Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Soccer: Extreme Makeover for USA next spotlight team

SI.com - SI Exclusive - Soccer: Extreme Makeover - Tuesday July 25, 2006 1:08PM A year out from World Cup 2007, the U.S. women's team is younger, more creative -- and as brash as ever

After the U.S.'s disappointing first-round exit at the recent World Cup, the attention of U.S. Soccer has already shifted toward the new-look women's team, which is in the midst of a six-month residency outside Los Angeles in preparation for the 2007 Women's World Cup in China. And while the purpose of its three-game exhibition series this month is to develop chemistry among the many new players on the roster -- the Americans will look for their fifth straight win of 2006 when they meet Canada this Sunday in Cary, N.C. -- forward Abby Wambach can't help but take a playful dig at her male counterparts. 'We're trying to get a couple of games under our belt,' says Wambach, 26, cracking a wry smile, 'and give some of the American fans a good soccer team to watch.' (Ouch, babe.)

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