Women's World Cup 2011 France vs. USA: Five Keys to Team USA Win

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Women's World Cup 2011 France vs. USA: Five Keys to Team USA Win
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After watching the United States Women's National Team (USWNT) emerge victorious in Sunday's thrilling quarterfinal match against Brazil, you could be forgiven for suspecting that the football gods would actually descend upon Dresden and deliver the Women's World Cup Trophy to the Yanks.

Nevertheless, the USWNT is still two victories away from capturing their first Women's World Cup victory in 12 years and now faces an exceptionally technically and tactically gifted France Women's National Team in today's semifinal.

While the French are organized much differently than their Brazilian counterparts, they present a constant scoring threat and should prove to be more than worthy opponents for Coach Pia Sundhage and her inspired crew.

Hoping that this this contest will not cause as many heart palpitations as the quarterfinal match, here are five keys to an American victory.

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