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Fan support helped propel U.S. to win

Updated: July 10, 2011, 6:01 PM ET
By Jaime Lowe

DRESDEN, Germany -- You wouldn't know you were in Germany; you wouldn't know that Germany had been eliminated fewer than 24 hours earlier. The crowd in Dresden, largely and loudly pro-U.S., was volcanic, erupting at the 122nd minute when Megan Rapinoe blasted a cross to Abby Wambach, who in turn nailed the ball to the back of the net and sent the game into penalty kicks.

And that was the difference -- the crowd. "This game was an emotional roller-coaster," keeper Hope Solo said. ...

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