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The opening game of the 1999 Women's World Cup between the United States and Denmark was at the old Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., home to a pair of NFL teams. There was a massive traffic jam on the Jersey Turnpike that afternoon. I know. I was stuck in it, wondering how bad the accident was ahead and whether we'd miss kickoff. Except there was no five-car pile-up. The U.S. team's ...

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Luis Suarez, one of soccer's biggest stars and most dynamic goal-scorers, is being wooed with a lucrative four-year offer to join David Beckham's Inter Miami in 2020 as the Major League Soccer expansion team's first signature star. It might not end up happening, but the interest and the offer are not a rumor, or mere speculation. I have been assured by those who would know that Inter Miami is ...

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PARIS - When the U.S. played Norway in the semifinals of the second Women's World Cup in 1995, fewer than 3,000 people showed up at a minor league soccer stadium in Sweden to watch. And that was one of the bigger crowds of the tournament. "To everyone outside of friends and family and the players themselves, it was like a tree falling in the woods that nobody sees or hears," said Briana ...

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The 2019 Women's World Cup kicks off on June 7 in France; and soccer fans all over the globe will get to know players they rarely get to see. Unlike the men who play in the World Cup, the women don't get massive media coverage or big crowds for their pro leagues. So, every four years is their chance to take the spotlight for a few weeks. Here are 20 players to keep an eye on over the next ...

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As a schoolgirl growing up in southern England, Jill Ellis couldn't play competitive soccer. It wasn't that girls weren't allowed. It was just that, given the attitudes of the 1970s, no one had thought to organize teams for them. It wasn't ladylike, Ellis' mother, Margaret, once explained. That changed when Ellis moved with her family to Virginia as a teenager, where she not only joined her ...

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"I had an idea of what it was going to be like. That's blown all of my expectations out of the water," Forward Madison goalkeeper Ryan Coulter said. "Ninety minutes of madness. You add into that snow at the end of April, freezing conditions — impossible conditions to play good football in, really, and yet you've got 4,500 lunatics there screaming on. It's incredible. For me, I'm 30 years of age, that's the best atmosphere I've ever played in."

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