Turning sentiment into resilience, the Japanese made one of the most impressive tournament runs in the history of women's soccer.
The World Cup superfans are none other than the players' friends and family, traveling around Germany in red, white and blue to support their loved ones.
American midfielders hope to rebound from struggles and key a victory over Japan in final.
She's gone from reserve on the '99 team to an integral part of the defense on this one. She's team captain, fourth in caps all time -- and, oh yes, a mother of two.
The 1999 team has been the frame of reference for women's soccer in the U.S. This team wants to leave its own mark, and with one more win, it will.
Over the last three weeks, Japan has beaten opponents with its precision passing and possession game. The U.S. counters with a more physical team.
The U.S. team is perhaps in its best physical condition in recent years. France is strong, too, and has had an extra day of rest.
Disbelief settles across Germany after the host nation is eliminated by Japan in a 1-0 extra-time loss. It was Germany's first World Cup defeat since 1999.