U.S. faces explosive Brazilian offense

August 20, 2008
By Lindsey Dolich
For all the sturm-und-drang leading up to the Olympic gold-medal match, the United States women's soccer team has one last tempest to reckon with -- a Brazilian team hell-bent on capturing its first title.

On Thursday at 9 a.m. ET, the U.S. will once again attempt to excavate the legendary, if not somewhat archaic, "golden girls of the summer" trademark performance.

Mia Hamm now stands as an epochal memory, and Kristine Lilly, Briana Scurry and Abby Wambach of the 2004 reign ...

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