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Ultimately, it will be up to U.S. coach Lee Bodimeade and his staff to harness talents like this in preparation for a major international tournament in Dublin this June. Beyond that, coaches and players already are looking forward to the 2012 Olympics.

“[The United States] is capable of coming in the top three if they really stick to what they can do. Finishing has always been a problem for us,” Rizzo said before pointing to O'Donnell, “but we have goal-scorers now.”