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Hirving Lozano, Alex Morgan win CONCACAF player of the year awards

Mexico and the United States split the CONCACAF awards for best player of 2018, with El Tri winger Hirving Lozano named male player of the year and the U.S. striker Alex Morgan taking the female prize.

Lozano, at 23, becomes the youngest ever winner of the award on the men's side after consistent form for Dutch side PSV Eindhoven and a famous goal to help Mexico to a 1-0 win over Germany at the World Cup.

It's the third consecutive occasion Morgan has won the women's prize and her fourth CONCACAF...

Former midfielder Cindy Parlow Cone running for U.S. Soccer vice president

ESPN's Kate Markgraf says to expect parity at the 2019 Women's World Cup and feels this is the USWNT's best ever team.
ESPN's Kate Markgraf delves into the USWNT's World Cup group and the standout matchup against familiar foes Sweden.
Alex Morgan joins the Heineken ESPN FC Boot Room to discuss the World Cup draw, losing in the Olympics and an undefeated 2018.

Former U.S. midfielder Cindy Parlow Cone is running to become vice president of the U.S. Soccer Federation.

Parlow Cone said in a statement Tuesday she wants to "positively impact the growth and advancement of our game across all demographics, at all levels and across all USSF programs."

Cindy Parlow Cone picks out group positions at the 2019 Women's World Cup draw in France.

Parlow Cone scored 75 goals in 158 international appearances from 1995-2006, winning two Olympic gold medals and the 1999 Women's World Cup. She was inducted this year into the U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame.


FIFA announces global strategy to boost its 'top priority' of women's football

Carli Lloyd's hat trick helped a heavily-rotated United States squad top Panama in another World Cup qualifying rout.

FIFA announced a new global strategy for women's football on Tuesday in an effort to create revenue streams and increase grassroots participation.

FIFA said in a statement that it would work closely with member associations through workshops and special initiatives to "encourage female empowerment" through football.

"The women's game is a top priority," FIFA's secretary general Fatma Samoura said.

"We will work hand-in-hand with our 211 member associations around the world to increase grassroots...

Barcelona appoint U.S. international Allie Long as academy technical advisor

Barcelona and Uruguay star Luis Suarez tries his hand at throwing a football during his visit with Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins.
With reports that Girona are set to face Barcelona in Miami this coming January, the FC crew share their varying opinions on La Liga coming to the U.S.
Lionel Messi talks about one day leaving Barcelona, their aims for this season and rates the new signings.
Lionel Messi scored twice in a game where Barcelona found the net eight times to remain perfect.

Seattle Reign midfielder and United States international Allie Long has been appointed as a technical advisor at Barcelona's academy in New York.

Long, 31, has been working as an ambassador for the Barca Academy Pro NY, based in Long Island, since earlier this year but will now take on a more active role.

"Allie Long will work with the academy as long as her club and U.S. national team commitments allow," Barcelona said in a statement. "She is already confirmed for the girls' welcome practice in...


Hope Solo: FIFA should not vote U.S. as host of 2026 World Cup

Hope Solo says she wants the United States-led North American bid to lose FIFA's vote to host the 2026 World Cup.

"I can't say it should be awarded to Morocco," the former U.S. women's national team goalkeeper told The Associated Press. "But I don't think it should go to the United States, and that's hard to say."

The United bid of the U.S., Canada and Mexico could be selected at host in FIFA's vote next Wednesday, but now faces criticism from one of U.S. Soccer's most famous players.

The bid's...