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The Woodlands’ Adrian Piperi wins shot put for Team USA at IAAF World Youth Championships

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Adrian Piperi of the U.S. competes in the men's shot put during the IAAF World Youth Championships held at the Pascual Guerrero Olympic Stadium, on July 15, 2015, in Cali, Colombia. (Getty Images)

Two months ago, Adrian Piperi III was a sophomore winning the Class 6A shot put state championship and leading a Houston-area sweep.

Victory Prep’s Jarred Vanderbilt named to USA Basketball U16 National Team

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Jarred Vanderbilt is the city's top basketball player in the Class of 2017, and he's already considered one of the nation's best.

That second part came true as the junior-to-be at Victory Prep was named Tuesday to the 12-memberUSA Basketball Men's U16 National Team. The training camp began with 29 of the nation's top 16-and-under players before being cut down to 17 finalists on Sunday.

United States

Solo, Team USA Dodge Bullet

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Fourth-degree assault charges were dropped against USWNTgoalkeeper Hope Solo on Tuesday afternoon, according to Fox Sports. Although she was permitted to participate in all team activities since June, when the charges were filed, the uncertainty surrounding heravailabilityfor the upcoming 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup hadmany wondering if Team USA would have to travel to Canada without arguably the world's best keeper.

Jurgen Klinsmann: USMNT finally has options, not just stop-gaps

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Jurgen Klinsmann: USMNT finally has options, not just stop-gaps - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Every national team coach has his favorites. Those mainstay players that always manage to make the lineup card no matter how out of form they appear or who's waiting in the wings to take their place.

Minus Bradley and Donovan, USMNT will be tested in Kingston

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Minus Bradley and Donovan, USMNT will be tested in Kingston - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Coming off an extremely unlikely, and equally historic, triumph against Mexico in their final friendly tune up, Team Jurgen Klinsmann now confidently enters the first of two CONCACAF World Cup qualification matches against Jamaica.

Hope Solo’s New Book Sparks Rampant Controversy: Villain or Victim?

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Hope Solo's New Book Sparks Rampant Controversy: Villain or Victim? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Never one to shy away from publicly exposed quarrels or full on media bouts, Olympic gold medalist Hope Solo (and her newly published memoir) has, yet again, placed herself at the epicenter of a highly scrutinized controversy.

Know your Rival: What Team USA should take away from their win over Mexico

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Know your Rival: What Team USA should take away from their win over Mexico - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Despite the pleasant moniker bestowed upon these contests by FIFA, international "friendlies" between the United States and Mexico are usually about as chummy as a night out with Drake and Chris Brown at a New York City night club.

Know your Rival: What Team USA should take away from their win over Mexico

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Despite the pleasant moniker bestowed upon these contests by FIFA, international "friendlies" between the United States and Mexico are usually about as chummy as a night out with Drake and Chris Brown at a New York City night club... meaning you're pretty much guaranteed to see more than the necessary share of testy exchanges and hostile attitudes.

Olympics

Meet the 2014 U.S. Olympic Team

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The 2014 Winter Olympics, officially the XXII Olympic Winter Games, or the 22nd Winter Olympics, are scheduled to take place from 7 to 23 February 2014, in Sochi, Russia. Eighty-eight nations are sending athletes to the Winter Games but the U.S. has the largest delegation with a 230-member team.

Are there any athletes from your hometown on the list?

Sochi 2014: Bobsled, Luge & Skeleton

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(Ed. Note: As we prep for the Olympic Games in Sochi, look for Pretty Tough Primers on all the winter events and competitions).

Imagine laying on a sled the size of a bath mat wearing head to toe spandex. You grip the metal handles on either side and succumb to the forces of physics as you fly down a long, curvy track of ice at speeds of more than 60 mph.

2014 USA Women’s Ski Jumping Team Named

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PARK CITY, Utah (Oct. 29) Women's Ski Jumping USA has named the athletes to represent the Visa Women's Ski Jumping Team this year on the World Cup and Continental Cup circuits. This season also marks the first time women will be competing in ski jumping in the Olympic Winter Games.

2014 Visa Women's Ski Jumping Team
(Teams determined by performance criteria and coaches' discretion).

Olympics 2012 Soccer – Expert Analysis: U.S., Japan Set For Rematch

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Arlo White and Brandi Chastain interrupt downwards Team USA's electrifying romp over Canada in the semifinals and stare before to the U.S.' World Cup terminal replay with Japan in Thursday's amber medal tally.

Drunk Soccer Bitches

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Okay, what's more offensive: the title of this blog, or the "controversy"--instigated by the precious soul that is U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo, who has never been in the center of a controversy before, ever--regarding some of the U.S. women's national team members being drunk on live television after having won gold in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing?

