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Lloyd's goals and Solo's saves give USA gold

The American women took their third straight Olympic gold medal by downing Japan, 2-1, with a pair of goals by Carli Lloyd, a few clutch saves by Hope Solo -- and a fair bit of good fortune. Here are a few observations from a memorable end to a remarkable run:
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MLS Power Rankings: Top five shakeup

A tighening Eastern Conference race featured victories for Houston against New York and D.C. United's downing of Columbus, as well as Chicago's dispatch of struggling Toronto and Sporting Kansas City's second win of the season against New England.
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Sorry, Canada, the ref was right

Many were surprised -- and Canadians were outraged -- that Norwegian referee Christina Pedersen awarded the USA an indirect free kick because Canadian keeper Erin McLeod took more than six seconds to release the ball.
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High drama, great goals, a step closer to glory

There's plenty of competition for the limelight in these Olympic Games that feature more than 10,000 athletes from 204 countries competing in nearly 30 sports. But the U.S. women's soccer team remains on track to glory after their spectacular 4-3 victory in the semifinals over Canada on Monday puts them into Thursday's gold medal game against Japan. Here are a ...
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Roger Espinoza jumps on Olympic trampoline

Roger Espinoza's Olympic moment, exiting Saturday's quarterfinal against Brazil to a standing ovation at Newcastle's St. James' Park, is what Jurgen Klinsmann was talking about about when he bemoaned the USA's elimination in Concacaf qualifying in late March.
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Wambach's remarkable streaks continue

In their second straight nail-biter at the Olympic Games, the U.S. women advanced to the semifinals by edging New Zealand, 2-0, with goals by veteran Abby Wambach and newcomer Sydney Leroux. Here are a few observations about the match ...
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