Megan Rapinoe enjoys whirlwind, focuses on soccer pay fight
NEW YORK (AP) — Megan Rapinoe is enjoying the whirlwind of a two-time World Cup winner.
She picked up the FIFA Player of the Year award in Milan rocking a deeper shade of lavender hair, sent...
US plays to 1-1 draw in final game for retiring coach Ellis
CHICAGO (AP) — Megan Rapinoe will miss Jill Ellis running the U.S. women's national team.
"A lot, I think," star forward Rapinoe said after the U.S. tied South Korea 1-1 on Sunday in the...
US women’s soccer coach Jill Ellis preps for last game
CHICAGO (AP) — Retiring U.S. Soccer women's national team coach Jill Ellis already knows she'll be emotional on Sunday at Soldier Field.
The two-time FIFA women's coach of the year will lead...
US national women’s team beats South Korea 2-0
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Megan Rapinoe had two assists in her first national team game since the World Cup and the United States beat South Korea 2-0 on Thursday night for its 17th straight...
Rapinoe, Messi win FIFA player of the year awards
MILAN (AP) — Lionel Messi won his sixth FIFA player of the year award, while Megan Rapinoe won her first at a lavish ceremony at Milan's iconic Teatro all Scala on Monday.
US to end 2019 with matches against Sweden, Costa Rica
CHICAGO (AP) — The Women's World Cup champion U.S. team will wrap up 2019 with matches against Sweden and Costa Rica.
U.S. Soccer announced Wednesday that the U.S. will face Sweden in...
Lloyd scores 2, US women beat Portugal again on victory tour
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Carli Lloyd scored twice and the U.S. national team extended its winning streak to 16 games with a 3-0 exhibition victory over Portugal on Tuesday night.
Lloyd, US women ease past Portugal in front of record crowd
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Carli Lloyd had a goal and an assist in front of her hometown fans, and the U.S. women's national team continued its post-World Cup victory tour with a 4-0 win over Portugal in...
Kate Markgraf hired as GM for women’s national team
Former defender Kate Markgraf has been named general manager of the U.S. women's national team, U.S. Soccer announced Monday.
Markgraf will oversee the search for a coach to replace Jill...
US women open victory tour, Ellis farewell, beat Ireland 3-0
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — FIFA President Gianni Infantino took time out of his vacation to drop by the Rose Bowl for a celebration of the newest women's World Cup champions.
Ellis content to get off US women’s soccer “roller coaster”
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Jill Ellis likened her tenure in charge of the U.S. women's national team to an amusement park ride. She also compared it to a tumultuous ride on a five-year...
US in flux: Ellis leaves, GM coming soon and Olympics loom
Fresh off of a repeat performance as World Cup champions, the U.S. women's national team finds itself in flux.
On Tuesday, Jill Ellis announced she was stepping down after more than five...
US coach Jill Ellis stepping down after 2 World Cup titles
With two Women's World Cup titles in hand, U.S. national team coach Jill Ellis says it's time to move on.
Ellis announced Tuesday that she's resigning, just more than three weeks after the...
Column: US women win World Cup on their own terms
Megan Rapinoe left early, her work done for the day. The celebration came early, too, for a U.S. team determined up until the final minute to win this Women's World Cup on its own terms.
Wednesday’s Sports in Brief
WOMEN'S WORLD CUP
LYON, France (AP) — The Netherlands will play the United States for the Women's World Cup title after Jackie Groenen sealed a 1-0 victory over Sweden in extra time.
Rapinoe out of US starting lineup, keeper change for England
LYON, France (AP) — Megan Rapinoe was not in the starting lineup for the United States in the Women's World Cup semifinal match against England on Tuesday night.
Neville irritated with Americans over World Cup hotel visit
LYON, France (AP) — Preparing for the Women's World Cup semifinal against the United States, coach Phil Neville was irritated to discover the Americans scoping out England's hotel.
Megan Rapinoe is being, well, Megan Rapinoe at the World Cup
PARIS (AP) — With a colorful vocabulary and manner to match her pinkish-purple hair, Megan Rapinoe stands out simply by being Megan Rapinoe.
She celebrated her two goals in the quarterfinal...
