Absence of key veterans puts focus on youngsters

January 16, 2007
By Graham Hays
The United States women's national team begins most years in China, home each January to the Four Nations Tournament. It's the return trip scheduled in September for the 2007 World Cup that makes this year's opening excursion feel slightly unusual.

"It definitely feels different, because this isn't going to be our only trip to China," veteran defender Cat Whitehill said before the United States departed on Tuesday for the city of Guangzhou and its ...

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