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XI from ’12: [No. 1] USWNT wins Olympic gold medal

XI from ’12: [No. 1] USWNT wins Olympic gold medal

The Equalizer Staff December 31, 2012 10

The United States women’s national soccer team is something of a walking cliché. It’s a never-say-die team, filled with that intangible American spirit that means the team can never be counted out of any

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XI from ’12: [No. 2] An epic USA-Canada Olympic semifinal

XI from ’12: [No. 2] An epic USA-Canada Olympic semifinal

Dan Lauletta December 31, 2012 14

When Alex Morgan headed home the latest goal ever scored in a women’s FIFA competition she not only added a brick to her rapidly growing legacy, she decided one of the classic games ever

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XI from ’12: [No. 3] Alex Morgan

XI from ’12: [No. 3] Alex Morgan

Jeff Kassouf December 30, 2012 16

Miraculous, bone-chilling, unfathomable – all these words would suffice, but still none do justice to Alex Morgan’s extra time goal on August 6. It was the 123rd minute of the Olympic semifinal match at

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XI from ’12: [No. 4] Abby Wambach

XI from ’12: [No. 4] Abby Wambach

Jeff Kassouf December 30, 2012 2

A hot start to 2012 during a cold January week in Vancouver should have been all the indication needed. Two goals in the opener. Two goals in the next game, two days later. It

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XI from ’12: [No. 5] NWSL is born

XI from ’12: [No. 5] NWSL is born

Meg Linehan December 29, 2012 14

If No. 6 on our list of Top XI moments in 2012 was a bit of a downer concerning the start of the year, No. 5 ends with 2012 on a hopeful note for

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XI from ’12: [No. 6] Leagues in transition

XI from ’12: [No. 6] Leagues in transition

Meg Linehan December 29, 2012 1

The start of 2012 looked rather grim for the future of women’s professional soccer in the United States.  January was a whirlwind of news concerning the fate of the floundering WPS.  Teams announced a

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XI from ’12: [No. 7] End of the Sundhage era

XI from ’12: [No. 7] End of the Sundhage era

Dan Lauletta December 29, 2012 1

Looking at Pia Sundhage’s record as coach of the U.S. national team, it is easy to forget the delicate situation she inherited in 2007. The former Swedish striker famously sang to her team on

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XI from ’12: [No. 8] Rapinoe comes out

XI from ’12: [No. 8] Rapinoe comes out

Meg Linehan December 28, 2012 3

Megan Rapinoe had a busy year on the field in 2012.  Her Olympic performance was one of the U.S. women’s national team’s strongest; she notched three assists.  Rapinoe’s most important Olympic contributions include scoring

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XI from ’12: [No. 9] The best club team of all-time

XI from ’12: [No. 9] The best club team of all-time

Richard Farley December 28, 2012 40

Olympique Lyonnais Feminine have established themselves as the best women’s club team of all time, completing a 2012 that’s left us in need of new standards to measure their excellence. With a perfect year

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XI from ’12: [No. 10] North Carolina back on top

XI from ’12: [No. 10] North Carolina back on top

Jeff Kassouf December 28, 2012 10

The University of North Carolina entered the 2012 season having not won an NCAA championship or (gasp) even been to a College Cup final since 2009. Such a drought is unthinkable for Tar Heel

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