USWNT vs. Mexico: Key moments and random thoughts

The USA advanced to the Women’s World Cup with a lopsided victory over a Mexican team that left a couple of solid attackers on the bench and never threatened to come back from an early U.S. goal. Costa Rica advanced in … Continue readin...

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War on Nonrevenue Sports returns: USOC gearing up

USOC CEO Scott Blackmun isn’t going to give up on Olympic sports in colleges without a fight. He sees the threat of budget cuts and reallocations as athletics departments start paying more for its football and basketball players. There are &hel...

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How will the USWNT line up?

All the tactical talk of the U.S. women’s soccer team may boil down to one question: How’s Lauren Holiday’s defense? Everything else is working. Tobin Heath is a creative monster on the left. Megan Rapinoe has the playmaking skills ...

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Dispatches from the U.S. soccer culture wars

From Tarkus to Fury, the artistically inclined people among us have sketched out portraits of conflict that just keeps going and going, eventually devouring the war-weary veteran and the new enlistee alike. (At least, I think that̵...

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U.S. women’s national team: What are they doing?

I figured it out. The USA is playing a 4-3-3 formation with fluid interchanges in midfield. No, wait — it’s a 4-5-1, with one target forward and two traditional wingers. Or maybe it’s a 4-2-4, with Carli Lloyd and Lauren … Co...

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Single-Digit Soccer: Why play travel? What you think is wrong

You’ve seen plenty of skepticism in this space — and at U.S. Youth Soccer — about separating “travel” players from “rec” players before the age of 12, much less the age of 10. But the skepticism isn’t a...

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Turf questions: Not just scrapes, but cancer?

NBC’s Hannah Rappleye poured a lot of research into this piece on artificial turf, finding an alarming correlation between soccer players, particularly goalkeepers, and cancer diagnoses. As exhaustive as NBC’s research is, it can’t ...

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Oly roundups: Oct. 6

The roundup of the Olympic sports roundups for the week: Team USA Sports Scene: U.S. women win world basketball title, U.S. Army wins Warrior Games, lower-level competitions in diving and figure skating. Universal Sports video: Lot of synchronized ...

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