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Old 12-02-10, 04:16 AM
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Brian Cazeneuve: U.S. women advance to the World Cup; Chinese hurdler returns to form

It took far more sweat than expected, but the U.S. women's soccer team, perennially a threat to win world and Olympic titles, finally secured the 16th and final position for the 2011 World Cup in Germany. With a 1-0 victory over Italy in Bridgeview, Ill. last weekend, the U.S. team won the two-game series against the Italians by a 2-0 aggregate score. The U.S. also defeated Italy, 1-0, in Padova on Nov. 20. Alex Morgan connected in the first game; Amy Rodriguez scored the lone U.S. goal on Saturday; and Nicole Barnhart was flawless in the U.S. net throughout both games. The World Cup will take place from June 26 to July 17, when the U.S. women will face North Korea, Colombia and Sweden in the qualification round.

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