Women's World Cup

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Team USA's Latest Fan Girl: Taylor Swift

Pop singer salutes World Cup champs with 'Style'

(Newser) - Taylor Swift was a true all-American girl at her concert as she honored the US women's soccer team by bringing them onstage, hours after the team was feted with a ticker-tape parade in New York City. Fresh off their World Cup championship, the players joined Swift on Friday night... More »

Women's Triumph Was Most-Watched US Soccer Game Ever

More people watched World Cup win than World Series

(Newser) - The 5-2 demolition of Japan that made the US the first country to win the Women's World Cup three times was America's greatest soccer triumph in more ways than one: It was seen by a total of 26.7 million US viewers—25.4 million on Fox and... More »

Twitter's Ugly World Cup Response: 'Pearl Harbor'

American soccer fans joke World Cup win is payback for 1941 attack

(Newser) - Shortly after the USA's win over Japan in the Women's World Cup last night, Twitter fans exchanged jubilation and sportsmanship for something much darker: mentions of Pearl Harbor. Several soccer fans suggested the 5-2 victory was a form of payback for the 1941 attack during World War II,... More »

USA Routs Japan to Win World Cup, 5-2

Carli Lloyd scores hat trick in first half en route to 5-2 victory

(Newser) - So much for drama. The US women's soccer team beat Japan for the World Cup tonight by a score of 5-2—and four of those goals came in the first 16 minutes, three of them courtesy of Carli Lloyd. Lloyd made it 1-0 at the three-minute mark, 2-0 at... More »

England's Bungle Sends Japan to World Cup Final

Own goal dumps England out of tournament

(Newser) - Laura Bassett scored into her own net during second-half stoppage time, giving Japan a 2-1 victory over England in a Women's World Cup semifinal. The decisive goal came when Japan's Nahomi Kawasumi drove up the right side and sent a cross into the middle for Yuki Ogimi. Bassett... More »

Team Norway: You're Right, Girls Suck at Soccer*

*Players admit ... in a spoof video

(Newser) - Several Norwegian players teamed with Norway's national TV broadcaster NRK to produce a "mockumentary" addressing sexist stereotypes and critics who say the women's game is no match to the men's. During the four-minute video, Scandinavian players—in mock seriousness—reveal to an "interviewer" how much... More »

Report: Hope Solo Threatened to Attack Cops

Police report surfaces at start of World Cup campaign

(Newser) - The USA plays its opening match in the Women's World Cup today, but goalie Hope Solo's personal life is getting more press than the soccer tournament. An ESPN Outside the Lines report yesterday looked into Solo's arrest on domestic violence charges last year , exposing some new details,... More »

Face It, the US Choked

'It wasn’t a lack of skill. It was a lack of nerve,' Brian Straus argues

(Newser) - Make excuses if you like, but after watching the Women’s World Cup final , Brian Straus came to just one conclusion: “The Americans, quite simply, choked on the sport’s biggest stage,” he writes for Sporting News . The US should have put this thing away in the first... More »

During World Cup, a Twitter Record

Japan's victory over the US hit 7,196 tweets per second

(Newser) - No matter how you regard the pace of soccer, there's no denying that tweeting about it can be fast and furious. The all-time record for number of tweets per second was set at the end of yesterday's Women's World Cup final—taking the top spot from the... More »

Japan Soccer Champs: Take That, Tsunami

'Desire, hope' boosted team over US

(Newser) - Japan's World Cup soccer victory over the US women's team yesterday devastated the Yanks, but also gave a major kick in the pants to the bad fortunes haunting a nation struggling in the wake of a devastating tsunami. It was the first-ever World Cup win for the gutsy... More »

Japan Wins on Penalty Kicks

After tying it up late in extra time

(Newser) - It was another thriller today in the Women's World Cup final, but this time it ended in heartbreak for the US. The Americans led twice in the game, but each time Japan tied it up, according to ESPN . Neither side managed to score in the first half, despite multiple... More »

In Hellbent Abby Wambach, a Single Goal

US soccer star would 'give up everything' for a World Cup win today

(Newser) - As the storied US women's soccer team takes the field in Frankfurt today, all eyes of a hopeful nation are on the 5-foot-11, 170-pound train in the No. 20 jersey leading her team in the charge against Japan. At 31, the indomitable Abby Wambach knows this could be her... More »

Jill Biden, Chelsea Clinton to Attend World Cup Final

USA plays Japan on Sunday

(Newser) - Jill Biden and Chelsea Clinton will be part of a US delegation heading to Germany this weekend to cheer on the United States in the Women's World Cup final . The White House says the vice president's wife and Clinton, as well as the US ambassador to Germany, will... More »

Meet Nelly, the New Soccer Oracle

Sad trumpet: Yanks will lose Women's Cup Finals

(Newser) - Move over Paul the Octopus (OK, so maybe he can't move because he's dead ). The latest amazing oracle of World Cup winners is Nelly the adorable baby elephant. The 18-month-old predicting pachyderm has so far picked the winner of every German match and the semifinal victors in... More »

Wambach Again! USA Advances to World Cup Final

US defeats France, will play for title on Sunday

(Newser) - One more win for the World Cup: The US women's soccer team beat France 3-1 today to advance to the finals on Sunday. With the game tied 1-1, Abby Wambach headed in a goal (again! ) to give USA the lead with about 10 minutes left. Alex Morgan made... More »

With Huge Win, Women's Soccer Breaks Free of Mia Hamm

Last-minute heroics grab nation's attention

(Newser) - For more than a decade, US women’s soccer was synonymous with Mia Hamm—but not anymore. Yesterday, thanks to a long pass and a header by Abby Wambach, the team pulled off a goal in the 122nd minute—the deepest into a game a goal has ever been scored... More »

Chastain Gets Her Bra Back

Symbol of '99 World Cup victory rescued from bankruptcy court

(Newser) - The sports bra Brandi Chastain was wearing when she shredded her shirt after making a game-winning penalty kick in the 1999 World Cup has been returned to her, USA Today reports. Like much other memorabilia at New York City’s short-lived Sports Museum of America, it was taken by a... More »

Solo Saga Quieted, Women's Soccer Eyes Beijing

After US goalie's outburst, team rethinks the need for unity

(Newser) - Hope Solo's infamous criticism of her coach got her booted from practice and competition at the end of last year's World Cup, and depression almost kept the 26-year-old from returning to soccer at all. But now the US team has a new coach, a rejuvenated Solo, and a fresh plan... More »

German Women Win World Cup

Defend title with 2-0 defeat of Brazil

(Newser) - Germany took down Brazil 2-0 today, to win its second straight women’s World Cup. The game’s pivotal moment came in the second half, when Brazilian star Marta had a chance to tie the game on a penalty kick, but was blocked by goalkeeper Nadine Angerer. “After the... More »

US Women Take Third in Cup

Overpowers Norway in consolation match

(Newser) - Well, it’s better than nothing. The US women’s soccer team demolished Norway 4-1 yesterday to take third place in the women’s World Cup. Abby Wambach scored in the 30th and 46th minutes, giving the women a lead they never relinquished. It’s a small consolation after the... More »

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