U.S. crumbles under pressure of PKs

Updated: July 17, 2011, 8:09 PM ET
By Roger Bennett | Special to ESPN.com

Penalty kicks giveth. And penalty kicks taketh away.

A week ago, Ali Krieger coolly slotted home against Brazil and made the American women's soccer team media darlings. This week, the same drama-loving team crumbled during a shootout in the final, missing three out of four. Before our eyes, the USWNT morphed into the penalty-phobic English men's team.

Watching the women play Russian roulette may have been easier on the eye.

On paper, penalty shootouts ...

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