The Healthy Way
Unlike other waterproofers in New Jersey, we provide our customers with a streamlined process for all of their waterproofing needs. Our goal is to get to the crux of your home's issues. If we spot signs of water in your basement, we go right to the source of the problem, working hard to fix structural deficiencies to prevent problems like mold growth and foundation damage. We are proud to be New Jersey's one-stop shop for all of your basement waterproofing needs. New Jersey homeowners choose Healthy Way because our experts are friendly, experienced, harworking, and fully certified. We won't rest until your waterproofing problems are solved. Because we specialize in both interior and exterior waterproofing services, you won't have to worry about hiring a laundry list of contractors to correct your moisture problems. Healthy Way provides all-inclusive basement waterproofing in Howell, it's no surprise that New Jersey residents trust Healthy Way to make their homes more livable every day.
The Healthy Way Difference
At Healthy Way, we strive to set ourselves apart from the competition by offering the best basement waterproofing services in New Jersey. We won't be happy with our work until you are 100% satisfied, whether you need a thorough moisture inspection or a large-scale waterproofing project. Our basement waterproofing experts are certified, trained, and have worked on more than 4,000 repairs. They understand that your moisture problems aren't like anybody else's, which is why all of our waterproofing proposals are created specifically for your home. You won't find any "one-size-fits-all" solutions here, and we wouldn't have it any other way.
- Best warranties in the industry
- Free initial inspection
- Full-service basement waterproofing
- Mold remediation
- Foundation repair
- Water management solutions tailored to your unique situation
Once your basement waterproofing project is complete, we make it a point to keep our staff available to address any questions or concerns you may have. Our goal is your 100% satisfaction, from the moment you call our office to schedule an inspection to the time you sign off on our work.
Waterproofing Services in New Jersey
With more than two decades of experience and a team of fully certified and trained waterproofing professionals, there is no waterproofing project in New Jersey that we can't handle. When not addressed, water and moisture problems can cause serious health risks for your family. We're talking buckling walls, sinking foundations, and even toxic mold. With your home's value and your family's health on the line, you must attack these problems head-on, and the best way to do that is by bringing in the Healthy Way team. Some signs of existing water problems in your home can include:
- Signs of rust or oxidation on metal fixtures
- Mildew residue
- Water stains on your foundation's walls and floors
- Erosion of your concrete
- Mineral deposits found on pipes
- Flooded landscaping after heavy rain or snow
- Pooling water around your foundation's interior
- Humidity levels above 60% in your basement or crawlspace
Basement Waterproofing in Howell
Healthy Way has been providing the most trusted, effective basement waterproofing in New Jersey since 2007. Waterproofing your basement is crucial to protecting the value of your home and the safety of your family. That is why we only employ the best, brightest, fully-certified experts, who will treat your home like it was their very own. Taking shortcuts just isn't in our nature. We use innovative technology and time-tested techniques to discover and solve your basement's water-related problems.
Because basement wall leaks and water seepage are often caused by structural issues, external waterproofing is required. While some companies only seal the interior walls of your basement, Healthy Way goes the extra mile to fix your water issues inside and out. That way, your basement leaks stop for good.
Once we find the root of the water issues in your basement, we will get to work on a custom-designed solution that will exceed your basement waterproofing needs.
Our basement waterproofing services in New Jersey help prevent the following problems:
- Mold growth, which can cause serious health hazards for your family
- Basement flooding
- Loss of valuables
- Serious water damage to your home's walls and floors
- Decrease in home value
Don't wait to address the moisture developing in your basement - call Healthy Way today for a customized solution to your water seepage problems.
What Causes Moisture in Your Basement?
It's easy to spot water leaking through a crack in your basement, but most homeowners don't know that there is a potential for water issues without heavy rains or obvious signs of standing water. At Healthy Way, we try to educate our clients on the real causes of water in your basement. Here are two of the most common reasons why you might need basement waterproofing in Howell:
The "Clay Bowl" Effect
It might not be evident on the surface, but many basements are built in a below-grade dip, which is surrounded by backfill. Because backfill is made up of soil that was removed during foundation digging, it creates an empty shape or "bowl" effect. Once the foundation is finished, this loose soil is placed back around the foundation. Unfortunately, soil of this consistency is more absorbent and porous than the undisturbed soil around it, which is hard-packed and less porous. When rain or thunderstorms occurs, the soil closest to your home becomes saturated, putting pressure on your basement walls.
This kind of pressure affects homeowners with property built below the water table or on a hillside where water runs down a hill. When the soil around your foundation becomes saturated, it will expand and put intense pressure on the walls of your foundation and basement. This pressure can create cracks, giving water an easy route into your basement.
