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Five things to watch in semifinals

Five things to watch in semifinals

Originally Published: July 12, 2011
By Joanne C. Gerstner

FRANKFURT, Germany -- The ultimate prize in soccer is looming closer and closer. After two weeks and four tough games, only two more matches remain to be won to take the FIFA Women's World Cup.

But sailing through Wednesday's semifinals and into Sunday's final probably won't be an easy task for Sweden, Japan, France and the United States. These four teams have had to employ their skill, toughness and survival instincts in making it this far.

Here are five storylines to watch ...

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