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U.S. women's soccer team and Coach Jill Ellis take first step on road to the Olympics on Saturday

U.S. women's soccer team and Coach Jill Ellis take first step on road to the Olympics on Saturday

SAN DIEGO — Jill Ellis, the newly minted women's world coach of the year, says she isn't superstitious. Which is too bad because she has a lot of omens working in her favor heading into the U.S. women team's first game of the year, an exhibition Saturday with Ireland at Qualcomm Stadium.

It was at Qualcomm where Ellis coached her first game after replacing Tom Sermanni 21 months ago. And Ireland was the first opponent her U.S. team defeated on the three-game warmup tour ahead of last summer's World Cup triumph.

"I don't remember those things," Ellis said Friday.

Maybe that's because she's more interested in making history than reliving it. So six months...

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