How Healthy Way Solves Your Basement Waterproofing Needs
Having a wet basement not only puts your health at risk, it lowers the value of your home and makes it more difficult to sell. The good news? We offer a number of waterproofing services and products to solve your problems fast. A few of our solutions include:
- Sump pumps
- Perimeter drainage systems
- Doorway drainage systems
- High-strength washer hoses
- Floor and wall crack repair
- Replacement windows
- Flood protection for your water heater
When you use Healthy Way for basement waterproofing in New Jersey, you can rest easy knowing that all our systems come with a written, lifetime warranty. This warranty is transferrable, meaning you can re-establish your home's value and give future owners confidence knowing that their new home is protected.
The Healthy Way Basement Waterproofing Process
Because every home is different, your basement waterproofing solution could be vastly different than that of your next-door neighbor. Many factors play a part when it comes to keeping your basement dry and safe for living. As a general rule, we approach each issue with a "prevention over repair" mindset. By taking this stance, we give our clients a more cost-effective, long-term resolution. We're not in the business of putting a "Band-Aid" on your water problem - we want to fix your issue completely, so you don't have to worry about recurring problems. Our effective basement waterproofing systems include a mix of the following strategies:
Interior waterproofing methods usually start with our team ensuring that any holes or cracks in your basement floors, walls, and windows are sealed properly. Sealing cracks in your basement is an important first step since this is usually the first place where water can enter your home. Our sealants keep your basement dry and help prevent more moisture from finding its way into your home. Interior waterproofing strategies like these also help lower humidity levels in your basement. While sealants and other interior waterproofing strategies help correct initial issues, they don't usually solve the underlying problem causing leaks in your basement. Those issues are most often found outside your home.
Once our team is finished with your interior waterproofing, we will move to the exterior of your home. Waterproofing the outside of your home is often a more complex, nuanced goal. Because of the difficult nature of exterior waterproofing, we recommend you consult with our team of professionals before tackling the job on your own. Generally speaking, our team beings the outdoor waterproofing process by excavating the soil around your home's foundation. Once we remove the soil surrounding your foundation, our experts will apply a polymer-based sealant to any cracks we discover. This sealant is a long-term solution and should remain intact for the life of your home. While the Healthy Way team solves your outdoor moisture problems, we will also check your downspouts, to make sure they aren't clogged. An inefficient gutter system does a poor job of directing water away from your home's foundation, which can cause more moisture to seep into your basement over time.
One of the most common reasons that people need basement waterproofing in cityname is because they have a poor drainage system. A proper drainage system is paramount in keeping your basement dry and your family safe. These systems are meant to direct water away from your home and come in many forms, from French Drains to simple systems like ground soil. If you're thinking of installing a complex drainage system, save yourself some time and check the soil around your foundation first to make sure it isn't retaining moisture. If a more complex system like a sump pump is required, it's best to work with certified professionals like those at Healthy Way, to make sure your drainage system is installed correctly.
WHICH WATERPROOFING SOLUTION IS RIGHT FOR ME?
Because every home is different, it's hard to say what kind of waterproofing solution is right for your situation. Most homeowners require a combination of interior and exterior waterproofing. There are dozens of factors that come into play when it comes to waterproofing your home, so the answer to your problem may be different than your neighbor's. The good news is that Healthy Way is fully equipped to handle whatever moisture issue you're having. We will work tirelessly to make certain your basement is dry, mold-free, and safe to enjoy. That way, you can get back to living life rather than worrying about mold growth or foundation damage.Contact Us
GET IT DONE RIGHT, THE FIRST TIME
Other companies may offer temporary or partial solutions. At Healthy Way, we believe in correcting the problem completely, so you save money and have long-term peace of mind. Our goal is to fix your problem to prevent it from coming back, or we won't do the work!
If you require quality basement waterproofing, it all starts with a FREE inspection from our certified waterproofing experts. We will take as much time as you need to find your problem, develop a solution, and walk you through our process step-by-step.
Don't let water leaks and foundation damage create a dangerous environment in your home; contact the experts at Healthy Way today!
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Monmouth Commerce Hearing In Howell Moved To Sept. 15
The hearing on the 1.92M-square-foot warehouse on Randolph Road was postponed after the Planning Board's Sept. 1 meeting was cancelled. HOWELL, NJ — The application of Monmouth Commerce Center, LLC, for preliminary and final major site plan approval with variance relief, has been moved to Sept. 15 before the township Planning Board, the board announced Thursday.The Sept. 1, board meeting was cancelled, according to township website post on Thursday.Other applications on the agenda have not been given new dates as...
The hearing on the 1.92M-square-foot warehouse on Randolph Road was postponed after the Planning Board's Sept. 1 meeting was cancelled.
HOWELL, NJ — The application of Monmouth Commerce Center, LLC, for preliminary and final major site plan approval with variance relief, has been moved to Sept. 15 before the township Planning Board, the board announced Thursday.
The Sept. 1, board meeting was cancelled, according to township website post on Thursday.
Other applications on the agenda have not been given new dates as yet.
