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France or the U.S. in the Women's World Cup quarterfinals? We debate

ESPN's Julie Foudy chats with Tobin Heath about how the USWNT plans to attack France, who she feels has grown each game of the Women's World Cup.

Since the Women's World Cup draw last December, the U.S. women and France have been on a collision course to clash in Friday's quarterfinals (9 p.m. local time, 3 p.m. ET). It's the defending World Cup champ against the host, the No. 1 team in the world versus the co-favorite to win it all.

So what are the X factors and key players that will most impact their match at Parc des Princes in Paris? ESPN UK's Tom Hamilton, ESPN FC's Julien Laurens, ESPN Brasil's Natalie Gedra and ESPN's Sam Borden, Graham...

Why the U.S., France are largely responsible for each other's success

PARIS -- France and the United States will soon be on opposite sides of one of the biggest games in the history of women's soccer. The two most abundant fan bases in this tournament will turn the Parc des Princes into a seething cauldron of nearly 50,000 voices, a "s---show circus" of epic proportions, as Megan Rapinoe giddily and memorably phrased it.

But before the World Cup co-favorites were rivals standing in each other's way of advancing to the semifinals, each had help from the other to make...