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'This is what it should be like': At World Cup, former US women's star envisions new era for sport

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Shannon Higgins-Cirovski won four NCAA women's soccer titles at North Carolina and the 1989 Hermann Trophy, given to the sport's best player. She assisted the legendary Michelle Akers on both of her goals in the 1991 Women's World Cup final, when the Americans first conquered the globe. She appeared in 51 games for the United States before ...Read more

In changing the face of soccer, Latinas keep eyes on the prize

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LOS ANGELES -- It's a steamy Saturday morning in Norco, and the girls from downtown are flying.

April Flores streaks downfield, smoothly passes the ball to Nayelli Barahona, who kicks it over to Michelle Bracamonte, who boots a 20-yard laser past a diving goalkeeper.

They leap, they hug, they squeal, and four minutes later, they win. The game ...Read more

Billie Jean King adds her voice to the USWNT's equal pay fight

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LOS ANGELES -- Moments after the U.S. women's national soccer team won the World Cup in France, a familiar chant began to rain down from the crowd at Parc Olympique Lyonnais.

"Equal pay! Equal pay!"

It was an appropriate chant given the disparity in compensation for the U.S. women's team, winner of back-to-back World Cups and four-time World ...Read more

Ex-UCLA star McCall Zerboni was cut from US team but has helped women's soccer grow in pros

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LOS ANGELES -- She watched on television from hotel rooms and restaurants, or on a laptop while slouched on her couch. McCall Zerboni was filled with joy yet conflicted with jealousy. Ecstatic for her country but tortured because, as one of the final cuts from the U.S. team, she wasn't part of the Women's World Cup.

"It's been sad and ...Read more

Trump doesn't seem to remember inviting the USWNT to the White House

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Hours after the U.S. women's national team won their second straight World Cup title, President Donald Trump offered high praise and congratulations to the squad but expressed uncertainty about a White House invite for the players and coaches.

"We haven't really thought about it," Trump told reporters Sunday. "We will look at that, certainly." ...Read more

Women's soccer World Cup win puts gender pay gap on broader stage

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When the U.S. women's soccer team notched its fourth World Cup win Sunday in Lyon, France, the crowd engaged in an unusual and sustained celebratory chant: "equal pay."

The team's 2-0 victory over the Netherlands garnered strong TV ratings on Fox and tremendous social media buzz, demonstrating a popularity and success that their counterparts on...Read more

Michelle Kaufman: Women's World Cup: Winners, losers and final thoughts on equal pay

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Twenty years ago, as interest began to swell for the 1999 Women's World Cup, I suggested to an editor that it would be a good idea to cover the late-round games. His response: Nobody cares about women's soccer.

A few weeks later, when it was announced that the 90,000-seat Rose Bowl was sold out for the final and late-night TV hosts were jumping...Read more

What's next for the U.S. women's team after its World Cup win?

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LYON, France – The games are over and the celebration has just begun for the newly crowned Women's World Cup champions. And while the hard work remains of consolidating what the U.S. won on its unbeaten run through the deepest field ever assembled for a women's soccer tournament, the players appear content to let that wait.

For now.

"This is...Read more

Women's World Cup: Will U.S. victory tour include coach Jill Ellis?

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LYON, France – The newly minted Women's World Cup champions will begin a multigame victory tour Aug. 3 in Pasadena provided the Rose Bowl board, which will meet Monday, approves a proposal for the game.

"The Rose Bowl is thrilled at the potential of hosting the opening match of the victory tour of the World Cup champions," said Darryl Dunn, ...Read more

US fulfills its promise with emotional triumph in Women's World Cup

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LYON, France – They ran roughshod over the best field in history, winning seven times in seven ties. They scored a record 26 goals, gave up just three, and in 630 minutes of soccer, they never trailed.

The Americans made their run to a second straight Women's World Cup title look easy. It was anything but.

So when it ended in a 2-0 victory ...Read more

Megan Rapinoe: 'I'm not anywhere near to be done'

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U.S. soccer star Megan Rapinoe will be 38 by the time the 2023 Women's World Cup takes place.

But Rapinoe, who turned 34 on Friday, hopes to be part of the U.S. roster for the tournament that will be hosted by one of the nine countries bidding to hold the event.

"I'm not anywhere near to be done or looking to be done," Rapinoe told this news ...Read more

World Cup 2019: US defeats Netherlands to win fourth title

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LYON, France – Megan Rapinoe, who wasn't expected to start Sunday's Women's World Cup final because of a hamstring issue, wound up winning it instead, calmly slotting home a penalty kick in the 61st minute to start the U.S. on its way to a 2-0 win over a stubborn team from the Netherlands before a sellout crowd at Stade de Lyon.

With the win ...Read more

Olympic loss brought big US alterations

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LYON, France -- The players on the U.S. national team have talked a lot about the journey that has taken them to Sunday's Women's World Cup final. What they haven't talked much about, though, is how and where that journey began.

For that you have to go back three summers, to the weeks following the team's loss to Sweden in the quarterfinals of ...Read more

US forward Carli Lloyd still has plenty in reserve

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LYON, France -- Carli Lloyd has adapted to her role as a reserve forward on the incomparably deep U.S. women's World Cup team, but that doesn't mean she likes it.

A starter for 13 years, the New Jersey native is too much a team player to put her concerns above the success the Americans have enjoyed while blasting through group play and clawing ...Read more

Morgan put some English on ball

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LYON, France -- Alex Morgan stepped out of the U.S. team hotel Wednesday afternoon carrying a cup of coffee which, given the way she celebrated her game-winning goal against England the night before, you would have figured wasn't her cup of tea.

After heading in a perfect feed from Lindsey Horan to give the U.S. a lead it wouldn't relinquish in...Read more

No Rapinoe, but U.S. reaches third straight Cup final

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LYON, France -- Ask Jill Ellis and she'll say her United States women's national soccer team wins so often because it has something no other team has.

No, not the best players. The last three world players of the year have all played for someone else. No, not the best club teams to draw from, because those are all in Europe now.

What Ellis' ...Read more

Women's World Cup: US goalie Alyssa Naeher isn't trying to be Hope Solo

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LYON, France -- Despite her splendid play leading into this Women's World Cup, there was more than a little concern over how Alyssa Naeher would react to her first starting assignment in a major tournament.

Those worries have faded, with Naeher becoming the first U.S. goalkeeper to post three shutouts in the group stage, then making game-saving...Read more

Women's World Cup: US can't afford a letdown against surging England

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LYON, France -- Christen Press has a theory as to why the U.S. women's national team has been so successful.

"The team rises to the occasion," she said Monday. "Throughout the history -- watching the team, being on the team, playing for the team -- we've done a great job at flipping pressure and making it inspiration, making it motivation.

"...Read more

Women's World Cup: Alex Morgan embraces different role for US team

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LYON, France -- Alex Morgan stood on the pitch at the Stade de Lyon with her teammates and closed her eyes for a few moments to be alone with her thoughts.

The U.S. women's World Cup team was taking its stadium familiarization session, a chance given to each squad to get a feel for its surroundings before a match -- in this case, the Americans'...Read more

Women's World Cup: England looks to defy history with a win over the US

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LYON, France -- When the English Football Association asked Phil Neville to take over the women's national team 18 months ago, it seemed a strange choice. His only experience as a head coach was a brief spell with a fourth-tier team in which he had an ownership stake.

Yet, that was far more experience than he had in the women's game.

What ...Read more

 

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