Pia Sundhage, coach of two-time former world champions USA, insisted today that her side remain one of the favourites to lift the FIFA Women's World Cup Germany 2011™ despite a recent defeat to Norway.
The three-week long FIFA Women's World Cup starts on Sunday and USA begin their campaign in Group C when they take on Korea DPR in Dresden on Tuesday.
The USA team arrived today, having travelled up from their training base in Austria, but despite Monday's shock 3-1 defeat to Norway in a pre-tournament friendly, Sundhage says her side can still win the trophy.
"We are one of the favourites because we are a good team," Sundhage said. "We are looking forward to a fantastic tournament. The girls have lots of energy and are extremely confident."
Despite having won the FIFA Women's World Cup on home soil in 1999 and in China PR in 1991, USA struggled to qualify for the 2011 tournament and needed a play-off win over Italy to go through.
"We have had a bumpy road, but I think the situation has strengthened us," said Sundhage.
In Group C, USA will also face Colombia on 2 July in Sinsheim and Sweden on 6 July in Wolfsburg.