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Neymar nets winning penalty as Brazil claims Olympic gold medal

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Asthe country's biggest star fired home from the penalty spot,Brazil erupted. It was a storybook ending, one more than worthy of sealing the country's first ever gold medal.

Neymar fired Brazil's fifth and final penalty kick in Saturday's shootout win over Germany, a win that claims Brazil's first gold ever with a triumph on home soil.

Brazil blasts Honduras to book spot in Olympic gold medal game

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Scoring problem? What scoring problem?

After dismantling Denmark, 4-0, in their final group stage match and subsequently defeating Colombia, 2-0, in the quarterfinals, a lightning start devolved into an utter beatdownin the Olympic semifinals as Brazil laid waste to Honduras by a final scoreline of 6-0.

Solo delivers bitter rant after USWNT's Olympic loss

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To say Hope Solo was upset following the U.S. Women's National Team's 4-3 loss in a penalty shootout to Sweden in the Olympic quarterfinals would be an understatement.

The U.S. goalkeeper sounded off when asked about her thoughts on the game, saying that the defending gold medalists "played a bunch ofcowards,":

Full Hope Solo quote on Sweden after US was eliminated from the Olympics today.

Sweden tops USWNT on penalty kicks to reach Olympic semifinal

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The U.S. Women's National Team's pursuit of a fourth-straight gold medal ended Friday in the cruelest of ways.

After 120 grueling minutes, Swedendefeated the USWNT, 4-3, on penalty kicks in Friday's Olympic quarterfinal. Regular time ended in a 1-1 draw on goals from Stina Blackstenius and Alex Morgan, but the USWNT could not reach the gold medal game for the first time since the tournament's inception.

USWNT ready for emotional quarterfinal clash with Sundhage, Sweden

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For five years and 107 games, Pia Sundhage was the leader of the U.S. Women's National Team, guidingthe team to two of the program's fourOlympic gold medals. On Friday, Sundhage won't be aiding the USWNT's pursuit of gold medal No. 5; she'll be standing in the way.

Colombia scores late free kick to tie USWNT in Olympic group stage finale

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For the first time in quite awhile, the U.S. Women's National Team had their backs against the wall,and a late free kick from Colombia sealed a shock draw in Tuesday's Olympicgroup stage finale.

An early howler from Hope Solo was overcome by goals from Crystal Dunn and Mallory Pugh, as two of the USWNT's youngest stars led the way in a USWNT comeback.

USWNT not looking past Colombia ahead of Olympic group stage finale

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In many ways, the U.S. Women's National Team has completed phase one. A spot in the Olympic knockout stage has been sealed ahead of a third and final group stage match against Colombia. However, there is still plenty on the line for a U.S. team that is determined to finish the group stage in the best way possible.

Lloyd, Solo lead USWNT to narrow victory over France

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The U.S. Women's National Team needed a goal and, once again, it was Carli Lloyd that emerged to provide when her team needed her most.

Lloyd scored the lone goal of Saturday's clash with France, leading the USWNT in a 1-0 defeat of the European powerhouse.

U.S. Women's National Team vs. France: Your Running Commentary

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After cruising through their first match of the Olympics, the U.S. Women's National Team's gold medal defense continues on Saturday with one of the most difficult opponents they will face in Rio.

The USWNT collides with third-ranked France on Saturday in the second of three Group G clashed to open the Olympic games (Saturday, 4 p.

USWNT pleased with Olympic-opening win, but looking ahead to bigger tests

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The U.S. Women's National Team didn't exactly look like a fine-tuned machine on Wednesday night. Still, the reigning Olympic gold medalists began their defense with an ideal result, one which sets them up nicely for themore difficult hurdles that lie ahead.

Soccer Thursday: Your Running Commentary

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The women kickstarted the tournamenton Wednesday, but Thursday'saction will feature the men at this summer's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Iraq and Denmark will kick off the day's action in Group A, while Neymar and hosts Brazil will take on South Africa later on in the afternoon.

Powerhouses Mexico and Germany will kick off Group C play as well, as Hirving Lozano, Oribe Peralta and Erick "Cuba" Torres lead the charge forEl Tri.

Storylines to watch at the Men's Olympic tournament

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A summer full of soccer has seen plenty of international tournaments, but the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio provide plenty of interesting storylines and trends to watch ahead of the club season.

Featuring rosters composed of Under-23 stars and three overage players, Olympic soccer boats a unique mix of up-and-coming prospects and international stars.

USWNT cruises past New Zealand in Group G opener

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The U.S. Women's National Team will probably want some of their chances back after watching the highlights, but Jill Ellis' side came away with a comfortable result in Wednesday's Olympics opener in Rio de Janeiro.

Goals from Carli Lloyd and Alex Morgan gave the USWNT a 2-0 win over New Zealand to kick off Group G play, while the All Whites failed to manage any shots on target in the match.

