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Women's World Cup watched by more than 1 billion

Megan Rapinoe reacts to outgoing USWNT coach Jill Ellis becoming the program's all-time wins leader.
Megan Rapinoe shares an update on the USWNT's fight for equal pay and explains what an ideal resolution looks like from her point of view.
In an exclusive interview with ESPN, Megan Rapinoe jokes about running for president and discusses the responsibility she feels to inspire change.

More than one billion people watched this year's Women's World Cup, in which the United States women's national team beat Netherlands to win the competition for a fourth time.

A statement from FIFA revealed that a combined 1.12bn viewers watched the official broadcast coverage of the World Cup, which took place in France between June 7 and July 7, across all platforms -- a record audience for the competition, with the USWNT competing in three of the five most-watched games.

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How Vlatko Andonovski made a name for himself in the NWSL -- and likely beyond

Among the missions of the National Women's Soccer League, subsidized in part by U.S. Soccer, is to identify and develop talent that might otherwise go unutilized in the pursuit of international glory.

It just so happens that one of the success stories is a 43-year-old from North Macedonia.

Seven years ago, Vlatko Andonovski was a stranger to most women's soccer fans. Now he's chasing NWSL history. Andonovski has a chance to become the first coach to win three titles as Seattle Reign FC takes on...

Carli Lloyd says diminished World Cup role was 'worst time of my life'

Carli Lloyd says that while she's pondering a possibility of being a kicker in the NFL, she's first and foremost a USWNT player.

Rather than the crowning achievement of her career, winning a second consecutive World Cup title marked the end of three years that Carli Lloyd hopes never to repeat.

In an interview this week on ESPN's Laughter Permitted with Julie Foudy podcast, Lloyd, 37, spoke at length about her frustrations with a diminished role on the U.S. women's national team after the 2016 Olympics and the toll the past three years took on her professionally and personally.

"I'm not going to lie and sugarcoat it," Lloyd...

USWNT disputes USSF filing in equal pay suit

A new filing from the plaintiffs in a pay discrimination lawsuit against U.S. Soccer alleges that if members of the women's national team were paid under the same terms as the men's national team, they would have earned roughly three times as much as their actual compensation.

The information comes in a new brief filed Monday by the plaintiffs in response to a U.S. Soccer filing last week opposing certification of the players' class action status.

Twenty-eight members of the women's national team...


Without Jill Ellis, what's next for the USWNT?

CHICAGO -- The future is only a month away for the United States women's national team.

Sunday's draw against South Korea marked the end of the U.S. team's five-game "Victory Tour" to celebrate its fourth World Cup title. It ended a 17-game winning streak that dated back almost to the start of the calendar year. Most significantly, it was the final game of Jill Ellis' five years in charge of the team.

Players now return to their NWSL teams for the final week of the regular season and, for...