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May 26, 2012 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
PRINCETON - Lauren Cheney went through a gamut of emotions leading up to the U.S. women's soccer journey in the 2008 Olympics. Cheney went from initially being spurned, to being added to the team at the last minute, to competing in the final three games, including the 1-0 win over Brazil that earned the U.S. the Olympic gold medal in Beijing. First named as an alternate, she was added to the 2008 team when Abby Wambach broke her leg. "It was hard, initially, not to make the team - but to be back on the team was bittersweet because I didn't want Abby to get injured," Cheney said after a recent U.S. women's national team practice at Princeton University.
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July 19, 2011 | From Inquirer Wire Services
FRANKFURT, Germany - Once the Americans get over the disappointment of coming up just short at the Women's World Cup, they will find plenty of reasons for optimism. The U.S. team pulled together amid a series of challenges that, just a few years ago, would have broken it apart. And while the illustrious careers of captain Christie Rampone, Shannon Boxx and maybe Abby Wambach are nearing their end, Lauren Cheney, Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe proved in Germany they are more than able successors.
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June 29, 2011 | Associated Press
DRESDEN, Germany - Once, twice, three times and then a fourth, Lauren Cheney launched a shot with her foot only to watch it go right into the hands of the North Korean goalkeeper. Finally, she used her head. And just like that, the Americans looked more like a team that could contend for a third Women's World Cup title than the one that had taken a self-described "bumpy" road to Germany. "I wasn't frustrated," said Cheney, whose goal in the 54th minute sparked a 2-0 win over North Korea yesterday in front of 21,859 in Rudolf-Harbig Stadion.
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June 22, 2013 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
HARRISON, N.J. - A buzz encompassed Red Bull Arena even before Abby Wambach stepped onto the pitch. It only grew every time the striker, who entered Thursday night's friendly against South Korea two goals from Mia Hamm's all-time international record of 158, touched or even came near the soccer ball. The buzz got even louder when Wambach made history during the U.S. women's national team's 5-0 victory. She finished with four goals, for a career international total of 160. "I don't think about how I sit in history and the books," Wambach said.
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July 17, 2011 | By Kate Harman, FOR THE INQUIRER
Loud, adamant, and rife with hand gestures, Val Henderson looked every bit the part of a goalkeeper directing her defense while watching the Women's World Cup final with her teammates, coaches, and a few dozen fans at the United Sports training complex in Downingtown on Sunday. It was part of a viewing party the Independence held for the game, inviting fans to come watch the game with the squad and the coaching staff. "How did that not go in?" Henderson, the Independence's keeper for the last two seasons, yelled in the 49th minute when U.S. forward Alex Morgan just missed a scoring opportunity.
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July 5, 2010 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
The heat and humidity were stifling, and yet the oldest player never stopped running or, for that matter, scoring, ruining Independence Day for the Independence. Boston midfielder Kristine Lilly broke a tie in the 84th minute, converting a feed from Kelly Smith as the Breakers defeated the Independence, 2-1, in Sunday's Women's Professional Soccer game at West Chester University. The Independence are now 6-4-3, while Boston is 2-5-4 after breaking a nine-game winless streak.
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June 23, 2011 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Third in a series of previews for the Women's World Cup. Coming off a stellar performance in helping the U.S. Olympic women's soccer team win the goal medal in 2008, Amy Rodriguez suddenly saw her confidence and goal-scoring ability wane as she began her professional career. Selected No. 1 overall in the Women's Professional Soccer draft in 2009 by the Boston Breakers, Rodriguez, by her own admission, had a miserable debut season. She was traded shortly after the season to the Independence.
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July 14, 2011 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
Move over, Lady Gaga. Tween girls have a new hero. Make that heroes. The U.S. women's soccer team won its crucial semifinal match against France in the Women's World Cup on Wednesday in Germany - along with the hearts of a new generation of adolescent girls. Soccer girls. "USA! USA! USA!" shouted 130 jubilant 11- to 17-year-olds in an Immaculata University cafeteria where they had gathered around a half-dozen TVs to watch the Americans' 3-1 victory, which earned the team a spot in the final Sunday against Japan.
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July 14, 2011 | By Nancy Armour, Associated Press
MOENCHENGLADBACH, Germany - The United States kept its fans breathless again. And just like last time, Abby Wambach - who else? - came up big. Wambach broke a tense tie with a thunderous header in the 79th minute, and the United States earned its first trip to the World Cup final since winning it in 1999 with a 3-1 victory over France on Wednesday. "We've achieved part of our goal. We're in the final," Wambach said. "We want to complete it. We want to be world champs. " Lauren Cheney and Alex Morgan also scored for the Americans, who will play Japan on Sunday in Frankfurt.
