Even during football's break, there's plenty of action to be had -- from the MLS All-Star game to Chelsea and Liverpool playing stateside and the U.S. women compete in the London Games.
The U.S. women's team underestimates Japan in the World Cup final at its own risk.
France was brilliant against the U.S., dominating large stretches of the game with beautiful, technically proficient passing. But Les Bleus still came away empty handed in the World Cup semifinals.
The U.S. women's team will have to tune out the off-the-pitch media distractions in order to succeed against France in the World Cup semifinals.
The Women's World Cup is a sporting occasion with its own history, rivalries, characters and intrigue. Here are 10 things we cannot wait to see, writes Roger Bennett.