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Sydney Leroux

World Cup moments distanced women from FIFA scandal

For a few moments over the past month, the Women's World Cup seemed to push aside the FIFA scandal that is simmering a half planet away. Those moments came on the pitch: From upstart Cameroon crashing the party in the knockout stage, to England's fantastic run, to host Canada's tournament-opening victory on star Christine Sinclair's stoppage-time penalty kick. And of course, Carli Lloyd's hat trick in a 5-2 victory for the United States in the final against Japan. Despite the controversy over the artificial turf and questions about who would present the championship trophy, the Women's World Cup was a resounding success, setting records for attendance and...

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