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U.S. soccer team begins Women’s World Cup campaign with 2-0 victory over North Korea

United States 2, North Korea 0

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Lauren Cheney (Abby Wambach) 54th minute

Rachel Buehler (Carli Lloyd) 76th minute

USA Lineup: GK Hope Solo; Ds Ali Krieger, Rachel Buehler, Christie Rampone, Amy LePeilbet; MFs Heather O’Reilly (Megan Rapinoe 79th), Shannon Boxx, Carli Lloyd, Lauren Cheney; Fs Amy Rodriguez (Alex Morgan 75th), Abby Wambach.

Subs not used: Nicole Barnhart, Jill Loyden, Heather Mitts, Becky Sauerbrunn, Kelley O’Hara, Stephanie Cox, Lori Lindsey, Tobin Heath.

Group C standings: USA 1-0-0, 3 points, +2 goal difference; Sweden 1-0-0, 3 points, +1 GD; Colombia 0-1-0, 0 points, -1 GD; North Korea 0-1-0, 0 points, -2 GD.

Saturday’s match: USA vs. Colombia, 11:30 a.m. ET (ESPN, Galavision, ESPN3.com)

North Korea’s coach blamed the defeat on lightning.

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Steven Goff is The Post’s soccer writer. His beats include D.C. United, MLS and the international game, as well as local college basketball.
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