After bitter loss, U.S. women regroup with great effort

Updated: September 24, 2006, 10:59 AM ET
By Mechelle Voepel | Special to ESPN.com

When the United States lost in the World Championship semifinal Thursday, I was reminded of two other recent times I've seen this happen to American women's teams. One was earlier this year at the Winter Olympics, when the United States was upset by Sweden in the hockey semis. The other was at the 2003 Women's World Cup, when Mia and the gang couldn't repeat the 1999 tour de force and fell to Germany in the semis.

The situations have their differences, of course. Soccer and hockey ...

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