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Hope and glory for the U.S.

Updated: July 11, 2011, 4:38 PM ET
By David Hirshey | Special to ESPN.com

I once asked the five-time FIFA Women's World Player of the Year, Marta, what it is about the U.S. that makes it so hard to beat. She pointed to her head, leading me to think she meant the Americans were strong in the air. "No, no," she explained. "It's the mentality."

Never before -- and yes, I include the epic 1999 Brandi Chastain jersey-doffing final, which coincidentally took place 12 years ago to the day that the U.S. faced Brazil on Sunday -- has the world seen a more ...

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