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Seattle Reign acquire Yael Averbuch, depth on NWSL Draft Day

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It was expected to be a quiet day for Seattle Reign FC in the NWSL Draft, but instead of announcing one pick in the last round, the club ended up with three new players.

Before the draft started, the first Vlatko Andonovski - Laura Harvey trade was announced. Reign FC acquired defender Yael Averbuch and the 25th overall pick in the draft in exchange for midfielder Diana Matheson.

Smith and Lavelle called up for USA friendlies in Europe

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Will Abby Smith get her first international cap?

Jill Ellis has named her 21-player USWNT roster for their upcoming June friendlies against Sweden and Norway.

GOALKEEPERS (2): Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars), Abby Smith (Boston Breakers)

DEFENDERS (7): Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage), Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars), Jaelene Hinkle (NC Courage), Meghan Klingenberg (Portland Thorns FC), Kelley O'Hara (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars)

MIDFIELDERS (7): Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC), Rose Lavelle (Boston Breakers), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash/Manchester City), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), Samantha Mewis (NC Courage), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC)

FORWARDS (5): Crystal Dunn (Chelsea FC), Sydney Leroux (FC Kansas City), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride/Olympique Lyonnais), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit)

Rose Lavelle is in the lineup; given her most recent performances with the WNT and her current form in NWSL, it was almost a given she would be called in.

Oyster and Lavelle called up to USWNT before Russia friendlies

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Lavelle returns and Oyster gets her first callup.

Rose Lavelle and Megan Oyster have been called up to the latest USWNT camp ahead of their two friendlies against Russia.

GOALKEEPERS (3): Jane Campbell (Houston Dash), Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars)

DEFENDERS (6): Meghan Klingenberg (Portland Thorns FC), Ali Krieger (Orlando Pride), Kelley O'Hara (Sky Blue FC), Megan Oyster (Boston Breakers), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars)

MIDFIELDERS (8): Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC), Rose Lavelle (Boston Breakers), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash/Manchester City), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), Samantha Mewis (NC Courage), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign)

FORWARDS (7): Crystal Dunn (Chelsea FC), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride/Olympique Lyonnais, FRA), Kealia Ohai (Houston Dash), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Mallory Pugh (UCLA), Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), Lynn Williams (NC Courage)

This is Oyster's first callup to national team.

Houston Dash vs FC Kansas City Final Score: Dash drop fourth straight scoreless defeat

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Becky Sauerbrunn's 80th minute goal propelled FC Kansas City over the Houston Dash.

The Houston Dash dropped their fourth straight match in a 1-0 loss to FC Kansas City at BBVA Compass Stadium on Sunday night.

Despite the final score, Houston's attack felt resurgent after a trio of lackluster performances.

Match preview: Boston Breakers vs FC Kansas City

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FCKC is struggling too - will that be enough for Boston to get a goal?

We're not quite at the point where we're searching for any possible victory, even a moral one. Right now what the Breakers really need is a goal. Not a win, not three points - a single goal, preferably from the run of play, although a set piece or penalty kick might be enough to hold everyone over until they manage to score again.

Stephanie McCaffrey named to USWNT Olympic qualifying roster

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McCaffrey joins four other forwards on the 20-player roster.

Stephanie McCaffrey has been named to the 20-player roster for CONCACAF Olympic qualifying, taking place February 10-21 in Frisco and Dallas, TX.

The full roster is as follows:

GOALKEEPERS (3): Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)

DEFENDERS (7): Jaelene Hinkle (Western New York Flash), Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Meghan Klingenberg (Portland Thorns FC), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Kelley O'Hara (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC)

MIDFIELDERS (5): Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), Samantha Mewis (Western New York Flash)

FORWARDS (5): Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Stephanie McCaffrey (Boston Breakers), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Mallory Pugh (Real Colorado)

Though listed as a forward, McCaffrey has been used recently in more of a midfield role, providing width and service while also drawing in defenders.

