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Does Jill Ellis have the guts to bench Abby Wambach?

I remember when Abby Wambach really impressed me. It was during the 2011 Women's World Cup, which she entered with a very uncharacteristic scoring drought -- only one goal in half a year.

Tony DiCicco: If USA's scoring comes around, it will not be stopped

The last time the USA won a Women's World Cup came in 1999 when Tony DiCicco served as head coach. DiCicco, who also guided the USA to the 1996 Olympic gold medal and the 2008 U-20 World Cup, is in Canada as a Fox television commentator. We asked him for his insight on the tournament so far.


Dempsey case: Lessons from the tussle in Tukwila

In a perfect world, Clint Dempsey would not have been playing on Tuesday. Nor would have Obafemi Martins. The Seattle Sounders will play three MLS games in the next week, so it probably made no sense to use Dempsey and Martins in an Open Cup game, but the Sounders did and they paid the price.


Ecuador women defend the honor of their country

Defeated three times by combined scores of 17-1 in its first Women's World Cup, Ecuador took strides for the game in South America.

Open Cup gets a rip job, several actually

The Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers had played each other four times in the Open Cup before Tuesday night's troubles at the Starfire Sports Complex.

Breaking down the U.S. under-23 prospects

With the 2013 and 2015 Under-20 World Cups out of the way, the USA will begin in earnest the process of preparing for Olympic qualifying that will take place Oct. 1-13 in four U.S. cities.

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Where FIFA gets it right, and the right to dream

FIFA has messed up a lot of things with the 2015 Women's World Cup, but one thing it got right was expanding the tournament.

So far, Jordan Morris has made all the right moves

To the consternation of many, forward Jordan Morris has not used his U.S. exploits to leap into the professional ranks.

How German is Klinsmann's comfort zone?

The number six jumped out at me when Jurgen Klinsmann released the U.S. starting lineup for Wednesday's game against Germany.


Ten reasons to watch the Copa America

The Copa America is the oldest international soccer tournament in the world, predating the World Cup by 14 years. It kicks off its 2015 edition on Thursday when host Chile plays Ecuador. The 12-team tournament features some of the biggest stars in the world -- Lionel Messi for Argentina, Neymar for Brazil and James ...

Canada and the FIFA scandals

It took three days, but Monday's doubleheader in Winnipeg finally put the Women's World Cup front and center where it should be.

Rapinoe anxious to express bigger role at the World Cup

Megan Rapinoe loves coffee. And her girlfriend's music. And speaking her mind. And swearing occasionally.

Rothenberg 'confident' soccer will overcome current scandals

As one of the leading figures in American soccer for several decades, former U.S. Soccer president and World Cup 1994 Organizing Committee chairman Alan Rothenberg firmly believes there are solutions to soccer's problems of governance and transparency.

U.S. ref Margaret Domka heads to World Cup

The students at Union Grove High School in Wisconsin will get to see their teacher on TV this summer -- in a quite different capacity than instructing Spanish.

Tuesday was a good day -- if it began early

Watching soccer is a piece of cake these days. All you need is a smartphone and a television app and you're set to go. Anywhere. Any time.