Four years ago, the USA completed its Gold Cup preparations by beating Guatemala, 6-0, in San Diego and went on to win the regional title. This time around, Nashville staged the final prep game, and
on Friday the Americans took care of business with a 4-0 victory despite Jozy Altidore failing to convert a penalty kick.
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"I couldn't breathe, my heart was out of my chest, and I wanted the ground to open up and swallow me."
-- Defender Laura Bassett on her reaction
after her own goal in stoppage time sent Japan to the Women's World Cup final with a 2-1 win over England, which was playing in the semifinals for the first time. (BBC Sport)