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USWNT star Rapinoe is an inspiration - Mata

Juan Mata feels players should not just stick to playing football and instead follow the lead of figures like Megan Rapinoe.
Juan Mata criticised racist comments aimed at Paul Pogba as "cowardly" in an interview with ESPN's Rob Dawson.

MANCHESTER, England -- Juan Mata has urged more footballers to follow Megan Rapinoe's lead after she used this summer's World Cup to stand up for her beliefs.

Rapinoe led the United States women to victory in France, while also becoming involved in a public spat with U.S. President Donald Trump, claiming "the administration doesn't fight for the same things we fight for."

- Mata slams 'cowardly' racist abuse toward Pogba
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Portland Thorns, Chicago Red Stars lead NWSL into break

With the exception of one game, the 2019 NWSL season will step aside for an international break after the Chicago Red Stars and Portland Thorns conclude this week's schedule (ESPNEWS, 3 p.m. ET Sunday) in a showdown between teams currently occupying first and second place.

While many of the league's players will stay busy in the interim with the U.S. national team's Victory Tour, Euro 2021 qualifying or the U-23 Nordic Tournament in England, the break is one last pause in the stretch run. By the...

Toe Poke Daily: Carli Lloyd's field goals and other soccer stars trying different sports

Two-time World Cup winner and Eagles fan Carli Lloyd nailed her field goal attempts as far as 55 yards out at Philadelphia's practice with the Baltimore Ravens..

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U.S. soccer fans are familiar with Carli Lloyd's exploits on the pitch, but she has a secret talent that might have some National Football League teams casting a sidelong glance her way.

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USWNT's equal pay suit will go to trial in 2020

A week after mediation attempts broke down, a federal judge set a trial date for the gender discrimination lawsuit brought against U.S. Soccer by members of the women's national team.

District Judge R. Gary Klausner said in a hearing Monday morning in Los Angeles that the trial will begin May 5, 2020 and last between four to five days.

A spokesperson for the players confirmed the trial date and said their side welcomes the news.

"We are pleased with the expeditious schedule that has been set by the...