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For U.S. women, a world at their feet

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- There is more at stake than mere global soccer supremacy when the U.S. and Japan meet in the Women's World Cup final Sunday.

For a generation of U.S. players, led by star forward Abby Wambach, the game will provide one last chance at a title that has eluded the Americans for 16 years.

For troubled goalkeeper Hope...Read more

For Abby Wambach, Women's World Cup title is about all that's missing

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VANCOUVER, Canada -- There are certain dates you never forget.

Wedding days, birthdays, tax day.

But the one seared into Abby Wambach's mind was born of disappointment and despair.

July 17, 2011.

That was the day the U.S. twice blew late leads before losing a penalty-kick shootout to Japan in the only Women's World Cup final Wambach has ...Read more

Chile win Copa America with penalty shootout victory over Argentina

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SANTIAGO, Chile -- Hosts Chile won the Copa America Saturday to lift the first major trophy in their history, beating Argentina 4-1 in the penalty shootout.

The score remained 0-0 after 120 minutes, triggering the penalty shootout. Gonzalo Higuain and Ever Banega missed their shots for Argentina in Santiago's National Stadium after Lionel Messi...Read more

US vs. Japan: How they match up in Women's World Cup final

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A quick look at who has the edge in Sunday's Women's World Cup final:

Attacking: Japan's passing game is the best in the world and it will give the U.S. fits. Plus, the Japanese share the scoring as much as they share the ball, with captain Aya Miyama the only player to score more than one of the team's nine goals. Yet despite all that movement...Read more

U.S. vs. Japan: How they match up in Women's World Cup final

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US VS. JAPAN

A quick look at who has the edge in Sunday's Women's World Cup final:

Attacking: Japan's passing game is the best in the world and it will give the U.S. fits. Plus, the Japanese share the scoring as much as they share the ball, with captain Aya Miyama the only player to score more than one of the team's nine goals. Yet despite all...Read more

Women's World Cup team providing new sports heroes for youth, just like '99

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Any resemblance of nationwide popularity in professional women's soccer in the United States was born in 1999, the second Brandi Chastain buried her penalty kick to win the World Cup on home soil against China.

That moment, as well as the celebration that followed, is still an iconic image in American sports, not just women's sports. Chastain, ...Read more

Early criticism of Jill Ellis turns to awe as U.S. reaches World Cup final

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VANCOUVER, Canada -- Two weeks ago, Jill Ellis was anything but a genius.

As her U.S. team struggled through group play at the Women's World Cup, the coach was being called unprepared, uncreative and unresponsive.

And those were the compliments.

Then, after a second-round win over Colombia, Michelle Akers, a two-time world champion, went on ...Read more

Christie Rampone has big US finish in mind at Women's World Cup

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VANCOUVER, Canada -- Christie Rampone was a fresh-faced 24-year-old when she played in her first Women's World Cup in 1999. And the U.S. won.

But the Americans haven't won another since. So Rampone, now a 40-year-old mother of two, figures a victory in this year's title game Sunday with Japan would be a fitting finale.

"That would be an ...Read more

Ticket prices soar, then drop for World Cup final

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Ticket broker Anthony Beyrouti has done deals surrounding some of the biggest sports events his hometown of Vancouver, British, Columbia, has seen.

And Beyrouti, president of Venue Kings, is stunned by ticket prices for Sunday's Women's World Cup final between the United States and Japan. Most prices nearly doubled overnight after the United ...Read more

Women's World Cup: Talk of 'the 99ers' inspires US team to be 'the 15ers'

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- There's a shadow hanging over the U.S. team as it prepares for Sunday's Women's World Cup final with Japan.

It's big and it's dark but it's been there so long, many outsiders hardly notice it anymore. Inside the American team, however, the shadow of 1999 is inescapable.

That's the last time the U.S. won a World ...Read more

US could get individual honors too

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- The big prize the U.S. will be looking to claim Sunday is the four-pound Women's World Cup trophy, something the Americans haven't held since 1999.

But that won't be the only piece of hardware the Americans could win. Defender Julie Johnston and midfielders Megan Rapinoe and Carli Lloyd are all on the eight-woman ...Read more

Carli Lloyd maintains focus amid star turn

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For years, intense meditation has been part of Carli Lloyd's soccer game, as important as all of her emphasis on fitness. Getting alone in a room, finding the moment, the big moment in a game, conjuring up scenarios that include the ball on her foot.

On Tuesday night when she was about to take a penalty kick in the 69th minute, a Women's World ...Read more

Johnston thanks US teammates

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MONTREAL -- Julie Johnston has been an integral part of a solid U.S. defense that has given up only 13 shots on goal, and only one goal, in six Women's World Cup games.

So when she made her first massive mistake of the tournament in a semifinal game against Germany on Tuesday, Johnston's teammates rallied to her side.

"It's a team sport and ...Read more

Carli Lloyd leads U.S. into Women's World Cup final

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MONTREAL -- For three weeks the U.S. has been looking to put its stamp on this Women's World Cup. Tuesday it fell to Carli Lloyd to make that happen.

Lloyd didn't miss the chance, scoring one goal on a penalty kick and setting up the other in a 2-0 semifinal victory over top-ranked Germany that sends the Americans to a World Cup final for a ...Read more

Germany and US will clash in matchup of world's best women's teams

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On paper, Tuesday's World Cup showdown between Germany and the U.S. is a classic matchup between the two best teams in the world -- one an unstoppable force, the other an immovable object.

Consider their histories:

-- They are the only two countries to win multiple Women's World Cup titles.

-- Germany has been the best offensive team in this ...Read more

Hope Solo's World Cup: Strong in the goal, silent to the media

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MONTREAL -- It's been a quiet Women's World Cup for Hope Solo.

On the field, the U.S. goalkeeper has been called on to make just 11 saves in five games. And off the field, she's been all but inaudible, answering just three questions after giving up a goal in the opening match.

She hasn't answered another question nor allowed another goal since...Read more

Abby Wambach uses her words and U.S. uses its skills to beat China 1-0

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OTTAWA -- Abby Wambach played just four minutes Friday. She didn't score a goal. She didn't even take a shot.

Yet she may have been as responsible as any member of the U.S. team for the Americans' 1-0 victory over China in a quarterfinal of the Women's World Cup at sold-out TD Place.

Coming back onto the field after a scoreless first half ...Read more

Pressure has lifted off of China

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OTTAWA -- China was a powerhouse through the first six Women's World Cups, reaching the quarterfinals each time and nearly winning the title in 1999, when it lost to the U.S. on penalty kicks.

But after failing to qualify for the last tournament, as well as for the 2012 Olympic Games, China cleaned house, bringing in a new coach in the youthful...Read more

Clint Dempsey suspended from US Open Cup for at least two years, fined

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Sounders forward Clint Dempsey has been suspended for a total of six U.S. Open Cup matches or the next two years of the competition -- whichever is greater -- and fined an undisclosed amount, the federation announced Thursday.

Dempsey's punishment stems from his actions in extra time of Seattle's 3-1 loss to Portland last Tuesday at Starfire ...Read more

Carli Lloyd confident US can end Women's World Cup offensive slump

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OTTAWA, Ontario -- Carli Lloyd continues to believe the U.S. will snap out of the scoring slump that has plagued it throughout the Women's World Cup.

"I've got full confidence in everyone, faith in everyone, that we'll eventually find our rhythm," she said Wednesday.

"Our best is yet to come."

But will it come too late?

The U.S., which has ...Read more