The Ring of Olympic Soccer

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The US women kick off their quest for medals next Wednesday against France. Games follow against Colombia and North Korea. Team USA has played in every Olympic final since 1996, hanging gold around their necks on all but one occasion, says writer Alan Black.

Men's NT

US MNT Face Canada to Open 2013

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The U.S. Men's National Team will open the 2013 campaign when it hosts regional rival Canada on Jan. 29 in Houston. Kickoff at BBVA Compass Stadium is set for 6 p.m. CT, with broadcast details still to be finalized. Fans can follow the match live online via ussoccer.

American Outlaws Springfield Chapter is Official!

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The US Men's National Soccer Team has a growing fan base, thanks in part to a great group called the American Outlaws. Their mission is to support the USMNT with a great group of unified and dedicated supporters. Springfield Chapter 78 is now a part of that ever increasing group of committed soccer supporters, helping to spread the wordabout soccer.

USMNT with 2-2 Draw Against Russia

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The American Outlaws in Springfield were up early to watch the US men's soccer team take on Russia. Ry-macs on the square in Springfield provided a great place to watch the game, and breakfast too!

Here is a recap of the game from ussoccer.com:

The U.S.

US Soccer Athlete of the Year

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U.S. Soccer has announced the opening of polls for the 2012 Male, Young Male and Disabled Athlete of the Year awards. Fans can vote for finalists in each of these three categories on U.S. Soccer's Facebook page throughout the week. The winners will be announced Monday, Nov.

USMNT Releases Roster for Russian Friendly

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The US is looking to finish the year with their best winning percentage in the history of the program.

Via ussoccer.com: U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has called 20 players into training camp to prepare for the final match of 2012, a friendly against No.

Abby Wambach

US WNT Defeat China 4-1

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The US Women's National Team finish 2012 at 28-1-3 and end the year at #1 in the FIFA rankings. Abby Wambach scored two goals to come with in 6 of Mia Hamm's worldrecord of 158 goals.

Via Ussoccer.com:The U.S. Women's National Team defeated China PR 4-1 in front of 10,493 fans at Florida Atlantic University Stadium to cap off the 10-game 2012 Fan Tribute Tour, presented by Panasonic.

The 2012 Olympic Games: Womens Football – The Quarter-Finals

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Those pesky quarter-finals do their worst yet again. By the time Hope Powell's Team GB got any cohesion into their game against Canada, they were already a (terrific) goal down and the initiative had flown across the Atlantic, never to return.It was a sad, slightly flat way for Team GB's otherwise impressive campaign to end, tempered by the fact that the Canadians ended it with an excellent display.

Alex Morgan

USWNT defeats China 2-0

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Via Ussoccer.com: The U.S. Women's National Soccer Team put together an excellent second half and scored twice after the break through Carli Lloyd and Sydney Leroux to record a 2-0 victory against China PR in the eighth match of the 2012 Fan Tribute Tour, presented by Panasonic.

Alex Morgan-USWNT 2012 Female Athlete of the Year

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The first time she was put on the ballot, forward Alex Morgan won the Female Athlete of the Year for 2012. Alex led the US with 28 goals and 19 assists in this year. Ussoccer.com reports on Alex and the USWNT u-20 2012Athlete of the Year, Julie Johnston.

"For their excellence at the highest levels of the sport, U.

Sounders Women Issue Statement On Future Of Team

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At this point the rumors of a new pro women's soccer league are quite strong. Calling them only rumors is a caveat used here because of the odd nature of the launch - no name, only four named cities of eight, claims of five named teams. There is a strong curiosity in the greater Puget Sound about the Sounders Women and their future.

The 2012 Olympic Games: The Womens Medal Matches

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The winners were predictable long before the first match – arguably since the last kick of the 2011 World Cup Final penalty shoot-out. The United States, fuelled by revenge for a defeat in that match they didn't really deserve, went ahead early in an appropriately entertaining Olympic final and, despite Japan's best performance of the Games, stayed there.

Alex Morgan and the Twisting and Turning Endorsement Deals in Her Wait

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Alex Morgan gets it done for Team USA in their semifinal match against America's Hat. Did you not think it was going to go the opposite way, what with Christine Sinclair being the hat-trick super-stud of the match? No, of course you didn't, you good, red-blooded, meat-eating American. Of course you predicted this outcome.

Alex Morgan and Team USA are ready for glory

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Alex Morgan and Team USA are ready for glory - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Some deem the Champions League as the most important event on the soccer calendar, others the World Cup, however for the United States woman's team it is clear that the goal of winning the gold in the Olympics this summer is their pinnacle.

France Flashback

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If you watched the USA-France Olympic opener on Wednesday, either in person or from your couch, you were no doubt entertained. Four goals in the first 31 mintues? Crazy stuff. A two-goal deficit overcome, then adding two more? Nuts.

