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USA vs. France: How Women’s World Cup 2011 could be game-changer

Christian Science Monitor – Mark Sappenfield – ‎34 minutes ago‎
The USA vs. France match in the Women’s World Cup Wednesday marks a clash between the old guard and one of the upstart nations that could reshape the game of women’s soccer. France midfielder Louisa Necib will be a primary concern for the US in its

US puts aside emotional high, aches and pains from Brazil game, ready for semi

Washington Post – ‎3 hours ago‎
By AP, MOENCHENGLADBACH, Germany — US coach Pia Sundhage gave her players about a day to revel in their epic victory over Brazil and the lovefest it sparked back home. When the team arrived for training Tuesday, though, it was back to business.

Why America’s Never-Say-Die Attitude Has Electrified the World Cup

TIME – Bill Saporito – ‎5 hours ago‎
In the world of soccer, the elite teams of Europe and South America have never disguised their contempt for the US Not necessarily for our style of play — they simply dismiss that as rudimentary — but for our


“A number of us will be glued to the TV watching every minute,” said Sakiewicz, the chief executive officer and operating partner of the Union, the Major League Soccer men’s team that is based in Chester.
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U.S. women team’s Philly ties have area soccer fans abuzz | Philadelphia

Philadelphia Inquirer – Marc Narducci – ‎6 hours ago‎
Nick Sakiewicz was so nervous before the end of Sunday’s game that he couldn’t sit down. Maddy Evans was so excited when it was finally over that she celebrated by doing laps in her living room. The US Women’s World Cup soccer team

Now U.S. should win it all – but it won’t be easy

San Francisco Chronicle – ‎7 hours ago‎
Marcio Jose Sanchez / AP United States’ Abby Wambach scores her side’s second goal during the quarterfinal match against Brazil at the Women’s World Cup in Dresden, Germany, on Sunday. The sporting landscape trembled when the US hockey team pulled its

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Sex (and soccer) sells

CBC.ca (blog) – John Molinaro – ‎14 hours ago‎
I couldn’t help but laugh when I first saw Expert electronics’ new television commercial. I was pulled in at first by the strobe lights, sweat and soccer moves. It was reminiscent of last year’s “Write the Future” Nike campaign, and I anticipated

Heading to the World Cup semifinals

ESPN (blog) – ‎15 hours ago‎
MOENCHENGLADBACH, Germany — It’s been quite a ride so far in Germany. Players suppos edly hit by lightning. Controversies, huge upsets and one of the most memorable comebacks in all of soccer. Now we face a semifinal round with the US but without

How Abby Wambach and the U.S. women’s soccer team embody America’s leadership

Washington Post (blog) – Amy Fraher – ‎18 hours ago‎
USA’s striker Abby Wambach celebrates after scoring during the quarter-final match of the FIFA women’s football World Cup Brazil vs USA on Sunday. The US women’s soccer team next plays France in the semi-finals. (ODD ANDERSEN – AFP/GETTY

United States

Only World Cup title will do after U.S. women’s team’s big win over Brazil

Boston Herald – John Smallwood – ‎7 hours ago‎
I’m sure most of the players on the United States women’s national team were watching l ast summer when Landon Donovan scored his miracle extra-time goal that gave the USA a victory over Algeria and sent

U.S. ready for semifinal showdown with France

San Francisco Chronicle – ‎7 hours ago‎
AP The Americans feel just fine, thank you, not tired a bit. The high they were on after that epic Brazil game? That’s so yesterday. The US women are one game away from reaching their first World Cup final since 1999 – the last time they won soccer’s

Why France should root for the USA in the Women’s World Cup.

Slate Magazine – David Plotz – ‎7 hours ago‎
It’s not easy being a French sports fan these days, is it? Your major national sports spectacle, the Tour de France, has degenerated into a black comedy of lying, cheating, and tattling (not

Portland, OR

The Bachscore: Slowest sports day dies at hands of soccer, women

OregonLive.com – Rachel Bachman – ‎1 hour ago‎
By Rachel Bachman, The Oregonian APFormer UP standout Megan Rapinoe, who assisted on the game-tying goal against Brazil in the Women’s World Cup, celebrates after the US victory Sunday. For Las Vegas sports books, the seco nd Wednesday in July used to

World Cup Video: Former Portland star Megan Rapinoe delivers perfect pass in

KOIN Local 6 – ‎Jul 11, 2011‎
United States’ Abby Wambach, left, is congratulated by United States’ Megan Rapinoe after scoring their 2nd goal during the quarterfinal match between Brazil and the United States at the Women’s Soccer World Cup in Dresden, Germany, Sunday, July 10,

Sports Video Rewind: Megan Rapinoe edition

OregonLive.com – Molly Blue – ‎Jul 11, 2011‎
By Molly Blue, The Oregonian Rapinoe, who was an all-West Coast Conference player of the year at University of Portland, assisted on a dramatic goal by Abby Wambach on Sunday to tie 2-2 against Brazil, in the final minute of extra time.