Match between the Courage and the Thorns draws record crowd
A National Women's Soccer League record 25,218 fans watched the Portland Thorns beat the North Carolina Courage 2-1 at Providence Park on Sunday.
Megan Rapinoe, the lavender-haired icon of women's soccer, maintains that green is the key to her sport's sustainability.
LONDON (AP) — Crystal Dunn was among the last cuts from the U.S. national team roster for the 2015 Women's World Cup in Canada.
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US, Canada embark on World Cup qualifying
Crystal Dunn is pragmatic about her shifting roles: Whatever helps get the U.S. women's national team to next year's World Cup in France is fine with her.
Dunn plays midfielder for the North Carolina Courage, which just won the National Women's Soccer League championship after a record-breaking season. On Thursday, she moves to defense when the national team opens the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying tournament with a match against Mexico in Cary, North Carolina.
Courage face the Thorns in Portland for NWSL title
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Crystal Dunn says the North Carolina Courage just need to stick with what's worked all season when the team faces the Portland Thorns for the National Women's Soccer League championship on Saturday.
The Courage (18-1-6) won the league's Supporters' Shield for best record and never dropped a game on the road, something that bodes well for the team going into the raucous environment at Portland's downtown Providence Park.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Galaxy forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic, WNBA star Sue Bird, Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon and 63-year-old golfer Greg Norman are among the athletes who will be featured in ESPN the Magazine's 10th anniversary Body Issue.
NWSL announces list of allocated players for this season
CHICAGO (AP) — The National Women's Soccer League has designated 23 Americans and 11 Canadians as allocated players for the upcoming season.
The salaries of allocated players are paid by the U.S. and Canadian soccer federations. The league's nine teams all have at least one allocated American player. Seven teams have an allocated Canadian player.
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.
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.
Spirit announce Crystal Dunn’s departure for Chelsea
BOYDS, Md. (AP) — Forward Crystal Dunn is leaving the Washington Spirit for Chelsea FC of the FA Women's Super League.
Dunn was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 National Women's Soccer League college draft. She went on to become the league's Golden Boot winner in 2015 with 15 goals.
Dunn, 24, also has established herself with the U.S. women's national team and was named to the roster for the Rio Olympics. She scored against Colombia in the group stage.
US women close year with a 5-0 win over Romania
CARSON, Calif. (AP) — It was an eventful year for the U.S. women's national team off the field, with Hope Solo's suspension after the Rio Olympics, lawsuits over the expiring collective bargaining agreement and Megan Rapinoe's protest during the national anthem dominating the headlines.
Lloyd scores twice, US women beat Switzerland 5-1
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Carli Lloyd scored twice and the U.S. women's national team defeated Switzerland 5-1 in an exhibition match on Sunday.
Christen Press, Crystal Dunn and Kealia Ohai also scored for the United States, playing its second friendly against Switzerland this week. The U.S. defeated the Swiss 4-0 on Wednesday night in Utah.
Western NY Flash beat Spirit on penalties for the NWSL title
HOUSTON (AP) — Sabrina D'Angelo made three saves in the penalty shootout and the Western New York Flash won the National Women's Soccer League championship 3-2 on penalties after a 2-2 draw with the Washington Spirit on Sunday.
Crystal Dunn gave the Spirit the lead in the 92nd minute, but Golden Boot winner Lynn Williams scored for the Flash in extra time of the overtime period to send the match to penalties.
1. Tennessee at Texas A&M
When/where: 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Kyle Field
This matchup of undefeated Top 10 teams is so big that ESPN's College GameDay is making the trip to College Station. The No. 8-ranked Aggies are 5-0 for the third year in a row. No. 9-ranked Tennessee also is 5-0 after last week's last-second Hail Mary win over Georgia. The winner will remain in contention in its quest for the SEC Championship Game.
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