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Report: USWNT star Holiday has brain tumor removed

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World Cup champion Lauren Holiday has had a brain tumor removed, one month after giving birth.

Holiday’s husband, Jrue Holiday of the New Orleans Pelicans, announced that his pregnant wife was diagnosed with an operable tumor in September, and Lauren Holiday has publicly thanked fans for support while requesting prayers.

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The Holidays welcomed their first child earlier this month, and Jrue left the Pelicans preseason to help his wife.

The BBC added this tidbit:

Unbelievably as a three-year-old, she had open-heart surgery to repair a defect and went on to become one of the world’s most respected football players.

Get well soon, Lauren.

Report: Lauren Holiday gives birth; USWNT star faces tumor surgery

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Lauren Holiday broke her social media silence on Monday, thanking fans for their support.

The pregnant former USWNT star was diagnosed with an operable brain tumor, she revealed in September.

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According to reports from New Orleans Pelicans practice, Holiday gave birth on Friday. Holiday is the wife of Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday, who is taking time away from the NBA to be a new father and help prepare Lauren for surgery.

Holiday will reportedly undergo surgery on her brain tumor in six weeks.

USWNT’s Holiday responds to support after tumor revelation

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Ex-USWNT star Lauren Holiday took to Twitter on Monday to thank the legions of people who wished her well as she prepares to give birth and then undergo surgery for a brain tumor. reported the news of Holiday’s illness on Sunday, and that Holiday would wait until after her pregnancy to have surgery.

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Her husband, New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday, spoke of her dealing with massive headaches, but said she’s battling well.

On Monday, Holiday responded to the many who reached out to her with messages of hope and prayer.

Lauren Holiday diagnosed with operable brain tumor during pregnancy

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USWNT hero champion Lauren Holiday and her husband Jrue had a nightmare in the middle of their pregnancy

Lauren, 28, was diagnosed with an operable brain tumor after suffering massive headaches midway through her pregnancy. The 133-times capped midfielder retired from soccer in 2015 to start her family.

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She’s going to wait until after giving birth to have surgery, and husband Jrue is taking time off from his day job — point guard for the NBA’s New Orleans Pelicans — to help his wife and child.


“Lauren has her good days and her bad days; some are better than others,” Jrue said. “She’s obviously a fighter, the toughest woman I know. That’s the reason why I married her.”

Jrue said Lauren has numbness on the right side of her face because the tumor is pressing on a nerve. Their baby, he said, is healthy.

Meantime, the Pelicans’ leading assist man is asking fans for one this time around.

“We just ask for your prayers, really pray for my family,” Jrue said. “We can take all the prayers that we can get.”

Surely they’ll have them from much of the soccer and basketball world. Lauren Holiday (nee Cheney) is one of the classiest players you’ll meet, and her husband has a similar reputation in basketball.

All our best from PST.

WATCH: Back-to-back! USWNT members team up to score KC the NWSL title

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It was a big week in Kansas City, and an even bigger year for FCKC stars Amy Rodriguez and Heather O’Reilly.

One night after Sporting KC won the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup with a shootout win over Philadelphia, it was the women’s turn to lift some silverware.

FC Kansas City got a 78th minute goal from USWNT stars Rodriguez and O’Reilly, and started by Lauren Holiday, in a 1-0 win over the Seattle Reign that gave them a World Cup and an NWSL Cup within months.

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Rodriguez’s goal was her 9th in just 13 games this season, as she rose to power an O’Reilly cross past Hope Solo, denying their USWNT teammate her own club/country double.

The league’s No. 3 seed, Vlatko Andonovski’s FCKC is now the winner of two-straight NWSL crowns despite finishing 11 points behind the top-seeded Reign. Seattle boasts Solo and Megan Rapinoe, while FCKC also has USWNTer Becky Sauerbrunn.

Holiday retires on top of the women’s soccer world. Watch the goal below.