (.771)—spanning 24 total seasons at Tulsa, Baylor and Notre Dame—both rank fifth in the DI women's soccer record book.

A native of Irving, Texas, Waldrum graduated from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls before playing professionally for the Los Angeles Skyhawks and Indianapolis Daredevils of the American Soccer League. After hanging up his cleats, Waldrum spent time at MacArthur High School in Irving, Texas Longhorns Soccer Club and Austin College before starting the men’s soccer program at Texas Wesleyan University in 1988. The next year he took over both the men’s and women’s teams at Tulsa University, where he spent the next eight years and remains the winningest all-time coach for both programs.

Waldrum returned to Texas in 1995 to start a women’s soccer program for Baylor University. In the first three seasons of the program from 1996-98, Waldrum compiled a 46-14-3 record and secured the first Big 12 championship for Baylor in any sport with a 9-0-1 conference record in 1998.

The success at Baylor earned Waldrum the head coach position at national powerhouse Notre Dame, where he found immediate success. In Waldrum’s first season at the helm, Notre Dame won the Big East tournament and made its way to the NCAA championship match before losing out to North Carolina. Waldrum would go on to win two national championships with the Fighting Irish in 2004 and 2010, as well as 12 Big East regular season titles and seven tournament championships. Waldrum coached five national players of the year (three MAC Hermann trophy winners) and 28 All-Americans while at Notre Dame, and collected five Big East and two national Coach of the Year awards.

In addition to his collegiate responsibilities, Waldrum served as a member of the U.S. Soccer staff since 1992, and was head coach of the U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team from 2012-13.

Randy and his wife, Dianna, have a son, Ben, who served as an assistant coach alongside his father at Notre Dame for five years and is now the affiliate director and part of the ECNL staff at FC Dallas.

  PAUL RILEY - NC COURAGE

PAUL RILEY - NC COURAGE

In his first year with the Western New York Flash (now North Carolina Courage), Riley led the team to the 2016 NWSL Championship where they defeated the Washington Spirit 3-2 in penalty kicks to raise the trophy. Before coaching the Flash, he was the head coach of the Portland Thorns of the NWSL in 2014 and 2015.

The Liverpool, England native coached the Philadelphia Independence of Women’s Professional Soccer to back-to-back championship game appearances in 2010 and 2011. With a 26-16-3 record in his two years with the team, Riley was named the WPS Coach of the Year in 2010 and 2011.

Before the Independence, Riley coached the Long Island Fury (WPSL) to a league Championship in 2006 and 2009, earning him the WPSL Coach of the Year Award in 2009. The team was Eastern Conference Champions four years in a row under his leadership and went 48-6-8.

Riley coached collegiately for CW Post from 1991-1997 and was awarded New York Regional Coach of the Year in 1991. With a 98-48-11 overall record, Riley was NYCAC Coach of the Year five times. He then moved on to coach the Long Island Rough Riders (USISL, USL D3 Pro), where he won the league championship in 2002.

His own professional playing career began in the United States where he played for the Long Island Rough Riders, Albany Capitals, New Jersey Eagles, Glen Cove, Hercules, and New York Atlas. He is the all-time leading assister for the Rough Riders.

  MARK PARSONS - PORTLAND THORNS

MARK PARSONS - PORTLAND THORNS

Mark Parsons, the Head Coach, for the Portland Thorns has had somewhat of a "Cinderella Story".  Read all about it!

 LAURA HARVEY - SEATTLE REIGN

LAURA HARVEY - SEATTLE REIGN

An English professional women's football coach and former player. She is currently head coach for Seattle Reign FC of the National Women's Soccer League. She previously coached Arsenal L.F.C. and Birmingham City L.F.C. and served as assistant coach for the England women's national football team at the U-17, U-19 and U-23 levels. Harvey was named FAWSL Coach of the Year in 2011 after guiding Arsenal to win the league title, FA Cup, and Continental Cup. She was named NWSL Coach of the Year in 2014 and 2015.

  MATT BEARD - BOSTON BREAKERS

MATT BEARD - BOSTON BREAKERS

Matt Beard was named head coach of the Boston Breakers on Sept. 22, 2015. Beard most recently coached Liverpool Ladies FC in the FA Women’s Super League (FAWSL), guiding the team to back-to-back FAWSL titles (2013, 2014). In 2013 with Liverpool, Beard compiled a record of 12-2-0 in 2013 and led the team to the FA Cup semifinals. He was named FAWSL Manager of the Year in a season that saw Liverpool qualify for their first-ever UEFA Women’s Champions League. 

In 2014, Beard won the FAWSL title for the second year in a row, posting a 7-2-5 record. Liverpool also qualified for the UEFA Women’s Champions League for the second year in a row.

Prior to landing in Liverpool, Beard was the first team manager of Chelsea Ladies FC, where he spent three seasons (2009-2012). With Chelsea, Beard guided the Blues to the FA Cup final in 2012, the team’s first year in the FA Women’s Super League. He also led Chelsea to the FA Premier League Cup semifinals and finished third in the FA National Premier League.