The Monmouth Commerce Center application was carried without further notice. The other carried applications will be noticed when dates are set, the township said.
Monmouth Commerce Center, LLC and owners Lawrence Katz and Felix Pflaster, owners, seek to construct five one-story warehouse buildings with office space with 1,192,500 square feet in total, according to the board's agenda.
Residents connected to HOPE, Howell for Open Land and Preservation of the Environment, have cited several concerns about the project's impact on the Randolph Road area on their Facebook site.
In a recent post, some of the history of the application was explained on HOPE's site:
"In 2018, the Monmouth Commerce Center applied to build 1.2M square feet of warehouses on Randolph Road. A resident, Dawn Van Brunt, hired a lawyer and fought it. After 10 Planning Board meetings between may 2019 and January 2020, the Planning Board denied the project," which was later upheld on appeal.
"How was the MCC able to come back? They reapplied to build the warehouses in December 2021, before the Planning Board and Town Council changed the zoning in July 2022," she said. "The MCC is now grandfathered to build these massive warehouses. What could have been done to stop this project? It was simple. The Planning Board and Council could have changed the zoning two years ago and not waited until," Van Brunt said.
According to the Planning Board agenda, the application calls for each building at the Monmouth Commerce Center to contain its own parking and loading stalls to service the building.
Access to the site is provided by four new full movement driveways; two along Randolph Road that will serve as access for both passenger vehicles and tractor trailers, a third on Randolph Road as well as one on Brook Road that will serve for passenger vehicles only.
Additional site improvements consist of lighting, landscaping, aboveground infiltration basins to address storm water management and refuse enclosures.
The applicants are also proposing off-site improvements to extend public water and sanitary sewer mains to the development.
The off-site improvements would also consist of improvements at the Randolph Road and Lakewood Farmingdale Road intersection, including the installation of a traffic signal, full width mill and overlay, storm water inlets along the subject side of Randolph Road and Oak Glen Road, roadway striping within Randolph Road and Oak Glen Road and an 8.5-foot-wide, 21,639-square-foot right-of-way dedication to Howell Township along Randolph Road frontage, as well as a 3,055-square-foot right-of way dedication to Howell Township at the intersection of Oak Glen Road and Brook Road, the agenda says.
Poetry Is Everywhere For Howell Teacher, Even Among The Paint Chips
Bridget Gage-Dixon is a published poet who brings hands-on writing experiences to her students at Howell High School.HOWELL, NJ — For Bridget Gage-Dixon, who teaches creative writing at Howell High School, the rhythm of the school year is reminiscent of the cyclical rhythm of her writing.Gage-Dixon is a poet, recently published in the New Jersey Bards Anthology, who has been drawn to working with words since she was a child.But she is not a poet who writes every day."I write cyclically. I gather mater...
Bridget Gage-Dixon is a published poet who brings hands-on writing experiences to her students at Howell High School.
HOWELL, NJ — For Bridget Gage-Dixon, who teaches creative writing at Howell High School, the rhythm of the school year is reminiscent of the cyclical rhythm of her writing.
Gage-Dixon is a poet, recently published in the New Jersey Bards Anthology, who has been drawn to working with words since she was a child.
But she is not a poet who writes every day.
"I write cyclically. I gather material and then I write," she says of her own creative habits.
Gage-Dixon has found time to write all her busy life. In fact, even before she could write, she would refashion the fairy tales her mother read to her: "I would tell her that the story wasn't right; that something else should happen," she recalls.
Growing up in Middlesex County, she entered the competitive Middlesex County Arts High School. Then she diverged into family life, with marriage, adopting two sons and having a daughter. When they were a little older, she pursued college at Ocean County College and then Stockton University in Galloway Township, recommended there by one of her OCC teachers who knew the school's poetry program included a residence by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Stephen Dunn.
Living in Jackson and still raising her family, she would drive an hour and a half to Stockton. But it was worth it, she said.
Dunn was "an amazing mentor," she said, with whom she studied for two semesters. She also studied under his protege, B.J. Ward.
Gage-Dixon, who is going into her 18th year as a teacher for the Freehold Regional High School District that includes Howell High School, started her teaching career through the alternate route to certification. While accomplishing that, and getting a full-time subbing position, she received a Master's in Fine Arts from the Stonecoast program at the University of Southern Maine, again studying under accomplished poets. She was able to work for her MFA not online but by mail, she says, in the midst of her certification as a teacher. In addition, there were certain periods of time when she had to be in attendance at the program.
In her role at Howell High School, she teaches certain Creative Writing, Junior Honors and International Baccalaureate classes.
And this is where we get to the paint chips.
In one hands-on lesson, Gage-Dixon has her students choose five paint chips with names that might inspire them, such as "Lush Sunset."
"I try to teach the students to be concrete in their words and apply that to poetry and all their writing," she says.
In this exercise, the students take paper and glue and write around the imaginative and often unlikely paint chip names, creating their own verse.
