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September 21, 2012 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
After five years, two Olympic gold medals, and an exciting run through the 2011 Women's World Cup, U.S. soccer coach Pia Sundhage is returning home to coach the Swedish women. Sundhage, 52, who has a career record of 90-6-10 with the national team, coached it one last time Wednesday night as part of the 2012 Olympic victory tour. The U.S. team beat Australia, 6-2, in Commerce City, Colo. The Americans will continue the tour with two late October matches against Germany. A spokesman for the U.S. Soccer Federation, Neil Buethe, said that up to five more games are planned before the end of the year.
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September 22, 2012 | Associated Press
COMMERCE CITY, Colo. - On her final victory lap, Pia Sundhage hopped and high-stepped her way around the field. As the U.S. women's national soccer team coach soaked in the cheers from the capacity crowd, her team began serenading her by belting out, "You Are My Sunshine. " It was a fitting tribute, since Sundhage has had the squad in harmony for five years. It was a fitting way to go out, too. Abby Wambach broke a tie early in the second half, and Alex Morgan added two goals and two assists, helping the U.S. team beat Australia, 6-2, Wednesday night in an international friendly that was Sundhage's farewell game.
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July 6, 2011 | Associated Press
WOLFSBURG, Germany - With a spot in the quarterfinals already secured, the U.S. women wrap up group play Wednesday against coach Pia Sundhage's native Sweden at the Women's World Cup. Though Sundhage is unperturbed at the prospect of facing her home country ("For me, it's not Sweden, it's just a team") the game will put the spotlight squarely on the woman whose intelligence, confidence and unflinching optimism has transformed a fractured team into Olympic gold medalists and, just maybe, World Cup champions for a third time.
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September 21, 2012 | By Pat Graham, ASSOCIATED PRESS
COMMERCE CITY, Colo. - Abby Wambach broke a tie early in the second half, and Alex Morgan added two goals and two assists, helping the U.S. women's national soccer team beat Australia, 6-2, on Wednesday night in an international friendly that was coach Pia Sundhage's farewell game. Sundhage announced earlier this month she was stepping away after leading the squad to back-to-back Olympic gold medals. She will return home to coach the Swedish national team. Heather O'Reilly, Shannon Boxx, and Sydney Leroux also scored for the Americans, who are 21-0-2 against Australia.
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September 12, 2008 | By Mike Jensen INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It started with a phone call. Back in the mid-1990s, Mark Krikorian, a women's soccer coach from a little college in New Hampshire, asked one of his top players, a Swede, for a contact in her country. That led him to dial up Pia Sundhage, the Swedish national team's star player. Krikorian had never heard of her - had no idea she scored four goals for third-place Sweden at the 1991 Women's World Cup and captained Sweden at the '95 World Cup and '96 Olympics. But Krikorian visited Sundhage in Sweden, and they wound up coaching professional soccer together for two seasons in Philadelphia.
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August 1, 2008
When: Aug. 6-21. Where: Qinhuangho, Shenyang, Tianjin, Shanghai and Beijing, Aug. 6-15; Shanghai and Beijing, semifinals, Aug. 18; Beijing, finals, Aug. 21. TV: MSNBC, NBC Olympic Soccer Channel, USA, CNBC. Format: Three four-team pools play a round-robin series with the top two teams advancing to the quarterfinals, along with the two top third-place finishers. A knockout format then begins and runs through the gold-medal game. Semifinal losers play for the bronze. Philly file: Midfielder Carli Lloyd is from Delran, N.J. . . . Nicole Barnhart, of Gilbertsville, Berks County, is the backup goalkeeper behind Hope Solo.
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October 31, 2012 | Daily News Wire Reports
TOM SERMANNI, who led Australia to the quarterfinals at the last two Women's World Cups, has been chosen as the new coach of the U.S. women's soccer team. Sermanni replaces Pia Sundhage, who stepped down Sept. 1 after leading the U.S. women to back-to-back Olympic gold medals and their first World Cup final in 12 years. Sundhage finished with a 91-6-10 record in 5 years, including 23-1-1 this year. Sermanni takes over Jan. 1. In the meantime, interim coach Jill Ellis will coach the Americans in exhibitions.
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May 10, 2011 | Associated Press
CHICAGO - The U.S. women say they are ready for anything in the upcoming World Cup. With Hope Solo and Heather Mitts healthy, the roster coach Pia Sundhage released yesterday contained few surprises. Star scorer Abby Wambach warns the rest of the soccer world to not be surprised by anything the Americans accomplish as they go after their first world title since 1999. "I will do everything I can to make sure we will be standing on top of the podium," Wambach said. "It will be the most difficult championship to win, World Cup or Olympics, and I am excited to get started.
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June 5, 2011 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
SOMERSET, N.J. - The United States women's national team team will have one final tune-up on American soil before beginning play later this month in the World Cup in Germany. The U.S. will meet Mexico on Sunday in a 2 p.m. send-off match at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. This week the U.S. has been training in New Jersey. The team will have an eight-day break after the game and then depart for a weeklong training camp in Austria. The first World Cup game for the U.S. is June 28 against North Korea.
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October 24, 2012 | Associated Press
EAST HARTFORD, Conn. - Abby Wambach scored for the 23d time this year, but the U.S. women's soccer team had to settle for a 2-2 tie with Germany on Tuesday, the teams' second draw in four days. Dzenifer Marozsan scored twice for the Germans, including the equalizer in the 85th minute. Tobin Heath gave the U.S. a 2-1 lead in the 67th minute on an assist from Alex Morgan, who had two in the match. Goaltender Hope Solo made six saves for the Americans, who are on a celebration tour after their Olympic victory.
