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Crystal Dunn, Allie Long ready for Women's World Cup

Defender likes to say she hails from Strong Island. Midfielder notes that the Long Island and New York state of mind has influenced her, Long said during Women’s World Cup media day in New York on Friday. Both played vital roles in leading UNC to NCAA championships and became National Women’s Soccer League All-Stars. (Newsday)

UNC Strength & Conditioning Honors Top Performers

The UNC Strength & Conditioning staff announced team awards for the 2018-19 school year, recognizing student-athletes from Olympic sports who excelled as part of in-season and out-of-season programs. Blaine Boyden from men's tennis and Marissa Creatore from field hockey – were recognized as their teams' Iron Rams for the third year in a row. (

Kristine Lilly on her 354 international caps

played 354 times for the United States – a record number of international appearances by any soccer player, man or woman. She scored 130 goals for the US between 1987 and 2010, won the Women’s World Cup twice, won gold medals at the 1996 and 2004 Olympic Games and somewhere in there fit in time to have her first daughter. (The Guardian)

Kicking it with Mia Hamm: My day with women’s soccer royalty

It’s been 20 years since the U.S. women’s national soccer team defeated China. Today, many of the ’99ers are still involved in efforts to grow the sport. , , and Hoch formed TeamFirst Soccer Academy and offer clinics for girls and young women. The children they coach at the clinics barely recognize them as soccer royalty. (Christian Science Monitor)

Allie Long makes US World Cup roster after challenging year

, a midfielder who plays with the Seattle Reign FC of the National Women’s Soccer League, has made 42 appearances with the national team since 2014 and has six goals. But she was called up only sporadically in the past year as she dealt with a lingering knee injury. So Long was considered a question mark for making the World Cup team. (Associated Press)

Crystal Dunn embraces versatility to shed disappointment of 2015

had been a lock to make the 2019 World Cup roster for some time before she was officially named to the squad last week. The versatile speedster has settled in as the U.S. women’s national team’s starting left back over the last year, making her spot on the 23-player team a mere formality. But when I present her with this premise, she quickly interrupts. (

Crystal Dunn on Her SI Swimsuit Shoot, How She Stays Positive

Welcome to the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit family, ! From St. Lucia to the soccer field, this United States Women's National Team powerhouse's energy is contagious. We caught up with Crystal to find out how this perspective helped her secure a spot on this year’s World Cup roster, how posing for SI Swimsuit made her feel like royalty, and more. (Sports Illustrated)

When soccer fell in love with Mia Hamm, USA’s humble heroine

It was dubbed ‘Mia Mania’. Women’s football had its first genuine superstar and, wherever went, she found an army of young, eager and adoring fans. However long it took, she would ensure that every one of those autograph and photograph-hunters would leave with a memento of having met their idol. But the USA icon was a reluctant celebrity. (

Tar Heels exceed national average in Academic Progress Rate in 23 sports

The 15 teams which registered perfect 1000s for 2017-18 in UNC’s single-year Academic Progress Rate include women’s cross country, men’s and women’s fencing, men’s and women’s golf, gymnastics, men’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s swimming and diving, women’s tennis, women’s indoor and outdoor track and field, and wrestling. (

Lucy Bronze Among 5 Women Who Have Shaped Soccer in England

: "I’m excited about the World Cup this summer, but I have the utmost respect for the women who came before me. Each generation has added something to help the next. Girls growing up now will reap the benefits of anything we achieve this summer. It’s a rite of passage for all women to make sure the next generation is in a better place. I will play my part." (The Guardian)

Kristine Lilly On The Most Important Play In The History Of U.S. Soccer No One Remembers

’s header against China in the 1999 Women’s World Cup final may be one of the most important plays in the history of U.S. Soccer, yet it’s rarely remembered in the same way as Michelle Akers’ dominance in ’91, Abby Wambach’s header against Brazil in 2011, Carli Lloyd’s hat trick against Japan in 2015 or Brandi Chastain ripping off her shirt in ’99. (The18)

UNC Men’s Soccer 2019 Schedule Announced

This year’s UNC men’s soccer schedule was revealed Monday, with the Tar Heels set to play 11 of its 17 regular season matches at their new on-campus stadium. The season begins at home with the Carolina Nike Classic, an event in which UNC will open the season on Aug. 30 against Creighton and then turn right around and host UCF on Sept. 1. (
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