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Trump: Rapinoe shouldn't protest during anthem

President Donald Trump says he does not think it's appropriate for U.S. soccer team co-captain Megan Rapinoe to protest during the national anthem.

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Alex Morgan, noting Spain might have paid extra attention to her after she left the previous game with a knock: "Maybe the Spain players saw that and wanted to be a little more aggressive with me. But I feel like, if anything, it took them off their game more than it took me off mine."

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Megan Rapinoe on the quarterfinal against France in Paris: "Hopefully it's a complete spectacle. Just an absolute media circus. I hope it's huge and crazy. That's what it should be. This is the best game, this is what everybody wanted. I think we want it, seems like they're up for it ... all the fans. Maybe it will be a pretty even split between the fans in the stadium. We've been traveling pretty deep in this World Cup. I hope it's a total [blank]-show circus. It's going to be totally awesome. I think this is what everybody wants."

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USWNT survives a physical, hot, difficult game against Spain to advance to quarterfinals against France in Paris. Two penalties converted by Megan Rapinoe, one surviving VAR review, save the day. Whether you like the style or not, few opponents come out as physical and fearless as Spain did. That remains a program on the rise:

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Oh, the noise. The jeers. The cheers. The cries. Love it or hate it, Megan Rapinoe converted her second penalty kick of the game to put the U.S. up 2-1 against Spain. Whatever happens, the energy has picked 10-fold in Reims.

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The VAR controversy World Cup includes the US now as a penalty kick is held up after review. It was initially given when Rose Lavelle was clipped, albeit slightly, in the box. Referee went to the screen after a long delay but keeps the call. Megan Rapinoe converts her second kick from the spot in the game for a 2-1 lead.

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Tied 1-1 with Spain at half, US finds itself in some serious trouble for first time this World Cup. Spain has looked fearless from start and jumped on chance to pull level when US gifted a chance. We knew Spain would try and possess the ball, but players also look comfortable being as physical in challenges as US. Game may need Lindsey Horan's strength and playmaking in midfield.

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Spain equalizes on a US breakdown in the back. Alyssa Naeher's strength is her distribution but it all goes wrong as Spain intercepts and gets too easy of a look. First goal allowed in the tournament by the US. They should not have been a super high pressure moment.

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Spain put a scare into US with aggressive play in first minute, but strong response as Tobin Heath earns penalty and Megan Rapinoe converts to put US ahead 1-0. Spain looked very up for the game before that. See how they respond.

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Another big American crowd in Reims. US support has been phenomenal all tournament. Trains were apparently packed again today coming from Paris.

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Today will be a very different test for the USWNT. Spain isn't necessarily better than Sweden, but it's one of the few teams that will likely try and out-possess and out-pass the Americans. Spain has built a dominant youth system teaching the same possession style at all levels, so it would be a surprise to see them retreat into a shell today.

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The USWNT will be at the closest to full strength it has been in the World Cup when it takes the field against Spain. After missing the last game with a hip contusion, Julie Ertz returns to the midfield, while Alex Morgan returns to the starting lineup after she was subbed at halftime in the group finale in what coach Jill Ellis called a precautionary move following a collision. The only mild surprise is Lindsey Horan moving to the bench, with Sam Mewis and Rose Lavelle joining Ertz in midfield. But Horan started each of the first three games and has a yellow card. If she picked up another today in a U.S. win, she would miss a quarterfinal against France.

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African soccer wants action against Cameroon

The head of women's soccer in Africa wants Cameroon to face punishment for the conduct of players in their Women's World Cup loss to England.

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England coach Neville 'ashamed' of Cameroon

England head coach Phil Neville was 'ashamed' of the Cameroon players during his side's 3-0 victory in the Women's World Cup.