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July 2, 2011
U.S. women show their creativeness

HEIDELBERG, Germany -- You have to give the United States a lot of credit.

The Americans not only dominated Colombia in their 3-0 Group C win in the Women's World Cup on Saturday, but they did some unique goal celebrations as well.

After Heather O'Reilly connected for the first goal in the 12th minute, the entire team lined up and saluted the American troops attending the match.

“A couple days ago the troops in Heidelberg had come out to support us at practice,” said O’Reilly. “We were really moved and inspired by the support they gave us. Especially here, in this venue, we wanted to do something to support them and the troops who came out to support us today.”

Added midfielder Carli Lloyd: "It was a fanstastic environment and really made the game special. There was a lot of military troops in the crowd and we thought it would be good to salute them. It was fun and something different.”

When halftime substitute Meagan Rapinoe tallied five minutes after she came on, she immediately ran to one of those sideline microphones that captures the players' sounds.

"Those big fuzzy microphones are getting in the way of everybody," Rapinoe said. We thought it would be funny to get those involved and give them their few minutes of glory. The people at home can hear what we were saying. I sang ‘Born in the USA.’ People were supposed to come over and be the air band behind me but I think it was just Lori Lindsey on the air guitar.”

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