The star forward's clutch play and momentum-shifting goals carried the U.S. into the title game, but in the end her amazing effort wasn't enough.
Unofficial team deejay is not the only role in which Lauren Cheney is excelling. The forward turned midfielder has been impressive in her first World Cup.
The team advanced out of its group for the first time and also qualified for the 2012 Olympics. The hope is, maybe now, the country will notice.
With France dominating play, super-subs come off the bench and make a difference in the second half
Two of France's best played alongside U.S. players in the WPS league. That experience removed some mystique and helped them learn each other's tendencies.
Hope Solo, the best goalkeeper in the world, is one reason the U.S. could beat Brazil. Marta, the best player in the world, is Brazil's biggest reason for optimism.
The biggest event in international women's soccer comes to Germany this summer, and the host country is preparing to put on a show.