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Mongolia awaits star players in 2022 World Cup qualifying

Jul. 17, 2019 8:03 PM EDT

ULAANBAATAR, Mongolia (AP) — European glamor teams such as Manchester United and Real Madrid do not visit Mongolia on lucrative preseason tours, but this oft-forgotten Asian soccer outpost is about to get a taste of the big time on the qualifying road to the 2022 World Cup. Soccer is far from the most...

Lloyd says 2019 US team not a continuation of 2015

Jul. 4, 2019 10:50 AM EDT

LYON, France (AP) — Carli Lloyd says the success the United States is having at the Women's World Cup in France isn't an extension of the 2015 title run. The so-called 2019ers are their own team. "We don't really bring up the 2015 World Cup that much because it's done, it's in the past. The focus is just...

Morgan scores and Naeher saves in 2-1 victory over England

Jul. 2, 2019 8:01 PM EDT

LYON, France (AP) — With Alex Morgan's cheeky tea-sipping celebration and a postgame mobbing of goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher, the United States has moved a step closer to successfully defending its latest Women's World Cup title. Morgan scored the go-ahead goal and Naeher preserved the 2-1 semifinal victory...

Alex Morgan adjusts her game at Women's World Cup

Jun. 30, 2019 4:21 PM EDT

LYON, France (AP) — After collecting five goals in her first game, Alex Morgan is getting a lot of attention at the Women's World Cup — from defenders. The U.S. forward has been shut down scoring-wise ever since her splash in the opener, as opponents have honed in on her, often with physical play....

Investment pays off as Europe dominates Women's World Cup

Jun. 26, 2019 3:33 PM EDT

LE HAVRE, France (AP) — Even Netherlands forward Lineth Beerensteyn had to check that the number was right. "Oh my God — seven," she exclaimed. "That's a lot." Europe sure is dominating this Women's World Cup. The Netherlands made it a record seven European teams in the quarterfinals by knocking out...

Dutch cap Europe's World Cup dominance by ousting Japan

Jun. 26, 2019 5:12 AM EDT

RENNES, France (AP) — Tears were still flowing from Saki Kumagai's eyes more than 30 minutes later. With victorious Dutch rivals passing her on the way out of the stadium, Japan's captain seemed to find solace in speaking about the penalty long after it cost her team a place in the quarterfinals of the...