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Unai Emery gives blunt answer on Mesut Ozil’s future following Denis Suarez signing

first_img Comment Advertisement Pressed as to whether Ozil would retain the captain’s armband should he start, Emery added: ‘I think it is very clear, you mention it every week. We have four captains, I don’t know if you have come to my press conferences but I am going to repeat it but I think the others know it all.‘The first captain is Laurent Koscielny , he had injuries and couldn’t play. The second is Petr Cech, third is Aaron Ramsey, after this Mesut Ozil.‘When he is playing [with] Cech, Cech is captain; when he is playing Laurent, Laurent is captain; when he is playing with Aaron, Aaron is captain and when he is playing, and another is not captain, then he is captain.‘In our last match, Petr Cech, Laurent Koscielny and Aaron Ramsey didn’t play, so Mesut Ozil is captain. After that, they are Granit Xhaka and Nacho Monreal.’ Denis Suarez could make his Arsenal debut on Sunday (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery insists the arrival of Denis Saurez will have little impact on Mesut Ozil’s chances of regaining a permanent place in the Arsenal starting line-up.The Spaniard is in line to make his debut against his former club Manchester City on Sunday after completing his loan move from Barcelona earlier this week.Ozil, meanwhile, has struggled to win over his new manager and made his first Premier League start since Boxing Day in the 2-0 win over Cardiff earlier this week.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityThe former Real Madrid playmaker is expected to return to the bench tomorrow against the champions but Emery insists any potential demotion will have little to do with the arrival of Suarez.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAsked how Suarez’s arrival will impact on Ozil, he said: ‘It’s no change for him. [Suarez] is coming here because we have a lot of problems on the wing, we haven’t got players to play right or left – that is the reason.’ Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 2 Feb 2019 9:27 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link38Shares Warming up for the #ManCity clash ❄⚽〽 #M1Ö #YaGunnersYa @Arsenal pic.twitter.com/eEck9ZbzhN— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) February 1, 2019 Unai Emery speaks to the press ahead of Man City v ArsenalTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 12:23FullscreenUnai Emery speaks to the press ahead of Man City v Arsenalhttps://metro.co.uk/video/unai-emery-speaks-press-ahead-man-city-v-arsenal-1854448/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Unai Emery gives blunt answer on Mesut Ozil’s future following Denis Suarez signing Advertisementlast_img read more

Coronavirus: QLD backs down on emergency laws with renters to pay own way

first_imgPremier Annastacia Palaszczuk at parliament last week. Picture: Annette DewIn a win for investors, the Palaszczuk Government has watered down residential emergency measures it was set to put to parliament, meaning tenants will foot the rent bill – even if deferred – in return for landlords not kicking them out. MORE: Original QLD proposal: Tenants set to gain all the power Cottage sells for $0.5m as buyers settle in to the ‘new normal’ Amendments to the Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Act were originally set to be introduced to parliament tomorrow, but had to be dramatically changed after last week’s proposed measures drew anger from property investors across the country. Queensland Housing Minister Mick de Brenni conceded that there was strong opposition to last week’s plan, with new collaborative measures now set in motion.Queensland Housing Minister Mick de Brenni called it a “fair middle ground” – but it was only reached after the Palaszczuk Government was bombarded by a letter campaign opposing any move that would have effectively shut landlords out of their own properties.The Real Estate Institute of Queensland said the amendments, which were coming into force to enable the Federal Government’s moratorium on evictions, included:– Rent payments and unpaid rent: Property owners and tenants can now agree on the terms of reduced rent and deferred repayment requirements.– Financial hardship requirements: The combined income of tenant/s must have reduced by more than 25 per cent as a direct result of COVID-19 or where the rent amount exceeds 30 per cent of income/s and tenant/s cannot afford to pay the rent.– Substantiation of financial hardship: Tenants must provide the same level of proof of income as is required at the start of the tenancy to seek a rent reduction. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 – Entry requirements: The Government will provide clear guidance to ensure access for essential repairs and maintenance, the sale of a property and virtual inspections.– Break lease: To qualify for the Government’s break lease provisions, tenant/s must be in severe financial hardship which is defined as a 75 per cent reduction in combined tenant/s income and have less than $5,000 in savings.– Extension of a tenancy: A fixed term tenancy will be automatically extended to 30 September 2020 unless agreed otherwise.Mr de Brenni said the Residential Tenancies Authority, REIQ, QShelter, Tenants Queensland and QCOSS would form a new COVID-19 Housing Security Sub-Committee to oversee implementation.More from newsCOVID-19 renovation boom: How much Aussies are spending to give their houses a facelift during the pandemic3 days agoWhizzkid buys almost one property a month during COVID-197 days ago Thousands of landlords across Queensland would have been impacted by changes to laws governing access to their properties and lease agreements.“The Palaszczuk Government has established the COVID-19 Housing Security Sub-Committee of the Ministerial Housing Council to oversee the implementation of the response measures,” he said.“The Palaszczuk Government is a government that listens and will be there for those who need us most when times are tough,” he said in a statement.“Queensland has published a framework on the government’s new www.covid19.qld.gov.au website, setting out the process for interaction pending the development of an implementation Guideline which has been fleshed out with stakeholders.”He said a Residential Tenancies Practice Guide COVID-19 for property owners and tenants was also developed.“The Guide will support owners on a range of COVID-19 issues along with free, impartial and expert conciliation from the Residential Tenancies Authority if parties need additional support to reach agreement.”He said those in significant financial distress would also be supported via a $20m rental grant package. 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Three local students are vying for FFA Officer positions

