I HAD TO WORK to find television coverage of the gold medal round of women's soccer (my station guide called it "Women's Football Final"). I couldn't see it live. The replay was compressed for advertisers. I wanted to see the play because the Athens Summer Olympic Games are likely to be the last world tournament for five legendary American players: Mia Hamm, Brandi Chastain, Kristine Lilly, Julie Foudy, and Joy Fawcett. With this group, the American women dominated the sport since the time I left the States. They won the first women's World Cup in 1991 and again in 1999, as well as the 1996 Olympic title in Atlanta (Norway won the gold in Sydney in 2000).