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Trump Takes Issue With US Soccer's Rapinoe

Says her protest during national anthem is inappropriate

(Newser) - President Trump may "love watching women's soccer," but he's no fan of Megan Rapinoe's silent stance during the national anthem. Asked whether it was appropriate for the co-captain of the US women's soccer team to take that moment to protest inequality and injustice— standing... More »

After 2 Penalty Kicks, Team USA Advances

Women's soccer team beats Spain 2-1 thanks to Megan Rapinoe's goals

(Newser) - The opening round is over, along with the prospect of 13-0 romps . Still, the US women's soccer team defeated Spain in a close 2-1 match Monday to advance to the quarterfinals in the World Cup, reports ESPN . Megan Rapinoe scored both American goals, and both were on penalty kicks.... More »

US Takes Group With Sweden Win

Spain is next for defending champions

(Newser) - The defending champion US national team faced its toughest test of the Women's World Cup and remained dominant Thursday night, beating Sweden 2-0 for a measure of revenge against the team that stunned the confident Americans in the last Olympics. Lindsey Horan scored within the first three minutes, the... More »

Women's Soccer Team Gets a Lot More Subdued

They beat Chile 3-0, but aren't as celebratory as before

(Newser) - Carli Lloyd scored a pair of goals for the US in a somewhat subdued 3-0 victory over Chile that advanced the defending Women's World Cup champions to the round of 16, the AP reports. The Americans were criticized after their record-breaking 13-0 rout of Thailand when players celebrated goals... More »

A Classless Win? US Soccer Team Responds

'A lot of this is about building momentum'

(Newser) - "If this is 10-0 in a men's World Cup, are we getting the same questions?" Jill Ellis wondered Tuesday as the US women's soccer team faced criticism for blowing Thailand out of the water in its first match of the Women's World Cup in France. Alex... More »

US Breaks Scoring Record in Women's World Cup

Beats Thailand 13-0

(Newser) - The US women's soccer team set a scoring record Tuesday, beating Thailand 13-0—the heaviest defeat in Women's World Cup history, CNN reports. Or, as the Washington Post puts it, the "most lopsided victory" ever. The US is the defending champion, holding three previous titles, while Thailand... More »

Hope Solo Has Choice Words Before Women's World Cup

The former goalkeeper criticizes Jill Ellis

(Newser) - Nothing like starting the Women's World Cup on a positive note. Hope Solo, the US team's former goalkeeper, trashed the team's coach just three days before their Tuesday opener against Thailand, Reuters reports. "Jill—she's not the leader I wish her to be," said... More »

Women's Team Sues Over 'Institutionalized' Discrimination

Soccer players want better pay, along with back pay

(Newser) - Players for the US women's national soccer team have filed a federal gender discrimination lawsuit seeking pay that is equitable to that of their male counterparts. The action comes just three months before the team will defend its title at the Women's World Cup in France, per the... More »

Soccer Star's Attempt at Epcot Drinking Game Ends Badly

Police say Alex Morgan was 'screaming' and 'highly impaired' at Disney World

(Newser) - If Alex Morgan's goal* was to get kicked out of Disney World, then consider Sunday night a raging success. The Guardian reports the famous soccer player and member of the US women's national team was escorted from the park by Orange County sheriff's deputies following an argument... More »

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 »

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