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. should cruise against Colombia in its second group-stage match, 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.
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.
The U.S. is the heavy favorite against Colombia, and a win (combined with a Sweden win or draw) will see the Americans through to the knockout stage of the Women's World Cup.
Jeff Carlisle hands out the grades for the U.S. women's first group-stage match, which was against North Korea.
For the fourth World Cup in a row, the U.S. finds itself facing the always mysterious North Koreans. Which team will prevail?
With the 2011 Women's World Cup expected to be the most competitive edition yet, here are five group-stage games that should not be missed, according to Jeff Carlisle.