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Jun 26, 2015

Pressure on Americans ahead of China test

By Simon Evans

(Reuters) – Almost two decades on from the World Cup final win over China that catapulted the United States women’s team to prominence, the two sides meet again on Friday in the tournament’s quarter-finals and the pressure is all on the Americans.

The U.S won their second World Cup title in 1999 in Pasadena after a dramatic penalty shootout against the Chinese, a victory considered as having helped women’s soccer become part of the sporting landscape in the country.

Jun 26, 2015

Soccer-Pressure on Americans ahead of China test

June 25 (Reuters) – Almost two decades on from the World Cup final win over China that catapulted the United States women’s team to prominence, the two sides meet again on Friday in the tournament’s quarter-finals and the pressure is all on the Americans.

The U.S won their second World Cup title in 1999 in Pasadena after a dramatic penalty shootout against the Chinese, a victory considered as having helped women’s soccer become part of the sporting landscape in the country.

Jun 25, 2015

Australia face tough, but familiar, foe in Japan

EDMONTON (Reuters) – After some tough physical battles en route to the last eight of the Women’s World Cup, Australia will face a very different challenge against defending champions Japan in Saturday‚Äôs quarter-final.

But while Japan’s impressive short-passing and quick movement game is in contrast to the more direct teams the Matildas have faced so far, the Japanese are familiar foes.

Jun 25, 2015

Soccer-Australia face tough, but familiar, foe in Japan

EDMONTON, June 25 (Reuters) – After some tough physical battles en route to the last eight of the Women’s World Cup, Australia will face a very different challenge against defending champions Japan in Saturday’s quarter-final.

But while Japan’s impressive short-passing and quick movement game is in contrast to the more direct teams the Matildas have faced so far, the Japanese are familiar foes.

Jun 24, 2015

Euro giants top the billing in World Cup quarters

EDMONTON (Reuters) – An expanded Women’s World Cup has given a chance for emerging teams to test themselves against the best but now the tournament gets down to business with the elite clashing in the quarter-finals starting on Friday.

The last eight action kicks off with Europe’s strongest powers in women’s football coming face to face when top-ranked Germany face third-ranked France in what, for purists, should be the standout game.

Jun 24, 2015

Soccer-Euro giants top the billing in World Cup quarters

EDMONTON, June 24 (Reuters) – An expanded Women’s World Cup has given a chance for emerging teams to test themselves against the best but now the tournament gets down to business with the elite clashing in the quarter-finals starting on Friday.

The last eight action kicks off with Europe’s strongest powers in women’s football coming face to face when top-ranked Germany face third-ranked France in what, for purists, should be the standout game.

Jun 24, 2015

Soccer-Wambach apologises for referee comments

EDMONTON, June 23 (Reuters) – United States striker Abby Wambach has apologised for her suggestion the referee targeted certain American players for yellow cards in her team’s Womens World Cup game against Colombia on Monday.

Midfielders Megan Rapinoe and Lauren Holiday both had yellow cards from earlier in the tournament and after being booked by French referee Stephanie Frappart they will now be suspended for Friday’s quarter-final against China

Jun 24, 2015

Wambach apologies for referee comments

EDMONTON (Reuters) – United States striker Abby Wambach has apologized for her suggestion the referee targeted certain American players for yellow cards in her team’s Womens World Cup game against Colombia on Monday.

Midfielders Megan Rapinoe and Lauren Holiday both had yellow cards from earlier in the tournament and after being booked by French referee Stephanie Frappart they will now be suspended for Friday’s quarter-final against China

Jun 23, 2015

Americans winning games but not plaudits at World Cup

EDMONTON (Reuters) – The United States women’s football team have won gold in the last three Olympics and have never finished out of the top four in the World Cup, winning the tournament twice.

But the women’s game is growing – and changing – at a rapid pace and at this World Cup, the Americans are hardly standing out from the pack.

Jun 23, 2015

Soccer-Americans winning games but not plaudits at World Cup

EDMONTON, June 23 (Reuters) – The United States women’s soccer team have won gold in the last three Olympics and have never finished out of the top four in the World Cup, winning the tournament twice.

But the women’s game is growing – and changing – at a rapid pace and at this World Cup, the Americans are hardly standing out from the pack.

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