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United States arrives in Los Angeles to throngs of young well-wishers.

LOS ANGELES (Monday, July 5, 1999) -- The United States women were greeted by throngs of fans when they arrived today at Los Angeles International Airport.

All four remaining sides arrived in L.A. today. At the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. on Saturday, Norway faces Brazil, at 1:30 p.m. (ET) in a third-place match to be televised on ESPN. Then the Women’s World Cup title will be decided when the U.S. takes on China at 4 p.m. in a meeting aired on ABC.

At the same time, WWC organizers announced the final doubleheader is a sellout with a crowd of more than 85,000 expected -- a record for a women's-only sporting event.

Today, the U.S. women were greeted by hundreds of fans -- many of whom were young girls -- who cheered and waved flags. The players and team walked under an arch of yellow, red, green and white balloons with a steel band playing and chants of "U-S-A! U-S-A!"

Then came the media onslaught, complete with television crews.

Heading into the final two games, attendance for the third Women’s World Cup has been announced as 567,982 in an event played in seven metropolitan areas.

Between Saturday’s matches, closing ceremonies will be held and singer\actress Jennifer Lopez will perform.

"With a sellout of the Final, our biggest day is still yet to come," said WWC chief executive officer Marla Messing. "But I think we can say that the tournament has been a smashing success."

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