For her own poetry and that of her students, Gage-Dixon writes in free verse. The poetry of meter and couplet is actually a niche area of modern poetry, she said, and free verse is the prevailing method.
She exposes the students to poetry they can relate to, she says, such as a poem about a girl who likes to play the tuba, or a poem about someone who forgot to feed the pet gerbil.
Students also participate in the Poetry Out Loud competition in which students have to memorize a poem and deliver it. The competition first takes place within the local school, then regionally in the county and then at the state level. Howell has been participating in the program for two years, and Gage-Dixon says they have done very well in such a short time. She also has her students choose a poem to read with the class every day during National Poetry Month in April, along with coming up with guided questions for discussion of the poem.
Gage-Dixon's own writing can be contemplative or observational, she says. And it has been gaining attention. An anthology of her poems, Breach, is currently available for pre-sales at Finishing Line Press. And she was nominated for a Pushcart Prize, an American literary prize that honors the best poetry, short fiction, essays or other literary works published in the small presses the previous year.
Her contemplative poem "Jersey City Midnight" was recently included in the New Jersey Bards Anthology of New Jersey-specific poems. It was inspired by a rooftop visit to her daughter's Jersey City apartment building one summer. The poem is reprinted here with her permission:
"Jersey City Midnight"
"Nothing is lost in this strange city its clear membrane of sleep fluttering against the skyline. Poverties dissolve across its streets inside its unkempt houses. A rich man’s name is printed in large letters across the river, here a simple stone church. The delicate apparatus of need scarcely hidden by wire and wine-dark sky. The jails are full of the redeemed descending into sleep, as housewives huddle beside the men constantly evading them. Children dream of rooty paths, of withering limbs they’ll climb up to the shadowless sun."
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Great Season Predicted for Roxbury High School Sports
ROXBURY, NJ – Roxbury High School sports fans can expect an exciting year of good competition, starting Saturday with the first football game of the season, said Roxbury High School Athletic Director Stuart Mason.“Our marching band and fall sports programs have had a great preseason,” he said. “I have been impressed with how hard our students have been working, and the energy that our coaches are bringing every day. I can't wait for the games and competitions to begin.”The first football...
ROXBURY, NJ – Roxbury High School sports fans can expect an exciting year of good competition, starting Saturday with the first football game of the season, said Roxbury High School Athletic Director Stuart Mason.
“Our marching band and fall sports programs have had a great preseason,” he said. “I have been impressed with how hard our students have been working, and the energy that our coaches are bringing every day. I can't wait for the games and competitions to begin.”
The first football battle is a 1 p.m. away game that pits the Gaels against Morris Knolls, a team that Roxbury hasn’t beaten in at least five years. In his first year as head coach, Ryan Roumes will look to a pair of senior captains for leadership.
“Alex Maldonado will be running the ball on offense and keeping opponents in check on defense as a safety,” Mason said. “Tyler Kopp worked incredibly hard this offseason in the weight room and will be counted on as part of both the defensive and offensive lines.”
Returning as quarterback will be Anthony Skawinsky. He will look to fellow juniors Matt Rattay, Colin Richter and Jahmani Miller to help him get the ball in the endzone.
“On the sidelines of the football game, Roxbury continues its tradition as one of the best cheer programs in Morris County,” Mason said. This year the fall cheer program consists of 47 athletes led by senior captains Angelina Marasco, Gizelle Castaneda and Kailey Cowan. The cheerleaders have been working hard all summer to put together difficult stunts and exciting routines, said the athletic director.
The marching band begins its season on Sept. 24 at the high school with a show titled "Toxic" that features music from Brittney Spears and the Imagine Dragons. Mason said the show “is one of the most challenging in recent memory.”
He said senior drum majors Sean Feeney and Mikayla Provenzano are leading a group “which will certainly be drawing praises from the judges this fall.” Additionally, The Roxbury Sound will continue to entertain the crowds at football game halftimes with numbers from the Jackson 5 and Bruno Mars.
Another first-year leader for the Gaels is tennis coach Rob Doyle. Mason said the coach is counting on senior and four-year letter winner Alexa Wanamaker to help improve last year's tennis record. Sophomore Bella McHugh will be first singles when the girls tennis team opens against Mount Olive on Sept. 6.
On the gymnastics front, Mason noted that Coach Caitlin Gluck's team, which finished second in both the conference and state section championship, is returning several talented gymnasts. Senior captains Ella Yarznbowicz and Madison Hanson will get help from returning conference all-around champion Kaleigh Howell, a sophomore, in their quest for the young program's second state championship.
Last year's NJAC Champion boys soccer team is hoping to repeat under new head coach Kevin Franco, according to Mason. “Senior captains Aiden Metz and Gabe Ruittenberg will be counted on to put the ball in the back of the net,” he said. “On defense, seniors Alex Vish and Tim Wilk anchor a defense that expects to be challenged during the Gaels difficult schedule.”
