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Was the Dream Team the best there ever was? Has there been a team more dominant? The Spaniards say si! Competing against the best in the world in a sport that is contested all ove...(full article)

On Wednesday, we learned that Japan will be the U.S.’s opponent in the Women’s World Cup final for the second straight time when they meet on Sunday in Vancouver. The...(full article)

There's always that one guy at the bar. Every game of this Women's World Cup that I've watched at a public gathering has been a blast. Dozens of like-minded Americans, cheering f...(full article)

FIFA's latest rankings, released at the beginning of June, list Germany and Belgium respectively as the world's top two men's teams. Both nations are in the midst of so-called "gol...(full article)

OK, U.S. women, finish it off. The Americans are into the World Cup final, a game they've been itching for since they went home empty-handed four years ago. It's been 16 years si...(full article)

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French Player Slams FIFA for Rigged Draw

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'Freedom' to Play Sends USWNT to Semis

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Team USA's Intimidation Shrivels

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Wambach's Star Crashing to Earth

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Women Take a Pass on Theatrics

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Revived China Has Score to Settle With U.S.

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Arm Folding a Sport In Itself

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Sloppy Win Pushes U.S. Into Quarters

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Love the Underdog? Then Support Colombia

Colombia faces the United States on Monday, which is enough of a reason to shut down any good vibes American fans would want to send toward this year’s most entertaining upst...

Soccer Has Double Standard for Stars

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Blatter's Gone, But Is Corruption?

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Morgan Injects Life for Team USA's Attack

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Solo Merits Suspension, Not Entitlement

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