USWNT embracing pressure that comes with pursuit of fourth-straight Olympic gold

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The U.S. Women's National Team is a group that tends to have the spotlight fixed upon them, especially when it comes to Olympic soccer. It's only natural, given the team's successes. With three straight gold medals and four of the firstfive, the USWNT has proven dominant since the women's game was added to the Summer slate in 1996, but with a mix of old and new faces, the 2016 tournamentrun presents a new series of challenges.

Takeaways from USWNT Olympic roster release

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In each of the last three Olympic games, the U.S. Women's National Team has stood as top dogs by claiming the gold medal. The team's quest for a fourth-straight triumph began, in earnest, on Tuesday, as Jill Ellis named the 18 players charged with leading the USWNT to a fifth total gold.

Lloyd, Rapinoe, Pugh headline USWNT Olympic roster

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The U.S. Women's National Team will have a full complement of stars heading into this summer's Olympics.

Carli Lloyd, Megan Rapinoe and Mallory Pugh headline the 18-player USWNT roster ahead of the upcoming Olympic games. Theroster features seven players from the 2012 gold medal team, while14 players were members of the 2015 Women's World Cup championship team.

Monday Kickoff: Bayern, Leicester, Ronaldo and more

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Two potential league title celebrations, including in the English Premier League, were put on hold over the weekend, while Cristiano Ronaldo looks set to play in UEFA Champions League action this week.

Bayern Munich was held, 1-1, by Borussia Monchengladbach at Allianz Arena, putting its German Bundesliga title celebration on hold as Borussia Dortmund won over the weekend to close the gap to five points.

USWNT to play New Zealand, France and Colombia at Olympics

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The groups for this summer's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro are set, and the U.S. Women's National Team's road to a repeat features familiar foes.

Jill Ellis' side will face off against New Zealand, France and Colombia, who the U.S. just beat twice, in Group G.

Wednesday Kickoff: Neymar, FIFA, Kompany and more

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Following a period of negotiating, Brazil will have its star captain for this summer's Olympics, while FIFA hastaken a step towards recovering what was lost in the organization's series of scandals.

Neymar will reportedly be one of three over-age players named to Brazil's roster for this summer's Olympics.

Report: Neymar looking to play in both Olympics and Copa America

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Brazil is set to compete in two major tournaments this summer, and Neymar is determined to represent his country in both of them.

According to Goal.com, Neymar is pushing to play in both the Copa America and Olympics this summer. The decision could see Neymar play an additional 12 games of soccer this summer while joining the respective Brazilian teams until the conclusion of the Olympic tournament on Aug.

USWNT paired with Mexico in Olympic qualifying group

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The U.S. Women's National Team's road to the Olympics will include facing off against a regional rival.

The CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying groups were announced on Monday, and the USWNT was paired with Mexico as well as Costa Rica and Puerto Rico in Group A.

European Soccer

Friday Kickoff: Neymar, Pogba, Argentina and more

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One of the game's biggest stars will play on despite an injury, while another will have to postpone his club debut due to a suspension.

Despite a right ankle injury, Neymar is expected to play for Brazil in Saturday's Olympic quarterfinal against Colombia. (REPORT)

Paul Pogba will be suspended for the first game of the Premier League season due to bookingsreceived in last season's Copa Italia.

Evening Ticker: Dos Santos out for Olympic final, Lukaku loaned and more

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If Mexico is to capture Olympic gold, it will have to do so without attacking star Giovani Dos Santos.

Dos Santos has been ruled out of the final with a muscle injury, leaving El Tri without one of its most lethal options in a game that features two of the more explosive teams in the Olympic field.

U.S. Women's National Team

USWNT vs. New Zealand: Your Running Commentary

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The U.S. Women's National Team are the reigning World Cup champions, and Wednesday night presents the start on what could be a historic Olympic run.

Jill Ellis will again lead the USWNT into an international tournament, this time with the team gunning for Olympic gold.

Groups named for men and women’s soccer teams in Rio Olympics

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Hosts Brazil will open their bid for a first Olympic men's football title against South Africa after Thursday's draw was made in the Maracana Stadium.

Brazil, three-time runners-up including in 2012, have won every title apart from the Olympics and are drawn in the same Group A as South Africa, Iraq and Denmark.

Groups named for men and women’s soccer teams in Rio Olympics

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Hosts Brazil will open their bid for a first Olympic men's football title against South Africa after Thursday's draw was made in the Maracana Stadium.

Brazil, three-time runners-up including in 2012, have won every title apart from the Olympics and are drawn in the same Group A as South Africa, Iraq and Denmark.

New U.S. Soccer uniforms revealed by Nike

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After a leak has been circulating through the internet for quite some time, U.S. Soccer unveiled its new uniforms for 2016 Thursday. This announcement follows the reveal of a new crest for the federation, which was made in late Feb.

