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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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NWSL ridiculed after match is played on tiny pitch in baseball stadium

• Western New York Flash v Seattle Reign played on pitch 58 yards wide
• USA internationals including Carli Lloyd voice their disapproval

A National Women’s Soccer League match between the Western New York Flash and Seattle Reign was played Saturday on an unusually narrow field, drawing criticism from a number of USA internationals.

Related: NWSL boss Jeff Plush on raising the bar: ‘There’s so much more we can achieve’

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NWSL boss Jeff Plush on raising the bar: ‘There’s so much more we can achieve’

Last week, Orlando Pride drew 23,403 supporters to their NWSL opener. But Jeff Plush isn’t resting on his laurels – he wants to make women’s soccer even bigger

The scenes in Orlando last weekend were what women’s soccer fans for a long time could’ve only dreamed about. The Orlando Pride, a team that didn’t even exist weeks ago, attracted 23,403 paying customers to watch them play soccer.

Jeff Plush, the commissioner of the National Women’s Soccer League, was there, and no one would’ve blamed him if he treated it as a victory lap for the NWSL’s short history. With Orlando’s roaring arrival as a booming new market, the NWSL has hit benchmarks that past leagues in the US and abroad never could.

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Carli Lloyd on track for Olympics after extent of knee injury revealed

  • Fears had surfaced over participation at Rio after knee strain
  • Houston Dash star will miss between three and six weeks

USA star Carli Lloyd has a sprained right knee and will miss from three to six weeks, the Houston Dash have announced.

Lloyd was injured in the fifth minute of a National Women’s Soccer League match between the Dash and the expansion Orlando Pride on Saturday. She played until the 14th minute, and was later seen on the sideline icing her knee.

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Orlando Pride shine before record crowd, auguring well for women’s game

An NWSL-record crowd of 23,403 turned up for the expansion Orlando Pride’s inaugural home match, a sign the women’s game is discovering real traction

The future of women’s soccer was on view in Orlando on Saturday night as a record 23,403 fans flocked to the Citrus Bowl for the inaugural home outing of the Orlando Pride in a part of Florida that is rapidly becoming synonymous with the beautiful game.

It was the future of a league, of a new team, of fans new to the sport and even of a possible matrimonial tie-up as one of the men’s team’s most recognizable supporters was joined by a female counterpart in a development that is sure to please unicorn-lovers everywhere.

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Carli Lloyd leaves Houston Dash match with injured right knee

  • USA star injures right knee during NWSL match on Saturday night
  • Lloyd was injured in fourth minute and will have MRI on Sunday

US women’s national team star Carli Lloyd injured her right knee in the Houston Dash’s match against the expansion Orlando Pride on Saturday.

Related: Orlando Pride shine before record crowd, auguring well for women’s game

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Women’s pro soccer sees reason for optimism, 15 years on

The crowd was smaller, and there was no bald eagle swooping down to the field this time, but 15 years after its professional debut, the US women’s league is going to places it’s never been before

14 April 2001. A crowd of 34,148 sees the first professional women’s soccer league game in the United States. Tennis legend Billie Jean King does the coin toss. A skydiver brings the game ball into Washington’s RFK Stadium. Singer/actress Joy Enriquez sings the national anthem, punctuated by another appearance from the skies – a bald eagle, who swoops down to the field with a piercing cry.

16 April 2016. No eagle. The national anthem is a stock recording. The crowd stands at 3,578, barely 10% of the total from 15 years ago. RFK Stadium is busy with a DC United game that probably siphoned a few hundred people off that attendance count. We’re at the low-key Maryland SoccerPlex, fighting for parking spaces with hordes of youth soccer and basketball parents playing on the courts and fields nearby.

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The NWSL kicks off its fourth season, and Portland and Seattle look good

The Portland Thorns have the talent to make a run, the expansion Orlando Pride should be worth watching, and expect big things from Kim Little

The National Women’s Soccer League 2016 season kicks off this weekend for its historic fourth season, and we asked a panel of writers to look ahead at what fans can expect. Joining the Guardian’s NWSL contributor Caitlin Murray is Howler contributor Kevin Koczwara, Oregonian beat writer Jamie Goldberg and Excelle Sports editor Howard Megdal.

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USWNT push for new deal and vow: we are not playing on artificial turf

The contract between the US women’s team and the federation is set to expire later this year – which means a chance to fix issues of safety and pay

When the US women’s national team pulled out of a recent game in Hawaii in protest at subpar pitch conditions, it seemed as though it should’ve never reached that point. It seemed the standards of playing surfaces for the tour should’ve been spelled out beforehand – but they weren’t.

Related: Were the US women’s soccer team right to boycott their own victory tour?

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