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Solo no more: Goalkeeper regains starting spot and teammates' trust

Updated: August 18, 2008, 10:54 PM ET
By Elizabeth Merrill | ESPN.com

QINHUANGDAO, China -- By all appearances, the hug is sincere. Two ponytails, two smiles, one quick lock. They don't have to be best friends, coach Pia Sundhage tells them. They can run and kick and expose their souls for 90 minutes, then adjourn for the day like business partners.

The well-traveled road from Qinhuangdao to Beijing is 4½ hours by bus, a slow crawl through green marshes, ginkgos and the occasional sheep, and this is the quick route to see the U.S. women's soccer ...

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