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For the most part, a penalty spot on a soccer field lives an unassuming existence.
For years, intense meditation has been part of Carli Lloyd's soccer game.
Julie Johnston was disconsolate. She had just made her first big mistake of a nearly flawless World Cup.
Yes, there was a rematch in the 2012 Olympic gold medal game, but the World Cup is the real prize.
Her face painted red, white and blue, Grace Bendon stood, screaming, in the overwhelming sea of United States fans.
Yet again, Carli Lloyd delivered for the United States in the biggest possible moments Tuesday night.
When the Philadelphia Union concludes its Major League Soccer season in October, it's likely to be the team's last game in Chester's PPL Park.
The Union survived the inclement weather, a red card and one of their shots that hit both posts.
Despite being shorthanded for most of the game, Union advances to a quarterfinal matchup.
Union coach Jim Curtin knows who his goalkeeper will be for his team's U.S. Open Cup game with D.C. United Tuesday night at PPL Park.
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