The girls soccer team has had one of the best pre-seasons in recent years led by senior captains Kelly McDonald and Vanessa Suarez, said the athletic director. “Talented Juliana Osterman, a junior, is expected to be involved in the goal scoring and junior Aislyn Rivera will be in goal for the Gaels,” Mason reported. They will take on Pope John at home on Sept. 8 to start the season.
The volleyball team begins the season ranked eighth in the state. Seniors Victoria Latina, Lorie Horta and Tayla O'Connor will lead a squad hoping to repeat as Morris County and State Section Champions. Their first match of the year against West Morris on Sept. 8 could have conference implications.
“Our Fall 2021 team finished 24-5, winning the Morris County Tournament Championship and the North I, Group III Sectional Championship,” said coach Anthony McMichael. “This fall, with many returning starters, we will run a dynamic offense run through Latino, O’Connor and O’Connor. We play one of New Jersey’s toughest schedules, and we expect to compete with New Jersey’s best teams. Roxbury will compete for the Morris County Championship, the Division Championship and the Group III Championship.”
2022 will be McMichael’s seventh season as head coach. His overall record at Roxbury is 101-50.
Coach Derek Bischoff's cross country runners “are looking for a fast start” in their home invitational on Sept. 10 at Horseshoe Lake, Mason said. Junior Madison Gargiulo and sebuir Gabby Daskalova are expected to be at the front of the pack for the girls. Newcomer Elizabeth Harrington, a senior, is expected to contribute right away. Junior Jared Weiss “leads an inexperienced but determined group of boys looking to build on a strong 2021 campaign,” Mason said.
The field hockey team has “excellent upperclassman leadership” this season, observed the athletic director. Seniors Kendra Sparano, Maddie Marchese and Kaleigh Maloy and Junior Catie Colatrella are directing a team that plans to be very competitive this fall, he said. The first home game for the Gaels is Sept. 10 against Morris Knolls.
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USWNT Returns To Action With Match Against Nigeria
Watch USA-Nigeria on Saturday, September 3 at 1 p.m. ET on FOXAfter qualifying for both the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup and the 2024 Summer Olympics at the 2022 Concacaf W Championship this summer in Monterrey Mexico, the U.S. Women’s National Team returns to the field on Saturday, taking on Nigeria on September 3 at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas. The match kicks off at 1:30 p.m. ET / 12:30 p.m. CT with broadcast coverage beginning at 1 p.m. ET / Noon CT on FOX.After the conclusion of the match ...
Watch USA-Nigeria on Saturday, September 3 at 1 p.m. ET on FOX
After qualifying for both the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup and the 2024 Summer Olympics at the 2022 Concacaf W Championship this summer in Monterrey Mexico, the U.S. Women’s National Team returns to the field on Saturday, taking on Nigeria on September 3 at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas. The match kicks off at 1:30 p.m. ET / 12:30 p.m. CT with broadcast coverage beginning at 1 p.m. ET / Noon CT on FOX.
After the conclusion of the match in Kansas City, the USA will close out its two-game set with Nigeria in Washington, D.C. in a match presented by Allstate. The teams will meet again at Audi Field, home of the Washington Spirit of the National Women’s Soccer League, on Tuesday, September 6, at 6 p.m. ET on ESPN2.
GOALKEEPERS (3): Aubrey Kingsbury (Washington Spirit; 1), Casey Murphy (North Carolina Courage; 8), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars; 83)
DEFENDERS (6): Alana Cook (OL Reign; 14/0), Emily Fox (Racing Louisville FC; 17/0), Naomi Girma (San Diego Wave FC; 6/0), Sofia Huerta (OL Reign; 19/0), Hailie Mace (Kansas City Current; 3/0), Becky Sauerbrunn (Portland Thorns FC; 207/0)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Sam Coffey (Portland Thorns FC; 0/0), Savannah DeMelo (Racing Louisville; 0/0), Lindsey Horan (Olympique Lyon, FRA; 116/25), Taylor Kornieck (San Diego Wave FC; 5/1), Rose Lavelle (OL Reign; 78/21), Kristie Mewis (NJ/NY Gotham FC; 44/7), Ashley Sanchez (Washington Spirit; 13/3), Andi Sullivan (Washington Spirit; 32/3)
FORWARDS (6): Ashley Hatch (Washington Spirit; 11/4), Alex Morgan (San Diego Wave FC; 196/118), Mallory Pugh (Chicago Red Stars; 78/24), Midge Purce (NJ/NY Gotham FC; 19/4), Megan Rapinoe (OL Reign; 192/62), Sophia Smith (Portland Thorns FC; 21/8)
Twenty-one of the 23 players on this roster a part of the roster that helped the USA win the 2022 Concacaf W Championship in Mexico. Defender Kelley O’Hara and forward Trinity Rodman, who both featured in the USA’s successful five-game run in Monterrey, were also initially named to the roster but O’Hara was later ruled out of camp due to a lingering hip injury while Rodman withdrew due to a family commitment. They were replaced by defender Hailie Mace and midfielder Savannah DeMelo. Defender Crystal Dunn, who gave birth to her son Marcel on May 20, is also in camp for training as she continues her return to fitness but will not feature in the matches.