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June 22, 2013 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
HARRISON, N.J. - A buzz encompassed Red Bull Arena even before Abby Wambach stepped onto the pitch. It only grew every time the striker, who entered Thursday night's friendly against South Korea two goals from Mia Hamm's all-time international record of 158, touched or even came near the soccer ball. The buzz got even louder when Wambach made history during the U.S. women's national team's 5-0 victory. She finished with four goals, for a career international total of 160. "I don't think about how I sit in history and the books," Wambach said.
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May 26, 2012 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
PRINCETON - Lauren Cheney went through a gamut of emotions leading up to the U.S. women's soccer journey in the 2008 Olympics. Cheney went from initially being spurned, to being added to the team at the last minute, to competing in the final three games, including the 1-0 win over Brazil that earned the U.S. the Olympic gold medal in Beijing. First named as an alternate, she was added to the 2008 team when Abby Wambach broke her leg. "It was hard, initially, not to make the team - but to be back on the team was bittersweet because I didn't want Abby to get injured," Cheney said after a recent U.S. women's national team practice at Princeton University.
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July 19, 2011 | From Inquirer Wire Services
FRANKFURT, Germany - Once the Americans get over the disappointment of coming up just short at the Women's World Cup, they will find plenty of reasons for optimism. The U.S. team pulled together amid a series of challenges that, just a few years ago, would have broken it apart. And while the illustrious careers of captain Christie Rampone, Shannon Boxx and maybe Abby Wambach are nearing their end, Lauren Cheney, Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe proved in Germany they are more than able successors.
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July 19, 2011 | Daily News Wire Services
Once the Americans get over the disappointment of coming up just short at the Women's World Cup, they will find plenty of reasons for optimism. The U.S. team pulled together amid a series of challenges that, just a few years ago, would have broken it apart. And while the illustrious careers of captain Christie Rampone, Shannon Boxx and maybe Abby Wambach are nearing their end, Lauren Cheney, Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe proved in Germany they are more than able successors. There's also another major title to be won at next summer's London Olympics, and qualifying starts in just a few months.
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July 18, 2011 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
Loud, adamant, and rife with hand gestures, Val Henderson looked every bit the part of a goalkeeper directing her defense while watching the Women's World Cup final with her teammates, coaches, and a few dozen fans at the United Sports training complex in Downingtown on Sunday. It was part of a viewing party the Independence held for the game, inviting fans to come watch the game with the squad and the coaching staff. "How did that not go in?" Henderson, the Independence's keeper for the last two seasons, yelled in the 49th minute when U.S. forward Alex Morgan just missed a scoring opportunity.
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July 14, 2011 | By Nancy Armour, Associated Press
MOENCHENGLADBACH, Germany - The United States kept its fans breathless again. And just like last time, Abby Wambach - who else? - came up big. Wambach broke a tense tie with a thunderous header in the 79th minute, and the United States earned its first trip to the World Cup final since winning it in 1999 with a 3-1 victory over France on Wednesday. "We've achieved part of our goal. We're in the final," Wambach said. "We want to complete it. We want to be world champs. " Lauren Cheney and Alex Morgan also scored for the Americans, who will play Japan on Sunday in Frankfurt.
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July 14, 2011 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
Move over, Lady Gaga. Tween girls have a new hero. Make that heroes. The U.S. women's soccer team won its crucial semifinal match against France in the Women's World Cup on Wednesday in Germany - along with the hearts of a new generation of adolescent girls. Soccer girls. "USA! USA! USA!" shouted 130 jubilant 11- to 17-year-olds in an Immaculata University cafeteria where they had gathered around a half-dozen TVs to watch the Americans' 3-1 victory, which earned the team a spot in the final Sunday against Japan.
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July 14, 2011 | Daily News Wire Services
MOENCHENGLADBACH, Germany - Abby Wambach sure knows how to deliver. A goal, a promise and soon, she hopes, a World Cup title. The U.S. women had fans on edge once again until Wambach broke a tense tie with her header off a corner kick in the 79th minute yesterday Alex Morgan scored 3 minutes later to seal a 3-1 semifinal victory over France, and the Americans let loose with a party that carried across the Atlantic Ocean. Next up, a trip to the World Cup final Sunday in Frankfurt that will be the first for Americans since 1999, when they last won it all. They'll play Japan, which upset Sweden, 3-1, to move one step away from realizing its own dream.
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July 13, 2011 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
MOENCHENGLADBACH, Germany - The United States is in the World Cup final for the first time since it last won the title in 1999, and once again Abby Wambach came up big for these Americans, scoring in a 3-1 victory over France. Wambach broke a tense tie in the 79th minute Wednesday with a monstrous header - what else? - off of a Lauren Cheney corner kick. Cheney delivered the ball perfectly to the far post, and the 5-foot-11 forward soared over the scrum, pushing the ball past French goalkeeper Berangere Sapowicz.
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