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Abby Wambach sends a message

Updated: May 14, 2011, 11:04 PM ET
By Jeff Carlisle | ESPN.com

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The talk around the U.S. women's national team lately has been all about its aim of playing more of a possession-based style. But it was the traditional American traits of power, speed and aerial dominance in the form of Abby Wambach that helped it secure a 2-0 win over Japan in a pre-World Cup friendly.

Wambach opened the scoring in the 29th minute with a trademark header, then set the table for Amy Rodriguez to finish from close range eight minutes later. ...

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