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US defeats Brazil 4-1 to clinch Tournament of Nations title

Aug. 2, 2018 11:13 PM EDT

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. (AP) — Julie Ertz, Tobin Heath and Alex Morgan scored second-half goals and the United States took control to beat Brazil 4-1 on Thursday night for the Tournament of Nations title. Heath's curling goal in the 62nd minute put the United States up 3-1 and gave the team the margin it needed...

Horan's late goal pulls US into 1-1 draw with Australia.

Jul. 29, 2018 9:34 PM EDT

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Lindsey Horan scored in the 90th minute to give the United States a 1-1 draw with Australia on Sunday night in the Tournament of Nations. Horan scored on a bouncing header off a well-placed corner kick from Megan Rapinoe. The tie extended the Americans' undefeated streak to 18...

Hat's off! Alex Morgan's 3-goal game leads US past Japan 4-2

Jul. 26, 2018 10:16 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — As a wave of energetic young players make inroads with the U.S. national team, Alex Morgan admitted to feeling a bit of pressure from coach Jill Ellis to continue to perform at a high level. Hard to get much higher than Thursday night. Morgan capped a seemingly effortless hat trick...

US women view Tournament of Nations as World Cup tuneup

Jul. 25, 2018 2:41 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Amy Rodriguez and Becky Sauerbrunn arrived in Kansas City this week with their focus somewhat split. The veterans of the U.S. women's national team understand the importance of the four-team Tournament of Nations, which begins with a match against Japan on Thursday night. And they...

Mbappe, Modric on 10-man list for FIFA best player award

Jul. 24, 2018 10:57 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — World Cup stars Kylian Mbappe and Luka Modric will lead the challenge against a decade-long dominance of FIFA's best player award by Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. Mbappe, the teenage star of France's World Cup-winning team, and Modric, the Croatia captain who was named the tournament's...

US women takes veteran team to Tournament of Nations

Jul. 18, 2018 3:37 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — The top-ranked U.S. will bring a veteran group to the four-team Tournament of Nations, which begins next week with a match against Japan at Children's Mercy Park in Kansas City. U.S. coach Jill Ellis announced her training roster of 25 players Wednesday, all but three of whom...

The Latest: Martinez praises Belgians for style, substance

Jul. 14, 2018 2:17 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Saturday at the World Cup (all times local): 9 p.m. Roberto Martinez believes his Belgium lineup deserves high praise for its third-place finish at the World Cup. Belgium beat England 2-0 in the third-place playoff on Saturday at St. Petersburg, surpassing the country's previous...

US women's coach says her players have an equal right to VAR

Jul. 11, 2018 12:43 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Female players have an equal right to have FIFA use video review for their tournament next year in France, U.S. women's coach Jill Ellis said Wednesday. FIFA is using Video Assistant Referees for the men's World Cup for the first time this year, and it has led to several key call reversals...

France goalkeeper Lloris braces for 'complete' Belgium team

Jul. 9, 2018 1:01 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris was back to his best in the World Cup quarterfinals, and he's going to need to be just as good when his team takes on Belgium in the semifinals on Tuesday. The experienced Lloris, set to make his 103rd international appearance, will be facing a...

Goal-fest possible in France-Belgium World Cup semifinal

Jul. 8, 2018 5:22 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Considering the attacking strength of France and Belgium, there's potential for a goal-fest when the European neighbors meet in the World Cup semifinals. There was less at stake the last time the teams last went head-to-head at the World Cup, a 4-2 victory for France in the...