Olympic Soccer 2012: 5 Players to Watch in Gold-Medal Game Between USA and Japan

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Olympic Soccer 2012: 5 Players to Watch in Gold-Medal Game Between USA and Japan
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Everything is set for the final match between Japan and the United States at the 2012 Olympics. Top players like Alex Morgan and Homare Sawa are among those you should keep an eye on.

Both teams have faced each other four times in the last year, including the title match of the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup.

How did these teams get to the gold-medal match? In the group stage, Japan defeated Canada (2-1) and tied with Sweden (0-0) and South Africa (0-0).

The USWNT won its three matches: France (4-2), Colombia (3-0) and North Korea (1-0), something the squad had never done before at the Olympics.

The final showdown will be full of emotions, talent and pride, so let's find out which footballers will make a difference next Thursday.

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