Passing of an era
ATHENS, Greece -- Mia, win another championship so you can share it with Nomar.
Joy, add a final Olympic medal so each of your three children can wear one.
Julie, rub some mud on that ankle and get out there to lead the team again.
Kristine, come through with yet another goal as you have done throughout the Olympics.And Brandi, no one would complain if you ripped off your shirt one last time.
|Brazil gave the Americans their toughest challenge of these Olympics, dominating them in the scoreless first half of a
first-round game last week. Fortunate not to be trailing by a
couple of goals, the U.S. team rallied in the second half for a 2-0
This week, Brazil's players said their strong early showing in
that game has given them hope they can beat the U.S. team for only
the second time ever. The other legacy from that game is coach Rene
Simoes' accusation that the Americans tried to deliberately hurt
his players with rough fouls in the second half.
The Americans say they weren't as rough as the Brazilians. They
also know the rematch could get nasty.
"It's not the first time they've talked like that,'' U.S. midfielder Julie Foudy
said. "They can come hard -- they always do. But at the same time,
you can use that against them. They come so hard, they're easy to
-- Associated Press
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