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Ryan benches Solo for Scurry in World Cup semifinal vs. crafty Brazil

Updated: September 26, 2007, 1:59 PM ET
Associated Press

HANGZHOU, China -- Greg Ryan will be seen as a savvy strategist if it works.

If it fails, he'll be blamed for benching goalkeeper Hope Solo -- she hasn't yielded a goal in almost 300 minutes in the women's World Cup -- and switching 24 hours before the match to veteran Briana Scurry for Thursday's semifinal against Brazil.

The U.S. coach surprised almost everyone on Wednesday, going with the 36-year-old Scurry because her quick reflexes could frustrate the tricky, fast-paced Brazilians ...

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