Horan out of the starting lineup for the 2nd straight game
PARIS (AP) — Midfielder Lindsey Horan was not in the starting lineup for Friday night's quarterfinal match against France at the Women's World Cup.
European vacation over, Naeher and US bounce back up
REIMS, France (AP) — Alyssa Naeher's European vacation ended quickly Monday night.
After three games with little to do, the 31-year-old American goalkeeper blundered in her first World Cup...
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...
World Cup’s top teams enter knockout stage on a roll
While it may be tempting to look ahead to the quarterfinals and a possible clash with France, the defending champion U.S. has thrived at the Women's World Cup by keeping its focus on the...
US shuffles lineup again and Ertz out with injury
LE HAVRE, France (AP) — The United States was without defensive midfielder Julie Ertz because of a hip injury but the team returned to a lineup similar to the one it used in its Women's World Cup...
Lloyd, Pugh, Press among 7 new starters for US vs. Chile
PARIS (AP) — Carli Lloyd, Mallory Pugh and Christen Press formed a new starting front line as U.S. coach Jill Ellis made seven changes for Sunday night's Women's World Cup match against...
Ellis downplays comments by former US goalkeeper Hope Solo
REIMS, France (AP) — U.S. national team coach Jill Ellis has downplayed critical comments made by former goalkeeper Hope Solo, who said the World Cup-winning coach "cracks under...
Becky Sauerbrunn evolves along with US defense
LONDON (AP) — As the U.S. women's national team's defense has evolved over the past four years, so has Becky Sauerbrunn.
Normally quiet and studious, the center back who is about to embark...
Defending champion US is atop Group F, along with Sweden
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...
US faces greater challenges this time around at World Cup
The U.S. women's national team is well aware the rest of the world is catching up.
Long dominant on the international stage, the No. 1-ranked Americans are heading to France for the Women's...
Samantha Mewis scores twice to lead US past South Africa 3-0
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Samantha Mewis is finding her stride again just in time for her first World Cup.
Mewis scored goals in both halves and the U.S. women's national team began its...
Allie Long makes US World Cup roster after challenging year
Allie Long figured she'd earned her trip to the World Cup when she heard Jill Ellis' voice on the line and the U.S. national team coach sounded upbeat.
Krieger, Long and Brian make US World Cup roster
Experience was a factor in coach Jill Ellis' decision to include defender Ali Krieger and midfielders Allie Long and Morgan Brian on the U.S. team that will seek to defend its title at the Women's...
Carli Lloyd still driven to fight for more World Cup glory
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Carli Lloyd realizes millions of casual soccer fans don't follow the international game outside the World Cup. Some American fans haven't paid close attention to the U.S....
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Ali Krieger was between training sessions with the Orlando Pride on Tuesday afternoon when U.S. coach Jill Ellis texted her and asked whether she had time to...
US wraps up SheBelieves Cup with 1-0 win over Brazil
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — While the United States didn't win the SheBelieves Cup tournament on home soil, coach Jill Ellis is still encouraged with the team's progress as it prepares for the women's...
Tightening up defense key for US women after opening tie
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Looking at how the Americans gave up two late goals, including one in stoppage time, has given them a timely reminder of what they need to work on before defending their...
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...
Horan injured, left off US roster for SheBelieves Cup
CHICAGO (AP) — Lindsay Horan was left off the U.S. roster for the SheBelieves Cup tournament because of a quadriceps injury.
It was unclear when the Portland Thorns midfielder was hurt.
Coach Jill Ellis announced 23 players for her roster on Tuesday. The United States opens with Japan on Feb. 27 in Chester, Pennsylvania, plays England on March 2 at Nashville, Tennessee, and closes group play three days later against Brazil in Tampa, Florida.
Refs train with VAR ahead of approval for Women’s World Cup
Women's World Cup referees are undergoing training with VARs in matches over the next two weeks, The Associated Press has learned, paving the way for the FIFA council to approve the use of video reviews at the tournament in France.
FIFA has faced criticism for not committing to using video assistant referees at the June 7-July 7 Women's World Cup just as they were for the men's tournament for the first time in Russia last year.
