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New look Thursday for Sounders Insider blog

Starting Thursday all of The News Tribune sports blogs — including this one — will have a new look.

The blogs are being moved into the main site from our blog platform. We are aiming to go live with the new site around 11:30 a.m.

To readers, the postings and stories will look largely the same and look better on mobile.

The main difference is in how you comment. You will need a Facebook account through which to sign in so you can comment on the blog. Otherwise, the content you’ve come to expect will be the same.


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Reign home tonight, honoring USWNT pregame

ReignFCHere’s a preview from the club:

Seattle Reign FC (5-2-3, 18 pts) returns to the Moda Pitch at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, July 11 at 7 p.m. PT for a matchup against the Western New York Flash (4-4-2, 14 pts). The match will also serve as a homecoming for Seattle’s U.S. Women’s National Team (USWNT) duo of forward Megan Rapinoe and goalkeeper Hope Solo.

Rapinoe and Solo were both instrumental members of the USWNT World Cup winning squad. Rapinoe played 462 minutes and started a total of six matches. Her two goals lifted the USA over Australia in their 3-1 opening group stage win of the tournament on June 8. The midfielder also had two assists in the tournament, including the corner kick that led to Carli Lloyd’s opening goal in the USWNT’s 5-2 win over Japan in the final.

Solo had a standout tournament as well, capturing the Golden Glove award for best goalkeeper in the 2015 Women’s World Cup. She played all 630 minutes of the tournament in goal for the USWNT, recorded five clean sheets, and allowed just three goals in seven matches. During the tournament, Solo achieved many milestones, including most wins by a Women’s National Team goalkeeper at 136. She also now has 170 starts and 89 shoutouts, both leading marks.

Fans are encouraged to arrive early for a pre-match ceremony honoring Seattle Reign FC’s 2015 World Cup Champions. The pre-match ceremony for Rapinoe and Solo will be hosted by 1991 Women’s World Cup champion and University of Washington Associate Head Coach Amy Griffin. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray will also be in attendance for the ceremony providing remarks and congratulations on behalf of the City of Seattle.
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Rapinoe to throw first Mariners pitch Sunday

ReignFCHere’s the word from Seattle Reign FC:

Fresh off her FIFA Women’s World Cup title as a member of the U.S. Women’s National Team (USWNT), Seattle Reign FC forward Megan Rapinoe will throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to Sunday’s Seattle Mariners game at 1:10 p.m. against the Los Angeles Angels at Safeco Field.

Rapinoe, 30, appeared in six games for the USWNT during the World Cup, scoring two goals in a 3-1 group play win against Australia on June 8. The Redding, Calif. native and Seattle resident has 108 caps, and 31 goals in her international career. Rapinoe earned her 100th cap with the USWNT on April 4 of this year and became the 31st women in USWNT history to achieve the century mark.

Prior to the start of the World Cup, Rapinoe appeared in three matches for Reign FC. During the season opener on April 13, the forward netted her first-ever career hat trick in a 5-1 victory of the Western New York Flash.
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25.4 million viewers tuned in to USA win — more than every game of NBA finals

WW15Here’s a report from Fox:

The USA’s emphatic 5-2 victory over Japan in the FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP 2015™ final, America’s first Women’s World Cup championship since 1999, is the most- watched soccer match in U.S. history, according to Nielsen. The match posted a prodigious 12.9 household rating/share with 25.4 million viewers, and peaked at 30.9 million between 8:30-8:45 PM ET.

USA-Japan final highlights:

– The 2015 USA-Japan final is the most-watched soccer match in U.S. history, obliterating the previous mark of 18,220,000 set by USA-Portugal during last year’s World Cup group stage match (6/22/15) by +39%.

– USA-Japan also shatters prior mark for a women’s soccer match, the 1999 Women’s World Cup Final (17,975,000) by +41%.

– The match beat the audience for the 2011 Women’s World Cup Final, which also featured USA vs. Japan, by +89% (13.5 million).

