U.S. faces tough test against Japan

Updated: July 15, 2011, 2:48 PM ET
By Jeff Carlisle | ESPN.com

When the U.S. women's national team beat Japan twice in a four-day span in May, the impression left was that one of the teams on display was a potential Women's World Cup finalist, while the other was a Women's World Cup pretender.

What a difference two months can make.

While the U.S. has largely lived up to its pre-tournament expectation of Women's World Cup contender, Japan's performance has exceeded its wildest hopes, and now the teams are set to meet in Sunday's ...

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