U.S. will rue missed opportunities

Updated: September 17, 2011, 7:08 PM ET
By Jeff Carlisle | ESPN.com

For much of this Women's World Cup, destiny seemed to be the United States' constant companion. In Sunday's final it proved fickle, as Japan -- a team riding its own wave of emotion -- claimed its first title, beating the U.S. 3-1 on penalties after extra time finished 2-2.

As has been the case in most of the Americans' World Cup matches, the final proved to be an enthralling contest, but it's one that the U.S. will rue for years to come. The Americans dominated much of the match, ...

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