Latest Jill Ellis News

Carli Lloyd still driven to fight for more World Cup glory

Apr. 8, 2019 8:05 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Carli Lloyd realizes millions of casual soccer fans don't follow the international game outside the World Cup. Some American fans haven't paid close attention to the U.S. women's national team since Lloyd got her iconic hat trick to win the Final four years ago in Vancouver. When those...

Pugh scores 2 and US women beat Australia 5-3 in exhibition

Apr. 5, 2019 1:14 AM EDT

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (AP) — Mallory Pugh heard the cheers from the hometown fans when she came onto the field early in the second half. The cheers were deafening when she scored 37 seconds later. "That's never happened before," she said. "I knew going in I wanted to make a difference and play the role I...

Naeher sets sights on World Cup with her usual calm

Apr. 2, 2019 7:28 PM EDT

When Alyssa Naeher was a college freshman, a senior Penn State teammate told her she couldn't afford to be intimidated. The U.S. national team goalkeeper still carries the advice that Ali Krieger gave her as she readies for the upcoming World Cup. She's not only undaunted by the opponents she faces, she's...

Defender Ali Krieger returns to the US women's national team

Mar. 21, 2019 9:29 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Ali Krieger was between training sessions with the Orlando Pride on Tuesday afternoon when U.S. coach Jill Ellis texted her and asked whether she had time to talk. Krieger informed Ellis she had one more practice, and she could speak in the evening. Ellis had the news the 34-year-old...

Megan Rapinoe looks toward NWSL season, World Cup

Mar. 7, 2019 11:05 PM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Just a bit of fine tuning and Megan Rapinoe should be ready for the World Cup. The outspoken 33-year-old winger with her shock of blond hair is not new to this process. She's been to the last two World Cups, including the 2015 tournament in Canada that the United States won. While she's...

FIFA's record finances reignites World Cup pay parity debate

Mar. 7, 2019 3:59 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — When world soccer executives receive FIFA's annual report this year, they will see that $753,000 is funding a women's league in Colombia, $588,197 is helping female players in New Zealand and girls in Botswana are benefiting from $341,600. That's merely a snapshot of the $270.3 million that...

FIFA's record finances reignites World Cup pay parity debate

Mar. 6, 2019 8:26 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — When world soccer executives receive FIFA's annual report this year, they will see that $753,000 is funding a women's league in Colombia, $588,197 is helping female players in New Zealand and girls in Botswana are benefiting from $341,600. That's merely a snapshot of the $270.3 million that...

APNewsBreak: FIFA's robust cash reserves soar to $2.7B

Mar. 6, 2019 2:30 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — FIFA's cash reserves soared to a record $2.74 billion and revenue climbed to $6.4 billion in the four-year period covering the 2018 World Cup, The Associated Press has learned. The robust financial results suggest FIFA has weathered the deepest crisis in its history, which erupted in 2015...

US wraps up SheBelieves Cup with 1-0 win over Brazil

Mar. 5, 2019 11:48 PM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — While the United States didn't win the SheBelieves Cup tournament on home soil, coach Jill Ellis is still encouraged with the team's progress as it prepares for the women's World Cup. Tobin Heath scored in the first half and the United States finished the SheBelieves Cup with a 1-0...

Heath scores as US women tie England 2-2 at SheBelieves Cup

Mar. 2, 2019 8:21 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Americans have scored twice in each of their first two games of the SheBelieves Cup. They've also allowed two goals apiece, and now a pair of ties has the United States looking at what must improve before the Women's World Cup in June. Tobin Heath scored off her own rebound in...