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Jul 6, 2015

Soccer-Back to obscurity for all but a few after World Cup

VANCOUVER, July 6 (Reuters) – With the Women’s World Cup party over it was back to reality for many of the players who headed home on Monday to resume 9-to-5 jobs, school studies and raising families.

Women’s soccer basked in the spotlight during the month-long tournament, delivering an entertaining spectacle that produced record-smashing television ratings and an eye-popping total attendance of 1.35 million after 52 matches.

Jul 6, 2015

Women’s World Cup offers hope amid FIFA crisis

VANCOUVER (Reuters) – A World Cup that kicked off amidst one of the biggest scandals in soccer history ended in joyous celebration on Sunday as the United States defeated Japan 5-2 in a free-wheeling clash that offered some hope of better days ahead for the so-called Beautiful Game.

The troubles that have rocked the sport’s governing body FIFA for more than a month seemed a world away as golden confetti rained down on a capacity crowd of over 53,000 at BC Place following an entertaining contest that showcased the good in a sport some had started to believe was rotten to the core.

Jul 6, 2015

Soccer-Women’s World Cup offers hope amid FIFA crisis

VANCOUVER, July 5 (Reuters) – A World Cup that kicked off amidst one of the biggest scandals in soccer history ended in joyous celebration on Sunday as the United States defeated Japan 5-2 in a free-wheeling clash that offered some hope of better days ahead for the so-called Beautiful Game.

The troubles that have rocked the sport’s governing body FIFA for more than a month seemed a world away as golden confetti rained down on a capacity crowd of over 53,000 at BC Place following an entertaining contest that showcased the good in a sport some had started to believe was rotten to the core.

Jul 6, 2015

Hat-trick hero Lloyd dreams big and wins World Cup

VANCOUVER (Reuters) – Scoring three times in a Women’s World Cup final would be a dream come true for most soccer players but not Carli Lloyd.

The American captain fired a sensational hat-trick in a 5-2 rout of Japan on Sunday then said she had dreamed of scoring four.

Jul 6, 2015

Soccer-Hat-trick hero Lloyd dreams big and wins World Cup

VANCOUVER, July 5 (Reuters) – Scoring three times in a Women’s World Cup final would be a dream come true for most soccer players but not Carli Lloyd.

The American captain fired a sensational hat-trick in a 5-2 rout of Japan on Sunday then said she had dreamed of scoring four.

Jul 6, 2015

Carli Lloyd wins Golden Ball as top player at World Cup

VANCOUVER (Reuters) – United States captain Carli Lloyd capped her incredible performance in Sunday’s women’s World Cup final by winning the Golden Ball as the player of the tournament.

The 32-year-old midfielder led by example in the final, scoring three goals in the first 16 minutes including one show-stopping effort from halfway, helping the Americans defeat Japan 5-2 to win the World Cup for the third time.

Jul 6, 2015

Lloyd wins Golden Ball as top player at World Cup

VANCOUVER (Reuters) – United States captain Carli Lloyd capped her incredible performance in Sunday’s women’s World Cup final by winning the Golden Ball as the player of the tournament.

The 32-year-old midfielder led by example in the final, scoring three goals in the first 16 minutes including one show-stopping effort from halfway, helping the Americans defeat Japan 5-2 to win the World Cup for the third time.

Jul 6, 2015

Soccer-Lloyd wins Golden Ball as top player at World Cup

VANCOUVER, July 5 (Reuters) – United States captain Carli Lloyd capped her incredible performance in Sunday’s women’s World Cup final by winning the Golden Ball as the player of the tournament.

The 32-year-old midfielder led by example in the final, scoring three goals in the first 16 minutes including one show-stopping effort from halfway, helping the Americans defeat Japan 5-2 to win the World Cup for the third time.

Jul 5, 2015

FIFA corruption clouds lift for Women’s World Cup final

VANCOUVER (Reuters) – A Women’s World Cup that began under the cloud of a FIFA corruption scandal is set for a dazzling finish when holders Japan face the United States in an intriguing final on Sunday.

The scandals that have rocked the soccer world for more than a month were far from the minds of thousands of fans who transformed the area around a sun-kissed BC Place into a massive soccer Mardi Gras in the hours before kickoff.

Jul 5, 2015

Soccer-FIFA corruption clouds lift for Women’s World Cup final

VANCOUVER, July 5 (Reuters) – A Women’s World Cup that began under the cloud of a FIFA corruption scandal is set for a dazzling finish when holders Japan face the United States in an intriguing final on Sunday.

The scandals that have rocked the soccer world for more than a month were far from the minds of thousands of fans who transformed the area around a sun-kissed BC Place into a massive soccer Mardi Gras in the hours before kickoff.