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Good Start to 2013

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U.S. players celebrate Christen Press's first carer WNT goal


It wasn't the smoothest game the U.S. WNT has played, but the first match of 2013 was rousing start to the year and featured many positives. Here are a few:

Four great goals, including an ABSOLUTE cracker from Shannon Boxx.

USWNT Add Matches for 2013

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U.S. Soccer is celebrating its 100-year Anniversary in 2013 and will host a number of commemorative events throughout the year.

Via Ussoccer.com: The U.S. Women's National Team will make a two-game tour of the southeast to open 2013 as a second U.

Tom Sermanni Named US WNT Coach

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U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati announced today the hiring of Tom Sermanni as the seventh head coach in U.S. Women's National Team history.

Sermanni, 58, comes to U.S. Soccer with 11 years of experience as a head coach in international women's soccer – all with Australia – a period during which he led the Matildas in three Women's World Cup tournaments.

Abby Wambach

Playlist: What Do the World’s Best Female Soccer Players Listen To?

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If you've wondered what Alex Morgan has playing on her iPod or what music Megan Rapinoe dances to in the locker room, wonder no more. How about what Swedish National Team Captain, Caroline Seger, is blasting in her headphones? Or what five-time FIFA world player of the year, Marta, sings along to in the car [.

Homecoming for Abby, First Send-Off for Pia

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Abby Wambach celebrates a goal in front of her hometown crowd
The first game of the Fan Tribute Tour for the U.S. WNT was certainly memorable. It featured a sold out crowd in Rochester, N.Y, two goals for hometown hero Abby Wambach, eight goals total and some real emotion after the announcement that head coach Pia Sundhage was stepping down.

Fun Under the Sun at Sahlen's Stadium

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The U.S. WNT Fan Tribute Tour got kicked off today in grand fashion at Sahlen's Stadium in Rochester, N.Y., as the WNT and hometown hero Abby Wambach were greeted by a pumped up crowd of about 2,500 supporters during today's public training session prior to tomorrow's match against Costa Rica.

Today's 90-minute session under the sun in Rochester was the first time touching the ball for many of the WNT players since the team won its third straight gold medal, and fourth overall, on Aug.

Last Training in Manchester

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Megan Rapinoe tries to avoid Abby Wambach in this ball possession game

The U.S. WNT held is final training in Manchester, England under uncharacteristically sunny skies as it prepares for the Olympic semifinal on Aug. 6 against Canada.

The players actually had a pretty relaxing day featuring the training at Noon that was typical for a pre-match practice -- short and sharp -- and the team had the rest of the day to relax before dinner and the pre-game meeting at night.

New City: Newcastle

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With all of the games in the Olympic soccer tournament spread throughout the U.K., the WNT is getting a pretty extensive tour of England and Scotland. After spending some time in Darlington, Middlesbrough, Glasgow and Manchester the WNT is now in another new city -- Newcastle -- for their quarterfinal match-up with New Zealand.

Colombia in Pictures

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U.S. starters vs. Colombia

The U.S. WNT found some stiff competition in a scrappy and physical Colombian team in the second match of Group play at the 2012 Olympics, but the superior quality and athleticism of USA eventually wore down the South Americans, resulting in three great goals.

World Cup

Single Ladies (Put A Medal On It)

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The U.S. Under-20 WNT topped Germany 1-0 in the final of their World Cup in Japan, making it two of the last three crowns. Enjoy the sights and sounds of Kealia Ohai's 44th minute decider, plus the aftermath. - Greg Seltzer

Tall Girls 'R Us

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The 2012 U.S. U-20 WNT could be the tallest team ever put out for a Women's World Cup by the United States. Ten players are 5-foot-8 or taller and 15 of the 21 players on the roster are 5-foot-7 or taller.

So when it comes to taking pics, sometimes some players take advantage of a curb to even things out.

Happy Birthday Becca (and Kelly)

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If there is one thing that the U-20 WNT has learned in its short stay in Japan so far is that that Japanese know how to do birthdays.

Forward Becca Wann, who turned 20 today, as well as forward Kelly Cobb, who turns 20 on the 26th, were given gifts after training by the local organizers here in Hiroshima.

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Last Training in the Books

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This U.S. U-20 WNT held its last training together today and now only a good night's sleep and a few meals remain before the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Final against Germany at Tokyo National Stadium.

It's has been quite a journey for this young U.S. team, one they have enjoyed tremendously and one which has seen them grow as people and players across the entire cycle leading into this tournament.

Sizzling in Saitama

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The U.S. U-20 WNT held its final practice today before the quarterfinal clash with North Korea on Aug. 31 (coverage starts at 6:20 a.m. ET on ESPNU and ESPN3) and it was the hottest day of numerous hot days the U.S. team has experienced in Japan.

