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Column: Wambach's a winner with head, heart

9:22 pm | August 26, 2004 | In the Olympic gold medal soccer game against Brazil, Abby Wambach won the game with one of her patented noggin shots. Not only was it the decisive goal, it also proved the perfect sendoff for Mia Hamm and the other members of U.S. soccer's Fab Five.

Architects of women's soccer movement treated to fitting farewell

8:34 pm | August 26, 2004 | The U.S. women's soccer team beat Brazil 2-1 Thursday in an overtime thriller that paid fitting tribute to a national program that produced two golds medals, one silver and a sport-changing World Cup title in 1999.

Jersey girls enjoy golden moment

8:00 pm | August 26, 2004 | Christie Rampone was about to receive her first Olympic gold medal, on one of those memorable nights in a faraway country, and she couldn't believe who was standing at her side -- a familiar face from New Jersey.

Parlow picks up gold in Athens

7:41 pm | August 26, 2004 | Cindy Parlow said she was happy to be part of the gold-medal winning women's soccer team, even though she didn't get to play in the squad's 2-1 win over Brazil.

Gold medal is payday for Mitts family

7:25 pm | August 26, 2004 | Cincinnati’s Heather Mitts didn’t get a chance to play in the gold-medal soccer match between the United States and Brazil, but from her family’s perspective, she is the star on the team.

Column: Women's soccer final could get rough

2:48 pm | August 25, 2004 | Thursday's women's soccer final between the U.S. and Brazil is sure to be physical and there's nothing wrong with that - but one has to wonder - will it cross the line?

U.S. captain may miss women's soccer final

1:03 pm | August 25, 2004 | She ditched her crutches Wednesday and is gimping around on a bum right ankle but U.S. team captain Julie Foudy isn't ruling out playing in Thursday's gold medal women's soccer match against Brazil.

Column: O’Reilly’s kick was a torch passed

6:00 pm | August 23, 2004 | On a hot Monday night, 19-year-old Heather O'Reilly gave her soccer idol something she'll definitely remember, banging home a pass from Mia Hamm for a game-winning goal.

American women to face Brazil for soccer gold

5:19 pm | August 23, 2004 | The U.S. women's soccer team, sparked by several of its up-and-comers, defeated Germany 2-1 in an epic match that required two 15-minute overtime periods to decide.

Mitts comfortable with soccer role

12:45 pm | August 22, 2004 | Heather Mitts thought running with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, was nerve-wracking but that was a stroll down the street compared to what she was feeling when she came off the bench last week to play in her first Olympic soccer game.

Column: For soccer's Chastain, celebration long time coming

11:18 am | August 22, 2004 | Brandi Chastain racked her brain for just the right words to capture the emotions she was feeling being back in the U.S. Olympic soccer team's starting lineup, "It felt terrific. It's been awhile," she said.

U.S. soccer women want win - and revenge

11:03 am | August 22, 2004 | The Olympic women's soccer semifinal Monday between the United States and Germany does not lack for compelling story lines, including the revenge angle as it was the Germans who defeated the U.S. in the 2003 World Cup semifinals.

Column: Wambach takes golden opportunity

10:26 pm | August 20, 2004 | The woman with the golden shoes continues her emergence as the golden girl of U.S. soccer.

Column: Wambach aims to help U.S. soccer team deliver gold

7:21 pm | August 20, 2004 | Five matches into these Games, Abby Wambach continues her emergence as the golden girl of U.S. soccer.

U.S. soccer women advance to semifinals

4:51 pm | August 20, 2004 | Veteran midfielder Shannon Boxx set up Amy Wambach's deciding goal as the United States beat Japan 2-1 Friday and advanced to the women's Olympic soccer semifinals.

Age gap can be fun for O'Reilly, soccer mates

10:32 am | August 19, 2004 | She is 19, almost young enough to be their daughter, so it's no surprise that the age difference between Heather O'Reilly and her thirty-something teammates on the U.S. women's soccer team leads to some interesting experiences.

Time for U.S. women to play best soccer

10:09 am | August 19, 2004 | Christie Rampone said she could sense a different feeling on the bus ride home following the United States' 1-1 tie with Australia in Olympic women's soccer Tuesday - one-and-done time had arrived - time to get down to business.

Parlow frets over missed scoring chances

6:56 pm | August 17, 2004 | There were a few shots Cindy Parlow wishes she could have back,
like the one that Australian goalkeeper Cassandra Kell snared at the 17-minute mark, or the one Parlow launched a wee bit to the right of goal on a pass from Mia Hamm 40 minutes into Tuesday’s game.

U.S., Australia tie in women's soccer

4:24 pm | August 17, 2004 | Forward Joanne Peters flicked in a header at the 81st minute to give the Australian women's Olympic soccer team a 1-1 tie with the United States Tuesday night at Kaftantzoglio Stadium.

Wambach ready to sit out next soccer contest

2:19 pm | August 16, 2004 | Under soccer rules, Abby Wambach will be forced to sit Tuesday because she picked up her second yellow card in as many matches against Brazil.

Bruised Wambach won't back down

6:36 pm | August 14, 2004 | Abby Wambach lifted her T-shirt and pointed to a gruesome, three-inch gash on the left side of her abdomen, the result of one of her many close encounters with Brazilian soccer defenders.

U.S. advances with win over Brazil

4:32 pm | August 14, 2004 | Abby Wambach sparked the United States to a 2-0 victory over Brazil Saturday in a first-round Olympic soccer game, advancing the Americans to the medal round.

'Mission' comes before ceremony for soccer team

2:33 pm | August 13, 2004 | The U.S. women's soccer team did not march in Friday's Olympic Opening Ceremonies.

Last hurrah for women's soccer veterans

6:04 pm | August 11, 2004 | Although that celebratory scene of Brandi Chastain peeling off her jersey after scoring the game-winner in the World Cup finals occurred just five years ago, it feels as ancient as the Acropolis to many of the players on this year's U.S. Olympic women's soccer team.

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Phelps' big win: Taking the challenge

BOB KRAVITZ | The Indianapolis Star

Americans have forgotten how to play as a team

DAN BICKLEY | The Arizona Republic

Bade guns for gold, but comes up short

IAN O'CONNOR | The (Westchester, N.Y.) Journal News

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