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USA Women's Soccer vs. Japan: Alex Morgan and Sydney Leroux Keys To Victory

Alex Morgan is originally from Diamond Bar, and many eyes on Los Angeles will be turned to her for the Olympic gold medal match against Japan. It was Morgan's goal that lifted the United States to victory against Canada and sent them onto the finals to play the Japanese in a final once again. Morgan's quick striking and playmaking figure to be the X-factor in determining whether the United States are capable of lifting themselves over the capable Japanese.

Lauren Cheney will have to put up better games at midfield than she has so far in this Cup. Also, super-sub and future rising star Sydney Leroux from UCLA might factor into the equation. USC's Amy Rodriguez has not played much as of yet, although that could change in the final.

NBCOlympics.com will have a live stream of the event. The match is scheduled to start around 11:45 AM PT and is viewable on the NBC Sports Network and NBC's Olympic Soccer Channel.

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