8:59 PM EDT, Sun July 05, 2015

Women’s World Cup reaction: America loves Carli Lloyd

The United States came screaming out of the gates against Japan in the Women’s World Cup final, scoring four goals in just the first 15 minutes of action. The star of the first half was U.S. midfielder Carli Lloyd, who led the scoring attack with an unprecedented three goals in the first half. Here is […]

The Latest: Japan thankful for US help after tsunami

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — The latest from the Women's World Cup final (all times local): Japan coach Norio Sasaki said before Sunday's final that he was thankful for how the U.S. helped Japanese soccer during a "tough situation." "If we can win, we can make soccer a part of Japanese culture, not just a fad," Japan captain Aya Miyama said. American fans filled the streets of Vancouver on Sunday ahead of the Women's World Cup final between Japan and the United States.

Live chat: U.S. takes on Japan in Women’s World Cup final

Chat with reporter Matt Pentz starting at 2 p.m. before the United States takes on Japan in the Women's World Cup final at 4 p.m. from BC Place Stadium in Vancouver
Countdown to 4 PT: USA-Japan, WWC final

Countdown to 4 PT: USA-Japan, WWC final

It is a hot and sunny afternoon in Vancouver, Canada, where the United States and defending champion Japan will meet for the 2015 Women’s World Cup. First kick is scheduled for 4 p.m. We will keep the blog open before, during and after the match, with additional updates and comments on Twitter @donruiztnt.
USA-Japan in World Cup final at 4 PT

USA-Japan in World Cup final at 4 PT

Here’s our game preview. And below, lots and lots of note below from U.S. Soccer. Start reading now and you might be done by first kick: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Japan 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup – Final BC Place; Vancouver, Canada July 5, 2015 GRAND FINAL SET FOR VANCOUVER: The U.S. Women’s National Team will compete for the biggest prize in women’s soccer when it takes on Japan in the championship of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup on Sunday, July 5 at BC Place in Vancouver, Canada. This will be the fourth appearance in … Read more »
Tacoma News-Tribune 18 hours ago

USA feels at home for Women’s World Cup final in Vancouver, B.C.

Japan took 2011 Cup while the US took 2012 Olympics, and now they meet again Sunday at BC Place.

Schmid on USWNT: ‘I think they’ll get result they want’

In the buildup to the 4 p.m. Sunday Women’s World Cup final between the USA and Japan, we asked Sounders coach Sigi Schmid for his thoughts. “They seem to be playing their best soccer right now, which is a good thing when you’re in a tournament like that,” he said of the USA. “You want to be hitting your stride and playing the best as you move forward in the tournament. I thought their game against Germany was their best game so far — their game against China was an uptick, and this was an even further uptick. If they … Read more »

Chile claims Copa America title at home

The wait is finally over for Chile. The title drought continues for Argentina.

Chile beats Argentina 4-1 on penalties to win Copa America

Goalkeeper Claudio Bravo made a save and striker Alexis Sanchez converted the winning penalty as the hosts defeated Argentina 4-1 in a shootout after a 0-0 draw in the Copa America final on Saturday, finally winning its first major tournament. The Chileans made all of their penalties, and captain Bravo lifted the nation's first ever trophy in front of President Michelle Bachelet and nearly 50,000 Chileans who packed the Estadio Nacional, frantically waving Chile's red, blue and white flags. Saturday's defeat came exactly 22 years after Argentina won its last title at the 1993 Copa America,...

Blatter: French, German presidents tried influence WCup vote

BERLIN (AP) — FIFA president Sepp Blatter says in a newspaper interview that French and German presidents applied political pressure before the 2018 and 2022 World Cups were awarded to Russia and Qatar, respectively. Blatter tells German Sunday newspaper Welt am Sonntag that "there were two political interventions" from former French president Nicolas Sarkozy and German counterpart Christian Wulff before the decision was taken to award the tournaments on Dec. 2, 2010.

As Women's World Cup draws to end, inequality remains

With the final match also comes the conclusion of a tournament where the inequality of how FIFA treats the women's game was on display in real time: Artificial turf fields; competing teams staying in the same hotels; a prize money pool one-third of what their male counterparts had available in Brazil a year ago. A group of players, led by American Abby Wambach, filed a claim in a Canadian court that said holding matches on artificial turf amounts to gender discrimination — because the men's World Cup would never be played on fake grass. While many of these are FIFA-related issues, some...

England beats Germany 1-0 in extra time to finish 3rd

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Fara Williams scored on a penalty kick in the 108th minute, helping England beat Germany 1-0 on Saturday for third place in the Women's World Cup. The victory over the top-ranked Germans came after a gut-wrenching 2-1 semifinal loss to Japan that was decided on an own goal on Wednesday. Williams' goal was set up by a pass into the penalty area intended for Lianne Sanderson. On the penalty kick, Williams punched the ball just inside the left post, while goalkeeper Nadine Angerer faded the other way. Anja Mittag, off a free kick just outside the penalty area,...

Where in Seattle to watch the U.S. women’s national team vs. Japan in the Women’s World Cup final

Hope Solo, Megan Rapinoe, Alex Morgan and the rest of the U.S. women’s national team (USWNT) has a chance for redemption Sunday when they take on Japan in the final match of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The match, which takes place just up the road from Seattle in BC Place Stadium in Vancouver at 4 p.m. Pacific, is a repeat of the 2011 final, which Japan won 4-3 on penalty kicks in a game that featured a furious finish, with three goals in the final 10 minutes of regulation and extra time. This year’s matchup should be a classic — hopefully with a different result. We rounded...
Tacoma News-Tribune Jul 4, 2015

Mears goal sends Sounders over D.C., 1-0

United plays a man down, while Seattle’s goalkeeper leaves with injury.

Aussie coach has advice for defending Japan

England, however, was much better at containing Japan in a 2-1 semifinal loss decided on Laura Bassett directing a shot into her own net in stoppage time. Ever since, Kaihori has allowed just one goal — Fara Williams' penalty kick against England — in two games. Against England, she also made a diving save to her right to bat away Ellen White's shot from inside the penalty area to keep the score tied 1-1 in the second half. Sawa, the 2011 FIFA women's player of the year and 2011 World Cup player of the tournament, did not play against England. The 36-year-old has been credited with...

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