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Lloyd, Morgan, Ertz headline 26 players into USWNT January camp

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The U.S. Women's National Team announced their roster for the upcoming January camp.

Head coach Jill Ellis has brought in 26 players for the 15 day training camp in Carson, California, beginning on Saturday.

Several usual names are there. Becky Sauerbrunn, Carli Lloyd, and Alex Morgan are all regulars with the squad as is U.

U.S. Women Overcome Netherlands 3-1 In Friendly

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The match was tighter than expected, but the United States Women still picked up a victory in Atlanta

The United States women's national team overcame an early deficit to defeat the Netherlands, 3-1, in a tight contest at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Sunday night.

The Dutch proved to be a much sterner test for the Americans than Thailand was on Thursday, but were undone by an own goal to give the USWNT a 3-1 win.

Kim Little Nominated For BBC Women's Footballer of the Year Award

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She becomes the only player to have been nominated in both years of the award's existence.

For the second consecutive year, the Reign's all-everything attacking midfielder Kim Little has been nominated for the BBC's Women's Footballer of the Year award, which honors the best female player in the world for club and country.

Union ready for Fire, Bethlehem hosts Cincinnati, US Soccer responds to wage discrimination action, more

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Union on the road to Chicago. Bethlehem's inaugural home opener on Sunday. US Soccer responds to wage discrimination allegations. More news.

USWNT brings in EEOC over gender-based pay discrimination

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The United States women's team has sued US Soccer over wage discrimination.

Five members of the USWNT filed a federal complaint today with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission accusing US Soccer of wage discrimination.

Carli Lloyd, Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe, Hope Solo, and Becky Sauerbrunn signed the complaint on behalf of the entire women's national team.

USWNT file federal complaint over wage discrimination

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Seattle Reign FC players Hope Solo and Megan Rapinoe are two of five players representing the USWNT in the complaint.

On the heels of a scathing New York Daily News article detailing how U.S. Soccer constructed an unequal pay scheme, five U.S. Women's National Team players—Seattle Reign FC's Hope Solo and Megan Rapinoe, along with Carli Lloyd, Becky Sauerbrunn, and Alex Morgan—have filed a federal complaint claiming wage discrimination.

Barnetta and Nogueira available for Saturday, Fan Advisory Board, USWNT file wage discrimination action

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Notes from Jim Curtin's weekly press conference. Union to launch Fan Advisory Board. USWNT file wage discrimination action against US Soccer with Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. More.

Five USWNT players file complaint against U.S. Soccer over wage discrimination

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The U.S. Women's National Team has found themselves in a battle with U.S. Soccer in recent months, and that battle continued with another step on Tuesday.

Carli Lloyd, Becky Sauerbrunn, Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe and Hope Solo have filed afederal complaint charging U.

Sapong targets 20 goals, Union and league news, USWNT faces T&T tonight, more

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Union face Tampa Bay on Saturday. Sapong targets 20 goals in 2016. USWNT face Trinidad and Tobago in Olympic qualification semis tonight. Lloyd named to FIFPro World XI. More.

Union preseason training opens today, signing news, more

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Union preseason camp opens today. Union re-sign Fabinho and Creavalle. Looks like Drogba is back for 2016. Carli Lloyd named CONCACAF Female Player of the Year, scores hat trick in USWNT win. More.

Re-Entry Draft today, Stewart introduced, updated roster info. more news

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Re-Entry Draft at 3 pm today. Stewart introduced. Updated roster information. More news.

Lloyd, Rapinoe, Solo among nominees for U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year

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Fresh offa World Cup-winning campaign, there is no shortage of eligible candidates for recognition as the U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year.

U.S. Soccer announced on Thursday thatmidfielders Lauren Holiday, Carli Lloyd, Megan Rapinoe, defender Becky Sauerbrunn, and goalkeeper Hope Solo are the five nominees to win the 2015 award.

Filibuster podcast episode 138: Not the Neolithic, obviously

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Our podcast migrates throughout the week, but always finds its way back to your ears.