first_imgStatewide— Nineteen FFA members from across the state are preparing to interview for the opportunity to serve as an Indiana FFA State Officer in the coming year. Eight individuals will be selected to fulfill the roles of president, secretary, northern region vice president, southern region vice president, treasurer, reporter, and sentinel.During the 91st Indiana FFA State Convention, the candidates will participate in a rigorous interview and selection process in which the winners will be announced at the final session on Thursday, June 18.Once selected, the newly-elected officers will embark on a year of service, providing direction, and overseeing the development of the student-led organization, which has more than 12,500 members statewide.Along with promoting FFA, agriculture, and agricultural education, some of their responsibilities include conducting FFA chapter visits, facilitating leadership conferences, and hosting career and leadership development events.The interviewees include 3 individuals from Southeastern Indiana:• Breeanna Sides, South Ripley FFA• Brooke Sides, South Ripley FFA• Sara Weaver, Franklin County FFAThe 2020-21 Indiana FFA state officer team will be announced on June 18 by the Indiana FFA Organization via social media.last_img read more

IAAF World Championships moved

first_imgRelatedPosts Ex-IAAF boss bags two-year jail term Ex-IAAF boss, Diack faces four-year jail term Ex-IAAF boss Diack’s trial to start June 8 Athletics’ world championships have been postponed until the summer of 2022 and the global governing body is seeking new dates for the event in Eugene, Oregon that was originally scheduled for 2021. “100% Oregon will be held summer 2022,” a World Athletics spokesman said. World Athletics had earlier said in a statement: “We are now working with the organisers of the world athletics championships in Oregon on new dates in 2022 for our world athletics championships.” The championships had been scheduled for August 6 to 15, 2021. World Athletics said it also was in discussions with the Commonwealth Games Federation and the European Championships. The European Championships are currently scheduled for August 26 to 30 in Paris this year, while the next Commonwealth Games are set for July 27 to August 7, 2022 in Birmingham. World Athletics announced its plans for rescheduling the world championships after the International Olympic Committee and Japanese officials said the new dates for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will be July 23 to August 8. The Games had been postponed for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic that has killed thousands of people around the world.Tags: Athletics World ChampionshipsIAAFlast_img read more

