ESPN adds worldwide rights to NWSL
BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — ESPN and the National Women's Soccer League have reached an agreement for worldwide rights to the league's remaining regular-season and playoff matches. ESPN already had...
Ronaldo, Messi, Rapinoe nominated for FIFA awards
GENEVA (AP) — Five-time winners Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi were among the 10 candidates for the FIFA best player award announced Wednesday. United States forward Megan Rapinoe is the...
Correction: Sports Matter story
NEW YORK (AP) — In some versions of a July 19 story about the Sports Matter initiative, The Associated Press erroneously identified the RAND Corp. as the RAND Institute.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The U.S. women's national soccer team celebrated its Women's World Cup victory on both coasts Wednesday, honored with a ticker tape parade in New York City before jetting to the...
Fans celebrate World Cup champs, rally for equal pay
NEW YORK (AP) — Adoring fans packed New York City's Canyon of Heroes on Wednesday amid a blizzard of confetti to praise the World Cup-winning U.S. women's national soccer team as leaders on the...
NEW YORK (AP) — Megan Rapinoe stepped off the plane with champagne in hand — a fizzy souvenir from a most memorable trip overseas.
"Thank you, France, for the hospitality," the U.S. soccer...
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. win of the Women's World Cup (all times local):
Megan Rapinoe and the U.S. women's team showed off their World Cup trophy and took...
WASHINGTON (AP) — The World Cup champion U.S. women's soccer team is being invited to the Capitol, Congress' top Democrats said Monday.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wrote to colleagues Monday...
LYON, France (AP) — After every goal celebration and all the confident posturing, the U.S. national team backed up its swagger at the Women's World Cup by winning it all.
LYON, France (AP) — Alex Morgan said her tea-sipping celebration at the Women's World Cup was a nod to actress Sophie Turner's amusing Instagram posts.
LYON, France (AP) — With Alex Morgan's cheeky tea-sipping celebration and a postgame mobbing of goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher, the United States has moved a step closer to successfully defending its...
LYON, France (AP) — Here's some bad news for Sweden's defense ahead of its World Cup semifinal Wednesday against the Netherlands: Vivianne Miedema gets even better in the big games.
Alex Morgan adjusts her game at Women’s World Cup
LYON, France (AP) — After collecting five goals in her first game, Alex Morgan is getting a lot of attention at the Women's World Cup — from defenders.
Ertz returns, Horan out for US match against Spain
REIMS, France (AP) — Julie Ertz returned to the United States' starting lineup against Spain on Monday after a hip contusion kept her out of the team's last match at the Women's World...
REIMS, France (AP) — Spain coach Jorge Vilda says part of the challenge in facing the United States is making sure his players aren't intimidated by the defending Women's World Cup...
US catches heat for World Cup goal celebrations
REIMS, France (AP) — The goals were one thing, the celebrations another.
The U.S. women's national team faced criticism following its record-breaking 13-0 rout of Thailand on Tuesday night....
Alex Morgan has 5 goals as US routs Thailand 13-0
REIMS, France (AP) — Thailand was never a real threat to the U.S. national team. Even so, the three-time Women's World Cup champions had no desire to go easy on a lesser opponent in their opening...
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5 players to watch at the Women’s World Cup
The Women's World Cup kicks off Friday in Paris. Twenty-four teams will traverse France for the next month in pursuit of soccer's most prestigious trophy. Here are five players to watch during the...
The teams playing in the 2019 Women's World Cup in France, with ranking, qualification, appearances, coach, players to watch, facts to know and the state of women's soccer in each...
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The World Cup must be getting close, because Carli Lloyd is looking dangerous.
The 2015 World Cup star scored her first two goals of the year in the opening 19 minutes of...
COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (AP) — Mallory Pugh heard the cheers from the hometown fans when she came onto the field early in the second half. The cheers were deafening when she scored 37 seconds...
COMMERCE CITY, Colorado (AP) — Mallory Pugh scored twice in her return to Colorado to cap a three-goal rally, and the U.S. women's national team held on to beat Australia 5-3 in an exhibition on...
US ties Japan 2-2 in Women’s World Cup tuneup
CHESTER, Pa. (AP) — Jill Ellis watched her team lose a chance to beat a rival in the final minutes. The U.S. women's soccer coach did not, however, lose any confidence ahead of the Women's World...
Alex Morgan named US Player of the Year
CHICAGO (AP) — Alex Morgan has been named U.S. Soccer's Player of the Year for a second time after leading the national team with 18 goals in 19 games and helping it earn a spot in the World Cup next year in France.
Defender Tierna Davidson, who started in her first nine national team appearances, was named Young Player of the Year, U.S. Soccer announced Friday. The 19-year-old's college season at Stanford was cut short when she broke her ankle in September.
