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The World Cup champion US
women's national team will host a
four-team tournament in Tennessee
and Florida in March as the team
prepares for the Olympics in Rio this
The SheBelieves Cup will feature the
United States, England, France and
Germany, US Soccer said yesterday.
The tournament will feature three
doubleheaders. Germany and France
will play followed by the United States
against England on March 3 at
Raymond James Stadium in Tampa,
Florida; then the United States plays
France and Germany faces England on
March 6 at Nissan Stadium in
Nashville, Tennessee; and the
tournament wraps up with France
against England and the US versus
Germany on March 9 at FAU Stadium
in Boca Raton, Florida.
The US federation's SheBelieves
initiative seeks to inspire young girls.
US Soccer announces March SheBelieves Cup
struck 47 off 24 balls
to lead the Melbourne
Renegades to a five-
wicket win over the
Sydney Thunder in the
Australia T20 Big Bash
League, on Monday.
"It's incredible that
it's my fifth. It's much
more than anything I
dreamed of as a kid."
LIONEL MESSI after
winning the FIFA
World Player of the
Year award for a
record fifth time.
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ZURICH---Standing beside Lionel Messi on stage,
Carli Lloyd found her place at the top of world foot-
Lloyd was shoulder to shoulder with Messi on
Monday, both cradling golden trophies from FIFA as
the world s best players in 2015.
Even at 33, the United States captain and inspiration
of its Women s World Cup title has a career plan to
let her one day match Messi s five FIFA awards.
"Last night was the moment where I said to myself
that I can remain one of the best players in the world
for the next five years," Lloyd told The Associated
Press in an interview yesterday.
Lloyd and Messi, the captain of Argentina s national
team, reached the same goals before as Olympic
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to win af
n t know
World Cup final I ve ever played in."
Rugged and raw was how Lloyd described herself
on stage earlier in the FIFA ceremony. The effort to
hold back tears before starting her acceptance speech
with a quiet "Sorry" to the applauding audience took
her somewhere new.
"I m not a super emotional person," she said. "I m
pretty tough and raw in my nature but something
like that, it s uncontrollable.
"I never really believed I could reach this point,
though I was striving for it. I m extremely humbled."
A 13-minute hat trick in the World Cup final earned
three VIP tickets: The red-carpet FIFA event followed
the team s ticker-tape parade in downtown Manhattan
last July and a trip to the White House in October.
to be even better," said Lloyd, who will marry long-
term partner Brian Hollins after the Olympics.
The same is true of women s soccer, which could
emerge from the chaos of FIFA s corruption crisis as
a big winner.
One year ago, Wambach came to Zurich as a nom-
inee and met with FIFA secretary general Jerome
Valcke. She stressed the players anger and legal fight
against FIFA letting Canada host the World Cup on
The old regime seemed to sell women s football
short, whatever then-President Sepp Blatter said
about being their pioneer supporter.
"I think it was a great stance on our part to fight
y need to
s just as
Lloyd stands beside Messi
... at top of world football
Carli Lloyd of the USA and Argentina's Lionel
Messi pose with their trophies after winning
the FIFA soccer player of the year 2015 prize
during the FIFA Ballon d'Or awarding
ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich,
Switzerland, Monday. AP
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