Disciplinary Committee chastises GFF for violating constitution

first_imgIN a shocking turn of events, the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) three-member disciplinary committee ruled that the Wayne Forde-led executive committee’s decision to move the STAG Elite League from eight teams was ultra vires their powers and unconstitutional.Attorneys Sanjeev Datadin (Chairman) and Natasha Vieira, along with Dr. Clement McEwan make up the GFF’s Disciplinary Committee.National champions Slingerz FC along with their usual rivals Alpha United, as well as the Georgetown Football Club (GFC) and Pele football club, refused to participate in the second edition of the STAG Elite League, calling it (the league) illegitimate since they felt that the GFF unconstitutionally added two teams (Topp XX and Victoria Kings).A call was made by the aforementioned clubs for arbitration, stating that instead of a back and forth between them and the GFF, good sense should have prevailed; especially for Slingerz FC and Alpha United, who were named as the clubs representing Guyana at the CFU Club championship which was a qualifier for the CONCACAF Champions League.But the GFF refused, and resorted to sanctioning the two clubs (Slingerz and Alpha United) and would further write to CONCACAF, detailing that the they (the Clubs) were not in ‘good standing’ with the Federation; a needed requirement for participation at the CFU Club Championship.The Disciplinary Committee noted that “it follows therefore that for the Executive Committee to sanction the Complainants for non-participation could not be a code or rule violation. Their objection was on principle; a principle which we have found to be with legal foundation.The Executive Committee was not entitled to punish an Elite member for non-participation in a Tournament which they had exceeded their legal authority to convene.”“The Executive Committee was not entitled punish an Elite Member for non-participation in a Tournament which they had exceeded their legal authority to convene” the Disciplinary Committee said in their letter to the GFF and abovementioned clubs.It was also ruled that the GFF Constitution can only be amended by Congress and the Executive Committee had no authority to unilaterally amend the Constitution in any manner whatsoever.The GFF will hold its congress next month, where several matters will be brought to the floor by the members, and the Elite League fiasco would be high on the agenda.last_img read more

AKS Offers Eagles ‘Total Comfort’ ahead Zambia Clash

first_imgOkon Bassey in UyoThe Akwa Ibom State government has expressed optimism that the Super Eagles will emerge victorious in this weekend encounter with the Chipolopolo of Zambia.The State Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Mr Monday Uko, said in Uyo on Tuesday that the necessary logistics have been put in place for the Super Eagles to win the match.“God has delivered them (Chipolopolo) into our hands, and this time around I believe the goals could be as many as 4-0,” Uko posited According to him, with the expected win during the Eagles clash with Chipolopolo, the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium would continue to be Nigeria’s fortress against visiting teams in crucial encounters.Meanwhile, Eagles handler, Gernot Rohr, has urged fans to turn out massively to ensure Nigeria takes the maximum point at the end of the crucial encounter with Zambia on Saturday.He ruled out injury worries, stressing that the players were highly motivated for the big game.Rohr who supervised the first training session of the team at the training pitch of the Ibom Le Meridien Hotel and Golf Resort further stressed that Eagles would be drilled twice daily (morning and evening) before the clash on Saturday.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

