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Closure for U.S.

Beating Japan 2-1 at Wembley brings closure to a yearlong mission of revenge

Updated: August 10, 2012, 12:22 AM ET
By Jeff Carlisle | ESPN.com

It took over a year for the U.S. women's national team to find redemption but it was well worth the wait as the Americans rode two brilliant goals from Carli Lloyd -- plus some stellar goalkeeping from Hope Solo -- to subdue a vibrant Japan side 2-1 in a pulsating Olympic final.

The victory marks the Americans' third consecutive Olympic title and if the script of Lloyd and Solo playing the role of heroines sounds familiar, it should. The pair was prominent in the Americans' ...

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