Ready for New Zealand

A strong tournament thus far has the U.S. women ready for the knockouts

Updated: August 2, 2012, 12:46 PM ET
By Jeff Carlisle | ESPN.com

The life of a prohibitive favorite is supposed to be difficult as opponents have little to lose and usually offer up their A-game as a consequence. But three matches into the Olympic women's soccer tournament, the U.S. has done just about everything possible to justify the pre-tournament predictions of gold-medal glory. As such, Pia Sundhage's side will look to continue this trend on Friday with a quarterfinal tilt against New Zealand.

Granted, there has been the occasional ...

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