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Alex Morgan Body Paint Shoot

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Alex Morgan's Body Paint Shoot

United States Women's National Team star Alex Morgan showed she was much more than just a world-class athlete in last year's Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. Posing in nothing more than a body painted bikini, the free-scoring striker took the limelight in the annual swimsuit edition.

Video Highlights: Alex Morgan Leads US Past Germany to Win Algarve Cup

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Thanks to Alex Morgan's two first half goals, the United States won the prestigious Algarve Cup on Wednesday in Portugal, defeating Germany in the final.

Alex Morgan of the USA

Morgan opened the scoring in the 13th minute after a poor clearance from German defender Josephine Henning fell to the American's feet.

USWNT Defeat Australia 2-1

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The USWNT beat Australia 2-1 today in the first of two matches against the Matildas during the US' Olympic gold medal victory/fan tribute tour.

After topping Costa Rica with a whopping eight goals, the US faced a much more difficult opponent in Australia, who for most of the first half had the better of the play.

Two More for the List: She's Beautiful and Can Kick Your Head In

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Alex Morgan, having nearly kicked her own head in, maybe.Because it's been a little while, right? And you miss her running around on your television, right? (You should check US Soccer to see the U.S. women's national team "Yay, We Won Something Finally" tour schedule, including a few friendly dates with Germany, which nearly made me pee myself with delight.

Young and old, USA get their gold

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The U.S. Women's National Team exacted revenge and defeated Japan 2-1 in the gold medal match of the 2012 London Olympic Games on Thursday at Wembley Stadium. The victory, which marks the U.S.' fourth gold medal in women's soccer, comes 389 days after the U.S.' penalty kick loss to the Japanese in last year's World Cup Final.

Thursday Kicks: USWNT going for Olympic gold & more

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*The U.S. Women's National Team is 2-0 up in the second half against Japan in the gold medal game on two goals from Carli Lloyd. Diamond Bar's Alex Morgan provided the assist on the 8th minute opener. The game is on the NBC Sports Network. *Incidentally, Torrance's Shannon Boxx is

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.

USWNT vs Canada: Match Diary

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In thrilling fashion, the USWNT beat Canada 4-3 to advance to the gold medal final of the Olympics, where they will meet Japan, who defeated France 2-1 earlier in the day. The final will be a rematch of last year's World Cup final, which saw Japan come away victors after topping the US through penalty kicks.

U.S. Stuns Canada in OT

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Alex Morgan scored seconds before the end of extra time to send the U.S. to the 2012 Olympic Gold Medal with a 4-3 win over Canada.

The U.S. fought back from three deficits and overcame a historic hat-trick from legendary Canadian striker Christine Sinclair to grab a 4-3 win over Canada on Alex Morgan's 123rd minute extra time stunner in Olympic soccer semifinal action at Old Trafford in Manchester, England on Monday.

USWNT defeat Canada in thriller, set up gold cup medal match with Japan

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The U.S. women's national team needed to come back three separate times against Canada, and ultimately they were the ones that came out victorious in a thrilling match that is already being considered an instant classic.

Alex Morgan netted the winner seconds before penalty kicks were to take place, heading home a cross to give the United States a 4-3 extra-time victory over northern rivals Canada in the semifinals of the Olympics at Old Trafford on Monday.

North Korea

U.S. U-20 women set for rematch with Germany in World Cup final

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The U.S. Under-20 women's national team is a game away from being on top of the world for a record third time, but standing in its way is an opponent on a roll, and one that has already dealt the Americans a setback during this year's FIFA U-20 Women's 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.

FIFA U-20 WWC: Canada Out, Proving That I Can't Pick Them to Save My Life

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Can Team USA stop these girls? Oh, I don't think so.What a beautiful goal by Christine Exeter, right? And then a defensive meltdown to allow the tie (and by meltdown, I mean retreat and watch, with only one challenge that came too late), and then the foul in the box, which booked Team Canada's plane ride home.

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: Are the American Back Line and Midfield Strong and Fit Enough to Hold Off the Germans?

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Unstoppable? Yes.The Nigerians gave the U.S. defense a run for their money today. During their semifinal match, the Super Falcons caught the American defense looking fragile and undisciplined quite a few times, but just couldn't capitalize (this may have something to do with the serious amount of dancing they do in the tunnel prematch, but no, okay, I can't prove that).

U.S. U-20 women defeat Nigeria to advance to World Cup final

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The U.S. Under-20 women's national team will get a chance to make up for its one major blemish at this year's World Cup on the biggest possible stage.

Goals from Morgan Brian and Keaila Ohai lifted the U.S. U-20s to a 2-0 victory over Nigeria in the semifinals at National Olympic Stadium in Tokyo Tuesday, putting them in position capture a third U-20 World Cup title.


U.S. Women thump Costa Rica as Sundhage begins unofficial farewell tour

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The same day the news hit that Pia Sundhage was leaving her job as U.S. women's national team head coach, the Olympic gold medal-winning U.S. women played their first match since the Olympics and treated fans to a showcase of attacking prowess.

Must-See Interview: Hope Solo

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"In everything I do, I play to win, and I speak the truth, and people are either going to love me or they hate me." - Hope Solo

U.S. women's national team goalkeeper Hope Solo has become as polarizing figure as there is in the women's game.

