U.S. prepares for Olympic qualifiers

Updated: January 19, 2012, 2:01 PM ET
By Jeff Carlisle | ESPN.com

As the U.S. women's national team heads into Olympic qualifying this week in Canada, one simple theme is foremost in its mind: play every game as though it's against the best team in the world.

Given that the U.S. is six months removed from a runner-up finish at the World Cup, this approach might strike some as a bit of mental gymnastics. After all, the U.S. has never failed to qualify for the Olympics in its history, recording an 8-0-1 record during qualifying with 37 goals ...

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