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‘99 team watching Americans with pride, nostalgia

- Associated Press - Thursday, July 14, 2011

FRANKFURT, GERMANY (AP) - They're hanging on the edges of their seats with every game, cheering each goal and filled with pride at the U.S. run in the World Cup.

Fans back home? Well, yes, them too. Few are happier with the U.S. success than the members of the 1999 squad, that charismatic, groundbreaking team that was a hit on and off the field.

This team might not be as dominant as the one with Mia Hamm, Julie Foudy, Brandi Chastain, Michelle Akers and Kristine Lilly. But it's gritty and determined, and the personalities of Abby Wambach, Hope Solo and Megan Rapinoe have struck a chord with Americans much like the players in '99 did.

And after 12 years, coach Tony DiCicco says it's time another American team won the World Cup title.

The U.S. plays Japan in the final Sunday.

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