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Saturday, July 4, 2015
Four years ago when Japan's players hoisted the Women's World Cup trophy, a nation rejoiced. Leading up to the victory in Germany, Japan had been deeply scarred by the deadly earthquake and tsunami. The national team gave the country reason to cheer, and the players were welcomed home as heroes.
Friday, July 3, 2015
Own goal hands Japan 2-1 victory over England
England defender Laura Bassett was inconsolable as she lay face down on the field, sobbing. Japanese players gathered at the other end of the field in celebration -- and relief -- in realizing how close they came to squandering a chance to defend their Women's World Cup title.
International soccer returns to Liberia this weekend when they host Guinea in a 2016 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifier after the lifting of an Ebola-induced ban.
Thursday, July 2, 2015
Argentina rout Paraguay 6-1, reach final
Lionel Messi helped set up five goals as Argentina trounced Paraguay 6-1 in the Copa America semifinals on Tuesday, setting up a final against host Chile.
Celia Sasic picked a bad time for Germany's first missed penalty kick in the Women's World Cup. Sasic shot it wide to her left -- even as U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo dove the other way -- on a penalty kick after a foul in the box in the 59th minute of Tuesday night's semifinal against the United States.
United States win over Germany 2-0
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Chile beat Peru to reach Copa America final
Striker Eduardo Vargas scored twice to lead Chile to a 2-1 win over 10-man Peru in the semifinals of the Copa America on Monday, keeping alive the host's hopes of winning the South American tournament for the first time.
Monday, June 29, 2015
Japanese coach Norio Sasaki couldn't resist making a joke at Mana Iwabuchi's expense when explaining his decision to substitute the forward in during the second half against Australia on Saturday.
Paraguay once more eliminate Brazil in Copa America contest
Paraguay defeated Brazil 4-3 in a penalty shootout after a 1-1 draw on Saturday to advance to the semifinals of the Copa America, handing the five-time world champions yet another disappointment a year after the humiliating World Cup elimination at home.
Vancouver scored two early goals and hung on for a 2-1 win at ten-man New England on Saturday to move three points clear at the top of Major League Soccer's Western Conference.
Sunday, June 28, 2015
United States defeat China 1-0, to play Germany in World Cup semis
Carli Lloyd scored the sole goal in the 51st minute to give the United States a 1-0 win over China on Friday and a place in the semifinals of the Women's World Cup.
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
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