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Why is women’s soccer staying away from America’s biggest cities?

The two biggest population centers and media markets in the US aren’t found on the women’s soccer map and no one seems to be able to answer why, when, or even if things will changeEverything is awesome for women’s soccer in the United States. You want …

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Carli Lloyd deserves ‘honest tryout’ after drilling 55-yard field goal at NFL practice

Lloyd drills long field goals during visit to Eagles training campHall of Fame scout Gil Brandt says Lloyd deserves ‘honest tryout’World Cup champion Carli Lloyd showed off her leg during a visit to Philadelphia Eagles training camp on Tuesday, drillin…

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USA’s World Cup stars return to big crowds – but will it last?

Fans flocked to welcome home the world champions in the National Women’s Soccer League this week. The tough part will be keeping them comingWednesday’s match had been over for 20 minutes when hundreds of girls, holding posters and T-shirts and patientl…

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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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Crystal Dunn: ‘As a black woman I always felt I had to go above and beyond to be noticed’

Four years after watching her USA team-mates hoist the World Cup from a sports bar, the dynamic 26-year-old left back is out to win one for herself while busting stereotypes about black footballersCrystal Dunn talks a lot about what she calls the above…

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Are the Portland Thorns the ideal template for a women’s football club?

Thorns attracted 19,000 fans to their home opener, and that figure was no anomaly. Theirs is a success story years in the makingMark Parsons gazes towards the gleaming new main stand at Providence Park and smiles. “I just love walking in every day,” th…

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Did the USA women’s national team abandon the old guard too quickly?

Jill Ellis’s decision to cut veterans loose is a change in the culture of a team that has historically treated new blood cautiously – and has proven costly to the World Cup holders in defenseThe scene on Thursday at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park has becom…

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Vero Boquete: the Spaniard so good she has a stadium named after her

Spain’s record scorer on revolutionising football in her home city and her petition to get female players on computer gamesTowards the end of 2018 Vero Boquete, Spain’s all-time leading goalscorer who has won a Champions League and domestic titles in t…

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Marc Skinner: ‘Orlando Pride are mesmerising. It’s a different level’

After leaving his beloved Birmingham, the young manager is relishing working with global stars such as Marta and Morgan“I asked the guys if I could just spend a little bit of time in the middle of the pitch to visualise what the players go through.”Sta…

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Does partnering with men’s clubs help or hinder women’s football teams?

Sharing a stadium and facilities can help both men’s and women’s clubs grow, although the tactic isn’t always a guarantee of successIs a downtown stadium a cure-all for any soccer club that needs a boost? And do US women’s soccer teams need to be affil…

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‘I use what God gave me’: Carson Pickett on life as a one-handed professional footballer

The Orlando Pride full-back is establishing herself as one of the best defenders in the US. Her journey to get where she is now has been extraordinaryLocker room talk at the Orlando Pride. Alex Morgan had injured a shoulder during May’s clash with Utah…

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Should women athletes sue the networks for equal coverage?

Women are conditioned to accept what’s given to them and women athletes are no exception. It’s time for a changeDuring the wildly exciting Women’s Final Four earlier this month, the sports economist David Berri and I were speaking on the phone about th…

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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….

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Orlando Pride coach Tom Sermanni: ‘Something special is happening here’

The former US national coach is starting his second season in charge of the Pride – and believes the club, with its brand new stadium, is going places

At the new downtown stadium where Orlando Pride make their home debut this weekend, there are 49 seats that hold a special place in the team’s short history.

The 25,500-capacity arena, completed this year and shared with Orlando City of MLS, has included in its design a section of seats in purple, blue, green, yellow, orange and red rows. It’s no random color scheme. The club plans for the seats to serve as a permanent tribute to the people murdered in the shooting at one of the city’s LGBT nightclubs on 12 June 2016.

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Orlando Pride coach Tom Sermanni: ‘Something special is happening here’

The former US national coach is starting his second season in charge of the Pride – and believes the club, with its brand new stadium, is going places

At the new downtown stadium where Orlando Pride make their home debut this weekend, there are 49 seats that hold a special place in the team’s short history.

The 25,500-capacity arena, completed this year and shared with Orlando City of MLS, has included in its design a section of seats in purple, blue, green, yellow, orange and red rows. It’s no random color scheme. The club plans for the seats to serve as a permanent tribute to the people murdered in the shooting at one of the city’s LGBT nightclubs on 12 June 2016.

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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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The US soccer pay dispute: will a fix be found before the NWSL season begins?

The USWNT is again in a labor dispute that could delay their players’ appearances at NWSL pre-season camps – but a lack of urgency isn’t helping matters

In 2013, the first NWSL draft of college seniors took place in a couple of convention-center meeting rooms in Indianapolis, with someone running back and forth to tell the handful of assembled reporters what had just taken place in the adjoining room. Then preseason camps opened without US national team players – even those who were not traveling for the Algarve Cup were stuck in a labor-deal stalemate.

Related: Alex Morgan: ‘If Fifa start respecting the women’s game more, others will follow’ | Donald McRae

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USA forward Alex Morgan to join European champions Lyon on loan

  • World Cup winner joins from Orlando Pride on six-month deal
  • Morgan hopes move can help make her world’s best player

With the lure of Champions League football proving too strong to resist, USA forward Alex Morgan is joining the European champions, Lyon, in a move she hopes will helps her become the world’s best player.

Lyon announced on Tuesday that Morgan is arriving from Orlando Pride on a six-month deal, with an option for her to play a further season.

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How turmoil in US women’s soccer could drive players to Europe

Disputes over pay mean that the NWSL is struggling to keep hold of top international talent

On the field, the US women’s soccer team has followed up a thrilling NWSL final with a couple of smashing debuts in friendlies against Switzerland. Off the field, the sport is bogged down in the courts and at the negotiating table.

The talent pipeline is still intact, a fact US coach Jill Ellis celebrated by calling in a staggering 11 uncapped players for camp. Lynn Williams, fresh from winning the NWSL Golden Boot and posting clutch performances to lift Western New York to the league title, scored just 49 seconds into her debut on 19 October. That was a new record for the fastest debut goal in US history – until Kealia Ohai scored 48 seconds after taking the field four days later.

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Washington Spirit move anthem to avoid Megan Rapinoe ‘hijacking’

  • USA star had knelt during anthem as part of protest against injustice
  • Player’s gesture was ‘a little nod’ to NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick

Megan Rapinoe was stymied in a bid for a second national anthem protest Wednesday night when Washington’s National Women’s Soccer League team moved up the pre-game ceremonies.

“We decided to play the anthem in our stadium ahead of schedule rather than subject our fans and friends to the disrespect we feel such an act would represent,” the Washington Spirit said in a statement.

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