New-look wide receiver corps emerging for Syracuse in spring

first_img Published on April 8, 2013 at 1:26 am Contact David: dbwilson@syr.edu | @DBWilson2 Syracuse’s passing attack is undergoing an overhaul. With a brand-new quarterback, three new starting offensive linemen and a pair of new starting wide receivers, the days of Ryan Nassib, Marcus Sales, Alec Lemon and Justin Pugh are gone.In their place is a new-look group. Three quarterbacks vie to replace Nassib. An inexperienced group of wide receivers join Jeremiah Kobena and Jarrod West to form an all-new starting group.For stretches of the spring this group has been stagnant — on Sunday it failed to find the end zone for nearly half of practice. Other times it has flashed potential. West, Kobena and Quinta Funderburk, a highly touted transfer from Arkansas who sat out last season, all made spectacular catches and scored touchdowns.“Those guys have done a tremendous job filling in for Marcus and Alec,” quarterback John Kinder said. “I think the same as us quarterbacks, they’ll begin to grow and progress as we continue and they get more repetitions, they’ll get better and better.”West provided depth behind Sales and Lemon a year ago as the third wide receiver on the depth chart. Kobena, who has been primarily used as a kick returner in the past, missed the middle part of last season with an injury.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textKeenan Hale, Christopher Clark and Alvin Cornelius III — all seldom used a year ago —add to the depth for a unit that lacks the top threats it had last year in Lemon and Sales.“I feel like we have a real talented group, probably one of the talented groups I’ve ever played with, even playing with Alec and Marcus and how good they were,” West said. “Just the depth from the No. 1 guy to the last guy in the room is real good.”West sits atop the group, but Kobena, now a junior, has been getting the majority of the first-team reps alongside him.Kobena showed flashes of potential during his first two seasons with Syracuse. He was a fixture in the return game, averaging nearly 20 yards per kick return last season, and helped the Orange stretch the field. He hauled in just six catches, but two went for touchdowns, including a 50-yarder against Northwestern.“He gives you a lot of speed and he can make tough catches and stuff,” West said. “So when he’s healthy we’re a lot stronger group.”When the Orange came out of its break, quarterback Terrel Hunt took a sack, but learned from his mistake. Next time SU’s defense brought the blitz, the quarterback got the ball out quickly and rifled a pass to Kobena on a slant, who turned and darted to the end zone untouched.But Funderburk is the most intriguing. The sophomore began his career as a four-star wide receiver recruit at Arkansas with incredible body control and gobs of potential. After struggling to get on the field as a freshman for the Razorbacks, Funderburk transferred to Syracuse where he’s now expected to be a big-play threat for an offense that lost its top two from a year ago.“He’s a big-play receiver, I would say,” Kinder said. “He has the ability to make big plays and we’re going to take some shots with him.”Despite the lofty expectations, Funderburk has primarily worked with the second unit, behind West and Kobena. But on Sunday he made a play that turned heads.Quarterback Charley Loeb lofted a pass to the back corner of the end zone. Funderburk leaped up above the defense to snatch the ball out of the air and kept his feet in bounds for the touchdown. In one play, Funderburk showcased all the attributes that made him such an intriguing prospect — the body control, the hands, the concentration and the size.“Quinta’s done some good things; I think he’s starting to mature as a player,” head coach Scott Shafer said. “He’s got a long way to get where we want him to be, but it was nice to see him make the catch today in traffic.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Mr. O’Neill, ‘the floor is yours’

