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While the United States has experienced triumph at the Women’s World Cup more than any other team, its also had its moment of failure, such as the 2003 World Cup.
Winners of the tournament in 1999, the U.S. was the heavy favorite to win it again in 2003 with a more mature roster. Then the U.S. was named the emergency host of the World Cup in place of China, and it seemed like a near certainty it would repeat.
Instead, the United States lost to Germany in the semifinal, conceding three goals. Prior to the semifinal, the U.S. had only conceded one goal.
The U.S. went home with the bronze medal after beating Canada 3-1 in the third-place match.
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