Six stories for women's tournament

Updated: July 24, 2012, 4:48 PM ET
By Jeff Carlisle

The international calendar for women's soccer is akin to quitting coffee cold turkey -- and then having a double shot of espresso. Two lean years in which little happens are followed by the FIFA Women's World Cup, which quickly gives way to the women's Olympic soccer tournament just a year later.

Given how the drama meter redlined in Germany last summer, fans -- at least for the moment - won't mind another jolt of excitement. Many of the faces that lit up the World Cup ...

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