With temps hitting 95 on the field and the heat index climbing to 11o, the players went through their paces during a short training that did not lack intensity, despite the heat.

Setback in Miyaga, but on to Saitama

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Mollie Pathman steps over a tackle from Karoline Heinze

The U.S. U-20 WNT learned a harsh lesson about how mistakes can be punished by good teams at a World Cup, losing 3-0 to Germany in its final Group D game, but fortunately it was not a fatal blow as the Americans still qualified for the quarterfinal round.

Training for Group D Finale

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Crystal Dunn looks to choot as VDB and Chioma Ubogagu try to close

After having Saturday off, the U.S. U-20 WNT hit the field on Sunday for its final training before facing Germany in its Group D finale on Monday, Aug. 27 (ESPN2 & ESPN3 at 2:50 a.m. ET).

The Miyagi prefecture has been much cooler than the USA's stay in Hiroshima -- until today -- when the heat was turned up and the Americans once again trained in hot, humid and sticky weather.

Point at the Big Arch

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The USA unfurled a banner after the China match to thank the people of Hiroshima who were so kind and helpful during the team's stay

The U.S. WNT drew 1-1 with China in its second Group D match at the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup on Aug. 23 which was not the result the young Americans wanted, but it still put the team in prime position to advance to the quarterfinals.

U.S. U-20s Ready for China

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The U.S. U-20 WNT had Tuesday off after defeating Ghana 4-0 on a boiling late Monday afternoon in Hiroshima. The team returned to the pitch on Wednesday and had a short training as the squad has settled into a tournament rhrythm that is more focused on rest and regeneration in hopes of being able to play six games in 20 days.

Olympics

Tokyo Olympics 2020?

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Tokyo, the host for the semifinals, third-place match and championship game (as well as two group games and two quarterfinals) of the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup, is also one of thre finalists to for the 2020 Olympic Games along with Madrid, Spain and Istanbul, Turkey.

If the excellent organization of this tournament, which was staged on short notice after the competition was moved by FIFA from Uzbekistan, and the great fans, are any indication, Tokyo would host a fantastic Olympic Games.

Piappreciation

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U.S. WNT head coach Pia Sundhage has decided to return home to pursue opportunities in Sweden.


Pia Sundhage: Homeward Bound

The likeable and laid-back Pia has spent nearly five full years as the head coach of the WNT, after taking over in November 2007. In that time she's compiled an 88-6-10 record while taking the team to 3 major tournament finals.

Remember Us?

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After a three week layoff, the U.S. Women's National Team is back.


Rochester Welcomes the #USWNT!

With the summer's exploits still fresh in everyone's minds, the WNT will take the field in Rochester for the first time since standing atop the podium at Wembley. For the U.

Action at Old Trafford

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On Tuesday the WNT got the chance to play at famed Old Trafford, the home of English Premier League club Manchester United. The historical stadium combined with the steady rain throughout the game provided a pretty great backdrop for the group stage finale between the USA and Korea DPR.



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Opening Ceremonies - Glasgow Style

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With the U.S. WNT in Glasgow, Scotland for its first two matches of the Olympic tournament, of course the team could not attend the Opening Ceremonies in London. That didn't stop the U.S. players from enjoying the spectacle, though, as the team dressed up in their official marching outfits, marched from the team floor to the team meeting room, too a lap around the meeting room, and then settled into to watch the show projected on a big screen.

Hiroshima

Gracious Hosts, Gracious Guests

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The U.S. U-20 WNT has been treated wonderfully by all of the Japanese organizers, fans and many others they have met here everywhere the team has gone during every moment of every day. And with the U.S. team taking time to visit both the Peace Memorial in Hiroshima and a memorial to the fallen in the tsunami-stricken area of Sendai, the Japanese have more more than appreciative and supportive of the U.

Goodbye Hiroshima, Hello Sendai

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The U.S. U-20 WNT on its way to Sendai, Japan in the Miyagi prefecture

The U.S. U-20 WNT said goodbye to Hiroshima this morning and traveled to Sendai to set up camp to prepare for its Group D finale against Germany on Aug. 27 at Miyagi Stadium.



Sam Mewis and Cari Roccaro crack the lap tops to get some homework done at the airport

The travel day couldn't have been smoother and once again Japan proved that when it comes to organization, no country is better.

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Manchester: Round Two

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On the road again....

After the U.S. WNT's win over New Zealand on Friday in the Olympic quarterfinal, Saturday was of course another travel day.

After breakfast on Saturday morning, the players who didn't start or played limited minutes against New Zealand did a on-field workout in Newcastle, while the rest ran through their usual day-after-game regeneration and yoga.

Visit to Old Trafford

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The U.S. WNT at Old Trafford

The U.S. WNT has not gotten to train in its two first-round venues, but they squad has gotten to do a walk-throughs at both Hampden park and today, at the Theatre of Dreams.

