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U.S. off to strong World Cup start

Updated: June 28, 2011, 5:14 PM ET
By Jeff Carlisle | ESPN.com

DRESDEN, Germany -- Great players find a way to shake off subpar spells of soccer and recover to make a difference. So it proved for the U.S. and, especially, Lauren Cheney and Rachel Buehler, who scored in the second half to give the U.S. a 2-0 victory over North Korea in its opening game of the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup.

Before the goals, the U.S. had looked nothing like the No. 1-ranked team in the world, and Cheney's play was shaky in the opening 45 minutes. But that all changed ...

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