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Japan's possession game will challenge U.S.

USA's physicality to counter Japan's precision

Updated: July 13, 2011, 7:22 PM ET
By Michelle Smith

MONCHENGLADBACH, Germany -- In the moments after the 3-1 victory over France that vaulted her squad into the team's first World Cup final since 1999, U.S. coach Pia Sundhage did not want to talk about the next opponent.

At that point, it was going to be either Sweden or Japan, and she didn't want to play the '"What if?'' game.

"No," Sundhage said. "I want to enjoy this win with the team tonight. I'll discuss our opponent tomorrow."

Turns out she'll be talking about ...

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