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Carli Lloyd suffers knee injury in NWSL action

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U.S. Women's National Team supporters are holding their collective breath this Saturday after Carli Lloyd went down with an apparent right knee injury in the Orlando Pride's home opener against the Houston Dash.

The FIFA Women's World Player of the Year was forced out of the Pride's first home game of the NWSL season with a knee injury, and she is reportedly scheduled to have an MRI on her knee on Sunday.

Lloyd, Solo among four USWNT players named to FIFPro World XI

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For the first time in the organization's history, FIFPro has released a Women's World XI, and it includes several U.S. Women's National Team stars.

Sports Illustrated revealed on Thursday that Carli Lloyd, Hope Solo, Julie Johnston andMeghan Klingenberg have been named to the inaugural FIFPro Women's World XI.

Rapinoe tears ACL during training with USWNT

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The final stops of the U.S. Women's National Team Victory Tour were meant to be celebratory, but the mood quickly turned sour due to a serious injury suffered by Megan Rapinoe.

U.S. Soccer announced on Saturday that Rapinoe suffered a tornanterior cruciate ligament in her right knee.

Report: Former USWNT coach Sermanni set to coach new Orlando NWSL team

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By SBI SOCCER

Orlando City's foray into the NWSL may be creating something new, but the man charged with leading the team from the sidelines will reportedly be a familiar face.

Sports Illustrated reported Tuesday that former U.

Women’s World Cup discriminatory lawsuit filed against CSA and FIFA

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By DAN KARELL

U.S. Women's National Team star Abby Wambach wasn't kidding when she threatened legal action against FIFA for forcing the world's top female stars to play a World Cup on artificial turf.

After weeks of threats, attorneys representing some of the world's most high-profile women's soccer playershave filed an anti-discrimination lawsuit against both FIFA and the Canadian Soccer Association due to plans for artificial turf will be used at the 2015 Women's World Cup.

NWSL Week 1 Rewind: Reign re-born as Dash make debut

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

It's only the first week, but the Seattle Reign have to feel good about sitting atop the leader board after an embarrassing 2013, buoyed by a 3-0 shutout Sunday of the Boston Breakers. With Hope Solo in goal, they recorded their first shutout in franchise history while looking dominant on the other end of the field.

NWSL 2014 season preview

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

The National Women's Soccer League is back – and not only will it be bigger, but its star power will be a little bit brighter.

As the NWSL welcomes the Houston Dash, an expansion team owned by Major League Soccer's Dynamo, there will also be a fresh batch of U.

NWSL: Previewing the 2014 season

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

The National Women's Soccer League is back – and not only will it be bigger, but its star power will be a little bit brighter.

As the NWSL welcomes the Houston Dash, an expansion team owned by Major League Soccer's Dynamo, there will also be a fresh batch of U.

Morgan recovering, but still no clear timetable on full recovery

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By FRANCO PANIZO

BOCA RATON, Fla. Alex Morgan paid a quick visit to the U.S. Women's National Team earlier this week, but exactly when she will be able to return to the squad and resume full training is still a bit unclear.

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NWSL 2014 schedule set, takes a more balanced approach

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

The National Women's Soccer League regular season is set with 108 games across a balanced schedule spanning from April to August.

The schedule, released by the NWSL Friday, gives an opening spotlight to the Houston Dash, the Dynamo-run expansion team that only joined the league in November.

USWNT’s Rapinoe ends Lyon contract early to spend full season with Reign

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

Megan Rapinoe is coming home.

Rapinoe has ended her contract with Olympique Lyon in France's top league and will join Seattle Reign FC for the start of the 2014 season, the club announced Monday.

"I've decided to leave Lyon. I feel like I can't really pinpoint one specific reason," Rapinoe said in an interview recorded before the announcement.

Dunn selected first on frantic NWSL college draft day

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

The clubs holding the top picks in the National Women's Soccer League college draft on Friday had few surprises in store, with the picks skewing heavily toward the U.S. National Women's Team and, when possible, local ties.

NWSL Ticker: Portland nabs top player Angerer; LeBlanc heads to Chicago; and more

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

The National Women's Soccer League is now home to the two best female soccer players on the planet.

German National Team goalkeeper Nadine Angerer announced Monday she will play for the Portland Thorns this coming season – and then hours later, she was named FIFA World Player of the Year.

NWSL: Dash take just one USWNT player in surprising expansion draft

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

Well, that certainly wasn't in anyone's mock draft.

