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  1. Sydney Leroux to have ankle surgery; out up to 3 months

    Jul 17, 2015, 7:44 PM EDT

    USA forward Sydney Leroux runs with the ball at Sweden's goal post during their Group D match of the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup at the Winnipeg Stadium on June 12, 2015, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. AFP PHOTO/JEWEL SAMAD        (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

    Sydney Leroux needs ankle surgery, news that comes shortly after it was announced the Alex Morgan had knee surgery.

  2. Alex Morgan undergoes minor knee surgery, out 3-4 weeks

    Jul 17, 2015, 6:34 PM EDT

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    This is Morgan’s fourth extensive layoff due to injury in the past two years.

  3. United States midfielder Lauren Holiday announces plans to retire with Women’s World Cup title in hand

    Jul 7, 2015, 4:50 PM EDT

    VANCOUVER, BC - JULY 05:   Lauren Holiday #12 of the United States celebrates as she scores her first goal in the first half against Japan  in the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015 Final at BC Place Stadium on July 5, 2015 in Vancouver, Canada.  (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images)

    Lauren Holiday, 27, scored the eventual game-winning goal in the 2015 Women’s World Cup final.

  4. After Women’s World Cup triumph, Wambach, Ellis face questions about 2016 Olympics

    Jul 6, 2015, 8:17 PM EDT

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    Will Abby Wambach play at the 2016 Olympics in Rio? She hasn’t yet said.

  5. United States women overcame growing pains to peak when it mattered

    Jul 6, 2015, 3:06 AM EDT

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    The U.S. women always said they would peak at the right moment, and they did exactly that.

  6. Set pieces prove to be Japan’s undoing in Women’s World Cup final loss

    Jul 6, 2015, 2:41 AM EDT

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    Japan came out shockingly flat in the World Cup final, conceding four goals in 16 minutes.

  7. Carli Lloyd proves she’s the Women’s World Cup hero she always knew she would be

    Jul 6, 2015, 1:54 AM EDT

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    Carli Lloyd said she wanted to be the best in the world. On Sunday, she proved it.

  8. Mission accomplished: Abby Wambach gets her World Cup title

    Jul 6, 2015, 12:03 AM EDT

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    Abby Wambach longed for a World Cup title for over a decade. On Sunday, she finally lifted the trophy.

  9. United States wins third Women’s World Cup title, beats Japan on record-smashing day

    Jul 5, 2015, 8:51 PM EDT

    VANCOUVER, BC - JULY 05:  Carli Lloyd #10 of the United States celebrates scoring the opening goal against Japan in the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015 Final at BC Place Stadium on July 5, 2015 in Vancouver, Canada.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

    Carli Lloyd’s hat trick and the United States’ win smashed just about every record in a huge win over Japan in the Women’s World Cup final.

  10. Women’s World Cup final tactics: Will United States get better of Japan?

    Jul 5, 2015, 1:35 PM EDT

    US midfielder Megan Rapinoe listens to teammates at a press conference in Vancouver on July 3, 2015, two days before the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup final against Japan.   AFP PHOTO/NICHOLAS KAMM        (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

    The U.S. defense has been unbreakable, and Japan loves to keep the ball. Something has to give in the final.

  11. United States, Japan meet in Women’s World Cup final with high hopes back home

    Jul 5, 2015, 7:40 AM EDT

    A view of the BC Place stadium in Vancouver on July 4, 2015 on the eve of the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup final football match USA vs Japan. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE        (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)

    Both countries hope that this final will help bring further attention to the women’s game.

  12. Heather O’Reilly talks revenge on Japan, adjusting to bench role

    Jul 5, 2015, 4:51 AM EDT

    USA midfielder Heather O'Reilly (R) takes part in a training session at the BC Place stadium in Vancouver on July 4, 2015 on the eve of the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup final football match USA vs Japan. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE        (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)

    Olympic gold medals are great, but this group wants a World Cup title.