US wins CONCACAF qualifying final 2-0 over Canada
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Rose Lavelle is still trying to regain some of the confidence that was shaken when she was injured.
Lavelle has been back to full strength for a while since battling a nagging hamstring injury, but it's the mental part that she's been working hard to overcome.
On Wednesday night she scored within the first two minutes and the U.S. women beat rival Canada 2-0 in the championship match of the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying tournament.
She's already an internationally recognized soccer player with a World Cup title and an Olympic gold medal. She's also the author of a series of kids' books.
Now you can add actor to Alex Morgan's resume.
The U.S. national team forward makes her movie debut in a new feature "Alex & Me" about a young player who is inspired by Morgan. Nickelodeon's Siena Agudong stars alongside Morgan, who plays herself.
Alex Morgan scores, US women beat China 1-0
SANDY, Utah (AP) — Alex Morgan scored on a header in the 57th minute and the U.S. national team beat China 1-0 in an exhibition match Thursday night.
The teams also will meet Tuesday night in Cleveland.
China has already qualified for the 2019 World Cup in France. The United States, the defending World Cup champion, is preparing for CONCACAF qualifying in October.
HOUSTON (AP) — Carli Lloyd became the sixth American to score 100 international goals, putting the United States ahead as it rallied for a 6-2 win over Mexico in an exhibition Sunday.
Alex Morgan scored twice for the second straight game as the Americans played another prep match ahead of World Cup qualifying in October. Megan Rapinoe chipped the goalkeeper to score from 35 yards and had four assists, one short of the U.S. record.
Alex Morgan scores twice in 4-1 US win over Mexico
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Alex Morgan scored twice and the U.S. women's national team got three goals in the space of four minutes early in the second half to beat Mexico 4-1 on Thursday night in the first of two exhibition matches between the teams.
Morgan's first goal came on a penalty kick a minute the second half to put the United States up 2-0. She added another goal shortly thereafter with a shot that bounced off the far post and into the goal.
U.S. national soccer team striker Alex Morgan and Brazil forward Marta were among the players chosen for the FIFPro Women's World XI, released Thursday to coincide with International Women's Day.
US women open year with 5-1 win over Denmark.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Mallory Pugh scored a pair of second-half goals, and the U.S. women's national team opened the year with a 5-1 victory over Denmark on Sunday.
Alex Morgan, Julie Ertz and Crystal Dunn also scored for the top-ranked United States. The match was the first for a year that will include qualifying for the 2019 Women's World Cup in France. The Americans are the defending champion of the sport's premier event.
Morgan, Rapinoe lift US soccer past South Korea 3-1
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Alex Morgan and Julie Ertz prolonged their recent scoring binges for the United States, while Megan Rapinoe showcased her knack for exposing weaknesses in even the most technically sound defenses.
Morgan scored in a fourth straight game, Ertz scored for the fourth time in five games and the U.S. beat South Korea 3-1 on Thursday night.
Alex Morgan apologizes for weekend incident at Disney park
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Alex Morgan has apologized on social media for an incident at Disney World over the weekend.
Morgan, a star for the World Cup-winning U.S. national team who also plays for the Orlando Pride, was among three soccer players kicked out of an Epcot park restaurant on Sunday. Authorities say the players were verbally aggressive with park security and other guests.
3 Orlando City Soccer Club players kicked out of Disney
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Three Orlando City soccer players were kicked out of Disney World after officials say they became verbally aggressive with park security and other guests.
SEATTLE (AP) — Tameka Butt scored in the 67th minute and Australia beat the United States for the first time in the 28-game series, 1-0 in the Tournament of Nations on Thursday night.
The Matildas also snapped the Americans' four-game winning streak.
Just moments after Butt's goal got past goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher, Carli Lloyd blasted a cross from Megan Rapinoe at Australia goalkeeper Lydia Williams, who made a fantastic save. Lloyd had another chance that sailed just over the net.
CHICAGO (AP) — Defender Ali Krieger, who is nearing her 100th international appearance, has been named to the U.S. women's national team roster for the upcoming Tournament of Nations.
Krieger, who plays for the Orlando Pride of the National Women's Soccer League, was not on the roster for a pair of games in Europe last month. She has 98 national team appearances.
CHICAGO (AP) — Sydney Leroux has returned to the U.S. national soccer team roster for the first time since giving birth.
U.S. coach Jill Ellis announced the roster Thursday for matches in Europe next month against Sweden and Norway.
Leroux took off much of last year after she gave birth to son Cassius. She is married to Sporting Kansas City forward Dom Dwyer.
The U.S. women's national team believes its new contract is both fair and good for the future of the sport.