Theuniforms will be worn this summer in the team's World Cup Qualifiers, the Copa Centenario and the 2016 Olympics.

Major League Soccer

Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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The Olympics in Rio 2016 kick off their games on Wednesdaywith women's soccer, even before the opening ceremony and the lighting of the torch. However, the day is set to be chock full of plenty of club team action as well.

Olympic hosts Brazil face off against China in the first round of games.

MLS Notes: Thompson seeks trade, San Jose clinch playoff berth, and more

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Wells Thompson has seen his playing time dwindle in a big way this season, and now he's looking to move on to greener pastures.

The Colorado Rapids announced on Sunday that the midfielder has requested to be traded to another team in Major League Soccer.

After Mexico Gold, Forgiveness And Questions for US Underachievers

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Jon Levy and Neil W. Blackmon So Mexico are Olympic Soccer Gold Medalists U-23 World Champions. They won the Gold Medal match this afternoon 2-1 on two goals by Oribe Peralta. Sure, they received a "that'll never happen again" reprieve by Oscar, who missed a free header from six yards late in the match that [.

Olympic qualifying

U.S. U-23s miss out on Olympics with loss to Colombia

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For the second straight cycle, the U.S Under-23 Men's National Team will not be heading to the Olympics.

After missing out on the 2012 tournament, the 2016 U.S. teamforced to the same fate on Tuesday via a 2-1 loss to Colombia in Frisco, Texas.

Who should the U.S. U-23s start vs. Colombia?

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Just two games stand between the U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team and an Olympic berth, but the next step on the road to Rio will be the most difficult yet.

Matched with Colombia in a two-game playoff, the U.S. is set to travel down to Barranquilla for Friday's opening leg.

Japan

Japan Olympic teams to train in nuclear clean-up zone

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Japan's Olympic soccer teams will train for the Tokyo 2020 Games at a complex currently being used as a base for thousands of workers cleaning up the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant.

The Japan Football Association (JFA) said Monday that the Japanese men's and women's teams would hold their training camps at J-Village, once the country's centre of excellence until it was taken over by plant operators following the 2011 nuclear disaster.

Japan Olympic teams to train in nuclear clean-up zone

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Japan's Olympic soccer teams will train for the Tokyo 2020 Games at a complex currently being used as a base for thousands of workers cleaning up the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant.

The Japan Football Association (JFA) said Monday that the Japanese men's and women's teams would hold their training camps at J-Village, once the country's centre of excellence until it was taken over by plant operators following the 2011 nuclear disaster.

NBC Sports

Friday's TV: Bronze

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Japan - South Korea face off for the bronze medal in men's Olympic soccer at 2:30pm on MSNBC and Telemundo. The Ligue 1 season kicks off with Montpellier - Toulouse on Univision Deportes at 2:30pm. NBC Sports Network has NY - Houston at 9pm. Liga MX on Fox Deportes: Leon - Santos at 10:30pm. All Times Eastern

In-Game Blog: USA vs. Japan

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USA SEEKS FOURTH GOLD WHEN IT FACES JAPAN IN OLYMPIC FINALE: The U.S. Women's National Team is shooting for its fourth gold medal and third straight when it takes on 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup champion Japan at 2:45 p.m. ET on Thursday, Aug. 9, at Wembley Stadium in London. The match will be broadcast live on the NBC Sports Network, NBC Olympic Soccer Channel and streamed on NBC Live Extra.

Women's Olympic Final: USA vs. Japan (Match Day Commentary)

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The U.S. Women's National Team will be looking to win their third straight Olympic gold medal today, while also exacting a measure of revenge, when they face Japan in the 2012 Olympic Final at Wembley Stadium (2:45pm, NBC Sports).

The Americans enter today's final undefeated in five matches, having survived a thrilling 4-3 extra-time victory against Canada in the semifinals.

The Rest

That’s On Point - USMNT vs. Mexico Preview

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I'm taking you kids to the happiest place on Earth -- Tijuana!!!

By Mike Cardillo / That's On Point

"One dog's dead one's on the phone
Just leave a lung or leave it alone
It's that same on song again
I hate it cause it's true" -- Queens of the Stone Age, "Mexicola"

Welp, might as well close of shop.

Mexico beats Brazil for men's Olympic gold

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Brazil came into the 2012 Olympics as the favorite to win gold, and they were expected to overwhelm Mexico when the teams met on Saturday in the Olympic final.

Mexico had other plans, and needed less than a minute to show that they weren't going to be content with Olympic silver.

Olympic Football 2012 – Wembley: The Soccer Cathedral

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Manchester is a wonderfully underrated metropolis and its National Football Museum is an award. But Olympic soccer moved on Thursday nighttime to Wembley Stadium the cathedral of soccer for the womanhoods's amber medal match.