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.
espnW's Jacqueline Purdy shows off some of the soccer-related swag she picked up in Frankfurt, Germany.
Controversial red card doesn't thwart Sweden, which scored in the 82nd minute for a 2-1 win.
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
Fans booed and whistled at the Brazilian throughout the game -- for what, wanting to win? If she were on our side, we'd think these boos were unjust.
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.
A young Australian team tried to keep the match within reach, but the Swedes were victorious, 3-1.
Former high school exchange student Brianna Rhodes returned to Germany to help with the Women's World Cup.
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.
In a back-and-forth game, Australia prevailed 2-1, advancing to the quarterfinals for the second time in a row. For the first time, Norway failed to advance.
The offense came alive -- and fans do, too -- in a resounding 4-2 win over France.
The team displays a united front despite angst over close wins and star Birgit Prinz.
Despite a blown handball call and very physical play, Australia held on to defeat Equatorial Guinea, 3-2.
A 4-0 win over Canada is the highest-scoring in the tournament, and all but guarantees France a spot in the quarterfinals. Canada likely is headed home.