The U.S. goes to its third straight finals after a hard-fought semifinal game.
FIFA World Cup
The United States opens its round of 16 in the Women's World Cup with a game against Spain. It's only the second time the two teams have ever met.
They won before a sell-out crowd in Paris on Sunday. It was a gem of a game for the team, which controlled play from the beginning with crisp and precise passes. The win assures the U.S. will advance.
They play their second match of the Cup Sunday. "You put yourself in the best position to advance in this tournament," Coach Jill Ellis said when asked if she'd tell her team to play less than 100%.
The winner of Wednesday's World Cup semi-final between England and Croatia will advance to Sunday's championship match against France.
U.S. Soccer is likely to lose out on tens of millions in revenue, and more dual-nationals may choose to play elsewhere. Fox Sports' $425-million payout to air the next two World Cups looks rough, too.
"We can't beat Trinidad," commentator Taylor Twellman said, before asking, "What are we doing? ... What are we doing?!?!"
For the first time in decades, the struggling U.S. team may not qualify for next year's World Cup. But the return of Bruce Arena, who led the team to two World Cups, brings hopes of a turnaround.
In a wide-ranging interview with a Russian news agency, the suspended FIFA president says of Russian President Vladimir Putin that "Vladimir Vladimirovich is a good friend of Joseph Josephovich."