Sports

/

ArcaMax

Olympic loss brought big US alterations

Sports / Soccer /

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

Sports / Soccer /

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

Sports / Soccer /

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

Sports / Soccer /

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

Sports / Soccer /

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

Sports / Soccer /

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

Sports / Soccer /

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

Sports / Soccer /

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

Women's World Cup: England coach not a fan of US hotel scouting

Sports / Soccer /

LYON, France -- Prudent planning or cheeky subterfuge?

Depends on who you ask.

The U.S. team on Sunday sent two staffers to check out the hotel where England's team is staying in Lyon, with the idea of moving the Americans there if they win the Women's World Cup semifinal matchup on Tuesday and advance to next Sunday's final.

U.S. coach Jill ...Read more

For Ellis, style beats geography every time

Sports / Soccer /

LYON, France -- With the Netherlands beating Italy and Sweden upsetting No. 2 Germany on Saturday, the Women's World Cup final four is set. And with the exception of the U.S., which will play England in the first semifinal Tuesday, the teams are all from Europe.

That's happened once before, in 1991, when the U.S. won over a semifinal field that...Read more

Red, white and blue grit: Rapinoe's 2 goals help oust the home team

Sports / Soccer /

PARIS -- When the final whistle sounded on an exhilarating and exhausting 2-1 win over France in the Women's World Cup quarterfinals, 11 of the 12 players on the United States bench raced onto the field Friday to celebrate with teammates.

Megan Rapinoe didn't move.

"I was very tired," she explained. "I was very stressed."

With reason. Rapinoe...Read more

US coach Jill Ellis can join elite company with a World Cup win over France

Sports / Soccer /

PARIS -- How good has the United States women's national team been?

Jill Ellis, who will coach her 125th game with the U.S. on Friday, has lost just seven times in the previous 124. And she's fourth in terms of winning percentage in national team history.

Perhaps more impressive, Ellis is unbeaten in 11 Women's World Cup games and could become...Read more

US aims to thrive under pressure in World Cup showdown with France

Sports / Soccer /

PARIS -- For three weeks and 45 games this Women's World Cup has been a story in search of a theme, a plot in need of a twist.

There have been few heroes or villains and little surprise or drama. Even the tournament mascot has stopped showing up at games.

That will change Friday when the host French play the defending champion Americans in a ...Read more

Megan Rapinoe faces Trump controversy head-on, then moves on

Sports / Soccer /

PARIS -- Megan Rapinoe was calm but not apologetic, facing cameras and TV lights with unflinching grace. Unlike her over-exuberant celebration during a first-round rout of hapless Thailand during the first round of World Cup play, the U.S. team's co-captain calibrated her emotions perfectly on Thursday in responding to criticism from President ...Read more

France could become first country to hold men's, women's World Cup titles at same time

Sports / Soccer /

PARIS -- The entrance to the French soccer federation's training center at Clairefontaine, about 30 miles outside Paris, is fronted by a 12-foot-tall replica of the World Cup trophy and two giant gold stars, reminders that the country has won two men's world championships, the latest coming 11 months ago in Russia.

They are also reminders that ...Read more

25 of 29 World Cup video reviews have overturned calls on the field

Sports / Soccer /

PARIS -- The rarely seen mascot of this Women's World Cup is a French poussin named ettie, although it really ought to be a referee hunched over a TV screen watching a video replay.

VAR, or the video assistant referee, is making its Women's World Cup debut in France, and through the first 44 games, there have been 29 VAR reviews. That's four ...Read more

Women's World Cup: US isn't sweating short break before playing France

Sports / Soccer /

PARIS -- The U.S. national team took a two-hour bus trip from Reims to Paris on Tuesday, giving the players only two days on the field to prepare for their Women's World Cup quarterfinal with France on Friday.

They followed a similar schedule between group play and the round of 16, riding from Le Havre on the English Channel to champagne ...Read more

Megan Rapinoe lifts US to 2-1 win over Spain at Women's World Cup

Sports / Soccer /

REIMS, France -- The U.S. women's national soccer team escaped with a hard-fought 2-1 win over Spain in a Women's World Cup round-of-16 game Monday, sending the Americans on to meet host France in the quarterfinals Friday in Paris.

Both goals came on penalty kicks by Megan Rapinoe, the first in the seventh minute and the second in the 75th. The...Read more

Women's World Cup: US isn't underestimating Spain's rise in soccer

Sports / Soccer /

REIMS, France -- The rest of the world is catching up to the U.S. women's soccer national team.

That progress hasn't shown up on the scoreboard yet, where the Americans have lost one game in the last 23 months. But with domestic leagues growing around the globe and national federations increasing their investments in women's soccer, the level ...Read more

Women's World Cup: US isn't underestimating Spain's rise in soccer

Sports / Soccer /

REIMS, France -- The rest of the world is catching up to the U.S. women's soccer national team.

That progress hasn't shown up on the scoreboard yet, where the Americans have lost one game in the last 23 months. But with domestic leagues growing around the globe and national federations increasing their investments in women's soccer, the level ...Read more

Social Connections

Comics

The Pajama Diaries Jerry King Cartoons Mike Smith Mike Du Jour Tom Stiglich Red and Rover