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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 »

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 »

'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's Name-Calling Leads to a Suspension

Goalkeeper suspended from national team for 6 months

(Newser) - Goalkeeper Hope Solo was suspended Wednesday for six months by US Soccer for making disparaging comments about Sweden following the Americans' early departure from the Rio Olympics. Solo called the Swedes "a bunch of cowards" for focusing on defense rather than attacking the three-time defending champion US team, 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 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 »

Women Soccer Players Call Fake Turf Discriminatory

They threaten legal action demanding grass for next year's tournament

(Newser) - With the Women's World Cup in Canada less than 10 months away, some of the world's top women soccer players are threatening a lawsuit against FIFA over a literal turf war. The women want the tournament played on real grass instead of artificial turf, and they call the... More »

Abby Wambach Scoops Up Global Record

She has more than any woman or man ever has

(Newser) - It's official: No one has ever scored more soccer goals on the world stage than Abby Wambach, and that includes both men and women. Wambach passed Mia Hamm for the all-time international goals record last night, with a stunning 4-goal performance against South Korea, Fox Sports reports. What's... More »

N. Korea Soccer Team Walks Off in Flag Flub

Olympic committee is very, very, very, very sorry

(Newser) - No sooner had London's Olympics kicked off than the North Korean women's soccer team took its toys and walked off today: The team refused to take the field for more than an hour for their match against Colombia after the South Korean flag was inadvertently displayed on the... More »

News Flash: The Olympics Start Today

Soccer, archery kick off early

(Newser) - The Opening Ceremonies aren’t until Friday, but the Olympics actually start today, 400 miles away from London. Soccer and archery start early, so as not to wear out the athletes with the number of games that are required, the Detroit Free Press explains. The US women’s soccer team... 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 »

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 »

N. Koreans Fail Steroids Test, Blame Lightning (Again)

Team says players took natural medicine after big zap

(Newser) - Boy, that was some lightning strike. When North Korea's women's soccer team lost to USA , it blamed the lingering effects of a lightning strike from earlier in the month. Now that five of its players have tested positive for steroids at the World Cup, the team is pulling... 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 »

North Korea Blames Lightning Strike for Loss to US

Coach says women feeling effects of June 8 zap

(Newser) - The USA women's soccer team started the World Cup with a 2-0 victory today thanks to goals by Lauren Cheney and Rachel Buehler and, er, a lightning strike on June 8. Or so says the North Korean coach, who claims five of his players were hospitalized earlier this month... More »

Meet the Best Women's Soccer Player in the World

Brazil's Marta is playing in suburban Buffalo

(Newser) - The male stars of soccer are worldwide celebrities, but the top female player is a relative unknown. Marta Vieira da Silva—she goes by Marta—is a 25-year-old Brazilian who plays in the fledgling women's pro league in the US. Her team is the Western New York Flash of... More »

'I'm Like, That Is Not Me:' Dirty Soccer Player

Elizabeth Lambert confused, remorseful about hair-pulling episode

(Newser) - Elizabeth Lambert is confused, remorseful, and a little defensive about some much-publicized bad behavior on the soccer field that got her suspended from the University of New Mexico team. “There were times in the game where I was literally like, ‘All right, Elizabeth, you’ve got to get... More »

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