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Pia Sundhage
Success of U.S. women's soccer program years in the making
Success of U.S. women's soccer program years in the making

It was an hour or so after the game, on the ride back to the team hotel, that Alex Morgan found a moment to reminisce. Her second-half goal had helped the United States defeat France, earning a spot in the Women's World Cup final Sunday, but Morgan was thinking of a less-pleasant time. Eight months earlier, the Americans had lost a qualifying match to Mexico and were in danger of missing out on soccer's big party in Germany. Veteran forward Kristine Lilly noticed some sulking and delivered a message the younger Morgan will never forget. "Lil' isn't very outspoken," Morgan recalled. "She looked us in the eye, one by one, and told us we were going to get...

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