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Soccer Stars Rally Around Girl, 8, Booted From Tourney

Family says short hair was the issue; organizers say it was a clerical error

(Newser) - Some of the biggest names in US soccer are rallying around a little girl who was disqualified from her local soccer club's tournament this weekend. Abby Wambach and Mia Hamm have both publicly supported 8-year-old Mili Hernandez after her story went viral, the AP reports. Hernandez plays for the...

Wambach to Wed Mommy Blogger After Whirlwind Romance

Glennon Doyle Melton, soccer star announce engagement on social media

(Newser) - "Happy," is how soccer star Abby Wambach put it on Instagram , tacking on an #iseethemoonnow." The photo was one posted a day earlier on Facebook by prominent Christian mommy blogger Glennon Doyle Melton, who wrote "Abby and I decided to hold hands forever. Love wins."...

Prominent Christian 'Mommy Blogger' Now Dating (Female) Soccer Star

Glennon Doyle Melton reveals relationship with Abby Wambach

(Newser) - Prominent Christian blogger and author Glennon Doyle Melton is dating soccer star Abby Wambach just three months after divorcing her husband, Jezebel reports. Melton revealed the relationship in a Facebook post Sunday night, in which she declared her love for Wambach and acknowledged their relationship has moved quickly. "How...

Abby Wambach: I Boozed, Popped Pills for Years
Abby Wambach:
I Boozed, Popped
Pills for Years

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...

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...

Abby Wambach: I'm Retiring
 Abby Wambach: 
 I'm Retiring 

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...

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...

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...

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...

US Women's Soccer Season Canceled

WPS suspends play while it battles a team owner in court

(Newser) - The thrill of victory was quickly followed by the agony of defeat for US women soccer players this week. The good news: They won a berth in the London Olympics. The bad: The 2012 season of the Women's Professional Soccer League has been canceled. At issue is a legal...

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...

Japan Wins on Penalty Kicks
 Japan Wins on Penalty Kicks 
Women's World Cup

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Norway Rolls Over US, 2-0
 Norway Rolls Over US, 2-0

Norway Rolls Over US, 2-0

Scores 2 goals in first 4 minutes, hangs on to win

(Newser) - Norway jumped on the United States from the opening whistle, getting two goals in the first four minutes today to beat the US women's soccer team, 2-0, at the Beijing Olympics. The US occassionally looked dangerous, but seemed to miss injured leading scorer Abby Wambach. It was America's first loss...

Soccer Star Wambach Breaks Leg, Will Miss Olympics

Team's hopes for a gold medal in trouble now

(Newser) - The US women's soccer team's hopes for a gold medal in Beijing took a devastating blow yesterday when star Abby Wambach broke her leg in an exhibition match. Wambach, the team's leading scorer, underwent a two-hour surgery today that went "perfectly, beautifully," her mother told the Rochester Democrat ...

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...

US Women in World Cup Semis
US Women in World Cup Semis

US Women in World Cup Semis

Wambach and crew shut out England, 3-0

(Newser) - The US women's soccer team cruised into the semifinals of the World Cup today with a 3-0 win over England, ESPN reports. Abby Wambach, Shannon Boxx, and Kristine Lilly scored three goals in a 12-minute span of the second half. The US, seeking its third title, will face the winner...

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