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July 8, 2015 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Columnist
A "BEAST," that's what just about every player on the United States women's soccer team called Delran, N.J., native Carli Lloyd after a 5-2 victory over Japan on Sunday in the final of the 2015 FIFA World Cup. Considering what "beast" means in the realm of competitive athletics, there was no better description for the way Lloyd, the United States captain, played during this ultimate game in women's soccer - well, maybe, "possessed. " I wonder whether people fully appreciate what Lloyd did in those magical 16 minutes that decided a world championship before many of the 53,000-plus fans in BC Place in Vancouver had comfortably settled in their seats.
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March 12, 2013
Facing former coach Pia Sundhage for the first time, the U.S. women's soccer team came from behind to tie Sweden, 1-1, Monday in the Algarve Cup in Lagos, Portugal. Alex Morgan's 56th-minute goal sent the Americans to the Cup final for the 10th time in 11 years. Midfielder Carli Lloyd of Delran missed the game because of a minor shoulder injury. The Americans, who extended their unbeaten streak to 28 games, will play Germany in Wednesday's title game. Germany finished first in Group A, and the United States led Group B. Sundhage left the U.S. team after the 2012 Olympics, in which the Americans won their second consecutive gold medal, to return to her native Sweden.
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January 8, 2013 | Daily News staff and wire reports
LIONEL MESSI became the first four-time winner of the FIFA Player of the Year award after shattering the world record with 91 goals last year for Barcelona and Argentina. The 25-year-old won for the fourth straight time, beating Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona teammate Andres Iniesta in voting announced Monday. Messi received 41.60 percent of the points in votes by national-team coaches and captains plus selected media. Ronaldo got 23.68 percent and Iniesta 10.91 percent.
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December 23, 2012 | By Jonathan Tannenwald
By her own admission, U.S women's national soccer team star Carli Lloyd was almost written off earlier this year. Heading into the Olympics, Lloyd suddenly found herself out of coach Pia Sundhage's starting lineup. As her 30th birthday arrived in mid-July, there were questions as to whether the Delran, N.J., native could be out of the picture entirely. Instead, Lloyd flipped the script. She stepped up when her team needed her most, and ended up playing a big role in the U.S.' gold-medal run. By the time she and her teammates stood on the podium at Wembley Stadium, there were no doubts left about what Lloyd brings to the field.
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October 31, 2012
The NCAA passed a package of sweeping changes Tuesday intended to crack down hard on rule-breaking schools and coaches. Under the new legislation, approved by the 13-member board of directors, programs that commit the most egregious infractions could face postseason bans of two to four years and fines stretching into the millions, while coaches could face suspensions of up to one year for violations committed by their staffs. The board also approved measures to expand the penalty structure, create new penalty guidelines, and speed up the litigation process.
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October 31, 2012 | Daily News Wire Reports
TOM SERMANNI, who led Australia to the quarterfinals at the last two Women's World Cups, has been chosen as the new coach of the U.S. women's soccer team. Sermanni replaces Pia Sundhage, who stepped down Sept. 1 after leading the U.S. women to back-to-back Olympic gold medals and their first World Cup final in 12 years. Sundhage finished with a 91-6-10 record in 5 years, including 23-1-1 this year. Sermanni takes over Jan. 1. In the meantime, interim coach Jill Ellis will coach the Americans in exhibitions.
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October 24, 2012 | Associated Press
EAST HARTFORD, Conn. - Abby Wambach scored for the 23d time this year, but the U.S. women's soccer team had to settle for a 2-2 tie with Germany on Tuesday, the teams' second draw in four days. Dzenifer Marozsan scored twice for the Germans, including the equalizer in the 85th minute. Tobin Heath gave the U.S. a 2-1 lead in the 67th minute on an assist from Alex Morgan, who had two in the match. Goaltender Hope Solo made six saves for the Americans, who are on a celebration tour after their Olympic victory.
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October 6, 2012
Playing in Instanbul, the Boston Celtics on Friday lost the first game of the NBA's preseason, 97-91, to Turkish team Fenerbahce Ulker. First-round draft pick Jared Sullinger and Jeff Green scored 16 points each, but the Celtics paid the price for a weak second quarter, getting outscored by 29-18. Rajon Rondo had 13 points and nine assists, while Jason Terry , one of a handful of new players on the roster, scored 12. But 25 turnovers showed there's work to be done before the Celtics' next exhibition game Sunday in Milan, against Emporio Armani.
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September 22, 2012 | Associated Press
COMMERCE CITY, Colo. - On her final victory lap, Pia Sundhage hopped and high-stepped her way around the field. As the U.S. women's national soccer team coach soaked in the cheers from the capacity crowd, her team began serenading her by belting out, "You Are My Sunshine. " It was a fitting tribute, since Sundhage has had the squad in harmony for five years. It was a fitting way to go out, too. Abby Wambach broke a tie early in the second half, and Alex Morgan added two goals and two assists, helping the U.S. team beat Australia, 6-2, Wednesday night in an international friendly that was Sundhage's farewell game.
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September 21, 2012 | By Pat Graham, ASSOCIATED PRESS
COMMERCE CITY, Colo. - Abby Wambach broke a tie early in the second half, and Alex Morgan added two goals and two assists, helping the U.S. women's national soccer team beat Australia, 6-2, on Wednesday night in an international friendly that was coach Pia Sundhage's farewell game. Sundhage announced earlier this month she was stepping away after leading the squad to back-to-back Olympic gold medals. She will return home to coach the Swedish national team. Heather O'Reilly, Shannon Boxx, and Sydney Leroux also scored for the Americans, who are 21-0-2 against Australia.
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