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A Lot On The Line In World Cup Final

A Lot On The Line In World Cup Final

VANCOUVER, Canada — There is more at stake than mere global soccer supremacy when the U.S. and Japan meet in the Women's World Cup final Sunday. For a generation of U.S. players, led by star forward Abby Wambach, the game will provide one last chance at a title that has eluded the Americans for 16 years. For troubled goalkeeper Hope Solo, it will provide another opportunity for redemption following a year in which she has been in the news more for her legal problems than for her ability to prevent goals. And for U.S. Soccer, a win would avenge a heartbreaking loss in the last World Cup final, when Japan twice rallied — once in regulation and once in overtime —...