From 2008-2009, Beard served as first team manager for Milwall Lionesses, where he won the Premier Southern Division.

As assistant first team manager of Charlton Athletic from 2004-2007, Beard was part of a coaching staff that helped the club earn several honors, including the FA Community Shield, the FA Cup title, and Premier League Cup.

Beard’s coaching career began in 2000 in the men’s game as Reserve Team Manager at Kingstonian FC in the National Conference. Beard led the club to the Surrey Premier Cup Final. He then served in similar capacity at Tooting and Mitcham, where he led the team to a third-place finish in the Suburban South Division. He later took over as Assistant First Team Manager at Hampton and Richmond Borough in the Ryman Premier Division.

Beard and his wife, Debbie, have two children: Harry and Ellie. He was born on Jan. 9, 1978 and is from Roehampton, London, England.

  RORY DAMES - CHICAGO RED STARS

RORY DAMES - CHICAGO RED STARS

Rory Dames will be entering his sixth season at the helm of the Red Stars, after leading them to two league finals and a USASA’s National Women’s Cup triumph in 2012.

Dames also serves as the Director of Coaching and Player Development for Chicago’s Eclipse Select Soccer Club, which consisted of three teams when the Illinois native took over in 1996 and today boasts over 50 male and female teams with more than 750 players ranging from ages 8-19.

Dames has led Eclipse Select to many accomplishments over the past ten years, including being recognized as the top girls soccer club in the nation by Soccer America in 2007 and 2008, as well as by NationalSoccerRanking.com in 2007. Over the years, Dames has lead the club to eight national championships, six national finals, eleven regional championships, 17 UYSA MRL championships and 37 Illinois State Cup championships.

Born and raised in Chicagoland, the Red Stars Head Coach played his high school soccer at St. Viator in Arlington Heights until graduating in 1991. Next, he went on to star for St. Louis University, winning several conference championships and making an appearance in the NCAA Final Four. Dames then joined the Rockford Raptors for one professional season.

After his college career, Dames went on to coach not only Eclipse Select but also his high school alma mater. He would serve as Varsity Girls Head Coach at St. Viator for eight seasons (1997-2005) and guide his teams to seven conference championships and seven regional titles. Dames made five trips to the Elite Eight during his tenure at St. Viator, winning three state championships.

The man in charge of the Red Stars continues his work at the youth level, having turned Eclipse Select into one of the best known and most respected girls clubs in the nation. He also serves as the ID2 National Girls Director. Dames currently resides in Antioch, Illinois.

  JIM GABARRA - WASHINGTON SPIRIT

JIM GABARRA - WASHINGTON SPIRIT

Jim Gabarra became general manager and head coach of the Washington Spirit ahead of the 2016 NWSL season. Formerly the head coach for Sky Blue FC, Gabarra earned a record of 24-22-21 over the three first seasons in the NWSL.

Gabarra started with Sky Blue FC coaching the team in the WPS in 2011 before leading them into the inaugural season of the NWSL. He earned a 24-22-20 record (W-L-T) in three seasons from 2013-2015, including qualifying for the playoffs in 2013. As part of his affiliation with Sky Blue FC, the Key West, Florida native also coached the New Jersey Wildcats in the USL W-League in 2012.

Gabarra, who spent 10 years in the DC area coaching the Washington Freedom, led the Freedom to back-to-back appearances in the WUSA Championship in 2002 and 2003, winning in 2003. After WUSA folded, he coached the Freedom to a USL W-League Championship in 2007. Gabarra also led the Washington Freedom to two consecutive appearances in WPS playoffs in 2009 and 2010.

In five professional seasons in the Washington D.C. area, Gabarra was in the playoffs four times and won one Championship.  He is the only person who has coached in every season that there has been a professional women’s league in the United States.

As a player, Gabarra earned 14 caps with the US Men’s National Team, including an appearance in the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games.

 VLATKO ANDONOVSKI - FC KANSAS CITY

VLATKO ANDONOVSKI - FC KANSAS CITY

Vlatko Andonovski has wore several hats during his time as a soccer coach in Kansas City. But he is stepped down from one role, head coach of the Missouri Comets, to focus all his attention on his other, as head coach of FC Kansas City. He also remained as FCKC’s youth soccer technical director.

The Comets, a team in the Major Indoor Soccer League that Andonovski previously played for, won the 2014 league championship under his reign. Before joining the MISL, the Comets went 40-7 in the Major Arena Soccer League under Andonovski.

QueensCast Top Ten: Title Sponsors from Around the League

Sports teams simply would not exist without the support of sponsors and partners at all levels. The teams from the NWSL are no different. We're taking a look at a title sponsor from each team within the league. Please support the sponsors and partners listed below, and be sure to tell them you appreciate their support of women’s professional soccer and the mission to empower female athletes young and old through sport.

ORLANDO PRIDE - ORLANDO HEALTH

Orlando Health is one of Central Florida’s largest employers with nearly 16,000 employees and more than 2,500 affiliated physicians supporting its philosophy of providing high quality care and service that revolves around patients’ needs. Orlando Health welcomes more than 110,000 inpatient admissions and nearly 690,000 outpatient visits each year. In all, Orlando Health serves 1.6 million Central Florida residents and nearly 3,000 international patients annually. Additionally, Orlando Health provides approximately $239 million in support of community health needs. 