In Friday's National Women's Soccer League expansion draft, the Houston Dash could've selected two players from the U.S. Women's National Team roster but opted for just one – defender Meghan Klingenberg.

NWSL: Dash’s expansion draft leaves USWNT players exposed

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

Let the stealing begin.

The list of players up for grabs in the National Women's Soccer League's Friday expansion draft was released Wednesday, with the Houston Dash having plenty to pick from.

Unprotected players include a few U.

NWSL Spotlight: Rodriguez readies comeback with USWNT, Kansas City

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

A-Rod is back.

U.S. National Team forward Amy Rodriguez has been away from soccer for a year, but the surest sign that her comeback has begun is all in a name.

"It actually is nice to be called A-Rod again," Rodriguez told SBI last month from her first camp back with the USWNT in California.

Sources: Notre Dame’s Waldrum named Dash’s first head coach

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

The first head coach of the Houston Dash is the University of Notre Dame's Randy Waldrum under a three-year contract, sources have confirmed to SBI.

Waldrum, a native of Irving, Texas, has served as head coach for Notre Dame women's soccer since 1999, racking up an impressive all-time record of 279-50-16.

NWSL allocates 26 USWNT players, including Press to Red Stars

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

The National Women's Soccer League announced Friday its 2014 group of allocated players from the U.S., Canada and Mexico and, as always, there are some winners and losers.

The biggest prize of the allocation may be forward Christen Press, who will join the Chicago Red Stars.

NWSL Ticker: Germany’s Angerer to sign soon; Canada’s Scott may leave for UK; and more

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

German goalkeeper and FIFA women's Player of the Year finalist Nadine Angerer is joining the National Women's Soccer League.

Asked this week by a German news website where she will play in the NWSL, Angerer said: "I still cannot say because the contract is not signed and it's still not quite final.

NWSL Ticker: DiCicco up for Houston expansion job; Harris, Brooks to return stateside; and more

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

Legendary U.S. Women's National Team coach Tony DiCicco could be returning to the sidelines in 2014.

DiCicco is reportedly a candidate to lead the newest franchise of the National Women's Soccer League, the Houston Dash, according to a Houston news affiliate.

Dynamo welcome NWSL expansion team: Houston Dash

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

The Houston Dynamo will join the National Women's Soccer League in 2014 with a new team named the Houston Dash, the club announced Thursday.

"We are thrilled to have our very own NWSL franchise here in Houston," Houston Dynamo president Chris Canetti said during a formal announcement at BBVA Compass Stadium that was streamed live on Dynamo's website.

Sources: NWSL clubs supporting Dynamo in expedited expansion

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

The Houston Dynamo will announce on Thursday they are joining the National Women's Soccer League as an expansion team – and not only are the league's other eight franchises in favor, they are supporting measures to expedite Houston's team-building, sources have told SBI.

Riley vows better tactics and roster shuffling as Thorns new head coach

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

How much improvement does a reigning champion team need?

As it turns out, plenty – at least that's what new Portland Thorns FC coach Paul Riley thinks.

Riley was named head coach of the Thorns Tuesday and quickly vowed to bring in new players and change tactics to give the club an easier path to victory for 2014.

NWSL Spotlight: Mewis is finding her home on and off the field

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

If you ask any players in the National Women's Soccer League how they've spent their off-seasons, only one could say she was on three teams in 12 days.

For Kristie Mewis, it turned out the shuffling was part of a master plan to bring her home to the Boston Breakers – a best-case scenario she had been hoping for, but never expected.

NWSL Ticker: Report: USWNT to play France in June; Cascadia rivals trade forwards; and more

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

The French are coming.

According to a report in France, France Women's National Team coach Philippe Bergeroo said Tuesdaythat his squad will visit the U.S. for two friendlies in June.

Bergeroo, who replaced coach Bruno Bini starting in August, said he wants to see if the French team is up to par with the U.

With U.S. Soccer in the loop, NWSL expansion is up to Houston Dynamo

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

The Houston Dynamo are rapidly approaching a decision whether to join the National Women's Soccer League next year – and the evidence in favor is mounting.

A drive for 2014 season ticket deposits for a prospective Houston NWSL expansion team ended Monday after four days and the response was enough for club President Chris Canetti to move forward, he said.

Announced roster for USWNT camp marks return of Rodriguez, LePeilbet

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

The U.S. Women's National Team roster for the team's December camp was released Monday with call-ups of some long-absent players and new additions.

