Showing posts with label Abby Wambach. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Abby Wambach. Show all posts

Thursday, July 14, 2011

US Women Advance To World Cup Final

After a dramatic, come-from-behind win over Brazil in the quarterfinals, many feared the US women's team would have a let down in their semifinal matchup against France. Despite some inconsistent play, USA was able to pull away late for a 3-1 victory.

Abby Wambach has emerged as one of the most clutch players in the world, and her performance against France added to the reputation. Wambach sent a header into the back of the net in the 79th minute to break a 1-1 tie. It was Wambach who scored the game-tying goal against Brazil to force penalty kicks - the latest goal scored in the history of the women's world cup. Alex Morgan broke through France's defense and added another goal minutes later, wrapping up a finals berth for USA.

The trip to the finals will be team USA's first since 1999, the year the Americans defeated China to win the cup. Up next for the Americans is either Sweden - who beat the US in the group stage - or Japan. The final will be held on Sunday.

Monday, July 11, 2011

US Women's Soccer Team Win in Dramatic Fashion

On Sunday, the US Women's Soccer team beat their rival Brazil in dramatic fashion to advance to the Semi-Finals of the World Cup. In perhaps the most thrilling finish to a Women's World Cup game ever, and certainly the finest Women's Soccer game I have ever seen (and I watch a lot of soccer), the US scored in the final minute of overtime injury stoppage time to tie the game and send it to PKs.

Down a player for the final hour of the game, the US refused to give up. Megan Rapinoe hit one of the finest crosses you will ever see just beyond the reach of Brazilian Goalkeeper Andreia. US star Abby Wambach went aerial to head the ball in the back of the net. That tied the game as overtime expired sending the outcome to Penalty kicks. The dejected Brazilians still made all but one of their kicks with American Goalkeeper Hope Solo (pictured) making a brilliant stop to seal the victory and a trip to the Semis Wednesday against France.

The US was in danger of making their earliest exit in World Cup history, but showed tremendous heart to beat a Brazil team chocked full of the best individual talents in the world. Brazil had not been beaten in two years, but also had lost the last 5 meetings with the US. Clearly we have their number, knocking them out of five of the last seven major tournaments. Tune in for the next match Wednesday at 10:30 AM against France. You will not be disappointed.


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