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Army Defeats Navy for the First Time — on the Pitch

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Army-Navy fans still have a little over a month to wait before the two military academies meet on the gridiron. But the rivalry got a warm up last week when the schools met for the Army Navy Soccer Cup IV.

Fans packed PPL Park, home of the Philadelphia Union, last Tuesday to watch the Navy Midshipmen and Army Black Knights men’s soccer teams square off on the pitch. And after three straight losses, Army defeated Navy for the first time, 2-1.
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Are You Ready for Some Army-Navy Fútbol?

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Army-Navy is one of the most anticipated college football games of the season. But what about Army-Navy fútbol?

On Tuesday at 7 p.m., Army West Point and the Naval Academy will face off in the fourth Army-Navy Cup at PPL Park, home of the MLS team the Philadelphia Union. Navy leads the series 2-0-1. 

"It's an incredible event for both programs, especially the student-athletes in particular, getting a chance to play at a venue like this, with this type of crowd," Army head coach Russell Payne said. "For us, for me, and for all of my program, I think that it's obviously the highlight or one of the major highlights of the year, and, hopefully in college soccer, it's one of the highlights of the year."
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Manat Kaur

Author Interview: Tom and Matt Oldfield, “Gareth Bale,” “Wayne Rooney” and “Raheem Sterling”

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Tom (left) and Matt Oldfield, and the cover of their book about Wayne Rooney

Tom and Matt Oldfield are two major soccer enthusiasts. Born and raised in Southampton, England, the brothers grew up playing, watching and talking soccer. Today, as adults, they’ve turned that love of the game into a series of young adult novels about some of soccer’s biggest names. The books focus on Gareth Bale, Wayne Rooney, and Raheem Sterling, and they paint a picture of how each of the players grew up and overcame challenges to become Premier League stars.

Tom is a freelance author who lives in Toronto, Canada. He writes biographies on major sports figures. He has written books on Cristiano Ronaldo, Arsene Wenger, and Rafael Nadal. He has been writing for a while. Matt, meanwhile, lives in London and is the editor-in-chief of Of Pitch and Page, a website “celebrating the best football books around.” The books on Bale, Rooney and Sterling are his very first children's books.

In an interview with SI Kids, Tom and Matt talked about their love of soccer, writing fictionalized accounts of real players’ lives, and what they hope kids take away from reading their books.
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Kate Gilliam

Soccer Star and Master of the Header Abby Wambach Talks Head Injuries in Sports

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Editor’s note: Yesterday, the 2015 Women’s World Cup-champion US Women’s National Team was honored at the White House by President Barack Obama. After the event, Abby Wambach, legendary USWNT member and the world’s all-time leading scorer in both men’s and women’s soccer, announced her retirement.

Wambach will play with the US team through its 10-game victory tour. But after a match against China on December 16, she’ll hang up her cleats.

Earlier this month, Kid Reporter Kate Gilliam interviewed Wambach at an event in New York City. Here is her report.

Sports-related concussions are a big concern, especially for youth athletes. Soccer poses the highest risk for these types of head injuries in girls, according to a 2012 report from the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences.

In early October Abby Wambach came to Chelsea Piers in New York City to discuss this issue and teach kids about the proper way of heading a soccer ball and other important soccer skills.
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US Women's National Team Honored at White House

  • Goalazo
  • Associated Press
  • October 28, 2015, 10:54 AM

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama welcomed the U.S. women's 2015 World Cup champion soccer team to the White House Tuesday, saying the team's victory with class, excitement and style inspired the whole country.

"They've inspired millions of girls to dream bigger and, by the way, inspired millions of boys to look at girls differently, which is just as important," Obama said.

The U.S. defeated Japan 5-2 during the final to collect the top prize in women's soccer for the first time in 16 years. Obama said his youngest daughter Sasha was able to cheer on the team when she attended the game with Vice President Joe Biden and his granddaughter Maisy.
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Before Carli Lloyd Dominated the World Cup Final, she Struggled to be Recognized

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as told to Christina M. Tapper

Even if you weren't familiar with Carli Lloyd before this year's women's World Cup, chances are you know her name now. Despite netting game-winning goals to lift the U.S. to gold in the 2008 and '12 Olympics, Lloyd had largely flown under the radar. That is, until the midfielder had the biggest moment of her career on soccer's biggest stage.

During Team USA's 5--2 World Cup final win over Japan in July — a rematch of the 2011 final, which the U.S. lost in dramatic fashion — Lloyd scored on a corner kick, then drilled a loose ball into the net. She capped the performance with a stunning, video game-like wonder-strike from the center circle — 50 yards! It took Lloyd only 16 minutes to record the first-ever hat trick in a Women's World Cup final (and the second including men's finals), but getting to that moment took much longer.

Before Lloyd won the 2015 Golden Ball as the World Cup's best player, she was cut from the Under-21 team and benched while on the national team. Sports Illustrated Kids recently caught up with Lloyd, who shared her journey to that shining moment.
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How Alex Morgan Became Alex Morgan

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  • Lauren Shute
  • September 12, 2015, 10:40 AM

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One of the biggest names in women's soccer is Alex Morgan. The US Women's National Team superstar helped lead her squad to the 2015 World Cup champioship. She's the first women's player to be on the cover of the FIFA video game series. And she's a role model to countless girls – and boys – around the world.

But how did Alex Morgan become, well, Alex Morgan? Disney XD answers that question this weekend. On Sunday, the station will air the latest episode of its Becoming series, which is focused on Morgan's rise to the top of not only soccer, but sports.

SI Kids spoke with Morgan about the episode, what she thinks about her big year, and how important it is to be a good role model for kids. Watch an exclusive clip from Becoming: Alex Morgan, then check out our interview with Alex Morgan!
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