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Sorting it out: NWSL as it approaches year three

Sorting it out: NWSL as it approaches year three

Jeff Kassouf July 25, 2014 68

Three is an ominous number in women’s soccer. Twice since the turn of the millennium, a women’s soccer league has folded after three seasons. This time around, the prevailing wisdom among those involved in

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PPL Park to host CONCACAF WWC qualifying elimination games; KC, DC, Chicago get first round

PPL Park to host CONCACAF WWC qualifying elimination games; KC, DC, Chicago get first round

Jeff Kassouf July 24, 2014 24

Venues for CONCACAF 2015 Women’s World Cup qualification in October are set, with Kansas City, greater Chicago and Washington, D.C., hosting first-round games and PPL Park outside of Philadelphia hosting the semifinals, third-place match

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Ex-WPS team owner Borislow dies at age 52

Ex-WPS team owner Borislow dies at age 52

Jeff Kassouf July 22, 2014 58

Dan Borislow, an American entrepreneur and former owner of the magicJack team that played in Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) in 2011, died of a heart attack on Monday at age 52. His death was

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Thorns on a roll: Sinclair, Morgan finding chemistry with Boquete in midfield

Thorns on a roll: Sinclair, Morgan finding chemistry with Boquete in midfield

Jeff Kassouf July 22, 2014 65

When Christine Sinclair and Alex Morgan were allocated to Portland Thorns FC prior to the NWSL’s inaugural season, the collective feelings elsewhere around the league were two-fold: How could two of the world’s best

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Marta stays in Sweden, signs with FC Rosengård

Marta stays in Sweden, signs with FC Rosengård

Jeff Kassouf July 21, 2014 50

Five-time FIFA World Player of the Year Marta has signed with Swedish club FC Rosengård on a six-month deal, with an option for another year. Marta was previously without a club after UEFA Champions

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Nigeria ban lifted, U-20s will play in World Cup

Nigeria ban lifted, U-20s will play in World Cup

Jeff Kassouf July 18, 2014 3

FIFA lifted Nigeria’s international ban on Friday after the country’s football federation leaders were reinstated, meaning the country’s U-20 women’s team will play in next month’s World Cup. The team’s participation in the U-20

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Red Stars come back to tie Portland again

Red Stars come back to tie Portland again

Jeff Kassouf July 17, 2014 193

The Chicago Red Stars came back to tie Portland Thorns FC for the third time this month on Thursday, when the two teams ended 1-1 at Benedictine University in Lilse, Ill. Chicago captain Lori

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French names US U-20 WNT World Cup roster

French names US U-20 WNT World Cup roster

Jeff Kassouf July 17, 2014 26

United States U-20 women’s national team coach Michelle French has named her 21-player World Cup roster, and there are some surprises. The biggest shock is the omission of Notre Dame midfielder Morgan Andrews, who

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Morgan’s foot just fine as Thorns seek more points

Morgan’s foot just fine as Thorns seek more points

Jeff Kassouf July 16, 2014 33

Portland Thorns FC forward Alex Morgan left Saturday’s 7-1 thrashing of FC Kansas City in the 78th minute on a stretcher, but she was walking after the game and is fine now as the

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