It wasn't always easy or pretty but the U.S. women's 1-0 win over North Korea gave them a 3-0-0 record in Group G and pole position heading into the quarterfinals, writes Jeff Carlisle.
Though North Korea provided a stern test for the U.S. women at the 2011 World Cup, times have changed and Pia Sundhage's side seem far stronger this summer, writes Jeff Carlisle.
The U.S. women got a tough draw on paper -- France, North Korea and Colombia -- but coach Pia Sundhage isn't concerned, writes Jeff Carlisle, as it's nothing they haven't handled before.
The Matildas' shattered Olympic dreams could be revived as Australia appeals to have North Korea banned from next year's London Games over a doping row.
Needing just a draw to finish first in Group C after opening with two victories, the U.S. faces its toughest test yet in a Sweden side that also will advance.