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Notebook: Philadelphia tunes in for U.S.-Colombia

Wednesday, June 24, 2015, 6:44 PM
OTTAWA, Ontario - The United States' 2-0 win over Colombia in the round of 16 was a big hit with Philadephia sports fans. Fox Sports 1's broadcast of the game drew a 5.3 local rating, according to Nielsen, making it by far the most-watched program on broadcast or cable TV in the region Monday night... Read more

Notebook: Cameroon's hope, China's ignorance, Australia's history

Sunday, June 21, 2015, 5:26 PM
Women's soccer is big business in the United States, but it's worth remembering that in many other countries, it's only just getting off the ground. That's certainly true in Cameroon, where the game was in many ways afterthought until the Indomitable Lionesses reached the round of 16 at their first... Read more

Notebook: Pia Sundhage's future is now

Thursday, June 18, 2015, 6:11 PM
EDMONTON, Alberta - Much of the conversation about Pia Sundhage's recent attention-grabbing interview in the New York Times centered around her remarks about her former United States players. But buried in there was another news item that also has big ramifications. Sundhage's contract as Sweden's... Read more

Notebook: France is fine - for now

Thursday, June 18, 2015, 4:14 AM
EDMONTON, Alberta - France coach Philippe Bergeroo took a bit of a gamble by leaving midfield catalyst Louisa Nécib on the bench in Wednesday's game against Mexico, so that she could rest and recover from some minor injuries. That gamble paid off just 34 seconds after kickoff, when Marie Laure... Read more

Notebook: Lionesses drown out Bachmann's opus

Tuesday, June 16, 2015, 7:46 PM
VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Switzerland striker Ramona Bachmann has delivered on expectations that she could be a breakout star at the World Cup, registering three goals, one assist and 18 shots in the group stage. But that wasn't enough to overcome a true Cinderella performance by Cameroon, which... Read more

Notebook: World Cup ticket sales fears are overblown

Friday, June 12, 2015, 6:35 PM
WINNIPEG, Manitoba - Canada's largest national newspaper, the Globe and Mail, blared an attention-grabbing headline across the front of its sports section on Friday: “IS THE WORLD CUP FACING TICKET TROUBLE?” That might have been a bit of an overstatement. It's true that through Thursday's... Read more

Notebook: New Zealand sends Canada a Dear John letter

Thursday, June 11, 2015, 11:34 PM
WINNIPEG, Manitoba - Pia Sundhage isn't the only big-name coach in the World Cup who has talked a big game this week. Ahead of Thursday night's game between Canada and New Zealand, Canadian coach John Herdman took aim at a program that he coached at the 2007 and 2011 World Cups. “Quality for... Read more

Notebook: Women's World Cup favorites tested early

Wednesday, June 10, 2015, 10:18 PM
WINNIPEG, Manitoba - Every team at the World Cup has now played once. With Wednesday having been the first day on the schedule with no games played, it's a good time to assess where the United States' rivals to win the tournament stand. Some of them seem to have not found solid footing yet. Reigning... Read more

Notebook: Turf talk heats up again

Monday, June 8, 2015, 1:05 AM
WINNIPEG, Manitoba - My main story for Monday's editions of the Inquirer and Daily News is about the U.S. team having to deal with another uproar around Hope Solo. Here are a few other tidbits from around the Women's World Cup: Artificial turf becomes a talking point again By now, everyone involved... Read more

Games to Watch: FA, German and Spanish Cup finals

Friday, May 29, 2015, 8:21 AM
FC Dallas vs. Sporting Kansas City 9:00 p.m. Friday (UniMás) Two of Major League Soccer's most entertaining playmakers lock horns in Texas as Dallas' Mauro Díaz matches wits with Kansas City's Benny Feilhaber. Arsenal vs. Aston Villa 12:00 p.m. Saturday (Fox, Fox Deportes) The FA... Read more
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