Tickets on sale next Friday for USWNT game in Carson

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Read the story here. Will you go to the game to pay tribute to the gold medal-winning team?

Olympics Women's Soccer Final Preview: U.S. vs. Japan, the rematch

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The game kicks off at 11:45 a.m. Thursday live on the NBC Sports Network. A record crowd of more than 83,000 is expected, which would break the Olympic women's soccer attendance record that was set in 1996 when 76,489 fans watched the USA beat China in Athens, Ga. A preview

Abby Wambach's Olympic countdown the difference in controversial U.S. win over Canada?

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Oh Canada! Canada's Sophie Schmidt, left, and teammate Christine Sinclair, react after the U.S. won 4-3 on a last-gasp goal at the Olympics in Manchester (AP Photo). FIFA is reportedly now taking a look at the post-game accusations made by the Canadians, incidentally. Associated Press Sports Writer Joseph White takes

World Cup

Sundhage stepping down as USWNT head coach to return to Sweden

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Pia Sundhage has led the U.S. Women's national team to two Olympic gold medals during her four years in charge, but that wasn't enough to keep her around for another four years.

Sundhage's desire to return to her native Sweden has led her to decide to leave the U.S. teamÂ

"It was an honor to be able to coach these players for five years and I learned a tremendous amount from them," Sundhage said in a statement released by U.

Solo book sheds light on Ryan altercation, team reaction to Chastain tweets

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U.S. women's national team goalkeeper Hope Solo left quite the impression on this summer's Olympics, between her controversial tweets about former U.S. great and television analyst Brandi Chastain and her two massive saves against Japan in the Olympic final that helped the U.

Olympic Soccer: USA vs. Canada (Match Day Commentary)

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The U.S. Women's National Team is one step away from a Gold Medal game against Japan in a rematch of last year's World Cup Final, but to get to that game the Americans will have to beat a familiar foe in Canada (2:45pm, NBC Sports).

The Americans are a perfect 4-0 in Olympic play, having posted three straight shutouts.

Hope Solo

Hope Likes Full Eye Contact. Hope Likes No Metal (or Medal) Near Her Moneymaker

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Love this woman so much. Always the black sheep.

Anyway, this photo comes courtesy of Getty Images and, where there's a fairly interesting article, "Women's Round-Up: August 2012." Of course, it contains stuff you already know if you're a follower of the women's game, or a follower of this blog.

Yeah, Yeah: It's Time for All of Us to Shut the Hell Up About Hope Solo

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Hope Solo: American Keeper in Danger of Becoming Personal Parody

Who cares, fellas? I hope someone wrote a post for about concerns with Ochocinco becoming a self-parody, or Dennis Rodman, or Terrell Ownes, or LeBron James, or some other athlete with a big mouth and huge ego who likes attention on them always.

Abandon Hope

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Great stuff over at Abandon Hope: Excerpts from the First Draft
Yeah, it's long, but it's worth it. Oh, and it's about Hope, and you know you love that shit.

The Rest

USWNT dominates Costa Rica to complete Olympics preparation

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The U.S. Women's National Team appears ready to take to Brazil for the 2016 Olympics, and Jill Ellis' group proved that on Friday night.

Holding Costa Rica to a single shotover 90 minutes, the United States dominated the match and won 4-0 at Children's Mercy Park in Kansas City. The friendly concludes the U.

Ali Krieger to the Washington Spirit in the NWSL allocation

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The National Women's Soccer League allocated the 55 American, Canadian, and Mexican players whose federations will be paying their contracts on Friday. The Washington Spirit, the successor to D.C. United Women, received Ali Krieger, who was the starting right back for the US Women's National Team until a knee injury took her out of the buildup to the 2012 Olympics.

Two Touch Tom?

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Last week we heard the news that Australian Women's National Team coach Tom Sermanni will be taking over as the head coach of the US Women's National Team. The news was received with both positive and negative reactions from fans. While it's always nice to pick a fight on Twitter, there were several points that I found reasonable.

Serious Business: Canada Faces U.S. in Dance-Off

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Don't screw this team over again. Canada wins, hands down.

Let's Take Jill Loyden Out to the Pub

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We can buy her pints and even bring crossword puzzles, compliment her on her Pearl Jam fashions.

Sunday Soccer: Galaxy's Injured Donovan out of USMNT WCQ Squad & more

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*No Landon Donovan, no Michael Bradley (both injured) for Saturday's World Cup qualifier in Jamaica, but LA native Herculez Gomez (Santos Laguna) was included in the 25-player squad named today. *The Galaxy won 2-0 in Carson Saturday without Donovan over close Western conference rivals Vancouver, who looked limp against a

Oh, No

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US women's coach Sundhage to return to Sweden

The Shaky Future of U.S. Women's Professional Soccer

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Insightful stuff from Noah Davis over at Grantland regarding the formation of the new women's professional soccer league here in the States: Extra Time.

No time to read today? In short, as you expect, it's going to take time and money...and quite possibly a miracle.

Studio 90: USA U-20 WNT ready for tomorrow's World Cup opener

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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.

Studio 90: Extra Time with Alex Morgan

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Studio 90: Post-Game Reaction to USA's thrilling extra-time win vs. Canada

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