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At this stage, fitness plays a huge role

At this stage, fitness plays a huge role

Originally Published: July 12, 2011
By Michelle Smith

MONCHENGLADBACH , Germany -- Any player who isn't willing to admit she is a little tired at this point in the Women's World Cup, "isn't being realistic," said U.S. forward Abby Wambach.

And both the American and French sides have more of a claim to fatigue than the other two teams remaining in the tournament. Both played more than 120 minutes of soccer in their quarterfinal games before moving on to penalty kicks.

The U.S. squad played more than an hour of soccer one player ...

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