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Klingenberg awed by post-World Cup attention

Meghan Klingenberg is exhausted, but in the best way. Winning a World Cup will do that. The Richland native played in all of the United States’ 17 games this year, including every minute of the FIFA Women’s World Cup campaign that ended Sunday with a 5-2 victory against Japan. Things haven’t slowed down for the defender since, and they might not soon. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

World Cup champ Tobin Heath displayed soccer gift at 4

When Tobin Heath was 4, her father saw an advertisement in a brochure regarding a soccer clinic behind the YMCA in the Basking Ridge section of Bernards. "My wife and I were not involved in soccer, but I took her (Tobin) to this little dirt patch behind the YMCA," recalled Jeff Heath. (My Central Jersey)

Former Tar Heels, World Cup winners proud of 2015 team

As the World Cup final ended on Sunday, the United States once again held the crown. Two former Tar Heels, two former National Team players were feeling the excitement all over again. "I am so proud of them," said Carla Overbeck. Overbeck, who is now an assistant coach at Duke, was part of the two other U.S. World Cup titles in 1991 and 1999. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Klingenberg's toughness and will key in U.S. World Cup

Meghan Klingenberg played every minute of every game during the 2015 World Cup. Part of the stingy United States defensive back line, the former Tar Heel was a consistent force for the Women's team the entire tournament. The U.S. only gave up one goal heading into the championship match against Japan. "I jump into things 100%," Klingenberg said in a pre-World Cup U.S. Soccer video. (Carolina Blue)

Tobin Heath: "An electrifying player with pure love of the game"

In the 52nd minute of Sunday's United States victory over Japan in the Women's World Cup final, midfielder Tobin Heath knocked in a pass from Morgan Brian to put the U.S. up 5-2, sealing the win. "She is one of the most technically skilled players on the national team, yet often makes it looks effortless," Tobin's UNC teammate Anna Rodenbough told CarolinaBlue late on Sunday. (Carolina Blue)

Heath, Klingenberg Help U.S. Win World Cup

The Women's World Cup came to a conclusion on Sunday with the United States taking a dominating 5-2 win over Japan. It was the first World Cup title for USA since 1999 and avenges a loss in the 2011 final to Japan. Former Tar Heels Tobin Heath and Meghan Klingenberg started for the US during the tournament and were crucial pieces to the team's success. Klingenberg made a crucial save on the goal line in the Group D draw versus Sweden. (Tar Heel Blog)

Video: Tobin Heath scores in World Cup final

Lost in Carli Lloyd's record-setting performance in the Women's World Cup final was another New Jersey native who helped Team USA pour it on against Japan. 27-year-old Tobin Heath's goal in the second half pushed the US lead to 5-2. (NJ.com)

A look at incoming UNC athletes

From Chesterfield, Va., Kenny Williams is one of two incoming freshman for the North Carolina basketball team and looks ready to make an impact during the 2015-16 season. Ranked 84th in ESPN’s top 100 recruits for 2015, Williams will look to help the Tar Heels in a facet of the game they struggled with last season: 3-point shooting. (Daily Tar Heel)

Six former Tar Heels win first World Cup rings

Six former UNC players won their first World Cup rings with Sunday's 5-2 women's World Cup final win over Japan: starting midfielder Tobin Heath and starting defender Meghan Klingenberg as well as reserves Lori Chalupny, Heather O'Reilly, Ashlyn Harris and Whitney Engen. O'Reilly has won three Olympic gold medals and Heath has two and Chalupny one. (GoHeels.com)

Women's World Cup: Looking back at the USWNT's time in college

All 23 players on the 2015 United States team competing at this summer's Women's World Cup in Canada saw their careers go through an NCAA school. North Carolina has the most representatives on the team with six. The United States will take on Japan in the final in Vancouver on Sunday at 7 p.m. ET. Until then, look back on the players' time on campus. (NCAA.com)

Heather O’Reilly talks revenge on Japan, adjusting to bench role

“As a soccer player the World Cup holds a special important,” said Heather O’Reilly, who played all 120 minutes of the 2011 final but did not leave the bench in the 2012 gold-medal match. “That was such a heartbreaking final that we’re just thrilled to be back here and have another go at winning this thing. We’re obviously very proud of what we were able to accomplish in 2012 and to beat a very good Japan team in that final was an amazing accomplishment." (NBC Sports)

Anson Dorrance "Excited” to Watch Former Players in World Cup Final (audio)

Six former Tar Heels – Heather O’Reilly, Whitney Engen, Tobin Heath, Lori Chalupny, Meghan Klingenberg, and Ashlyn Harris – are preparing for the World Cup Final on Sunday. UNC Women’s Soccer Coach Anson Dorrance, who has led Carolina to 21 National Championships since taking over the new program in 1979, tells WCHL’s Blake Hodge that he is confident the United States – and all of those Tar Heels – will bring home the World Cup. (Chapelboro.com)

Mia Hamm to be part of delegation attending US-Japan World Cup final

Vice President Joe Biden, former US soccer stars Mia Hamm and Cobi Jones and others will be attending Sunday's Women's World Cup final as the US battles Japan, the White House announced....Hamm was part of the World Cup winning teams in 1991 and 1999, and is hoping to bring some good luck in order to end a 16-year drought. (CBS Sports)

England’s Lucy Bronze nominated for Women’s World Cup Golden Ball award

England’s Lucy Bronze has been nominated for the Golden Ball award at the Women’s World Cup. Bronze, who scored the winner against Canada in the quarter-final, will go up against Germany’s Celia Sasic, the tournament’s leading scorer, Japan’s Saori Ariyoshi and Aya Miyama, France’s Amandine Henry and the Americans Megan Rapinoe, Carli Lloyd and Julie Johnson for the tournament’s top individual honour. (The Guardian)

Tobin Heath: Soccer Juggling Machine

One player you may not have been familiar with before this World Cup is midfielder Tobin Heath. The 27-year-old New Jersey-native has put in yeoman's work for the U.S. Women's National Team. You may remember her from banging into the advertising boards and toppling over opponents when trying to win headers in the semifinal with Germany. (Sports On Earth)

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