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The U.S. women’s unlikeliest win …

No one saw this coming. Not at this World Cup. Not after France picked this U.S. team apart in February. Not while Jill Ellis stubbornly persisted with Lauren Holiday and Morgan Brian alone in center midfield with Carli Lloyd shoved … Continue...

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Young U.S. women’s soccer players aren’t really young

The For The Win podcast looking ahead to the Women’s World Cup final made an interesting point about Jill Ellis finally trusting a young player like Morgan Brian to play a key role. I listened to this the morning after … Continue reading...

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U.S. women make their own luck to reach World Cup final

You need a little luck in the World Cup. That’s what you heard from Germany … Germany’s men, anyway, after the World Cup final last year. Germany’s women, on the other hand, were not so lucky against the USA in … Contin...

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U.S. women in the World Cup semifinals: Decisions, decisions

Jill Ellis made three lineup changes for Friday’s quarterfinal win against China, two out of necessity. The result: Still just a 1-0 win against a team that had little attacking punch, but the team looked better and felt better. And … Co...

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On the Women’s World Cup and Hope Solo, in that order

What a World Cup we’ve seen so far! – Stunning upsets: Nigeria tying Sweden, Norway tying Germany (this isn’t 1995), and Colombia over France. – Moments of brilliance: Colombian keeper Sandra Sepulveda, the sequence leading ...

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Hope Solo and the timing of bad news: Q-and-EG

Questions and educated guesses on the Hope Solo situation: Q. Why did ESPN air a piece on Hope Solo, with extensive comments from a family member with whom she fought, the day before the USA was due to play its … Continue reading →...

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Quick Breakers-Spirit thoughts

Take the internationals off two of the top teams in the NWSL, and what do you get? A Breakers team trying to shut down Crystal Dunn by any legal means necessary and sneak one on the counterattack. And to Boston’s … Continue reading &rarr...

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Thursday FIFA media frenzy roundup

Here’s what everyone’s saying now that we’ve had more than 24 hours to digest the news of a whole bunch of FIFA bigwigs being indicted: Who’s who, and who’s facing what charge: Good breakdown here from The Washington P...

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