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Megan Rapinoe takes home 2019 Ballon d'Or but is so much more than the best player in women's soccer

Julien Laurens says Lionel Messi separated himself from other Ballon d'Or finalists by carrying Barcelona.
Megan Rapinoe didn't attend the Ballon d'Or ceremony but her deserved award was the talk of Paris even as Messi won his sixth prize.

PARIS, France -- Megan Rapinoe, the second-ever winner of the women's Ballon d'Or given to the best player on earth, had better things to do than pick up her award in Paris on Monday. "Bonsoir everyone!" she called out cheerily to the theater packed with dinner jackets and ballgowns, in a video that looked as if it was recorded in the corner of her Seattle living room. She apologised for not making it over: "It's a bummer." Lionel MessiKylian Mbappe and Virgil van Dijk were among those...

Lyon in talks to buy U.S. women's team FC Reign of NWSL

Three USWNT stars score as North Carolina beats Chicago 4-0 to win its second straight NWSL title.

The parent company of French football club Olympique Lyonnais is in exclusive talks to purchase Reign FC of the National Women's Soccer League.

The OL Groupe and the Reign announced the deal on Monday and the transaction is expected to be completed on Jan. 31.

Lyon play in Ligue 1 on the men's side and Division 1 Feminine on the women's side and have won six women's Champions League titles.

Current Reign owners Bill and Teresa Predmore will retain a minority stake in Reign FC. Bill Predmore will...

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 players revved and ready for new era with Vlatko Andonovski at the helm

This has been a long year for United States women's national soccer team. It has been a joyous and momentous year, a year spent beating the world on the field and fighting to change it for the better off the field. But as winter approaches, it has also been an undeniably exhausting year.

So while it isn't the résumé line that matters most, maybe the simple reality that many of those involved seem genuinely excited to work with Vlatko Andonovski should tell us something about the new...

Debinha drives Courage to NWSL title clash with Red Stars

CARY, N.C. -- Debinha scored on a free kick in extra time to snap a tie, and the North Carolina Courage went on to defeat Reign FC 4-1 in extra time Sunday to advance to the National Women's Soccer League championship game.

The Courage, winners of the NWSL Shield for the third straight year with a league-best 15-5-4 record, will host the Chicago Red Stars, who beat the Portland Thorns 1-0 in the other semifinal.

Heather O'Reilly, who is retiring at the end of this season, scored on a penalty kick...