These women of the U.S. soccer team, you simply can’t ignore them. They won’t let you, for one thing. Every World Cup game is another assault of talent, attitude and audacity. And for another, why would you want to? It’s the best show around, 90 minutes-plus of riveting soccer and mesmerizing theater. Look away at your own risk, and ignore to your detriment. Some are criticizing the American women, of course, for being…what? Too brash. Too arrogant. Too boastful. Too political. But as the United States prepares to meet the Netherlands for the championship on Sunday morning, I would swat away those claims like American goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher against England. Abby Wambach, the great star of past World Cups, stated critics needed to “stop judging these women with patriarchal glasses.” I’m trying hard to judge them on their own merits – and they truly stand up to any standard that I would put on a sports team. Here’s what I see: A … [Read more...] about As World Cup final nears, U.S. women don’t care what anyone thinks of them. Nor should they.
LYON, France — It was late Sunday night, moments after the U.S. women’s soccer team had clinched its second consecutive World Cup title, and coach Jill Ellis was trying to articulate how Megan Rapinoe, her star left wing, had taken the monthlong tournament and made it her personal performance stage. “Megan was built for this,” Ellis said, shaking her head while sitting inside a news conference room at the Stade de Lyon, “built for these moments, built to be a spokeswoman for others.” Rapinoe was meant to be sitting beside her coach, but she was running late after being randomly selected for a postgame doping test. In her absence, Ellis showered her with praise: about her eloquence, about her honesty, about how women’s soccer needed players like her. “The bigger the spotlight, the more she shines,” Ellis said. “I think spotlights can burn people, but for Megan, it just highlights who she is.” Two minutes later, Rapinoe … [Read more...] about Megan Rapinoe, reveling in the spotlight, celebrates another World Cup win
WOMEN’S WORLD CUP FINAL United States 2 Netherlands 0 8 a.m. PT | Stade de Lyon | Lyon, France TV: FOX/Telemundo | Stream: Fox Sports GO Join the conversation Goals: USA 1, Netherlands 0 | Megan Rapinoe USA 2, Netherlands 0 | Rose Lavelle Seattle Times sports staff … [Read more...] about USA vs. Netherlands: Live updates, how to watch/stream Women’s World Cup final
WOMEN’S WORLD CUP SEMIFINALS United States (4-0-0) vs. England (4-0-0) 12 p.m. PT | Stade de Lyon | Lyon, France TV: FOX/Telemundo | Stream: Fox Sports GO Join the conversation Goals: 10′ — USA 1, England 0 | Christen Press 19′ — USA 1, England 1 | Ellen White 31′ — USA 2, England 1 | Alex Morgan Seattle Times sports staff … [Read more...] about USA vs. England: Live updates, how to watch/stream Women’s World Cup semifinal
DONGGUAN, China — The United States men’s national basketball team arrived at this FIBA World Cup fearing Giannis Antetokounmpo of Greece and, most of all, Nikola Jokic of Serbia. It turns out that the Americans, on top of their roster limitations, should have been worried most about Rudy Gobert of France. Gobert and Evan Fournier, France’s inside-outside combination from the N.B.A., combined to torment the United States virtually from start to finish Wednesday night and inflict a stunning 89-79 quarterfinal defeat upon the two-time defending champions. The United States had won 58 consecutive games in FIBA and Olympic competition, dating to its defeat to Greece in the 2006 world championship in Japan, which led to a bronze medal. It responded by winning the next five major championships in international basketball, including Olympic gold in 2008, 2012 and 2016. Wednesday’s loss dumped the Americans into the fifth-place bracket and validated a summer’s … [Read more...] about France Upsets U.S. at Basketball World Cup