SEATTLE REIGN - MICROSOFT

Microsoft is the leading platform and productivity company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world, and its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

PORTLAND THORNS - PROVIDENCE HEALTH & SERVICES 

Oregon offers a comprehensive array of health and education services through its eight hospitals, medical clinics, health plans, long-term care facilities and home health services. With more than 17,000 employees, Providence is the state’s largest private employer.

HOUSTON DASH - BBVA COMPASS

BBVA Compass is a Sunbelt-based financial institution that operates 672 branches, including 341 in Texas, 89 in Alabama, 77 in Arizona, 62 in California, 45 in Florida, 38 in Colorado and 20 in New Mexico, and commercial and private client offices throughout the U.S. BBVA Compass ranks among the top 25 largest U.S. commercial banks based on deposit market share and ranks among the largest banks in Alabama (2nd), Texas (4th) and Arizona (4th). BBVA Compass recently earned top nods for best mobile app and best regional bank in the South & West in Money magazine's annual list of the Best Banks in America.

NORTH CAROLINA COURAGE - BLUE CROSS / BLUE SHIELD

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina improves the health and well-being of our customers and communities by providing innovative health care products, services and information to more than 3.74 million members, including approximately 1.1 million served on behalf of other Blue Plans. Since 1933, Blue Cross has worked to make North Carolina a better place to live through our support of community organizations, programs and events that promote good health. Blue Cross has been recognized as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies by Ethisphere Institute every year since 2012. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Visit Blue Cross online at bcbsnc.com. All other marks are the property of their respective owners.

FC KANSAS CITY - DOMINO'S

Founded in 1960, Domino's is the recognized world leader in pizza delivery operating a network of company-owned and franchise-owned stores in the United States and international markets. Domino's is a company of exceptional people on a mission to be the best pizza delivery company in the world.

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WASHINGTON SPIRIT - PROCHAIN SOLUTIONS

Join tens of thousands of users in hundreds of organizations around the world. ProChain Solutions provide the best solutions to meet the needs of large project organizations looking for increased speed, reliability, and quality.

SKY BLUE FC - MERIDIAN HEALTH

Meridian Health is committed to improving the health and well-being of the residents of New Jersey by providing quality, patient-centered health care services delivered in hospital, community and in-home settings and to advancing medicine through clinical education and research.

CHICAGO RED STARS - ILLINOIS BONE AND JOINT INSTITUTE

 IBJI is the leader in the Chicago area for excellence in orthopedic care. With 100 physicians and over 150 physical, occupational, and massage therapists spread throughout more than 20 locations in Chicago and north/northwest Chicagoland, IBJI offers a complete range of the most advanced orthopedic care for people of all ages.

BOSTON BREAKERS - STEWARD HEALTH CARE

Steward Health Care is the largest fully integrated community care organization and community hospital network in New England.  Headquartered in Boston, Steward is the third largest employer in MA with more than 17,000 employees serving more than one million patients annually in more than 150 communities.  Hospitals in the system include Saint Anne’s Hospital in Fall River, Holy Family Hospital in Methuen, St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Brighton, Norwood Hospital, Carney Hospital in Dorchester, Good Samaritan Medical Center in Brockton, Nashoba Valley Medical Center in Ayer, Merrimack Valley Hospital in Haverhill, Morton Hospital in Taunton, Quincy Medical Center and New England Sinai Hospital in Stoughton.  Other Steward Health Care entities include Steward Medical Group Steward Home Care and Steward Hospice and Palliative Care.

QueensCast Top Ten: Women's World Cup Goals

Yesterday, the United States, Canada and Mexico Declare Intention to Submit Unified Bid to Host 2026 FIFA World Cup. In honor of that announcement, we thought it would be fun to look at 10 of the most memorable Women's World Cup goals throughout history! Let us know if we missed your favorite. Let's score!

Homare Sawa's historic flick for Japan against the United States at the FIFA Women's World Cup Germany 2011.

Marta's flamboyant wondergoal for Brazil against the USA at the FIFA Women's World Cup China PR 2007.

Carli Lloyd from the United States side scored one of the best goals in the Canada 2015 Final against the Japanese.

Abby Wambach's memorable equaliser at the death for the USA against Brazil at the FIFA Women's World Cup Germany 2011.

Ingrid Johansson's long-range stunner for Sweden against the USA at the FIFA Women's World Cup China PR 1991.

Cindy Parlow's flying header for the United States against Nigeria at the FIFA Women's World Cup USA 1999.

Lisa De Vanna from the Australian side scored one of the best goals at Canada 2015.

Mia Hamm scores the first goal of the 1999 Women's World Cup on June 19, 1999 versus Denmark in the old Giants Stadium.

Birgit Prinz's acrobatic finish for Germany against Argentina at the FIFA Women's World Cup USA 2003.

Sissi's delightful free kick for Brazil against Nigeria at the FIFA Women's World Cup USA 1999.