Yahoo: The coach of the U.S. women's soccer team wants her players in win-or-go-home mode. She just doesn't want them thinking too much about it.
The great mental shift, familiar in major soccer tournaments everywhere, has occurred in the last couple of days at the Olympics. The group stage is done. Eight of the 12 women's teams - including all the nations predicted to be medal contenders - have advanced to the so-called knockout stage, starting with Friday's quarterfinals.