  13. Krieger credits Ellis, communication for United States’ defensive success

    Jul 4, 2015, 10:30 PM EDT

    USA defender Ali Krieger (R) vies with Germany's forward Anja Mittag during their 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup semi-final football match between USA and Germany at the Olympic Stadium in Montreal on June 30, 2015.  AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE        (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)

    The U.S. hasn’t given up a goal in 513 minutes at this World Cup, heading into the final against Japan.

  14. For Japan women’s national team, approach to game and life is team-first

    Jul 4, 2015, 8:00 PM EDT

    Members of Japan's national team joke during a training session in Vancouver on July 4, 2015, on the eve of the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup final against the US.   AFP PHOTO/NICHOLAS KAMM        (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

    The solidarity between Japan teammates — and between the two teams contesting the final — is remarkable.

  15. Lloyd, Brian prove crucial to United States’ turnaround at Women’s World Cup

    Jul 4, 2015, 3:09 PM EDT

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    Carli Lloyd has taken rightfully taken over the spotlight, but Morgan Brian’s supporting role is no less important.

  16. Bassett speaks for first time after own goal: ‘I would prefer no one to know Laura Bassett’s name’

    Jul 4, 2015, 12:59 AM EDT

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    The English defender is still getting over the heartbreak of an own goal.

  17. 2011 Women’s World Cup final loss still burns in Abby Wambach’s memory

    Jul 3, 2015, 11:00 PM EDT

    MONTREAL, QC - JUNE 30:  Abby Wambach #20 of the United States reacts before taking on Germany in the FIFA Women's World Cup 2015 Semi-Final Match at Olympic Stadium on June 30, 2015 in Montreal, Canada.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

    Wambach gets a second chance in a World Cup final against Japan again on Sunday.

  18. Rampone, other US veterans met with Ellis at midway point of Women’s World Cup

    Jul 3, 2015, 10:10 PM EDT

    during the FIFA Women's World Cup 2015 Group D match between Nigeria and USA at BC Place Stadium on June 16, 2015 in Vancouver, Canada.

    The U.S. turned things around mid-tournament and now finds itself in the World Cup final.

  19. World players’ union FIFPro opens door to women for first time in 50-year history

    Jul 3, 2015, 4:45 PM EDT

    Theo van Seggelen of Fifpro during the International friendly match between Netherlands and Spain on March 31, 2015 at the Amsterdam Arena in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.(Photo by VI Images via Getty Images)

    Women’s players can get representation from FIFPro for the first time in the continued fight for equality.

  20. Round 3: USA-Japan Women’s World Cup final a familiar matchup

    Jul 2, 2015, 12:59 AM EDT

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    Japan beat the U.S. to win the 2011 World Cup. The U.S. beat Japan to win the 2012 Olympics. Round 3 takes place Sunday in the 2015 Women’s World Cup final.

  21. “She’s in a hard place”: England boss Sampson consoles, praises Bassett after semifinal loss

    Jul 1, 2015, 11:57 PM EDT

    Sampson consoles his players after the crushing defeat.

    Mark Sampson spoke in detail about the character of Laura Bassett and how he hopes girls in England are inspired for the future.

  22. Bassett’s long journey takes cruel twist, but England women show future is bright

    Jul 1, 2015, 11:11 PM EDT

    Laura Bassett of England is comforted by her teammates.

    Full credit to England for an inspiring World Cup, and to Japan for getting to a second straight World Cup final.

  23. Stoppage-time own goal sinks England, sends Japan to Women’s World Cup final

    Jul 1, 2015, 9:02 PM EDT

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    Defending champion Japan advances to second straight Women’s World Cup final.

  24. Amid all the noise, United States coach Jill Ellis got the tactics right on Tuesday

    Jul 1, 2015, 12:12 AM EDT

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    Jill Ellis takes a lot of criticism, but she got it right again on Tuesday, moves that got the U.S. into the World Cup final.

  25. Three things learned: United States advances over Germany in epic Women’s World Cup semifinal

    Jun 30, 2015, 10:47 PM EDT

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    The United States played its best soccer in two years with a victory over Germany in an epic win over Germany.

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