first_imgBig job, bigger questions · No one, including O’Neill, is denying the fact that the USC job is going to a huge challenge given recent allegations and the prospect of santions looming. | Photo courtesy of USC Sports Information It started off with a bang.USC Athletic Director Mike Garrett introduced new men’s basketball coach Kevin O’Neill at a Varsity Lounge press conference Monday, saying, “Kevin, the floor is yours.”O’Neill’s first public comments as the coach of a program under intense scrutiny from the NCAA?He pointed over to his wife, 32-year-old Roberta. “There won’t be any questions about recruiting, I trust,” O’Neill said. “I can recruit, obviously.”All joking aside, O’Neill, 52, made a favorable impression in his first step on a long road back for both him and the USC basketball program.Former coach Tim Floyd had made inroads in raising the national profile of what had long been a largely irrelevant program, but, facing a looming NCAA investigation this offseason, he decided to resign. The one-paragraph resignation e-mail sent to Garrett came June 9, less than a month after Floyd was accused of delivering an envelope of cash to the handler of former USC basketball player O.J. Mayo.Since then, the inquiries grew louder and louder, leading Garrett and Senior Vice President of Administration Todd Dickey to deliver unprecedented video statements posted on USC’s official website.Many wondered where USC would find its next coach, considering both the likelihood of NCAA sanctions that could limit postseason play and/or scholarships and the sheer lack of talent left on the roster, as only nine scholarship players remain after a mass exodus of both current players and incoming recruits.Well, Garrett and USC found him, toiling as an assistant coach and special assistant to the general manager for the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies, just one year removed from spending the 2007-2008 season as the interim head coach at Pac-10 rival Arizona.“We’ve been through a lot, and, in looking at different potential candidates all over the country … I came to the conclusion that I really felt elated about the fact that this is the kind of person who was available,” Garrett said.Reports say that Garrett first offered the job to Pittsburgh head man Jamie Dixon, the former protégé of UCLA coach Ben Howland. After Dixon said no, both NBA Finals analyst (and former NBA head coach) Jeff Van Gundy and current UNLV coach Lon Kruger reportedly rebuffed offers from USC as well.Nevertheless, Garrett — who has caught much flak for his coaching hires over the years, including the notion that Pete Carroll was his fourth choice to become the football head coach in 2000 — insisted that O’Neill was indeed his first choice for the job.“Everyone I talked to was not shying away from USC,” Garrett said. “It was not a selling job, it was more of a find the right fit.“I think Kevin was my first choice because when I started talking to him, he’s the one that I wanted to have. He’s the guy that fit what I needed. It was a natural fit,” Garrett said.But O’Neill himself doesn’t come without controversy.He’s known as a Bob Knight-lite, a fierce competitor who sometimes lets his emotions get the best of him. Many of his former players have expressed distaste with his methods. He’s never been a player’s coach; rather, he’s been labeled as more of a defensive-minded, let-the-offense-flow kind of guy.The still-fiery O’Neill attacked those conceptions Monday.“I’m a different coach than I was the first time I was in college. I really don’t apologize for how I coach at all. I coach hard, I’m aggressive … but it’s like anything else. Over 20 years, you do change a little bit.“I’m not for every player, and that’s all there is to it. Every coach isn’t for every player,” O’Neill said. “But, I’ve been in a multitude of players’ weddings, and pro and college guys don’t invite you to be in their weddings unless they like you a little bit.”O’Neill further defended his coaching style. “I’m a great defensive coach. But what people think is that if you’re a defensive coach, you don’t coach offense, or if you’re an offensive coach you don’t value defense. I value the whole game.”USC returns only one player who averaged more than 18 minutes per game last season: senior guard Dwight Lewis. Junior guard/forward Marcus Simmons and sophomore forwards Nikola Vucevic and Leonard Washington will be the only other returners who contributed last season.Despite that, O’Neill said he expects to compete immediately. “I think we’ve got a good core group of guys,” O’Neill said. “It would be my expectation that, when we hit the practice court, that we’re thinking about nothing short of being in the NCAA Tournament.“This is a competitive group, and I think these guys will play good basketball every single day, I think they’ll work hard, and I think they’ll surprise some people.”As for the ongoing NCAA investigation, it didn’t seem to bother O’Neill much.“I really didn’t care what had happened, and we didn’t get into detail because that’s not my place,” O’Neill said. “I was taking the job no matter what. I wanted the job from the beginning because it’s USC. The fact that there’s an investigation going on never changed my view of the university at all.”Reports have said the earliest any NCAA sanction could come would be October. Until then, the program is left to hope they won’t be too short-handed this season.“We’re in limbo, we don’t know,” Garrett said. “They’re in the process, so are we, and we’re working to get to the point where we can finally come to a resolution.”Garrett stressed, though, that O’Neill — with 12 years of experience as a head coach at the college or pro levels, including stints with Marquette and the Toronto Raptors — was the right man to lead the program out of the shadow of investigation and into a new image.“He’d be a great coach for us any season, let alone what we’re going through now,” Garrett said. “I know he’ll guide us the way we should be guided.”last_img read more