– Last night’s match average audience exceeded every game of the NBA Finals, the 2014-15 broadcast season average of every show in primetime, including Sunday Night Football, and the primetime average of the Sochi Olympic Winter Games.
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Schmid on Women’s World Cup, Gold Cup

US SoccerWe also got Sounders coach Sigi Schmid’s take on a couple of international soccer issues:

On the U.S. Women’s World Cup championship yesterday: I thought it was a great result for our women’s team. They saved the best for last. They played stronger and stronger as the tournament went on. Any time you can get a 3-0 lead in 15 minutes, that sort of relaxes you a little bit and you can enjoy the game a little bit. It was a great accomplishment for them.

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Lloyd hat trick ignites USA to 3rd WWC

USA celebrates its third Women's World Cup title.
USA celebrates its third Women’s World Cup title.

The United States has become the first country to win three Women’s World Cup titles.

They claimed their latest with a 5-2 win today over Japan. Carli Lloyd needed only 16 minutes to record the hat trick that gave the USA an early 4-0 lead.

Lloyd gave the United States a 1-0 lead in the third minute, running onto a low cross from Meagan Rapinoe and finishing from close range.

She made it 2-0 two minutes later – the quickest two goals in Women’s World Cup history – and that already seemed like that might be enough to return the Cup south of the border. Japan hadn’t scored more than two goals in any match of this World Cup, and in the USA they were facing a team that entered the game with a 513-minute shutout streak.

However, within another 10 minutes or so, the USA would double that lead.
The third goal came from Lauren Holiday in the 15th minute.

Then Lloyd completed her hat trick in the 16th, with the most memorable of them all. Technically precise Japan lost possession around the halfway circle. Lloyd touched it into space, saw goalkeeper Ayumi Kaihori well off her line, and launched a 50-yard shot on goal. Kaihori back desperately and managed to get a hopeful hand to it, but the ball continued on and into the net.

Lloyd was named player of the match and receives Golden Ball as player of the tournament. Hope Solo wins tournament’s Golden Glove as outstanding goalkeeper.

I’ll be back with notes and quotes.
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USA-Japan in World Cup final at 4 PT

WW15Here’s our game preview. And below, lots and lots of note below from U.S. Soccer. Start reading now and you might be done by first kick:

U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Japan
2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup – Final
BC Place; Vancouver, Canada
July 5, 2015

GRAND FINAL SET FOR VANCOUVER: The U.S. Women’s National Team will compete for the biggest prize in women’s soccer when it takes on Japan in the championship of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup on Sunday, July 5 at BC Place in Vancouver, Canada. This will be the fourth appearance in a FIFA Women’s World Cup Final for the USA, who previously won it all in 1991 and 1999, and its second straight after it fell short in a shootout against Japan at the 2011 edition. The rematch between the two 2011 finalists will be broadcast live on FOX and Telemundo at 4 p.m. PT (7 p.m. ET). Fans can follow all the action on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp, and follow the team along its journey on Instagram and on Snapchat (ussoccer_wnt). The USA earned its way into the Final with a 2-0 victory against top-ranked Germany on June 30 in Montreal, while Japan defeated England 2-1 on July 1 in Edmonton 1 to become the second defending WWC champion to return to a Final (Germany did it from 2003 to 2007). The United States can be the first country to win three Women’s World Cup titles, while defending champion Japan can be the second repeat winner.
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Schmid on USWNT: ‘I think they’ll get result they want’

In the buildup to the 4 p.m. Sunday Women’s World Cup final between the USA and Japan, we asked Sounders coach Sigi Schmid for his thoughts.

“They seem to be playing their best soccer right now, which is a good thing when you’re in a tournament like that,” he said of the USA. “You want to be hitting your stride and playing the best as you move forward in the tournament. I thought their game against Germany was their best game so far — their game against China was an uptick, and this was an even further uptick. If they

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