FIFA Women’s World Cup Video preview: U.S. can clinch group with win over Nigeria live at 5 p.m. on Fox

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Game preview.

Mia Hamm appears at 1 p.m. as a guest on Fox Women’s World Cup today on Fox Sports 1.

Finally, here are the locations of Southern California viewing parties.

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Weekend Video Rewind: MLS, Copa America and World Cup highlights

Too much soccer and not enough time this weekend? Get caught up here.

*Weather delayed the LA Galaxy-Columbus Crew MLS game two hours and this one didn’t age well:

*Kaka and Orlando City put on a better show Sunday against D.C. United. Here’s the goal that was the difference in the game:

*Perhaps the most compelling performance of the weekend was offered by the U.S. Under-20 World Cup team against Serbia in the quarterfinals:
Check out the highlights here.

*The biggest upset of the weekend came at the Women’s World Cup.

*The most entertaining game of the weekend (or should that be the worst defending of the weekend)? Brazil-Peru gets my vote:

*Finally, this was the most-viewed game of the weekend.
Highlights are here.

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U.S. Women’s World Cup Opener sets ratings record for Fox Sports

WCFoxFox Sports announced today that Tuesday’s U.S.-Australia Women’s World Cup game has become the highest rated group game in tournament history on American television.

The 3.3 million viewers that watched the 3-1 U.S. win beat the previous record of 2.5 million for the 1999 U.S-Denmark contest. That means three times as many fans watched the game as they did the U.S. opener in the 2011 World Cup.

The game also earned the highest-ever rating for a soccer game on Fox Sports 1.

The rating in Los Angeles was the 10th highest in the nation with Baltimore No. 1.

Overall through the first eight games of the tournament, viewership has increased 76 percent over 2011 when the tournament was held in Germany, Fox Sports announced..

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Video highlights: Christen Press of Palos Verdes Estates scores winner for U.S. in World Cup opener against Australia

WCPressWorld Cup winner: Christen Press and Australia’s Caitlin Foord battle for the ball Monday during a FIFA Women’s World Cup soccer match in Winnipeg, Manitoba. (Photo by John Woods/The Canadian Press via AP).

Game story.

From the U.S. Soccer press release:

In the other Group D match earlier in the day, Nigeria and Sweden played to an exciting 3-3 draw that saw Nigeria erase an 2-0 deficit in the second half and then equalize late in the game after the Swedes had made it 3-2. Following today’s matches, the USA sits in first place of Group D with three points, followed by Nigeria and Sweden with one apiece, and then Australia with zero.

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USA plays Australia in Women’s World Cup opener live at 4:30 p.m. on Fox Sports 1

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Reporter Elliott Almond of sister newspaper The San Jose Mercury News profiles forward Alex Morgan ahead of today’s USWNT World Cup opener against Australia. But will she be fit enough to play?

Meanwhile, the Hope Solo train wreck continues.

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FIFA Women’s World Cup Video Profile: Veteran midfielder Shannon Boxx of Torrance has one more shot at winner’s medal as retirement beckons

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This reporter/blogger has followed the international career of Shannon Boxx from the beginning, so it was fitting to write what may be the final story on the eve of the U.S. Women’s National Team opener in Winnipeg against Australia.

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FIFA Women’s World Cup Video Profile: Hermosa Beach resident Abby Wambach

abbywGood Morning, USWNT: Abby Wambach and other members of the USWNT appeared on “Good Morning, America” before heading to Canada for the World Cup (Photo courtesy ABC News)

U.S. Soccer is releasing a series of videoes profiling members of the U.S. World Cup squad called “One Nation. One Team. 23 Stories.”

This is the video for veteran striker Abby Wambach.

And here’s more from ABC:

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Here are the previously blogged videos for Christen Press of Palos Verdes Estates and Whitney Engen of Rolling Hills Estates.

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Mia Hamm, USWNT stars put on soccer clinic for girls in East Los Angeles

hamm1Magic Mia: Fashionably dressed retired soccer star Mia Hamm, a Manhattan Beach resident, shows kids she still has some moves Wednesday in East Los Angeles (Photos courtesy Nike).

Dozens of girls were joined by former U.S. striker Mia Hamm and World Cup-bound USWNT stars Christen Press and Amy Rodriguez for a soccer clinic Wednesday in East Los Angeles.

Funded by a grant from Nike and the Mia Hamm Foundation, more than 250 girls from East LA will particpate in a year-long soccer program.

Dubbed Soccer for Success, the program began in 2009 and more than 55,000 kids have participated in the free after-school event.

From the press release:

The Brotherhood Crusade, an organization whose principal mission is to raise funds and resources from within the community and distributes those funds directly back into the community, will operate the program at the Weingart YMCA in East LA.

The event is also part of “She Believes in Her Community,” a week-long celebration where the U.S. Women’s National Team players are giving back to their local communities with special events focuses on young kids. Conceived and developed by the players, the #SheBelieves campaign is a message to young girls that they can accomplish all their goals and dreams.

pressPress Pointers: USWNT striker Christen Press if Palos Verdes Estates chats with girls Wednesday during the soccer clinic.

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