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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...

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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...

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Jill Ellis' winning legacy? Giving USWNT a bigger voice, on and off the field

From almost the moment Jill Ellis signed on as the U.S. head coach in 2014, the national team and social advocacy were virtually inseparable.

A few months after Ellis was hired, Abby Wambach and Alex Morgan were part of a group of players who filed suit over the use of artificial turf in the 2015 Women's World Cup. The years that followed offered everything from protests during the national anthem to White House feuds to collective bargaining battles to debates about the sportsmanship of scoring...