rachel and megan rapinoe

It was important that NWSL teams held a moment of silence for the victims in Orlando. I think it’s fair to say that women’s football would not be where it is today without the support of the LGBT+ community. And when fans of WoSo are supportive it means the players are comfortable being themselves on and off the pitch. It’s also important to create an environment for future athletes and I think the league, for as new as it is, does a good job of that - far better than some other leagues. Representation matters.

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throwing it back to 2011 because the United States will rematch Japan in the 2015 Women’s World Cup Final on Sunday

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after 4 years, 5 players from the starting 11 in the 2011 women’s world cup final stayed in the starting lineup for the 2015 world cup final.

2011 Lineup : Hope Solo, Ali Krieger, Christie Rampone, Rachel Buehler, Amy LePeilbet, Heather O’Reilly, Lauren Cheney, Carli Lloyd, Megan Rapinoe, Shannon Boxx, Abby Wambach

2015 Lineup : Hope Solo, Ali Krieger, Becky Sauerbrunn, Julie Johnston, Meghan Kilingenberg, Megan Rapinoe, Lauren Holiday, Carli Lloyd, Tobin Heath, Morgan Brian, Alex Morgan

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Photo Gallery: Starting XI Photos with Reign FC 

It’s common knowledge in #soccer that teams take a starting XI photos prior to the start of the match. This photo op usually takes place just after the teams exchange pleasantries and before group huddles. It’s a tradition of sorts.
It’s also common knowledge that Reign FC has itself quite a few jokesters on the team and as such, it results in some pretty great starting XI moments captured. We thought it would be fun to venture back and take a look at these images. Enjoy!

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ussoccer_wnt Just two days until the #USWNT opener in the Algarve Cup against Norway (March 4 at 2 pm ET on FOX Sports 1) and training has been intense and focused.