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Vlatko Andonovski purposeful and thoughtful with early USWNT tweaks

Standing in the cold outside the United States locker room in Columbus, Ohio, Lindsey Horan had plenty of reasons beyond the wind chill to wish she were elsewhere. She picked up a yellow card in the game that ended minutes earlier for a hard foul against Sweden. She already felt the effect of a minor injury that would keep her off the field against Costa Rica three days later. And she felt the toll of a year that was both glorious and grueling.

But other than the temperature, Horan sounded decidedly...

USWNT star Rapinoe wants more investment into NWSL

Carli Lloyd knocks in a Megan Rapinoe corner kick to get the USWNT back in it. Watch live on ESPN.
Megan Rapinoe reacts to outgoing USWNT coach Jill Ellis becoming the program's all-time wins leader.
Juan Mata feels players should not just stick to playing football and instead follow the lead of figures like Megan Rapinoe.

Two-time World Cup winner Megan Rapinoe has said she hopes for more investment in the women's domestic league and better pay for club players as well as for the national sides.

Earlier this month, the U.S. National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) announced new compensation guidelines for 2020, including a nearly 20% increase in the overall salary cap as well as allocation money allowing teams to invest in some players above the maximum salary.

Why Rapinoe's brother Brian is her greatest heartbreak,...

USWNT wins ruling to pursue gender discrimination suit as class action

Carli Lloyd and Christen Press provided the goals to get new USWNT head coach Vlatko Andonovski his first win.
New USWNT coach Vlatko Andonovski addresses the pressure of coaching the two-time reigning World Cup winners.

The United States District Court for the Central District of California granted a motion for class certification in the ongoing gender discrimination lawsuit between members of the U.S. women's national team and the United States Soccer Federation, handing the players an early procedural success.

Judge R. Gary Klausner ruled Friday that the plaintiffs can proceed with certification that names Carli Lloyd, Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe and Becky Sauerbrunn as class representatives. The class includes...

ESPN FC  By ESPN

Carli Lloyd takes the reins in Vlatko Andonovski's USWNT debut

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- It was not a perfect start, but any imperfections in the United States' 3-2 win against Sweden that ushered in the Vlatko Andonovski era were more telling than a flawless first step would have been.

There wasn't frustration after two late goals from Sweden made for a fraught final quarter of an hour on an already frigid night in Columbus. There wasn't any doubt about direction. There wasn't hesitation about the hire or anything tepid about the endorsements.

"I think we're...