The camp running from Dec. 3 to Dec. 15 in Carson, Calif. will see the return of defender Amy LePeilbet, who has been recovering since surgery on her left ACL in January, andforward Amy Rodriguez, who had been on hiatus for a pregnancy she announced that same month.

As deal with Red Bulls falls apart, Sky Blue forges ahead

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

The New York Red Bulls won't be acquiring a National Women's Soccer League team anytime soon.

Negotiations dating back to December 2012between the Red Bulls and New Jersey-based NWSL club Sky Blue FC have fallen apart and Sky Blue is forging ahead with a new plan for 2014, club CEO Thomas Hofstetter told reporters Thursday.

NWSL Ticker: Dynamo want pro women’s team, Reign continues off-season deal-making; and more

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

The Houston Dynamo are making a strong and very public push to acquire a franchise in the year-old National Women's Soccer League.

According to the Houston Chronicle, the Major League Soccer club wants an NWSL team and is in talks to gauge the feasibility of joining the new eight-team league.

NWSL: Leroux traded to Seattle, Mewis heads to Boston

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

Sydney Leroux is heading to play for Seattle Reign FC in the National Women's Soccer League in exchange for Kristie Mewis, who will join her hometown Boston Breakers.

In addition to Mewis in exchange for Leroux, Boston acquired goalkeeper Michelle Betos and Seattle's first- and second-round selections in the 2015 NWSL college draft.

U.S. Women Trounce Mexico at RFK

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By PABLO MAURER

WASHINGTON The U.S. Women's national team paid a visit to RFK stadium on Tuesday night, putting up a touchdown's worth of goals despite missing several key starters en route to a 7-0 obliteration of Mexico.

"A result like tonight sends a message across the whole squad that nobody's place is safe in this team," U.

Must-See Goal: Lisa De Vanna

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Thorns home opener helps boost Portland’s standing as ‘Soccer City’

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BY MIKE DONOVAN

PORTLAND, Ore.-For a town that proclaims itself as "Soccer City, USA," the arrival of a professional women's soccer team gave citizens here a chance to solidify Portland's status as an epicenter of the sport in the country.

If Sunday's home opener is any indication, Portland will continue to be known as a hotbed for soccer for a long time to come.

Video: Washington Spirit first game in franchise history vs Penn State

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It's official, professional women's soccer has returned to the DMV! Checkout highlights from the first game in Washington Spirit franchise history. More exciting professional women's soccer is coming soon.

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NWSL Week 15: A Look Back

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By SARAH HALLETT

It was a pivotal week in the National Women's Soccer League as the first playoff spot has been claimed. To no one's surprise, the Seattle Reign FC clinched a berth into the playoffs while last year's champion Portland Thorns greatly improved their chances of reaching the post season, too.

NWSL Week 15: A Look Ahead

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By SARAH HALLETT

Last week saw the Seattle Reign FC suffer their first loss all season at the hands of the Chicago Red Stars. One week later, the Reign have the chance to avenge the loss with a rematch on Sunday night.

A full slate of games are on the schedule this weekend, including the first nationally televised game of the season on Sunday night.

NWSL Ticker: Gulati talks Solo’s status after arrest; Waldrum takes national team job; and more

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati has spoken with Hope Solo about her arrest and hinted her behavior could put herU.S. Women's National Team standing in jeopardy.

"I spoke with Hope last week," Gulati said during a press scrum Thursday in Brazil.

NWSL Ticker: Thorns to hire new coach, Reign adds to attacking arsenal; and more

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

Portland Thorns FC coach Cindy Parlow Cone, who led the team to a title trophy this year, is stepping down from her position, the club announced Thursday.

"It is with a heavy heart that I have decided to resign my position as head coach of Portland Thorns FC," Cone said in a statement.

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Rapinoe rips Spirit owner after club prevents national anthem protest

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Washington Spirit owner Bill Lynch thwarted Megan Rapinoe's plans of a continued protest of the national anthem, and the U.S. Women's National Team star is far from happy about it.

Ahead of a clash with Rapinoe's Seattle Reign, the Spirit staff held the national anthem ceremony before teams took the field.

Lionel Messi, Chile, Dele Alli, Leicester City – Just Football’s End of Year Review 2015

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The end of the year is always a good time for reflection, and though there was no (Men's) World Cup or European Championships to speak of 2015 hasstill been action-packed. Here's our...

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