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Sasaki steps down as Japan coach after Rio failure

Sasaki steps down as Japan coach after Rio failure

The Equalizer Staff March 10, 2016 39

Japan has parted ways with Norio Sasaki after eight years, the federation announced on Wednesday. Sasaki led Japan to a miraculous triumph at the 2011 World Cup just months after the nation was devastated

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Australia, China to Olympics, Japan out

Australia, China to Olympics, Japan out

The Equalizer Staff March 7, 2016 68

China beat South Korea, 1-0 on Monday to knock Japan out of contention for the Olympics. Later, Australia downed North Korea, 2-1 tot wrap up trips to Rio for themselves and China. The only

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Japan on the brink after loss to China

Japan on the brink after loss to China

Dan Lauletta March 4, 2016 117

Japan’s hopes of qualifying for the Olympic Games have been reduced to needing a lopsided win over Vietnam plus some help from their rivals. The struggles for the Nadesheko continued Friday when they lost

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Wednesday roundup: Canada lose, Japan held

Wednesday roundup: Canada lose, Japan held

The Equalizer Staff March 2, 2016 112

Canada dropped to 0-2 since qualifying for the Olympics after losing their Algarve Cup opener, 1-0 to Denmark on Wednesday. Thorns’ forward Nadia Nadim scored in the 56th minute for the only goal of

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Australia beat Japan to open Asian qualifying

Australia beat Japan to open Asian qualifying

The Equalizer Staff February 29, 2016 143

Australia scored a huge victory, 3-1 over hosts Japan on the first day of Asian qualifying for this summer’s Olympic Games in Brazil. The six-team round robin is jammed into a 10-day window and

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Ellis seeks balance in preparation for Rio Olympics

Ellis seeks balance in preparation for Rio Olympics

Jeff Kassouf February 2, 2016 409

Roster management, particularly at the international level, is always about balance. That word is central to almost every decision on the micro and macro level. Is there balance within the team to adjust to

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Japan legend Homare Sawa announces retirement

Japan legend Homare Sawa announces retirement

Jeff Kassouf December 16, 2015 19

Legendary Japan midfielder Homare Sawa announced her retirement on Wednesday, the same day on which her friend and United States forward Abby Wambach will play her final match before retiring. Sawa, 37, lifted Japan

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WATCH: Epic US fan reactions to World Cup final

WATCH: Epic US fan reactions to World Cup final

The Equalizer Staff July 10, 2015 5

The United States women’s national team’s 5-2 victory over Japan on Sunday in the final of the 2015 Women’s World Cup was an epic display of dominance, particularly from Carli Lloyd, who needed only

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Women’s World Cup — the 23 who fell short

Women’s World Cup — the 23 who fell short

Dan Lauletta July 7, 2015 56

The United States won the World Cup for the third time on Sunday.  Their story has been well documented through the year and particularly over the last month.  But what about the other 23?

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Clutch Carli: Lloyd proves hero in World Cup final

Clutch Carli: Lloyd proves hero in World Cup final

Jeff Kassouf July 6, 2015 145

Your browser does not support iframes. VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Carli Lloyd waited her entire life for this moment. The United States women’s national team waited four years for a second crack a World

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