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U.S. forward Megan Rapinoe celebrates after scoring her team's second goal during Friday's quarterfinal match against France. The Americans now face an England squad that brings confidence and defensive power. Richard Heathcote/Getty Images hide caption

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The U.S. will face its first major test in the Women's World Cup Thursday, as it plays Sweden in the final match of the group stage. U.S. forward Megan Rapinoe is seen here during the U.S. game against Thailand. Thomas Samson/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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U.S. players celebrate after teammate Julie Ertz scored their side's second goal during the Women's World Cup Group F soccer match between United States and Chile at Parc des Princes in Paris, France on Sunday. Alessandra Tarantino/AP hide caption

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United States' Alex Morgan, second right, celebrates after scoring her side's 12th goal during the Women's World Cup Group F soccer match between United States and Thailand at the Stade Auguste-Delaune in Reims, France on Tuesday. Alessandra Tarantino/AP hide caption

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U.S. forward Alex Morgan shoots and scores past Thailand's Natthakarn Chinwong on Tuesday in Reims, France, in the group stage of the Women's World Cup. Michael Chow/USA Today Sports via Reuters hide caption

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The U.S. plays its first match of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup on Tuesday against Thailand in Reims, France. U.S. forward Carli Lloyd is seen here celebrating after scoring a goal against Mexico last month in Harrison, N.J. Steve Luciano/AP hide caption

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Jamaica's Reggae Girlz celebrate winning a penalty kick shootout against Panama to advance to this year's Women's World Cup. Richard W. Rodriguez/AP hide caption

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Underdog 'Reggae Girlz' Make History at Women's World Cup

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The U.S. women stand for the national anthem ahead of an international friendly with Mexico late last month before heading to France for the FIFA Women's World Cup, which kicks off today. Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images hide caption

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Alex Morgan, right, celebrates with Lindsey Horan and Megan Rapinoe after scoring her 100th international goal on April 4 in Colorado. The three will represent the U.S. at the Women's World Cup next month in France. Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images hide caption

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The members of the U.S. women's national soccer team filed a lawsuit Friday against U.S. Soccer, accusing it of gender discrimination. The starting 11 are seen here before playing Brazil earlier this week in Tampa, Fla. Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images hide caption

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U.S. Women's Soccer Team Sues U.S. Soccer For Gender Discrimination

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U.S. Women's National Soccer Team forward Megan Rapinoe, right, tries to get around Japan's Risa Shimizu, left, with the ball during the first half of SheBelieves Cup soccer match, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019, in Chester, Pa. The U.S. tied Japan 2-2 in a friendly match in the run-up to the World Cup in June. Chris Szagola/AP hide caption

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Referee Howard Webb of England, right, shows the red card to Netherlands' John Heitinga, left, during the World Cup final soccer match between the Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City in Johannesburg, South Africa, Sunday, July 11, 2010. Martin Meissner/ASSOCIATED PRESS hide caption

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Ex-World Cup Final Referee Talks About This Critical Role Ahead Of Croatia Vs. France

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In a June 22 World Cup Match in St. Petersburg, Russia, Costa Rica's Giancarlo Gonzalez fouls Brazil's Neymar (in blue at left), but the penalty was rescinded after Video Assistant Referee review. Brazil went on to win 2-0. Lee Smith/Reuters hide caption

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Has Video Refereeing Ruined The World Cup?

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The White Stripes officially broke up in 2011, but the band's presence is still felt in sports stadiums around the world thanks to the song "Seven Nation Army." Jessica Bindernagel/EyeEm/Getty Images hide caption

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Why 'Seven Nation Army' Is The One Jock Jam To Rule Them All

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