U.S. expects struggle against Brazil

September 23, 2007
By Associated Press
TIANJIN, China -- U.S. coach Greg Ryan is bracing for Brazil. He knows the semifinal will be rough, smoothed a bit by the artistry of Marta, the game's best female player.

Brazil won its quarterfinal Sunday at the Women's World Cup, defeating Australia 3-2 on Cristiane's goal in the 75th minute, a rising drive from 20 yards off rapid-fire passes from Marta and Daniela.

The Americans have ambitions for a third World Cup title, following ones in 1991 and '99. Brazil ...

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