Women’s lacrosse steadily improving

first_imgThe SportsCenter Top 10 plays list is one of the ultimate pinnacles in all of sports. In fact, if I had to list the 10 things I would want to accomplish in sports if I were an elite athlete, making ESPN’s Top 10 list would definitely be one of them — somewhere between striking out Barry Bonds and getting my name engraved on the Stanley Cup.So when I read in the press release from earlier this year that the new offensive coordinator for the USC women’s lacrosse team had once graced that trademark ESPN segment as a player, I knew she was legit.She’s Alyssa Leonard, a former star from the Northwestern women’s lacrosse dynasty, who snuck in at No. 10 on the list with a brilliant behind-the-back shot.But the most impressive parts? She scored it against USC. And only four months before being hired to coach the school she just schooled. The highlight occurred on April 26 last year, when the Wildcats took down the Women of Troy 12-7, during Leonard’s senior season. By late August, she was hired to be a part of USC’s staff.It’s not unusual for USC women’s lacrosse coaches to come from Northwestern, the powerhouse that has won seven national championships since 2005. USC’s head coach Lindsey Munday hails from Northwestern, as did Hilary Bowen, the former offensive coordinator for whom Leonard took over. If the goal is to be the best, you might as well learn from the best.While USC lacrosse is still a couple years from breaking into the upper echelon of national programs, the team has made tremendous progress in only its third competitive season. This year is no exception, as the Women of Troy look like legitimate contenders for a conference championship and an NCAA tournament bid.The 2015 season has featured a seven-game winning streak for the Women of Troy, a program record. The streak included three wins over Mountain Pacific Sports Federation rivals, propelling the team into second place in the conference standings — San Diego State, which hosts the Women of Troy on the last day of the season, sits in first at 4-0.The seven-game winning streak was sandwiched by three tough losses. The Women of Troy open the season against none other than Northwestern inside the Coliseum. USC nearly shocked the lacrosse world and had the Wildcats trailing by seven goals at the start of the game. Northwestern rallied to tie the game in regulation, however, and ultimately pull out a 12-11 win in overtime. The heartbreaking comeback was followed by a tough 7-4 loss at Stony Brook, USC’s worst offensive output of the season. The seven-game winning streak started after the Stony Brook loss and ended this Monday at Boston College after USC fell to the Eagles 16-12.There’s obviously still room for improvement for the team. No. 6 Northwestern, No. 9 Stony Brook and No. 3 BC are the only three ranked teams USC has played this year. Despite the seven-game winning streak, the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association national poll does not have the Women of Troy in the Top 20 because of their struggles against ranked opponents. But the overall performance of the team over the season shows noticeable improvement both from last season and as a program in general.Though the old saying goes that close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades, I think there is something to be said about the fact that USC has played some of the best teams in the country competitively.The Northwestern game in particular shows the potential of the club, even though part of that can likely be attributed to a slow start by the Wildcats in their season opener on the road. Compared to the last time Northwestern faced USC in the Coliseum, when the Wildcats won 18-5 two years ago during USC’s first game in program history, it’s obvious that the program has come a long way in just those three short seasons.The overall numbers on the season also tell an important story about the progress of the team. Not only are the Women of Troy close in games that they’ve lost, but they’re also dominating in games that they’ve won.The Women of Troy are averaging 13.3 goals per game, more than two points better than the 11.5 averaged the year before. USC is also holding opponents to only 7.7 goals a game, about another two-goal improvement from the 9.6 goals a game surrendered last year.The toughest part of the MPSF schedule still remains for the Women of Troy. The three teams to beat USC in conference play last year — Colorado, Denver and Oregon — all have yet to play USC this year. Additionally, USC’s matchup with Stanford, the one ranked MPSF team, is set for later next month.But the Women of Troy look to be in good position to finish in at least sixth place in the conference standings and make the MPSF tournament. The Women of Troy were bounced in the first round of the tournament last year but look capable of running with every team in the conference this year. Winning the tournament would earn USC its first ever NCAA tournament bid, which would be another huge step forward for the national reputation of the program. The Women of Troy are absolutely heading in the right direction, and it’s only a matter of time before they get there. This year’s team still needs to prove it can finish against the best competition for it to be a possibility this season, but the potential to do so definitely seems to be there.Like any program, the eventual goal of the team is to legitimately compete for national titles every year. USC has the resources to do so, as well as arguably the best coaching staff in the county.Munday and Leonard both won two national championships as players at Northwestern, with Munday adding another three as an assistant coach for the Wildcats, so they know what it takes to get there. As cool as seeing herself on SportsCenter must have been, I can bet those two national championship rings rank just a little higher on Leonard’s Top 10 career sports accomplishments.last_img read more