Defending champion US women to open camp ahead of World Cup
CHICAGO (AP) — Two goals away from reaching 100 for her career, forward Alex Morgan is on the roster for the U.S. women's national team as it opens training camp ahead of the World Cup in France this summer.
Morgan was among 26 players named to the roster by coach Jill Ellis on Friday. The defending champions leave for Portugal on Saturday and will play a pair of exhibition matches against France and Spain later in the month.
US draws Sweden again for 2019 Women’s World Cup
PARIS (AP) — U.S. national coach Jill Ellis was asked before the Women's World Cup draw whether she thought her team would be grouped with Sweden for the fifth straight time.
"Oh, we will," Ellis laughed, recalling her reply.
Turned out she was right.
The defending champion Americans were grouped — again — with Sweden for next summer's showcase tournament in France. The draw to set the group stage for the 24 teams was held Saturday at a gala event in Paris amid a backdrop of unrest in the country.
Lavelle, Morgan lead US women past Trinidad and Tobago
CARY, N.C. (AP) — The United States is rolling in pursuit of another berth in the Women's World Cup.
Rose Lavelle and Alex Morgan scored two goals apiece to help the U.S. women beat Trinidad and Tobago 7-0 on Wednesday night in the World Cup qualifying tournament.
Tobin Heath added a goal and two assists for the United States, which led 4-0 at halftime.
Ellis names roster for World Cup qualifying tournament
The U.S. women's national team has named a 20-player roster for the upcoming CONCACAF championship, which serves as qualifying for next year's World Cup in France.
This will be the fourth qualifying tournament for Carli Lloyd, who scored a hat trick in the team's victory over Japan in the 2015 World Cup final. She is among 11 players on the current roster who were on the team that won the title.
US coach calls for VAR at Women’s World Cup in France
The coach of the U.S. women's national team is calling on FIFA to use video review for officiating at the Women's World Cup next year in France.
Coach Jill Ellis wants the Video Assistant Referee, also known as VAR, to be used for the women's tournament just as it was for the men's World Cup this summer in Russia.
"Let's all start a plan, and a movement, to make sure that it is," Ellis said. "Because that would be the fair thing, right?"
US women’s national team announces timeline for hiring a GM
The U.S. Soccer Federation says it will identify a preliminary list of candidates for the new position of general manager for the women's national team by November.
The U.S. Soccer Board of Directors announced the creation of GM positions for the men's and women's national teams last December. Former U.S. midfielder Earnie Stewart started as GM of the men's side this month.
Lloyd scores twice in second half, US women beat Chile 4-0
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The Americans scored goals in so many ways over the past week. Now it's time to do it on the big stage of World Cup qualifying.
US women beat Chile in warmup for World Cup qualifying
CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Tierna Davidson scored her first career goal, Christen Press added a second-half goal and the U.S. women's national team extended its unbeaten streak to 20 games with a 3-0 victory over Chile in an exhibition match Friday night.
Four weeks after winning the Tournament of Nations in Illinois, the Americans looked fairly sharp in their first-ever meeting with Chile in front of a large and lively Southern California crowd.
Hat’s off! Alex Morgan’s 3-goal game leads US past Japan 4-2
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — As a wave of energetic young players make inroads with the U.S. national team, Alex Morgan admitted to feeling a bit of pressure from coach Jill Ellis to continue to perform at a high level.
US women takes veteran team to Tournament of Nations
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — The top-ranked U.S. will bring a veteran group to the four-team Tournament of Nations, which begins next week with a match against Japan at Children's Mercy Park in Kansas City.
US women’s coach says her players have an equal right to VAR
MOSCOW (AP) — Female players have an equal right to have FIFA use video review for their tournament next year in France, U.S. women's coach Jill Ellis said Wednesday.
FIFA is using Video Assistant Referees for the men's World Cup for the first time this year, and it has led to several key call reversals and an increase in penalty kicks.
CHICAGO (AP) — Midfielder Tobin Heath is back on the U.S. women's national team roster after spending the start of the year recovering from surgery.
Coach Jill Ellis named a 23-player roster Tuesday for a pair of exhibition matches against China next month.
Heath, who turned 30 on Tuesday, hasn't played with the national team since appearing as a substitute in a friendly against New Zealand last September. She had surgery to remove bone growth on her right ankle in early January.