Written by Travis Clark

Daphne CorbozWith the officially unofficial stance U.S. Soccer has taken requiring players to be in the NWSL in order to get a look on the U.S. women’s national team, the number of Americans competing at major clubs abroad has dwindled.

One of the standouts remaining is Daphne Corboz. The former Georgetown star signed with Manchester City last summer after finishing her degree on the Hilltop, and has enjoyed a strong start to the 2016 campaign.

Corboz scored the winner over the weekend in City’s 2-0 defeat of Birmingham, showing superb technique to finish a rebound in the first half.

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Written by Travis Clark

CgAfo1qW8AIkui1This summer, the U.S. women’s national team heads to Rio where it’ll try and capture gold for the fourth Olympics running and fifth overall. The only previous blemish against that record came at the 2000 Olympics down in Sydney, Australia.

The reigning World Cup winners learned their group fate on Thursday morning. Drawn into Group G, the USWNT will get games against New Zealand, Colombia and France.

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Written by Travis Clark

Amid a pay dispute and whispers of a potential strike, the U.S. women’s national team returned to action on Wednesday night, easily dispatching Colombia 7-0.

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Written by Will Parchman

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The first thing you’ll notice is that they’re using hashtags in cup names now. I believe this was Chapter 12 of 1984, but you can fact-check me on that.

In any case, the USWNT won the inaugural SheBelieves Cup on Wednesday with a come-from-behind 2-1 win over Germany. Alex Morgan won the tourney’s Golden Ball with a pair of goals, one for a stoppage-time win over France and this one to draw level with Germany in the final match.

It was nice. Very, very nice.

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Written by Travis Clark

In case you were wondering if Mal Pugh deserves the long look she’s getting from the full USWNT, look no further than her work on Sunday against France.

Scoreless heading into injury time, the 17-year-old UCLA recruit helped conjure up the game-winning goal. Her perfectly-weighted ball found Alex Morgan through a sea of French defenders, and the speedy forward finished with aplomb to secure a 1-0 win for the USA.

Sunday’s outing against France wasn’t all good news, as the score was only tied at 0-0 thanks to some great work by Hope Solo earlier in the game.

The USWNT faces Germany on Wednesday in Boca Raton, with the winner capturing the inaugural She Believes title. A draw favors the Germans, so it’s a must-win game for the Americans.

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Written by Travis Clark

In lieu of a trip to Europe for this year’s Algarve Cup, the U.S. women’s national team are hosting the She Believes Cup with France, Germany and England making the trip.

Crystal Dunn’s penchant for scoring spectacular goals propelled the USWNT to a 1-0 win over England in Thursday’s opening group match. The Washington Spirit star has shown a knack to lash home goals from all around the field and her effort in Tampa was no different.

Jill Ellis’ side enjoyed and up-and-down performance up until Dunn’s 72nd minute effort, frustrated by the defensive effort of the visiting Lionesses.

The USA continue the tournament on Sunday against France, which lost 1-0 to Germany.

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Written by Travis Clark

Whenever the U.S. women’s national team takes the field against CONCACAF opposition, usually all it takes to win is a single goal.

With that in mind, after Alex Morgan scored 12 seconds into Wednesday night’s Olympic qualifying match against Costa Rica, the chances of a massive upset essentially went from slim to none.

By the 15th minute, USA had extended its lead to 3-0 thanks to goals from Carli Lloyd and Crystal Dunn. Morgan and Christen Press (who scored the best goal of the game) rounded out the 5-0 scoreline.

Up next for the USWNT is a matchup against Mexico on Friday.

 

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Written by Travis Clark

It’s been quite the week for Mallory Pugh.

The UCLA commit made headlines last week when rumors dropped that she was set to bypass playing soccer in school to join the NWSL.

Those rumors were ultimately put to rest, as she elected to turn down the pro offer and will officially ink her NLI to play for the Bruins on Signing Day.

In the meantime, Pugh was involved with the full women’s national team over the past few weeks. She came on to make her debut on Saturday against Ireland, scoring a brave header from close range to make it 5-0 in the second half.

Look out, Pac-12.

 

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Written by Will Parchman

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The sun is setting on college soccer’s influence on U.S. soccer. It’s a long, slow descent, but it’s already happening in fairly significant numbers among U20 Men’s National Team players. I examined what that looks like earlier this year, but for the sake of ease, here’s a graph of the number of U20 World Cup players culled from college rosters over the past 20 years.

It is dropping. Significantly.

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Written by The 91st

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If you thought the U.S. women’s national team received an amazing amount of coverage throughout the Women’s World Cup, just wait until you see the latest issue of Sports Illustrated.

Taking a historic step, Sports Illustrated is celebrating the World Cup-winning team’s spectacular tournament run with a remarkable 25 different covers. Each of the 23 members of the team will be honored individually, with additional covers of head coach Jill Ellis and a team photo rounding up the 25.

All that said, Megan Rapinoe takes the crown for best cover. Amazing.

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Check out all the covers over at Sports Illustrated.

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