USA Women's Olympic Soccer Team: 6 Keys to Beating France

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USA Women's Olympic Soccer Team: 6 Keys to Beating France
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For Team USA's women's soccer team, it's gold medal or bust at the London Olympic Games.

The US has won gold four of the five years women's soccer has been an Olympic sport, and in 2000, they came home with silver after losing to Norway in the final.

This team is still reeling from the Women's World Cup final loss to Japan last summer, and it's time to get rid of that underachievers tag for good.

Abby Wambach (who missed Beijing due to breaking her leg just before the Games), Hope Solo and Co. begin their title defense against France on Wednesday, two days for the Open Ceremony.

It's a rematch of last summer's semifinal, a match the US won 3-1, though it wasn't that easy.

After going up early, the US lost control of the game and were pegged back. Eventually, strength in reserves helped Pia Sundhage and her team win and advance to the final, but they left it a little too late for comfort.

This time, the US knows what to expect from France and how to break them down.

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