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US Soccer Star Kneels Before National Team Game

US Soccer says it expects players to stand

(Newser) - Megan Rapinoe knelt during the national anthem before a US women's national team match against Thailand on Thursday night, the AP reports. Rapinoe first knelt during the anthem Sept. 4 before a game with her National Women's Soccer League team, the Seattle Reign. Rapinoe, a devoted advocate for... More »

Abby Wambach: I Boozed, Popped Pills for Years

Retired soccer star recounts in memoir substance abuse, says she's clean now

(Newser) - Soccer legend Abby Wambach retired in December with a laundry list of dizzying highs that included last year's Women's World Cup title , two Olympic gold medals, a marriage to fellow soccer player Sarah Huffman—not to mention her status as the top goal scorer that international soccer has... More »

Soccer Player's Anthem Protest Foiled—by Opposing Team

'F---ing unbelievable,' Megan Rapinoe says as anthem played while teams were in locker room

(Newser) - If Megan Rapinoe had planned to take a knee during the national anthem in her Wednesday night game against the Washington Spirit, the owner of that women's soccer team effectively squelched that plan. Per the Washington Post , Spirit owner Bill Lynch, an Air Force veteran, made sure the anthem... More »

US Soccer Star Kneels for National Anthem

Megan Rapinoe says it was a 'little nod' to Colin Kaepernick

(Newser) - Colin Kaepernick's national anthem protest has spread to soccer: Megan Rapinoe, a Seattle Reign midfielder and member of the US women's national team, knelt for the national anthem before her team's 2-2 with the Chicago Red Stars on Sunday, Mashable reports. The 31-year-old, who has been on... More »

'17 F---ing Years and It's Over!': Solo on Suspension

Soccer star didn't take news well in documentary clip

(Newser) - Hope Solo didn't react well to her team losing to Sweden during the Rio Olympics, earning her a six-month suspension from US Soccer for her remarks that the Swedes were "a bunch of cowards." Her reaction upon finding out about her suspension was similarly explosive, and USA ... More »

Hope Solo Proves Herself a 'Pure Loser and Lout'

After calling Team Sweden 'a bunch of cowards'

(Newser) - Goalkeeper Hope Solo had some thoughts on the Swedish team that knocked the US women's soccer team out of the Rio Olympics on Friday. "A bunch of cowards," she tweeted. Sally Jenkins at the Washington Post had some thoughts of her own. She calls out Solo for... More »

Sweden Pulls Huge Upset, Defeats US Women's Soccer

US fails to make Olympic final for 1st time ever

(Newser) - The US women's soccer team was eliminated by Sweden in the quarterfinal at the Rio Olympic Games on Friday, the AP reports. The match was a stunning loss for the US team, which has played in the final every year since women's soccer became an Olympic sport in... More »

Soccer Star on Lack of Equal Pay: 'We Are Done With It'

Carli Lloyd explains why US women's players filed suit against US Soccer

(Newser) - Carli Lloyd loves playing soccer—so much so that she helped the US national women's team to two gold Olympic medals and the 2015 World Cup . What she doesn't love: the estimated 40% wage discrepancy between men and women players paid by US Soccer, leading her to join... More »

Abby Wambach Charged With DUI

Retired soccer great arrested near Portland, Ore.

(Newser) - Soccer star Abby Wambach was charged with driving under the influence early Sunday near Portland, Ore., reports KATU . Details are scant, but the scoring powerhouse was booked shortly after 2am on a misdemeanor charge, adds ESPN . She recently returned to her permanent home in the area. The 35-year-old retired from... More »

5 Women Stars Hit US Soccer With Equal Pay Complaint

USWNT players say they're paid 40% of what male counterparts make

(Newser) - Five players acting on behalf of the US women's national soccer team have filed a complaint against the US Soccer Federation, alleging they're paid 40% of what their male counterparts earn, despite winning three World Cups and four Olympic gold medals. In a federal complaint filed with the... More »

Brandi Chastain Will Donate Her Brain for Concussion Study

Not many brains donated to CTE research are from women

(Newser) - Brandi Chastain, whose penalty kick gave the United States the 1999 Women's World Cup title, has pledged her brain for concussion research. The 47-year-old Chastain announced her donation to the Massachusetts-based Concussion Legacy Foundation on Thursday. Upon her death, her brain will go to the VA-BU-CLF Brain Bank, a... More »

Abby Wambach: I'm Retiring

Her final match will be Dec. 16

(Newser) - Abby Wambach, the leading career scorer— male or female —in international soccer, announced her retirement from soccer on Tuesday shortly after the US national team celebrated its Women's World Cup victory at the White House. Wambach, 35, said before the World Cup this past summer in Canada that... More »

Team USA Revels in a Rare American Honor

Lloyd, Wambach, and Co. celebrated in New York City's Canyon of Heroes

(Newser) - Throngs of young girls and other fans of the US women's soccer team filled lower Manhattan this morning for a ticker-tape parade celebrating its Women's World Cup victory. The parade-goers started gathering at 3:30am along the Canyon of Heroes, a stretch of Broadway where the nation's... More »

We Don't Have to Defend Women's Sports Anymore

Columnist wants this 'insulting' argument to end once and for all

(Newser) - Dave Zirin at the Nation got an invitation to go on the radio to talk about the US women's World Cup win. Unfortunately, it wasn't to discuss Carli Lloyd's goals or Abby Wambach's twilight glory or the team's up-and-coming stars—it was an invitation to... 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 »

US Women Advance to World Cup Final

USA beats Germany

(Newser) - One more game to go: The US women's soccer team beat Germany 2-0 to advance to Sunday's championship match in the World Cup. The big difference was this: With the game tied at 0 in the second half, Germany missed a penalty kick and the US then made... More »

Team USA Advances on Wambach Goal

Women advance to elimination round in World Cup soccer

(Newser) - On to the knockout round of 16. Team USA beat Nigeria tonight in women's World Cup soccer to clinch first place in Group D and advance. The lone goal came from Abby Wambach, playing in her last World Cup, just before the end of the first half. Finishing in... More »

Still in First: Team USA Ties Sweden

Americans still lead their group

(Newser) - Team USA played to a 0-0 tie with Sweden and former coach Pia Sundhage tonight in one of the most anticipated matches of the group stage at the Women's World Cup. Abby Wambach came off the bench in the second half, but her header in the 72nd minute was... More »

Hope Solo Ordered Away From Half-Sis, Nephew, Booze

She pleads not guilty to domestic assault

(Newser) - Soccer star Hope Solo has been ordered to stay away from alcohol—and the half-sister and nephew she is accused of assaulting —as a condition of release after her arrest on domestic violence charges. The 32-year-old US goalkeeper pleaded not guilty to two counts of fourth-degree domestic violence assault... More »

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