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Lopez is soccer's unassuming role model at World Cup

Originally Published: September 21, 2007
By Graham Hays | ESPN.com

SHANGHAI, China -- U.S. Soccer's biography of Stephanie Lopez says she is the first woman of Hispanic descent to play a major role for the U.S. women's national soccer team.

That's a fact.

But everything else she is and does is what makes that fact meaningful.

Lopez is naturally inclined toward uniqueness, even in the select company of the 21 American women playing in the World Cup this month in China. The only active college player on the roster of the world's top-ranked ...

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