A year out from World Cup 2007, the U.S. women's team is younger, more creative -- and as brash as ever
Lilly (right) has jelled well on the front line with O'Reilly and Wambach.
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By Grant Wahl
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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