The USA players were like kids in a candy shop at Old Trafford, taking dozens of photos during the 15 minutes they were allowed on the pitch and every member of the team is looking forward to the chance to play in one of the world's most famous soccer stadiums.

The Rest

Morgan Andrews and Midge Purce named to U23 WNT for La Manga

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Breakers draft picks Andrews and Purce are headed for Spain.

The U23 women's national team is headed to La Manga, Spain for training and a spring youth tournament from February 25 - March 7. They'll play Japan, England, and Norway in their first international matches of the year.

The U23s are now being coached by Seattle Reign's Laura Harvey, who takes over from BJ Snow as he moves into being head of talent identification for the senior WNT.

Kealia Ohai scores her first USWNT goal

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It took just 48 seconds for Ohai to score for the US.

Kealia Ohai finally got her first cap for the United States Women's National Team and she made sure to make her mark. It took her just 48 seconds into that cap to score her first goal for the United States Women's National Team.

48 seconds for @KealiaOhai .

New Women’s Pro Soccer League Launching in 2013

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Today the US Soccer Federation in conjunction with the Canadian Soccer Association and the Federation of Mexican Football announced their new women's professional league launching in 2013. The announcement was that eight cities will be hosting teams, four of which already had pro teams back in the WPS era and four new cities who will be fielding brand new teams.

Toyota Park Will be Packed

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The U.S. WNT trains at Toyota Park in front of a nice crowd

The U.S. WNT practiced in front of a few thousand fans today during its Public Training at Toyota Park, but there will be a lot more in the stands tomorrow night as the USA takes on Germany at 5:30 p.m. CT/6:30 ET live on FOX Soccer.

Last Song in LA

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Pia Sundhage has been in charge of the U.S. WNT for nearly five years and her first camp with the Women's National Team was in Los Angeles. So it was fitting to stop in LA for Pia's last trip with the WNT. Needless to say, everywhere we went Pia was a rock star:

The team went to the Gymanstics Tour of Champions on Saturday night at the Staples Center.

Oh Tokyo!

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U.S. players with the BEST U-20 WWC team liaison in all of Japan, Hiromi!

The U.S. U-20 WNT players had their first chance to get a good look at Tokyo today on a short shopping excursion to and near the Shibuya area of Tokyo, i.e., right smack in the middle of the hustle and bustle.

USA Rises, North Korea Falls

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The starting XI vs. North Korea

In the eyes of many, the U.S. U-20 WNT went into the 2012 U-20 Women's World Cup semifinal in an unusal role: underdogs. Coming off a 3-0 loss to Germany in its Group D finale, and facing a North Korean team that had rolled through group play by scoring 15 goals, by far the most in the tournament, while featuring no less than 10 players from its 2012 Olympic, well, you can see why the Asian power was perhaps the favorite.

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 Alaskan Assassin

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U.S. U-20 WNT forward Kelly Cobb is making history as the first player from the state of Alaska to make a U.S. Women's World Cup Team. The Duke striker scored 11 goals with nine assists during a banner freshman year last season and at 5-foot-9 with speed and strength is a handful for any defense.

Turns out that Cobb is also quite the outdoorswoman.

Ink for the Family

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They're no Sydney Leroux, but about nine of the U.S. WNT players have tattoos, and one of the most heartfelt is on the forearm of Penn State midfielder Taylor Schram.

It simply reads: ""Life's greatest blessing is the love of a family."

She's a good egg, that Taylor Schram.



Taylor Schram loves her Fam




Taylor is one of the top midfielders in the Big 10

Last-Gasp Goal From Boyd Secures Place for Rapid Vienna in Europa League Playoffs

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The Olympic Gold medal match wasn't the only drama for U.S. Soccer on Thursday ...
While the WNT was winning gold in London, Terrence Boyd and Rapid Vienna were on the continent and facing a 2-1 deficit heading into the second leg of third round qualifying for the Europa League. The game was level at 0-0 heading into the 90th minute, which would have meant elimination for Rapid Vienna.

Newcastle Native

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For many on the U.S. WNT coaching staff, this trip to the U.K. is a homecoming of sorts. Goalkeeper coach Paul Rogers is from Brighton in the south of England, assistant coach Jill Ellis lived in Folkstone, England before moving to the United States in high school, and fitness coach Dawn Scott is from -- wait for it -- Newcastle!

Full Day in Glasgow

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The U.S. WNT had its last full training in Glasgow today and the stay has been excellent. After today's training, the players took a picture with all the volunteers at the training ground who have been so nice and helpful during the USA's stay in Scotland. Before the photo, each U.S. player went from volunteer to volunteer, shaking everyone's hand and thanking them for their work.