The U.S. Soccer Federation and the team's union announced Wednesday that a labor deal had been struck to settle an at times contentious dispute in which the players sought equitable wages to their male counterparts.
The collective bargaining agreement runs through 2021, meaning the players will be under contract through the 2019 World Cup in France and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
GENEVA (AP) — FIFA player of the year Carli Lloyd is one of four Americans in a World XI team voted on by fellow players.
The team announced on International Women's Day by global players' union FIFPro includes goalkeeper Hope Solo, Ali Krieger in defense, Lloyd in midfield and Alex Morgan in attack.
Ellis names roster for next month’s SheBelieves Cup
CHICAGO (AP) — Carli Lloyd and Alex Morgan are among 23 players named to the U.S. national team's roster for the SheBelieves Cup tournament next month.
Coach Jill Ellis drew the players for the roster from a pre-tournament training camp. The event, which will include Germany, France and England playing in three doubleheaders across three cities, opens Wednesday in Chester, Pennsylvania.
Megan Rapinoe left off US roster for SheBelieves Cup
CHICAGO (AP) — Midfielder Megan Rapinoe has been left off the U.S. roster for a training camp ahead of the SheBelieves Cup tournament.
Midfielder/forward Kealia Ohai also was not among the 25 players announced Wednesday by coach Jill Ellis. Ohai made her debut with the national team last year, appearing in three matches.
The 31-year-old Rapinoe is a veteran of the last two World Cups but tore her right anterior cruciate ligament in December 2015 and didn't return until the Olympics last August.
US forward Morgan joins Lyon to further dream of being No. 1
With the lure of Champions League football proving too strong to resist, United States forward Alex Morgan is joining European champion Lyon in a move she hopes will help her become the world's best player.
Lyon announced on Tuesday that Morgan is arriving from Orlando Pride on a six-month deal, with an option for her to play a further season.
The 27-year-old Morgan wants to make the most of her career as she enters her peak years.
Christen Press scores fourth career hat trick in 8-1 US win
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — As the season winds down, coach Jill Ellis wants the Americans winging it and making adjustments on the fly to keep pressure on opponents from all angles and every spot on the field.
That task came fairly easily against Romania.
Christen Press had her fourth career hat trick by the 38th minute, Alex Morgan added two goals and the U.S. women's national team whipped up on the Romanians 8-1 Thursday night.
Coach Jill Ellis names US Women’s roster for friendlies
CHICAGO (AP) — Coach Jill Ellis' training camp roster for a pair of exhibitions against Switzerland features 11 players who have never appeared on the U.S. women's national team.
Ellis left off forward Alex Morgan, midfielder Megan Rapinoe, and defenders Meghan Klingenberg, Ali Krieger and Julie Johnston. All played on the Women's World Cup-winning team last year and the Olympic team this summer.
Badgers women’s soccer: Rose Lavelle’s national team pursuits take back seat for final season at Wisconsin
As the sun beat down on the practice fields behind the University of Wisconsin Hospital complex, two strength and conditioning assistants for the UW women’s soccer team observed the final shooting drills of a sweltering summer practice, 48 hours prior to the season opener.
One player squarely, but seemingly effortlessly, struck the ball and only a leaping save from Wisconsin keeper Caitlyn Clem kept it from finding the back of the net.
US women’s soccer heads home after early Olympic exit
BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — There will be no fourth straight gold medal for the United States.
The hopes of becoming the first team to win the Olympics following a World Cup are also dashed.
Instead, the favored U.S. women's soccer team heads home from Brazil without an Olympic medal for the first time.
Alex Morgan's eyes were red from tears following a quarterfinal loss to Sweden, which won 4-3 in a penalty shootout after a 1-1 draw on Friday. And goalkeeper...
Brasilia, Brazil — The three-time defending champion U.S. women's national team will miss the Olympic final for the first time after being ousted by Sweden on penalties following a 1-1 draw in the quarterfinals on Friday.
Tied after three rounds in the shootout, Sweden captain Caroline Seger beat Hope Solo and Christen Press' attempt against Hedvig Lindhal went over the net. With the next kick, Lisa Dahlkvist beat an outstretched Solo for the win.
Rio Olympics: U.S. women’s soccer team eliminated by Sweden after penalty kicks
RIO DE JANEIRO - The United States women's soccer team has been eliminated by Sweden in the quarterfinal at the Rio Games.
The Friday match was a stunning loss for the U.S. team, which has played in the final every year since women's soccer became an Olympic sport 1996, winning gold four times.
After a scoreless first half, Stina Blackstenius scored in the 61st minute to give Sweden a 1-0 lead that for a time threatened to send the Americans home early from Brazil....