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Author Archive for Caitlin Murray

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After a brilliant World Cup victory, US stars return to their day jobs

It’s been a non-stop party since Megan Rapinoe and Co won the World Cup. But now the task is to see if they can grow the domestic leagueIt’s been a non-stop party for the US women’s national team since they won the World Cup on Sunday. The champagne st…

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Jill Ellis: where does a women’s football coach go after two World Cup titles?

The USA coach defied critics – including some in her locker room – to triumph in France. But she is unlikely to find a bigger job than her current oneJill Ellis is the most successful manager in women’s football. With back-to-back Women’s World Cup tro…

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USA’s band of sisters have used their unity to gain a crucial edge

The factions that have often existed in US World Cup teams of the past seem absent this time around in FranceIt wouldn’t quite be fair to say that the US have been the best team for the entirety of this World Cup. Even after they beat France in the qua…

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What it’s like covering Megan Rapinoe, the World Cup’s most interesting star

Whether it’s scoring crucial goals or holding the powerful to account, the USA winger is able to seize the moment on and off the fieldAs Megan Rapinoe steps up to the barricade in the mixed zone – the area where journalists try to interview players as …

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USA relish ‘a total circus’ as they set up France World Cup showdown

Arguably the two best teams at the World Cup will meet in the quarter-finals. And the reigning champions got the test they perhaps needed against Spain on MondayThe US are through to the quarter-final of the World Cup after a less-than-convincing 2-1 w…

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Defense remains a mystery for attack-minded US before Spain World Cup test

A weakened Sweden team did not provide the test many expected for the US defenders. And Spain will be looking to exploit any weaknesses in the last 16Alyssa Naeher isn’t exactly one to talk about herself. That’s why a reporter thought Carli Lloyd could…

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USA aim golf-clap at their celebration critics and show their steel

Carli Lloyd celebrated her goals on Sunday like she was on the links. And while her team are scary in attack the quality of their defence is still a mysteryIn a result that surprised no one, the US women’s national team punched past Chile to secure a s…

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The US scored 13 against Thailand but we still don’t know if they can defend

The Americans have a host of brilliant attacking players but it is their defenders who will most likely decide whether they can retain their World Cup titleThe USA’s campaign to defend their Women’s World Cup title could not have started more comfortab…

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How the 1999 World Cup champions’ biggest win came at the bargaining table

A staredown between the US women’s national team and US Soccer over the 1999 squad’s victory tour changed the relationship between the team and their “boss” foreverOn the morning after the national team won the 1999 World Cup, the celebrations continue…

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How the 1999 World Cup champions’ biggest win came at the bargaining table

A staredown between the US women’s national team and US Soccer over the 1999 squad’s victory tour changed the relationship between the team and their “boss” foreverOn the morning after the national team won the 1999 World Cup, the celebrations continue…

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Carli Lloyd faces the end armed with her most valuable weapon: anger

At 36, the coming World Cup will likely be Carli Lloyd’s last. But, as always, others’ doubts will only make her more dangerousIt seemed like a fairly innocuous question – complimentary even. Carli Lloyd had been in such good form recently as the Women…

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The problems that may stop the US retaining the Women’s World Cup

The Americans have arguably the best squad in France this summer. But they are far from a perfect unit as they aim to become world champions againThe US women’s national team are considered a favorite to win next month’s World Cup, and there’s good rea…

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Do the USA women need to win the World Cup to win it all?

The World Cup and an ongoing gender discrimination lawsuit against the US Soccer Federation will coalesce into a summer of the highest stakes for the USWNTWhen the US women’s national team takes the field in France in June, they will be fighting for th…

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Women’s World Cup: Are the US even stronger in 2019 than 2015?

USA go to France as defending champions. But how do they stack up against the team that lifted the trophy in Canada four years ago?If the US women’s national team are going to win their second straight Women’s World Cup, we now know the squad that will…

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Will the US women’s soccer team win their battle for equal pay?

The world champions want to be paid the same salary as their male counterparts. Public pressure could help them achieve their aimIn an escalation of ongoing disputes over gender discrimination between the US women’s national team and US Soccer, the pla…

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Should World Cup champions USA panic after a disappointing SheBelieves Cup?

The Americans looked disjointed as England stole the show over the last week. But USWNT coach Jill Ellis is still working out her best starting XIWell, that wasn’t exactly what US women’s national team wanted from their last tournament before the Women…

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Should World Cup champions USA panic after a disappointing SheBelieves Cup?

The Americans looked disjointed as England stole the show over the last week. But USWNT coach Jill Ellis is still working out her best starting XIWell, that wasn’t exactly what US women’s national team wanted from their last tournament before the Women…

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US World Cup winning coach Ellis was paid less than the men’s U-20 coach. Why?

The women’s team brings huge revenues – and trophies – for US Soccer. But the federation knows its coach is unlikely to be tempted to go elsewhereJill Ellis, the manager of the US women’s national team, has been getting results. She led the USA to a sp…

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How the US prepared for the Women’s World Cup by ripping everything up

The Americans suffered a shock exit to Sweden at the Rio Olympics, and coach Jill Ellis reacted by reinventing how her team play the gameFor observers who last watched the US women’s national team win the Women’s World Cup in 2015, the ongoing Concacaf…

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Christen Press: how did a World Cup winner end up at a club she didn’t want to join?

The saga of an unwanted trade highlights the complicated balancing act between the National Women’s Soccer League and the US national teamChristen Press is one of the world’s best footballers: she has a nose for goal and the skill to take on defenders….