A closer look at the U.S. starting XI

Updated: July 16, 2011, 9:57 AM ET
By Ravi Ubha | ESPN.com

Two words have taken on special meaning for the U.S. during its World Cup adventure in Germany: "destiny" and "legacy."

Ever since rallying against Brazil in the quarterfinals, everyone on the team has felt the soccer gods are on their side. Winning against Japan in Frankfurt on Sunday would allow the current crop to leave its mark, similar to the 1999 squad that featured stalwarts Mia Hamm, Brandi Chastain and Kristine Lilly.

But who are the projected 11 trying to make ...

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