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Crystal Dunn Named NWSL Player of the WeekWashington Spirit forward Crystal Dunn was voted the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) Player of the Week by the media for Week 18 of the 2015 NWSL season. Dunn, 23, scored the game-winning goal in stoppage time to help the Spirit record a 2-1 win over the Chicago Red Stars on Sunday night at Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex in Lisle, Ill. (Washington Spirit)
Campbell, Holness Earn Preseason Best XI HonorsJonathan Campbell and Omar Holness of the UNC men’s soccer program were named to the Top Drawer Soccer preseason Best XI teams. Campbell, a senior defender from Greensboro, N.C., was selected on the second team. The 2014 first team Academic All-America was a third team All-ACC pick last year, and was an All-South Region selection back in 2013. (GoHeels.com)
Pittsburgh native Meghan Klingenberg waved a Terrible Towel after scoring against Costa RicaThere was a lot of red, white and blue in the Heinz Field crowd of 44,028, but also plenty of yellow, befitting the stadium’s status as home to the Steelers. That also meant that the game had extra meaning for defender Meghan Klingenberg, because she grew up in the Pittsburgh area. (Washington Post)
Lopez Leads Blue Over White In Intrasquad ScrimmageAndy Lopez scored two more goals this preseason, sending the Blue team to a 2-0 victory over White in a UNC men’s soccer scrimmage Sunday at Fetzer Field. Carolina will host its final home tuneup against Davidson on Wednesday at 7 p.m. The Tar Heels will visit Coastal Carolina next Sunday in Conway, S.C. The regular-season opener will take place against FIU on Friday, Aug. 28 at 7 p.m. (GoHeels.com)
UNC men’s soccer looks to establish new identityThe No. 5 UNC men’s soccer team enters the 2015 season missing many of the pieces that made it successful a year ago. Gone are leaders such as Andy Craven, Tyler Engel, Rob Lovejoy and Verneri Valimaa, who scored 33 of UNC’s 52 goals in 2014. But even with a lot of star power gone, the young Tar Heels plan on using experience to create their own identity and leave their own legacy. (Daily Tar Heel)
Meghan Klingenberg hosts sleepovers, plays tour guide for U.S. teammatesSomewhere in Richland Township Thursday night, a sleepover of champions took place. After signing autographs and taking photos with fans at Total Sports Enterprises at The Mall at Robinson, starting U.S. women’s national soccer team defender Meghan Klingenberg took teammates Ali Krieger, Becky Sauerbrunn and Morgan Brian to her childhood home for some good old-fashioned popcorn-eating and movie-watching. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
Meghan Klingenberg, fellow World Cup champs relish reunion in PittsburghIn a back hallway of The Mall at Robinson, U.S. national team defender Becky Sauerbrunn was signing photos when teammate and Richland native Meghan Klingenberg emerged from around a corner. Upon seeing her teammate, Klingenberg shrieked, shouted Sauerbrunn's name and said, “I miss my defense so much!” (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
UNC Tops Winthrop In Men's Soccer ExhibitionAndy Lopez scored once and assisted on another goal in helping No. 5 North Carolina to a 4-1 victory over Winthrop in an exhibition men’s soccer match Friday night at Fetzer Field. UNC took a 1-0 lead into intermission thanks to an own goal by the Eagles early in the opening half. Winthrop evened the match in the 60th minute, but Lopez got the game winner a few minutes later. (GoHeels.com)
Video: Meet The HeelsHundreds of UNC fans attended the annual "Meet The Heels" event featuring an autograph session with Coach Fedora and players from football, men's and women's soccer, and volleyball teams.
Anson Dorrance delivers dynasty, dominanceThere was no varsity women’s soccer program at UNC in 1970 when Anson Dorrance arrived to kick it around for the men’s team. Seven years later, while coaching the UNC men’s soccer team on a part-time basis, Dorrance, in law school there, was assigned additional school work from the director of athletics, Bill Cobey, who wanted him to start a varsity soccer program for women at the state’s flagship university. (Durham Herald-Sun)
Katie Bowen looks for next fight after World CupKatie Bowen’s team fought hard but fell short. As the final minute of stoppage time came to an end, Bowen’s New Zealand women’s national team saw their 2015 World Cup campaign come to an end. Bowen knows that not many players get the chance to play for their country in the World Cup — even fewer do it twice before they graduate college. (Daily Tar Heel)
World Cup champ Klingenberg cherishes 'wild' rideWhen she was a kid, Meghan Klingenberg dreamed of winning a World Cup. As she pictured it, dinner was not included. But ever since the dream became reality nearly two weeks ago when she helped the United States win the Women's World Cup for the first time in 16 years, the life of the Pine-Richland graduate has changed in ways she never could have imagined, “not even a little bit,” she said. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
Tobin Heath on USA victory in Women's World Cup win: 'We earned it'After a "whirlwind" celebration tour following the United States' win over Japan to secure the 2015 World Cup, Tobin Heath returned to Portland to get back to her day job as midfielder for the Thorns. Heath, along with teammates Christine Sinclair (of Canada) and Nadine Angerer (of Germany), met with the media at Providence Park on Thursday. (OregonLive.com)
Klingenberg kicks off soccer camp to record campersYoung girls screamed and cheered from a long line that disappeared around a corner. The meet and greet wasn’t for a boy band or any other celebrity crush. It was for World Cup winner Meghan Klingenberg. The Richland native kicked off her annual soccer camp Friday evening at Wexford Health and Wellness Pavilion where a record 134 girls signed up to be coached by the starting defender on the U.S. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
Tobin Heath Greets Hometown Fans in Basking Ridge, NJExactly one week after scoring the final goal in July 5th's World Cup Team USA women's soccer victory over Japan, Tobin Heath (Ridge Class of 2006) donated two hours on a Sunday afternoon to greet her hometown fans in downtown Basking Ridge. Seated outdoors on the porch of Ridge Family Dentistry, a beaming, friendly Heath signed soccer balls, athletic jerseys, and autographs. (Tap into Basking Ridge)