A late-in-the-week edition of Filibuster is here, but we would never leave you completely hanging. Jason, Adam, and Ben are back, and Adam starts off the episode with a rant about a certain new team down in Atlanta.

Women’s World Cup recap: USWNT 2-0 Colombia

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The US defeats Colombia to advance to the quarterfinals of the Women's World Cup, where they will face China on Friday.

Seattle Reign

It’s official: Laura Harvey named Salt Lake head coach

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She heads behind enemy lines for the 2018 season.

It's official: Laura Harvey will remain in the NWSL for the 2018 season, but she won't be in a Seattle Reign FC kit this time around. On Monday, Harvey was introduced as the new head coach of Utah's NWSL soccer team, which is owned by Real Salt Lake.

Lauren Barnes voted NWSL Defender of the Year

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She's the first player other than Becky Sauerbrunn to win the award.

The NWSL announced today that Seattle Reign FC's Lauren Barnes was voted by fans, club officials, players, and the media as the 2016 NWSL Defender of the Year. This is the first time somebody not named Becky Sauerbrunn has won the award.

U.S. Women's National Team

Rapinoe, Sauerbrunn, Leroux among nine NWSL players to protest National Anthem

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Sunday's National Anthem protests were not limited to NFL players.

The NWSL saw a host of players stay in the locker room during the anthem before Sunday's match between the Seattle Reign and FC Kansas City.

A few missing starters on the field for the national anthem.

Press scores to lift USWNT over Norway

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The U.S. Women's National Team wrapped up their tour of Scandinavia with another 1-0 victory, this time courtesy of Christen Press at Komplett Arena in Sandefjord, Norway.

The USWNT's goal came in the second half, when captain Becky Sauerbrunn sent a long pass Press' way from behind the halfway line.

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France routs USWNT 3-0 in SheBelieves Cup finale

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Camille Abily and France were able to pounce on numerous US mistakes to win the second-ever friendly tournament

The USWNT took the field at RFK Stadium with a shot at winning the second-ever SheBelieves Cup, but on a rainy night on the banks of the Anacostia River, things went wrong from the start.

USA vs. Germany SheBelieves Cup live stream: Time, TV schedule and how to watch online

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It's the first of three games against world class competition for the USWNT

The SheBelieves Cup returns this week for its second edition. This year's teams are the same as the last, with England, France, and Germany coming to the United States to join the USWNT in competition. These are the first matches that could be called meaningful since Jill Ellis coached the US to a medal-less finish at the Olympics in Brazil, so I'm eager to see whether things will be any different against the 5th, 3rd, and 2nd ranked teams in the world.

USA vs. Germany 2015 World Cup TV/streaming, lineups, previews, and gamethread

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The USWNT face their biggest test so far in a semifinal match-up against powerhouse Germany.

If you have been one of the many to feel unsure about the USWNT in this tournament—if you have shaken your first at Jill Ellis, cried out for better tactics, yelled at your television, etc.—then you're probably pretty nervous for this game.

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Picault signed, Bedoya/Pontius vs Blake in USA-JAM friendly tonight, league news, more

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Union add a speedy winger. Union teammates face off in tonight's USA-Jamaica friendly. League news. For and against Trump travel ban. A thank you.

Carroll set to make 350th MLS appearance, second walls, more Union bits, more news

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Carroll set to make 350th league appearance on Saturday. B.J. Callaghan on that second wall. More power rankings. More news.

Fox Sports

NWSL will continue broadcast partnership with Fox and more

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We have a few more details about the state of the league going into season four

NWSL league commissioner Jeff Plush, FCKC head coach Vlatko Andonovski, Becky Sauerbrunn, Orlando Pride head coach Tom Sermanni, and Becky Edwards all joined a conference call today to discuss the league's upcoming fourth season.

National Women’s Soccer League semifinals to be broadcast on Fox Sports 1 this Sunday

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The NWSL postseason begins Sunday with four teams competing for the league's title, with a doubleheader featured live on FOX Sports 1 beginning on Sunday the 13th at 1:30 p.m. EST.

