It looks like the USA is moving on to the FIFA Women’s World Cup final after winning 2-0 in the semifinal match against Germany.
The USA went into the semifinal as the underdog since Germany was ranked number one in the world, but with a fantastic second half, the USA was able to take the game.
The first half of the match was uneventful in terms of goals, but there were some great opportunities for team USA’s Alex Morgan and Julie Johnston and there was a bit of bloodshed as well.
The game halted for a significant amount time after the USA’s Morgan Brian and Germany’s Alexandra Popp both went for the ball only to violently clash heads. Popp seemed to be bleeding quite a bit and the USA was concerned that Brian was not well enough to continue playing. However, both players valiantly stayed on the field after the incident.
At the beginning of the second half one of the USA’s defenders fouled Popp, allowing Germany to take a penalty kick. Its strongest attacker, Celia Sasic, took the kick and missed it, causing the USA to rejoice and come back with a renewed vigor.
Less than ten minutes after Sasic’s missed penalty kick, the USA had its own penalty kick and Carli Lloyd finally got the ball past German goalie Nadine Angerer getting the USA its first goal of the game.
Lloyd then continued to play confidently as she crossed the ball to Kelley O’Hara, who won the USA the game by scoring the team’s second goal (which she made only minutes after she was substituted in).
If Japan beats England in its semifinal match, it looks like this year’s final may be a repeat of the last Women’s World Cup.
Four years ago the USA lost to Japan in a shootout with a final tally of 5-4, but this year, the USA is looking to go all the way.
We sure hope they do, as this may be USA team leader Abby Wambach’s last game. At 35-years-old she has yet to win a World Cup title with the team.
Do you think the USA has what it takes to win this year’s World Cup?