Thursday, July 14, 2011

US Women Victorious in Semi-Final

Abby Wambach is back in form.
The United States Women’s National Team is on their way to the World Cup final for the first time since 1999. They achieved this feet in their 3-1 victory over a feisty French national team.
The game was a close one and like the USWNT’s victory against Brazil, this game had some impressive moments of excitement. The game was tied 1-1 going into the 80th minute and the fear of a second consecutive match in which overtime would be forced. However Abby Wambach put to rest any of her critics with a header goal from a Lauren Cheney corner kick to break the deadlock.

With the US up 2-1 France was forced to commit more numbers in the attack. This allowed substitute forward Alex Morgan to get in behind the defense, where she chipped the French goalie for an insurance goal, putting the Americans up 3-1.
The last time the United States is now in the final. Much as the team from 1999, they got there on the backs of some heroic and brilliant moments from several different players. In this match, Hope Solo was up to here usual steadiness. Abby Wambach of course impressed. Perhaps under the radar was the impressive play by Megan Rapinoe who has become a super-sub. Lauren Cheney has been stalwart in the midfield and Shannon Boxx has enjoyed something of a revitalized set of performances.
All in all, the Americans are getting better each match. Check out some of the player reactions post game.
The United States will face Japan in the final. They faced Japan twice in the lead up to the World Cup, defeated them twice. MLS Reserves was on hand for the match in Cary, North Carolina in which they won 2-0. Like many who witnessed those matches, we did not realize that we were watching a preview to the World Cup Final.

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