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World Cup Group F preview: U.S. going on the attack to defend title

When the U.S. takes the field in France for its Women’s World Cup opener this month, it will do so as the reigning champion. But for coach Jill Ellis, there’s a big difference between holding the title and defending it.

“Every team is different. So this isn’t a team that’s defending something because a lot of that team isn’t here,” said Ellis, who is missing five players from the 14 she used in the last World Cup final four years ago. “That’s kind of how we’re looking at it. Go attack another World Cup. Because four years is a long time in terms of professional sports teams.”

That attack begins June 11 about 80 miles northeast of Paris in Reims, which Ellis will be happy to know is also called the City of Kings because…

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