We begin the day on a sad note, the death of Shawn Kuykendall, who has lost his battle with cancer at age 32. From a family with deep soccer roots in the Washington area, Kuykendall starred at Madison High School in Virginia and American University before playing one year for D.C. United and one for the New York Red Bulls.
Kuykendall’s longtime friend, Mike Foss of USA Today, posted this touching piece.
RIP, Shawn. The soccer community — and our community as a whole — will miss you.
*The U.S. women’s national team salvaged a poor Algarve Cup with a 3-0 victory over North Korea in the seventh-place match. In her 200th appearance, Heather O’Reilly scored a late goal. The Americans will face China on April 6 at DSG Park near Denver (5 p.m. ET, no TV) and April 10 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego (11 p.m., NBC Sports Network).
USA: Abby Wambach (Ali Krieger), 11th minute
USA: Abby Wambach (Carli Lloyd), 58
USA: Heather O’Reilly (Carli Lloyd), 88
Jill Loyden; Ali Krieger, Becky Sauerbrunn, Rachel Van Hollebeke, Meghan Klingenberg (Kelley O’Hara 59th); Megan Rapinoe, Morgan Brian, Carli Lloyd, Tobin Heath (Heather O’Reilly 46th); Amy Rodriguez (Christen Press 75th), Abby Wambach.
*Krieger will now join the Washington Spirit for NWSL preseason workouts, which began Monday at Maryland SoccerPlex. The club invited 28 players to training camp. The season opens April 13 against the visiting Western New York Flash.
Goalkeepers: Adelaide Gay (Portland Thorns), Dijana Haracic (Spirit reserves), Ashlyn Harris (Spirit), Lyndse Hokanson (George Mason), Chantel Jones (Spirit).
Defenders: Ali Krieger (Spirit), Robyn Gayle (Spirit), Candace Chapman (Spirit), Cecilie Sandvej (Danish national team), Tori Huster (Spirit), Toni Pressley (Spirit), Shasta Fisher (Virginia), Alexa St Martin (Georgetown), Bianca Sierra (Mexican national team).
Midfielders: Diana Matheson (Spirit), Jordan Angeli (Boston Breakers), Yael Averbuch (U.S. national team), Madeline Barker (Georgia), Jordan Clark (Akron), Crystal Dunn (U.S. national team), Lori Lindsey (Spirit), Meagan Morris (North Carolina), Christine Nairn (Seattle Reign), Kelsey Pardue (Spirit reserves), Jennifer Skogerboe (Spirit reserves), Colleen Williams (Spirit), Zaneta Wyne (New Mexico).
Forwards: Jodie Taylor (Sydney FC), Veronica Perez (Western New York Flash), Danesha Adams (Sky Blue FC), Renae Cuellar (FC Kansas City), Gloria Douglas (Virginia), Caroline Miller (Spirit), Tiffany Weimer (Portland Thorns).
*Well known for their late-match uprisings, the San Jose Earthquakes struck in the waning moments in the first leg of their CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal draw with Toluca. Watch:
*Tonight’s CCL first legs: Sporting Kansas City vs. Cruz Azul (8 p.m. ET, Fox Sports 2, Univision Deportes) and Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Tijuana (10 p.m., Galavision, Fox Soccer Plus).
*Ticket sales for the U.S.-Mexico men’s friendly April 2 outside Phoenix have surpassed 40,000. TV: ESPN2, UniMas at 11 p.m. ET.