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Sweden's coach picks U.S. to win

Sweden's coach picks U.S. to win

Updated: July 14, 2011, 3:36 PM ET
By Joanne C. Gerstner

FRANKFURT -- Sweden coach Thomas Dennerby wishes his team were playing in the World Cup final against the United States on Sunday.

But the Swedes fell short, losing 3-1 to Japan on Wednesday, and will play for third place against France on Saturday.

Dennerby has a clear rooting interest, and a unique perspective, for the final match. Sweden is the only team in the World Cup to have played the U.S. and Japan, and those experiences sway Dennerby's vote for the Americans.

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