No matter what emotions your experienced watching the game, it was a great way to not only kick off the women's soccer competition but also the overall Olympic competition for Team USA.

Some Soccer News for Wed Jul 25, 2012

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The 4th episode of the du Nord Futbol Show podcast is now ready for you to listen. Check it out right here.

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The MLS summer transfer window closes on Fri Jul 27.

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Great comeback win for the USA Women today to start the Olympic tournament.

FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup

FIFA U-20 WWC: If We're to Judge by Cold Once-Overs, I'm Going With the Germans

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This once-over comes courtesy of the German keeper in blue.

And it turns out I'm right about picking the young Germans, led by Maren Meinert and Bettina Wiegmann and Silke Rottenberg, all of whom, unbeknownst to us all, strategize with their hands on their chins. Like Team USA had any answer to this.

FIFA U-20 WWC: Where the Canadian Studs Fall to Tall Blondes

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That's right, you cover your face!What happened, Team of Choice? Sandra D'Angelo comes up huge with her penalty shot shutdown, and Jenna Richardson follows it up with a beautiful goal. This had the makings of a great victory over the Scandinavians!

Then I see, what, via FIFA.com highlight reel: a defense looking lackluster, a keeper nutmegged--Norway's goal.

FIFA U-20 WWC: Today, It Begins

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In intense preparation for their opening match
against Ghana, the U.S. U-20's play hangman.Oh, folks. In the very wee hours of today, my time, a world cup tournament kicked off in Japan, and, yes, I was sleeping, and, yes, my DVR was set to capture all the action, so I'm off to that soon. The tournament kicks off with Brazil v.

The Rest

Fantasy Focus: Collin Card

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The price is down, but the points are up

The leader in points this round is Team USA, who amassed 84 points, primarily with Philadelphia Union players who had two matches, and made up the top four scorers on the team. Leading was captain Zac MacMath ($5.5), who scored 24 points while not saving a penalty but notching a clean sheet.

“Adios Bitches” Cost U.S. Women’s Field Hockey Coach His Job

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An Olympic coach who wrote, "Adios bitches" as his signoff in an email letter to members of the U.S. women's Under-21 field hockey team was recently fired. Junior national field hockey team coach Nick Conway was let go after taking the team to a bronze medal at the Pan American Junior Championships, and securing a berth in the 2013 Junior World Cup.

FIFA U-20 WWC: Team USA Pulls It Off (Not Their Shirts)

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Team USA brings it to North Korea and everyone goes, "Really?"Surprising everyone on the planet, Team USA, with some confidence, but assloads of poorly served balls, came out on top of the North Koreans in their quarterfinal match. I did not expect this. I still think it was a boring game, but that's only because this team does little for me stylistically, and I really anticipated the North Koreans putting them to shame from the get go.

Know your Rival: What Team USA should take away from their win over Mexico

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Despite the pleasant moniker bestowed upon these contests by FIFA, international "friendlies" between the United States and Mexico are usually about as chummy as a night out with Drake and Chris Brown at a New York City night club... meaning you're pretty much guaranteed to see more than the necessary share of testy exchanges and hostile attitudes.

The Kids Are All Right: The Stern Warnings of U.S. U-20 Captain Julie Johnston

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From ussoccer.com, where the interviews are always focused and poignant:
ussoccer.com: You are from Mesa, Ariz., so what is your favorite desert wildlife?
Johnston: "Well, rattlesnakes are scary. Coyotes eat your dog. Scorpions just aren't friendly.

Internet Alight With Brilliant Moment, Run for Gold, "Revenge," Blah, Blah, Blah

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Predictably, the women in stripes, but sometimes just navy blue, are unavoidable this morning in any media, courtesy of their last-minute defeat of Canada yesterday, which, yes, was a remarkably good game. Good for them. In case you're somehow missing it, allow me:

U.S. Women's Soccer Team Beats Canada in Olympic Extra-Time Thriller
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Olympic Spotlight: Danell Leyva

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As we lead up to the Summer Games in London, we will be spotlighting a couple of the Team USA athletes each week. Today, we start with Danell Leyva.

A Cuban native, Danell defected to Miami with his mother Maria Gonzalez when he was just a year old. The 21-year-old is now one of America's greatest hopes for Gold this summer in men's gymnastics at the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Nixa’s Courtney Frerichs Qualifies for World Junior Championships

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Courtney Frerichs, Nixa Eagles (2011)

News from UMKC on the former Nixa Eagle player who chose cross country for her college sport UMKC sophomore to be Courtney Frerichs (Nixa/Missouri Elite) finished second in the 3,000 Meter Steeplechase at the USA Junior Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Bloomington, Ind.