The 2022 U.S. Women’s National Team Media Guide is available for download. The Media Guide features all the history and statistic for the USWNT, as well as full bios on technical staff and the current top players, information on the USA’s Youth Women’s National Teams and general important information on U.S. Soccer.
The USA and Nigeria are set to meet for the second time in two years, though this will be just the seventh matchup all-time between the nations and only the second such meeting in a friendly match. The first five matchups between the USA and Nigeria all came at world championship events, with four meetings at the Women’s World Cup (1999, 2003, 2007 and 2015) and one at the Olympics (2000).
Apart from a 7-1 win in the first ever meeting between the teams – which came in group play at the 1999 Women’s World Cup – and a 5-0 victory for the Americans in the 2003 World Cup group stage, the majority of the meetings between these two countries have been tightly contested. The USA defeated Nigeria, 3-1, at the 2000 Olympics and registered a pair of 1-0 group stage wins over the Super Falcons at both the 2007 and 2015 World Cups.
The most recent matchup between the two sides came on June 16, 2021, in Austin, Texas, as the teams met in the first-ever soccer match at Austin’s FC’s spectacular Q2 Stadium. Christen Press scored the first-ever goal in that venue and Lynn Williams added a score off a counterattack for the 2-0 win for the Americans. The USA out-shot Nigeria 15-7 in that match, though only six of the 23 players on this roster saw action in that 2021 match against the Super Falcons.
The USWNT has a perfect record against African opposition, defeating Nigeria six times in six meetings and South Africa twice in two games. The USWNT has kept clean sheets in each of its last six games against CAF foes.
The USWNT has several Kansas City connections on its roster for the match at Children’s Mercy Park with no one more intertwined with the city than head coach Vlatko Andonovski, who has been a Kansas City resident for 18 years. Andonovski first came to Kansas City to play professional indoor soccer with the Kansas City Comets and also five years as head coach of FC Kansas City (2013-2017), who he led to back-to-back NWSL Championships in 2014 and 2015. Two players on this USA roster played for Andonovski on FC Kanas City in team captain Becky Sauerbrunn and midfielder Kristie Mewis. Mace, who is looking to earn her first caps with the USWNT since 2018, presently plays for the Kansas City Current who are in the midst of a 12-game unbeaten streak.
With the opening match of the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup less than a year away, 22 teams have already qualified for the tournament, which has been expanded to now feature 32 teams, up from 24 in both 2015 and 2019. The nations that have already punched their tickets Down Under are co-hosts Australia and New Zealand, South Korea, Japan, China PR, Philippines and Vietnam from Asia, and Sweden, France, Denmark and Spain from Europe, the USA, Costa Rica, Canada and Jamaica from Concacaf, Zambia, Morocco, Nigeria and South Africa from Africa and Brazil, Colombia and Argentina from South America. This will be the first Women’s World Cup at any level the Philippines and Vietnam, who qualified through the AFC Asian Women’s Cup, as well as Morocco and Zambia, who qualified through the Africa Women’s Cup of Nations. Still to be filled are seven remaining slots from Europe and three slots from the 10-team playoff tournament that will feature two teams from Asia (Chinese Taipei and Thailand), two from Africa (Cameroon and Senegal), two from Concacaf (Haiti and Panama), two from South America (Chile and Paraguay), one from Oceania (Papua New Guinea) and one from Europe.
The USA has qualified for its ninth consecutive FIFA Women’s World Cup, having played in every tournament since the competition’s inception in 1991 and winning a record four titles. Brazil, Japan, Sweden and Nigeria have also qualified for a ninth Women’s World Cup and German and Norway can join that group as well if they successfully qualify for Australia/New Zealand.
The draw for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup will be held on October 22 in Auckland as all the competing nations will find out their first round schedules and path through the tournament.
The USA also qualified for an eighth consecutive Summer Olympics by virtue of its 1-0 win over Canada in the Concacaf W Championship final. The USA, Sweden and Brazil are the only nations to appear in every edition of the Olympic Women’s Football Tournament since its inception in 1996.
After playing all five games of the 2022 Concacaf W Championship in Monterrey, Mexico, the USA returns to action on home soil with a 69-game home unbeaten streak, which includes 62 wins and seven draws and has now spanned more than five years. During this home unbeaten streak, the USA has outscored its opponents 260-28, including a 127-2 margin during its last 30 matches at home, all of which have been wins save for the 0-0 draws with Czech Republic on Feb. 17 and with Korea Republic on Oct. 21, 2021. This is the second-longest home unbeaten streak in USWNT history, the longest lasting 104 games from December of 2004 to December of 2015.
