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U.S. women win in wake of coach's firing
U.S. women win in wake of coach's firing

SAN DIEGO — The U.S. women's soccer team has been ranked No. 1 in the world for seven years, hasn't lost a match at home in nearly a decade and has been beaten just twice in its last 48 matches overall. Not exactly the record of a group in turmoil. But when a team is that good, even the slightest stumble can have dramatic repercussions, as Tom Sermanni found out Sunday when he was fired as coach, after 15 months and two losses, by a national federation that thought he had the team headed in the wrong direction. "Obviously, the expectation for this team is success," forward Abby Wambach said before Thursday's friendly with China at Qualcomm Stadium....