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  • United States

    Votes: 14 87.5%
  • Sweden

    Votes: 12 75.0%
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    Votes: 3 18.8%
  • North Korea

    Votes: 2 12.5%

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Capsules of the U.S. Women's World Cup team:

1. Briana Scurry, GK.
One of the stars of 1999 championship, stopped penalty kick against China to give Americans an edge in title game. Struggled the next two years with fitness, but is in midst of sensational comeback. WUSA Goalkeeper of Year this season for Atlanta. Third World Cup.

2. Kylie Bivens, D.
The anchor of Atlanta's league-leading defense, also can join the attack. Fast, aggressive and versatile, doesn't back down in any situation. Probably will provide spark off the bench. First World Cup.

3. Christie Pearce, D.
Backup in 1999 and starter in 2000 Olympics, but battled injuries in WUSA. Has played more than 100 games for national team. Figures to be substitute, but could start. Second World Cup.

4. Cat Reddick, D.
Only nonprofessional on U.S. team. A senior for North Carolina Tar Heels, but also a veteran with U.S. team. Can play anywhere on back line. Experienced in leading national youth teams to championships. First World Cup.

5. Tiffany Roberts, MF.
Aggressive and active all over the field, led Carolina to the 2002 WUSA title. Was left off 2000 Olympic squad after two World Cups and one Olympics, but has worked her way back to the elite level. Third World Cup.

6. Brandi Chastain, D.
The lasting image of the '99 World Cup is Chastain making championship-winning penalty kick, then ripping off her jersey. Smart, versatile and a fiery competitor now playing in middle of defense instead of outside. Joins the attack well, has a nice burst. Never panics. Third World Cup.

7. Shannon Boxx, MF.
Perhaps the most surprising player chosen by coach April Heinrichs. A physical presence whose superb play for WUSA's New York Power propelled her onto national team. Draws her share of yellow cards, but her competitiveness also is a catalyst. Likely a sub. First World Cup.

8. Shannon MacMillan, F.
Sparkplug player who has made sensational recovery from May 21 knee surgery for torn ACL. Her rehab has gone so well Heinrichs had no doubts about adding MacMillan to squad. Works best coming off the bench, her likely role this year. Excels on free kicks. Second World Cup.

9. Mia Hamm, F.
Most recognizable figure in women's soccer. The career scoring leader in the sport, men or women. Recovered from injury-plagued 2002 to become dangerous force again in helping Washington win WUSA crown. Tied for league lead with 33 points this season. Has a knack for clutch goals and speeds to scare any defender. Fourth World Cup.

10. Aly Wagner, MF.
One of the fastest rising stars in the sport. First choice overall in the 2003 WUSA draft by San Diego. Excellent playmaker and is totally unselfish distributor. Could wind up in starting lineup with several veterans in midfield. First World Cup.

11. Julie Foudy, MF.
Unquestioned team leader, activist for women's sports and a team captain with more than 200 national appearances. As steady as any player in the world, offensively and defensively. Magnificent instincts, has a good finishing touch, as well. Fourth World Cup.

12. Cindy Parlow, F.
No player has benefited more from regular time in WUSA. Has become as dangerous a scorer as anyone in the world and is just entering her prime. Strong in the air, scores goals in spurts. Comes back to help defensively and is aggressive about it. Second World Cup.

13. Kristine Lilly, MF.
Most capped player in the sport, man or woman, with 254, and also a terrific scorer and passer. Her header off the line in '99 final against China saved Americans. A leader who made All-WUSA in all three seasons, the only player to do so. Fourth World Cup.

14. Joy Fawcett, D.
The rock of the defense and WUSA's top defender, she is also known as a soccer mom. Still plays top-level soccer despite having three daughters. Played every minute of last two World Cups and Olympics, only player to do so. Had ankle surgery earlier this year that didn't slow her down. Fourth World Cup.

15. Kate Sobrero, D.
Emerged as a steady force in 1999 who can play inside and outside. At 23, played as well as any veteran in her World Cup debut four years ago. Won't venture upfield much, but won't get beaten in the back. Second World Cup.

16. Tiffeny Milbrett, F.
Few women have the burst and knack for finding the ball in scoring position like Milbrett. The leading career scorer in WUSA even though her New York team struggles. Plays well off Hamm and Parlow and has good rapport with midfielders feeding the ball. Third World Cup.

17. Danielle Slaton, D.
Top defender in WUSA in 2002, had knee surgery that year, but has fully recovered. Versatile, will play inside and outside. Often will join the attack. First World Cup.

18. Siri Millinix, GK.
Started at 2000 Olympics, has played regularly for U.S. team since. Helped Washington Freedom win WUSA title this year. Is especially strong against penalty kicks and aggressively defending net. First World Cup.

19. Angela Hucles, MF.
Used a strong season in WUSA to impress Heinrichs, who recruited her to University of Virginia, where Heinrichs coached. Moves well, finds the ball and knows what to do with it. Steady, likely will be a sub. First World Cup.

20. Abby Wambach, F.
Scored two goals in Founders Cup to win WUSA championship for Freedom. Uses her height well, gets off shots quickly and has strong instincts. Teamed with Hamm and tied her for scoring lead with 33 points in WUSA. Went from long shot to make team earlier this year to a likely contributor. First World Cup.
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With a team like this, how can they not win the gold?
 
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