The USA also enters the two-game series against Nigeria on an 11-game win streak, dating back to its second match of the year against New Zealand. During the 11-game winning streak, the USA has outscored its opposition 46-1 and has kept eight consecutive clean sheets. The current eight-game shutout streak is the team’s longest since keeping eight consecutive clean sheets to open 2020 while the current 11-game win streak is the USA’s second-longest win streak in Andonovski’s tenure.
With less than a year until the start of the 2023 World Cup in New Zealand and Australia, Saturday’s matchup against the Super Falcons kicks off a fall of high-profile matches for the USA. Following the games against Nigeria, who has also qualified for the World Cup 2023, the top-ranked Americans will travel across the pond for an October 7 meeting against recently crowned European Champions England at historic Wembley Stadium.
England won the 2022 UEFA Women’s EURO in historic fashion at Wembley Stadium on July 31, defeating Germany, 2-1, in overtime on a goal from forward Chloe Kelly in front of a record-setting crowd of 87,192 fans. Tickets for USA-England, as many as 80,000 of them, sold out in less than a day and the crowd will be the largest to ever watch the USWNT in a friendly match. The USA-England match is subject to England securing its FIFA Women’s World Cup qualification during the September international window, which they are very likely to do. England just needs to earn a point away against nearest group rivals Austria on Saturday, September 3 or, failing that, a victory at home over Luxembourg on Tuesday, September 6, to confirm their spot in Australia and New Zealand next summer. This will be the USWNT’s first visit to Wembley Stadium since the gold medal match at the 2012 Olympic Games, a 2-1 victory for the USA over Japan, and the first-ever meeting between the United States and England Women’s National Teams at London’s green cathedral of soccer
IN FOCUS: NIGERIA | FIVE THINGS TO KNOW Current FIFA World Ranking: 46
CAF Ranking: 1
FIFA Country Code: NGA
2023 World Cup Qualifying: Qualified through WAFCON (4th-place finish)
World Cup appearances: 8 (1991, 1995, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011, 2015, 2019)
Best World Cup Finish: Quarterfinals (1999)
Record vs. USA: 0-6-0
Last Meeting vs. USA: June 16, 2021 (USA won, 2-0 in Austin, Texas)
Goalkeepers (2): 16-Chiamaka Nnadozie (Paris F.C, FRA), 1-Christy Ohiaeriaku (Edo Queens F.C.)
Defenders (7): 3-Osinachi Ohale (Deportivo Alaves, ESP), 8-Rofiat Adenike Imuran (Rivers Angels F.C.), 11-Akudo Ogbonna (Edo Queens F.C.), 17-Nicole Payne (West Virginia University, USA), 4-Glory Ogbonna (ALG Spor, TUR), 12-Michelle Alozie (Houston Dash, USA), 5-Blessing Demehin (Rivers Angel F.C.)
Midfielders (6): 7-Toni Payne (Sevilla F.C, ESP), 13-Christy Ucheibe (SL Benfica, POR), 10-Amanda Mbadi (Atasehir Belediyespor, TUR), 18-Onyi Echegini (Florida State University, USA), 19-Deborah Abiodun (Rivers Angel F.C.), 20-Esther Onyenezide (FC Robo Queens)
Forwards (5): 6-Uchenna Kanu (Tigres UANL, MEX), 15-Rasheedat Ajibade (Atletico Madrid, ESP), 14-Vivian Ikechukwu (FC Gintra, LTU), 2-Gift Monday (FC Robo Queens F.C), 9-Ifeoma Onumonu (NJ/NY Gotham FC, USA)
Travel & Leisure Says These Are the Best Small Towns in NJ
If you’re from New Jersey, you know our beautiful state is filled with charming small towns known for great food, shopping, nature trails, shorelines and much more. Travel & Leisure recently gave props to 12 of the best small towns in the state. “The Garden State is teeming with charming locales, many of which tend to fly under the radar,” the website says. We agree. Here are...
If you’re from New Jersey, you know our beautiful state is filled with charming small towns known for great food, shopping, nature trails, shorelines and much more. Travel & Leisure recently gave props to 12 of the best small towns in the state. “The Garden State is teeming with charming locales, many of which tend to fly under the radar,” the website says. We agree. Here are Travel & Leisure‘s picks for the 12 best small towns in NJ:
What’s this borough in Ocean County best known for? It’s either its beautiful shoreline, small population or the menu (and view!) at Charlie’s of Bay Head. The Vintage Automobile Museum of New Jersey and the New Jersey Museum of Boating make for great day trips. Mark your calendar for next year, because Bay Head’s annual Art in the Park every June is a big draw.
Cranbury is the quintessential small town. Many overlook it because Princeton is its neighbor, but walking along Main Street makes you feel as if you’ve been transported to a different time (The Cranbury Inn dates back to 1780). The Cranbury Museum is a great place to learn about the local history. Throughout the year, there are craft shows, farmers’ markets and a Fourth of July celebration that could rival any big town.
