U.S. women hold the upper hand

North Korea's rebuilding means Sundhage's side should prevail

Updated: July 31, 2012, 8:44 AM ET
By Jeff Carlisle | ESPN.com

Aside from a shaky opening 18 minutes against France, things at the Olympics have gone according to plan for the U.S. women's national team: Two victories, a goal difference of plus five and some breathtaking attacking play have them sitting atop Group G. All that remains is for the U.S. to subdue a tricky North Korea side that has split its two matches, and then it can head into the quarterfinals on a high.

What's on the line:

The U.S. has already clinched a spot ...

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