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UNC Soccer Alum Eric Lichaj Trying to Make Most of USMNT Return

This summer’s CONCACAF Gold Cup camp offers quite an opportunity. For some it’s their first time in a U.S. MNT camp, and for the more established players a chance to further cement a place in future rosters. In defender Eric Lichaj’s case, it’s the occasion to re-establish a spot in the senior team fold after only scant international appearances the past few years. (US Soccer)

UNC finishes 5th nationally in race for the Learfield Directors’ Cup

UNC finished fifth in the final 2016-17 Learfield Directors' Cup standings, the Tar Heels' 11th top-five and 20th top-10 finish in the 24-year history of the award. It marks the 18th time UNC is the highest-ranked ACC program. The Directors' Cup measures NCAA post-season competitive success and awards points to a maximum of 10 men's and 10 women's programs per school. (GoHeels.com)

UNC's Cunningham focused on $100 million facility project

UNC athletic director Bubba Cunningham has long talked about the need to build an indoor football practice facility or upgrade the aging home to the school's soccer and lacrosse programs. That work has finally begun as part of a roughly $100 million project, one that has left a big hole near the middle of campus and will force a dozen programs to adjust practice or game routines for the coming year. (Associated Press)

UNC Women's Soccer Adds Nine Newcomers For 2017

The UNC women's soccer program finalized its recruiting class for 2017 this week, coach Anson Dorrance announced Tuesday. The recruiting class includes four freshmen who enrolled at UNC in January as well as four players who will enroll in August. Another player attended UNC as a freshman last year and is joining UNC women's soccer for her sophomore season this fall. (GoHeels.com)

Tobin Heath named Female Professional Athlete of the Year by Oregon Sports Awards

Portland Thorns midfielder Tobin Heath has been named the 2016-17 Female Professional Athlete of the Year by the Oregon Sports Awards. The is the sixth time that a women's soccer player has won the Award for Female Professional Athlete of the Year. Heath set an NWSL record for assists with 10 in 2016 as she helped lead the Thorns to their first-ever NWSL Shield. (The Oregonian)

Goal-driven: Inside Kealia Ohai's head

Like most things in life, soccer is in large part about what goes on in the athlete's head. Can she motivate herself? Can she rebound from failure? Can she focus? Houston Dash Captain Kealia Ohai is blind in one eye, and as a kid, she was small for her age. But even so, her physical gifts showed up early. Around age 3, in her first game, she scored 18 goals. (Houston Chronicle)

Carolina Insider Podcast: Anson Dorrance

Longtime UNC women's soccer coach Anson Dorrance is the guest on the latest edition of the Carolina Insider podcast. The legendary coach, now in his fourth decade at North Carolina, is always an entertaining interview so don't miss it. Carolina Insider is a twice-weekly production hosted by Angell and Lucas in partnership with Learfield Sports and DGital Media. (GoHeels.com)

Soccer superstar Mia Hamm invites girl disqualified from game to her soccer academy

The story of an 8-year-old girl disqualified from a local soccer club weekend tournament has grabbed the attention of one of the world's best soccer players. American soccer legend Mia Hamm on Monday, tweeted, “Hey Mili, we would love to host you at one of our camps @TeamFirstSA. Be you!” The tweet came after Mili Hernandez’s story spread across social media. (WOWT.com)

Matt Hedges, Dax McCarty Called Into World Cup Qualifying Camp

Former North Carolina standouts Matt Hedges and Dax McCarty are among 27 players called to training camp by U.S. Men's National Team head coach Bruce Arena in advance of the USA's three June matches. Hedges, 27, returned to USMNT camp for the first time in January since 2015, earning his first cap in a 2-0 win against Panama on Feb. 8, 2015. (GoHeels.com)

Audio: Kealia Ohai discusses the biggest moments of her career

Houston Dash captain and former UNC women's soccer player, Kealia Ohia, talks about her love for Houston, her level of excitement when she joined the national team, being a role model, and how she has overcome being legally blind in one eye. (ESPN.com)

2016-2017 was an incredible year for North Carolina athletics

A national championship, five Final Fours (or NCAA Tournament semi-finals), and five ACC regular season or tournament championships. There were also awards won and records set—both individual and team achievements. At times, it seems easy to take the success that Carolina has had for granted and just brush it off as another typical year for the Tar Heels. (Tar Heel Blog)

Tobin Heath named Assistant Youth Technical Director for Thorns FC Development Academy

Portland Thorns FC announced Thursday that midfielder Tobin Heath has expanded her role with the club, assuming a position at the youth level with the club’s newly formed development academy set to launch in the fall of 2017 as the Thorns FC Assistant Youth Technical Director. Heath joined the club in 2013, helping guide Portland to the NWSL Championship. (Portland Timbers)

Podcast: The Driving Force Behind Super Goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris

Goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris has a sterling resume that includes two college soccer championships at North Carolina, playing with the U.S national team and being named CONCACAF Female Goalkeeper of the Year. Listen to the Orlando Pride goalie on this Forbes SportsMoney podcast as she discusses the new TV deal, the sport of soccer, and what motivates her. (Forbes)

Mia Hamm on the other football: 'I didn’t really enjoy getting hit'

Mia Hamm's favorite sport as a kid was basketball. “I was quick and competitive. I stole the ball a lot and made a lot of layups. But I didn’t have a very good shot.” Her family moved around a lot because her father was an Air Force pilot. They settled in Texas by the time she was in junior high, where she also played football while attending a small Catholic school. (Statesman Journal)

Sixteen UNC Teams Score Perfect 1000 In APR

The 2017 NCAA champion men's basketball team and the 2016 women's lacrosse national champions are two of 16 University of North Carolina athletic programs to score a perfect 1000 in the NCAA's latest Academic Progress Rates for the academic year 2015-16. This is the third consecutive year the UNC men's basketball and women's lacrosse teams recorded a 1000. (GoHeels.com)

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