US faces greater challenges this time around at World Cup

Soccer 05/24/19, 15:54

The U.S. women's national team is well aware the rest of the world is catching up.Long dominant on the international stage, the No. 1-ranked Americans are heading to France for the Women's World Cup with any number of teams potentially in position to topple the defending champions.Among the challengers are ...

Allie Long makes US World Cup roster after challenging year

Sports 05/11/19, 13:11

Allie Long figured she'd earned her trip to the World Cup when she heard Jill Ellis' voice on the line and the U.S. national team coach sounded upbeat.Long was considered on the bubble for the team that will seek to defend its title this summer in France, because of limited ...

Women’s World Cup Group F team capsules

Soccer 05/10/19, 16:30

The teams playing in the 2019 Women's World Cup in France, with ranking, qualification, appearances, coach, players to watch, facts to know and the state of women's soccer in each nation: ___ Group F United States FIFA RANKING: 1 QUALIFICATION: CONCACAF women's qualifying tournament champions. WORLD CUP APPEARANCES: 1991 (1st), 1995 (3rd), 1999 (1st), 2003 (3rd), ...

Krieger, Long and Brian make US World Cup roster

Sports 05/02/19, 12:25

Defender Ali Krieger and midfielders Allie Long and Morgan Brian earned spots on the U.S. team that will defend its title at the Women's World Cup. All three were widely considered to be on the bubble for the 23-player roster announced Thursday by coach Jill Ellis. Krieger started against Belgium on April ...

Carli Lloyd still driven to fight for more World Cup glory

Soccer 04/08/19, 19:05

Carli Lloyd realizes millions of casual soccer fans don't follow the international game outside the World Cup. Some American fans haven't paid close attention to the U.S. women's national team since Lloyd got her iconic hat trick to win the Final four years ago in Vancouver.When those same fans tune ...

Defender Ali Krieger returns to the US women’s national team

Soccer 03/21/19, 13:06

Defender Ali Krieger has returned to the U.S. women's national team for the first time since 2017.Krieger was named to the team's roster Thursday for exhibition matches against Australia and Belgium as the team prepares for the World Cup in France starting in June.She has not played for the United ...

Tightening up defense key for US women after opening tie

Soccer 03/01/19, 18:30

Looking at how the Americans gave up two late goals, including one in stoppage time, has given them a timely reminder of what they need to work on before defending their Women's World Cup title in June.Tighten up defensively."Honestly, the two goals is probably the best thing we can take ...

Refs train with VAR ahead of approval for Women’s World Cup

Soccer 02/04/19, 13:16

Women's World Cup referees are undergoing training with VARs over the next two weeks, The Associated Press has learned, paving the way for the FIFA council to approve the use of video reviews at the tournament in France.FIFA has faced criticism for not announcing yet that video assistant referees will ...

Defending champion US women to open camp ahead of World Cup

Sports 01/04/19, 17:38

Two goals away from reaching 100 for her career, forward Alex Morgan is on the roster for the U.S. women's national team as it opens training camp ahead of the World Cup in France this summer.Morgan was among 26 players named to the roster by coach Jill Ellis on Friday. ...

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