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U.S. women focused, unfazed

Despite early two-goal deficit, Americans rally to beat France 4-2 in Olympic opener

Updated: July 27, 2012, 12:53 PM ET
By Alyssa Roenigk | ESPN.com

GLASGOW, Scotland -- It's been a slow burn.

For the past 11 months, the venom has seeped into their bloodstreams, releasing a slow-moving poison brought on by the sting of a shootout loss to Japan in the 2011 World Cup final. That painful memory has both haunted and fueled the 18 members of the U.S. Olympic women's soccer team. Even 22-year-old Sydney Leroux, the lone woman on the Olympic roster who wasn't a part of that 2011 World Cup squad, remembers the bite of watching from home ...

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