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Why the US men will never win the World Cup (and that’s OK)

The dream of USA dominating world football has been a dream for years. But structural and cultural issues ensure it won’t happen anytime soonIt’s only a matter of time, they tell us. The powerful economy. The changing demographics. All the kids who can…

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‘It doesn’t seem fair to me’: Ultimate players strike for gender equality

Players in the American Ultimate Disc League are boycotting for a simple reason: they believe women should have the same chance to play as menImagine if Alex Ovechkin and three of his teammates told the Washington Capitals they weren’t returning next y…

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USA v Paraguay: international soccer friendly – live!

USMNT continue their rebuild after World Cup qualifying failureEmail beau.dure.freelance@theguardian.com or tweet @beausport 12.15am BST Meet the midfield … To some extent, the U.S. defenders here are known quantities. DeAndre Yedlin is getting his 5…

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SheBelieves Cup 2018: USA v England – live!

Winners of Wednesday’s game in Orlando will take titleEmail beau.dure.freelance@theguardian.com or tweet @duresport 11.31pm GMT Which team will have more fatigue? Let’s look at England’s first two lineups in this tournament, first the 4-1 demolition of…

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SheBelieves Cup 2018: USA v France – live!

USWNT look to follow up win over Germany with another victoryEmail beau.dure.freelance@theguardian.com or tweet @duresport 4.30pm GMT Starting XI for France, from U.S. Soccer’s email … 16-Sarah Bouhaddi, 2-Aïssatou Tounkara, 6-Amandine Henry (capt.),…

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Winter Olympics women’s figure skating free program: Mirai Nagasu in action – live!

Alina Zagitova and Evgenia Medvedeva battle for gold medalEmail beau.dure.freelance@theguardian.com or tweet @duresportLatest medal table | Full event schedule 1.16am GMT Switzerland’s Alexia Paganini is skating to a selection from Phantom of the Opera…

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Winter Olympics men’s ski halfpipe final: USA aim for podium sweep – live!

New Zealand also hopeful of medals in PyeongchangEmail beau.dure.freelance@theguardian.com or tweet @duresportLatest medal table | Full event schedule 2.17am GMT Meanwhile, Switzerland is putting an awful lot of pressure on the British curlers as they …

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Winter Olympics women’s downhill skiing: Lindsey Vonn goes for gold – live!

American looks to add to medals won in 2010 Vancouver GamesLindsey Vonn: ‘There’s nothing special about me. I just ski fast’Latest medal table | Full event schedule 2.12am GMT Germany’s Kira Weidle has the misfortune of trying to follow that. She’s onl…

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Winter Olympics ice dancing: Shibutanis, Hubbell and Donohue in action – live!

Email beau.dure.freelance@theguardian.com or tweet @duresportOverexposed: Papadakis and skating wardrobe malfunctionsLatest medal table | Full event schedule 1.13am GMT The “rotational lift 4” was quite impressive. I lost track of the number of spins R…

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Winter Olympics figure skating men’s free skate: Nathan Chen seeks redemption – live!

Email beau.dure.freelance@theguardian.com or tweet @duresportLatest medal table | Full event schedule 1.19am GMT Matteo Rizzo (Italy) has been on camera more than the curling teams, skating in both phases of the team event. The Beatles medley starts wi…

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Winter Olympics men’s snowboard halfpipe: Shaun White and Scotty James go for gold – live!

US and Australian athletes tipped for glory at Phoenix Snow ParkEmail beau.dure.freelance@theguardian.com or tweet @duresport Latest medal table | Full event schedule 1.11am GMT Twenty minutes to go.Meanwhile, enjoy the pairs figure skating short progr…

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Winter Olympics women’s halfpipe snowboarding: Chloe Kim goes for gold – live!

US teenager is tipped to take title at Bogwang Phoenix ParkEmail beau.dure.freelance@theguardian.com or tweet @DureSportLatest medal table | Full event schedule 1.21am GMT Maddie Mastro is sort of the overlooked American here. She’s only 17 but was on…

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Winter Olympics figure skating: USA, Canada and Russians battle for team gold – live!

Team events culminates with free programs for men, women and pairsEmail beau.dure.freelance@theguardian.com or tweet @duresport In pictures: all the best images from day two of the Winter Games 12.14am GMT Meet Adam Rippon. The USA has two openly gay m…

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As US Soccer picks a new president, everyone thinks they have the answer

Sunil Gulati’s successor will be elected this weekend in Orlando and ideas to secure a permanent place in the world’s elite are flying back and forthThe US Soccer Federation has nearly $150m in the bank, up from roughly $6.6m at the turn of the century…

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Bruce Arena is gone. Should US Soccer president Sunil Gulati be next?

The veteran coach could not right the systemic failure within the game in America. Maybe it’s time to look at the structure itselfBruce Arena’s failure was not an individual failure. It’s a systemic failure that shows the United States does not yet hav…

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How to disappear completely: Will Hope Solo return – and does she even want to?

The outspoken USA goalkeeper, who turns 36 this summer, is inching back into the spotlight after a six-month suspension and shoulder replacement surgery

For months, the question was simple. Where is Hope Solo?

The former – and perhaps future – US women’s goalkeeper, who parlayed her fame into an appearance on Dancing With The Stars and legions of social media followers, had pulled a reverse DB Cooper, leaving Washington state and disappearing into an area defined by her management only as “rural North Carolina”.

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How to disappear completely: Will Hope Solo return – and does she even want to?

The outspoken USA goalkeeper, who turns 36 this summer, is inching back into the spotlight after a six-month suspension and shoulder replacement surgery

For months, the question was simple. Where is Hope Solo?

The former – and perhaps future – US women’s goalkeeper, who parlayed her fame into an appearance on Dancing With The Stars and legions of social media followers, had pulled a reverse DB Cooper, leaving Washington state and disappearing into an area defined by her management only as “rural North Carolina”.

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The happy exiles: why US women’s soccer stars choose to play abroad

Players such as Carli Lloyd and Alex Morgan have chosen to pursue spells in Europe. But it’s not just money that proves an attraction

Women’s soccer players might be lured to Europe by money or the occasional tweet by Lyon’s Jean-Michel Aulas, who has signed athletes such as USA striker Alex Morgan (on loan) and young Canadian defender Kadeisha Buchanan.

But most of the players who head to Europe or Australia for all or part of the year are doing so for a much simpler reason. They want to get better.

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A season on the brink: wide-open NWSL making strides as fifth year kicks off

Things are looking up for the National Women’s Soccer League, which opens its fifth season with a new TV deal and is no longer merely fighting for survival

The bar has been raised.

Last year, the news on the NWSL was that it had officially outlasted the two previous attempts at US women’s professional soccer, the WUSA and WPS. This year, the league has substantially raised the bar from mere survival.

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How this weekend could shape US Soccer’s long-term future

The US soccer federation’s annual meeting is this weekend in Hawaii, where a number of decisions impacting the tone of the future could be made

Who will lead US Soccer into the next decade?

That won’t be explicitly decided this weekend when representatives of every state and soccer organization convene in Hawaii for the federation’s annual meeting, an event that doesn’t typically get a lot of attention. But with US Soccer at a spaghetti junction, still revamping at the grass roots while dealing with immediate issues on the men’s and women’s national teams, what happens in Hawaii may set the tone for the federation’s short-term and long-term future.

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