Ascent back to top goes through Brazil

August 25, 2004
By Marc Connolly
If the U.S. Women's National Team is to win its second Gold Medal on Thursday, it will have deserved it wholeheartedly.

Talk about a tough schedule. First, the Americans were forced to play three round-robin matches, while the other top teams such as Germany, Sweden and China only had to play two. Playing the host country, Greece, wasn't exactly an easy task to start the tournament, either.

With a dangerous Brazil squad -- who plays a style all its own -- in Group G, it made ...

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