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Lloyd's tiny golf clap delivers big message from US women

Jun. 17, 2019 1:10 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Carli Lloyd had just scored on an 18-yard volley to put the United States ahead 11 minutes in against Chile. After leaping, pumping a fist and hugging teammate Lindsey Horan, she raised both hands chin high and made four tiny pitter-patter claps , the type seen more frequently at Pebble Beach...

Lloyd, a World Cup starter again, scores 2 as US beats Chile

Jun. 16, 2019 6:21 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Carli Lloyd wasn't thrilled to open the Women's World Cup on the bench for the United States. She accepted the role, but made no secret she wanted to start. When the call came Sunday, Lloyd made it count with a pair of goals to lead the defending champions to a 3-0 victory over Chile. The win...

Lloyd, Pugh, Press among 7 new starters for US vs. Chile

Jun. 16, 2019 11:52 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Carli Lloyd, Mallory Pugh and Christen Press formed a new starting front line as U.S. coach Jill Ellis made seven changes for Sunday night's Women's World Cup match against Chile. Alyssa Naeher remained in goal for the defending champions and Abby Dahlkemper was the lone holdover on the back...

United States face Chile with chance to advance in World Cup

Jun. 15, 2019 5:35 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The United States gets back on the field at the Women's World Cup on Sunday, just as the uproar following its opening 13-0 win is quieting down. Criticized for both running up the score against Thailand and celebrating each of its record-breaking 13 goals, the Americans have dismissed the...

Lloyd adjusts to new role, but doesn't accept it

Jun. 15, 2019 1:55 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Carli Lloyd is not accepting her new role. Not at all. Lloyd was the star of the 2015 Women's World Cup four years ago in Canada, scoring three goals in the first 16 minutes of the final to help the U.S. national team win its third World Cup title. The hat trick earned Lloyd the nickname...

Sam Mewis makes memories with first World Cup goal

Jun. 14, 2019 12:49 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — After scoring in her first Women's World Cup game, Sam Mewis scanned the crowd, found her parents and blew them a kiss. The gesture was meant as a thank you for all the hard work Bob and Melissa Mewis had put in to make sure their youngest daughter was prepared for the sport's biggest stage....

US catches heat for World Cup goal celebrations

Jun. 12, 2019 2:15 PM EDT

REIMS, France (AP) — The goals were one thing, the celebrations another. The U.S. women's national team faced criticism following its record-breaking 13-0 rout of Thailand on Tuesday night. The win set a World Cup record for goals and margin of victory. Alex Morgan alone had five goals, matching the most...

Alex Morgan has 5 goals as US routs Thailand 13-0

Jun. 11, 2019 7:42 PM EDT

REIMS, France (AP) — Thailand was never a real threat to the U.S. national team. Even so, the three-time Women's World Cup champions had no desire to go easy on a lesser opponent in their opening game. Goals matter in the group stage. And statements matter in soccer's biggest tournament. "Obviously we have...

US and Thailand are last to kick off the World Cup

Jun. 10, 2019 7:54 PM EDT

REIMS, France (AP) — Thailand can dream. It just might not do any good against the U.S. national team. Thailand kicks off the Women's World Cup on Tuesday with a daunting challenge against the defending champion United States. The top-ranked Americans are seeking their fourth overall World Cup title, and...

Ellis downplays comments by former US goalkeeper Hope Solo

Jun. 10, 2019 3:22 PM EDT

REIMS, France (AP) — U.S. national team coach Jill Ellis has downplayed critical comments made by former goalkeeper Hope Solo, who said the World Cup-winning coach "cracks under pressure." Ellis addressed the remarks Monday, a day before the defending champion U.S. team opens World Cup play against...