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Women’s World Cup primer: United States vs. Japan in championship match


Where: Frankfurt, Germany.

Kickoff: 2:45 p.m. ET.

TV: ESPN, Galavision,

I’ll create a separate blog entry before gametime for minute-by-minute updates and provide you the opportunity to comment on the match as it unfolds. Reminder: I’ll host a live online chat MONDAY at 10 a.m. ET. Go here to submit questions, follow along and read the complete transcript.

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The match received prominent coverage on the front page of The Post sports print edition. European correspondent Karla Adam profiles USA Coach Pia Sundhage while I examine the state of women’s pro soccer and the potential impact of the national team’s success on WPS. Box Seats blogger Jeff Maurer previews the match.

Carin Gabarra, star of the 1991 U.S. world champion squad who coaches the Navy women’s team and hosted an online chat Friday, has joined the official White House delegation in Frankfurt. The group also includes Jill Biden, U.S. Ambassador to Germany Philip D. Murphy and Chelsea Clinton.

President Obama’s tweet: “To the women of our national soccer team: Sorry I can’t be there to see you play, but I’ll be cheering you on from here. Let’s go.”

According to Post correspondent William Wan, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ended a news conference in Greece by yelling, “Go USA!”

Later, she said: “I am going to be watching. I’m so excited. ... The game against Brazil, which Bill and I watched on the Internet, was one of the best football soccer games I’ve ever seen.”

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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