The Borough of Flemington uses “loveflemington” as its website address for good reason: this small town has a calendar packed with events all year long. If you’re not too spooked, join a ghost walk tour this fall. Northlandz is home to the world’s largest miniature railroad and the Flemington Castle Museum dates back to 1756. There are car shows every week through Labor Day. Music is important to this area, as the Central Jersey Jazz Fest stops by on Sept. 9.
Lambertville is NJ’s answer to PA’s neighboring New Hope. It’s a beautiful town with lots of shops and eateries to walk through on a beautiful day. Plus, you can walk across the bridge that connects the two for added fun. The Lambertville Station Restaurant and Inn is a popular dinner spot and hotel, and it will host a Fall Fest on Oct. 8 and 9. Howell Living History Farm holds programs throughout the year, such as maple sugaring, sawmilling, potato planting and wheat harvesting, including both on-site and virtual programs for kids.
A great mark of a great small town is its farmers’ markets, craft shows and street fairs and Millburn has it all! The Paper Mill Playhouse hosts live shows and performances and attracts theater fans from all over the state. In the downtown area, you’ll find more than 180 shops and restaurants, including the famed Millburn Deli.
Montclair, often called the sixth borough of NYC, has a bustling downtown filled with restaurants and shops we love. The Wellmont Theater has an impressive lineup of shows and concerts and Montclair is also known for being home to the uber sophisticated boutique hotel, The George, owned by makeup and business entrepreneur and Montclair resident Bobbi Brown. Be careful if you walk past Just Kidding Around — your kids will want to spend all day (and all your money) in the toy store. Wander through thousands of flowers at Van Vleck Home & Gardens. Come in late October for the Montclair Film Festival.
Red Bank has a great mix of family-friendly places, top-tier restaurants and fun nightlife spots, making it perfect for daytime street fairs or a night out. There are beautiful views of the Navesink River (you can spot a house owned by Jon Bon Jovi) or walk along the waterfront at Riverside Gardens Park. Relive your childhood by taking the kids to Yestercades, a retro-inspired arcade; Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash, a comic book store owned by filmmaker and Red Bank resident Kevin Smith; or Jack’s Record Shoppe. During the day, stop at the Cheese Cave. At night, take in a show at the Count Basie Center for the Arts. Make a dinner reservation at Buona Sera, one of the best Italian restaurants in the area.
Ridgewood has lots of cute shops, such as Pazzazed and its NJ-inspired treasures, or Bookends, one of the state’s best indie bookstores. Style lovers won’t want to miss a visit to Envy, a boutique owned by the Real Housewives of New Jersey’s Melissa Gorga, Apricot Lane, Suite 201 or Fox’s. The Bergen County village is known for its eclectic mix of restaurants and eateries. Stella Artisan is a favorite Italian spot and it’s just down the road from Felina, consistently ranked one of the best restaurants in NJ. Just this week, a new rooftop bar opened above Felina. The village is also known for hosting free outdoor concerts and movies all summer. Don’t miss the Fall Craft Street Fair on Sept. 18 or Oktoberfest on Oct. 8 and 9. Visit the Ridgewood Historical Society & Schoolhouse Museum to learn what life was like for early residents of Bergen County.
Spring Lake is nicknamed “The Jewel of the Jersey Shore” for a good reason: its beaches are clean, quiet and in stark contrast to the hustle-and-bustle of nearby Belmar. Spend the day relaxing on the beach listening to the sound of ocean waves, or head to the boardwalk area or Third Avenue for some shopping. Hoffman’s Ice Cream & Yogurt is a favorite place to cool down with some sweet treats.
The Tenafly Nature Center is a beautiful place to bring the kids and spend the afternoon. Greenbrook Falls boasts a gorgeous waterfall, with views of the NYC skyline on one side, and the Palisades cliffs on the other. Mochinut is home to a new craze, mochi donuts, topped with soft serve to make an even more irresistible treat. Huyler Park, located in the heart of downtown, is a great place to listen to live music in the summer.
Not to be overshadowed by its sister city, Cape May, West Cape May has its own beautiful beaches. You can marvel at the beautiful Victorian architecture. Enjoy a day lounging at the Willow Creek Winery & Farm. Plus, where else on the East Coast – or maybe anywhere – can you go to a Lima Bean Festival?
Mystery. The Addams Family. Bovella’s. OK, so one of these things is not like the other, but they still all define the attraction of Westfield and why so many are drawn to this charming town with a bustling downtown. AddamsFest is a yearly event dedicated to Charles Addams, the cartoonist who created The Addams Family. Bovella’s Pastry Shoppe is well known for, well, everything. We’d recommend stopping there after eating at Ferraro’s, though you may not have room after dining at this Italian staple.