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Megan Rapinoe
American women showing true grit at World Cup
American women showing true grit at World Cup

Despite a driving rain and chilly temperatures at the Women's World Cup semifinal in Monchengladbach, Germany this week, the victory of the American team over the French sent rays of hope to serious and occasional soccer fans around the nation. On Sunday, the American women will play the Japanese team for the World Cup championship. If the Americans are victorious, they will match the accomplishments of the 1999 team, which captured the nation's imagination with its dominant run through the tournament and its exciting final. That was the game when Brandi Chastain smashed a penalty kick past the Chinese goalkeeper and then peeled off her jersey and fell to her knees in...