This begins the completion of one of the NWSL's most exciting seasons. The final four teams feature several women who played for their countries in the recent 2015 Women's World Cup in Canada, including members of the world champions from the U.

National Women’s Soccer League semifinals to be broadcast on Fox Sports 1 this Sunday

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The NWSL postseason begins Sunday with four teams competing for the league's title, with a doubleheader featured live on FOX Sports 1 beginning on Sunday the 13th at 1:30 p.m. EST.

This begins the completion of one of the NWSL's most exciting seasons. The final four teams feature several women who played for their countries in the recent 2015 Women's World Cup in Canada, including members of the world champions from the U.

Sporting Kansas City

2015 Moments of the Year

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It's the first day of 2016 and with little news from any of KC's teams likely to come down in the next day or so we're going to take another look back at the year that was 2015 in Kansas City. Here are some moments of the year.

Game of the Year

7/1/15 vs Dallas


There were a few options to pick from here, the 3-2 win over Philadelphia, the 4-3 comeback win over Vancouver, or the US Open Cup final against Philadelphia, but I'm going with probably Sporting KC's most dominating of the season.

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: Becky Sauerbrunn 4 eva

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Free agent Justin Mapp for Sporting Kansas City.

You guys, I was at trivia last night and they asked what the name of the high school mascot in One Tree Hill was, and I was the only person on our team who watched that show—loved it, even—and I could not remember. And I feel a great shame.

The Rest

USWNT injuries, Allie Long to Seattle Reign, and more: Freedom Kicks for 1/12/2018

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We have a lot to talk about

I don't have a good way to start today's post, so let's just get to the links!

Brian and Sauerbrunn ruled out of January USWNT camp | Stars and Stripes FC
Morgan Brian probably just needs to rest up and heal her various injuries in general, so bedding in at Olympique Lyon (she just signed there recently) rather than jetting out to California for a camp is probably a good idea.

USA vs. Brazil Tournament of Nations 2017: Time, TV schedule and how to watch online

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The USWNT is under pressure to up their level of performance against a dangerous foe

The United States had been hoping to use the Tournament of Nations to prove that their troubling SheBelieves Cup performance was an aberration. They've still got time to do that, but they'll have to take a major step forward tonight against Brazil.

Mallory Pugh introduced at Washington Spirit, Mexico World Cup qualifying roster announced, & more: Freedom Kicks for May 17, 2017

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Pugh, Pugh, Pugh!

Happy Wednesday folks. Soccer news was all over the place yesterday, so let's get into it:

Mallory Pugh steps into pro soccer, and increased expectations, with Washington Spirit | Washington Post

Mallory Pugh is officially announced as the newest member of the Washington Spirit, and now the expectations for her development as a pro have spiked.

Union bits, Winter Showcase win for Union Academy, more news

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News and such to click on, you know.

Takeaways from the NWSL 2016 Season Preview Teleconference

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With the 2016 season preview teleconference on Wednesday afternoon, I have come up with quite a few takeaways for the season and future of the NWSL

The National Women's Soccer League had their 2016 season preview teleconference on Wednesday afternoon with moderator Patrick Donnelly, NWSL commissioner Jeff Plush, FC Kansas City head coach Vlatko Andonovski, FCKC andUSWNT star defender Becky Sauerbrunn, Orlando Pride head coach Tom Sermanni, and Pride midfielder Becky Edwards.

Filibuster podcast episode 161: Churned into allocation money

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The offseason is a cavalcade of MLS news, so you get an onslaught of Filibuster for your ears

It is a Tuesday morning, and Filibuster is back in its rightful place! Jason, Adam, and Ben start the show by diving into the offseason. We talk about Portland Timbers' move to sell Jorge Villafana and acquire Chris Klute, the way that Max Urruti got to FC Dallas, the neverending march of MLS expansion, and the new free GarberBucks that are floating around the league.