U.S. faces a revitalized Japan for final berth

August 16, 2008
By Lindsey Dolich
After 12 days of laboring in a shroud of near-invisibility on the outskirts of China's Olympic hub, the U.S. will step into the light for the women's Olympic soccer semifinals hosted at the Beijing Workers Stadium.

Monday's semifinal clash between the United States and Japan pits the two most improved teams in the women's Olympic tournament against each other. After shaky Olympic beginnings, both sides have blossomed in the past two games, putting down roots of confidence and branching ...

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