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Twice the United States scored relatively late in the action against Japan in the Women’s World Cup final, after long scoreless stretches. Twice Japan answered. And when it came down to penalty kicks, everything went awry at the worst possible time, and Japan is the champion.
It took a while, but the wait was worth it. The United States had several near-misses in the early stages of the Women’s World Cup final against Japan (and Japan had a potential scoring opportunity taken away by an offsides call that turned out to be incorrect), but American Alex Morgan finally found the back of the net in the 69th minute for a 1-0 U.S. lead.
United States women’s soccer team coach Pia Sundhage is much more than a Pete Carroll lookalike. She’s also a top-notch motivator – enough of one to know that a rah-rah speech isn’t always the best tactic. Unless singing counts as a rah-rah speech. Above, Sundhage demonstrates this tactic to reporters by breaking out some Simon & Garfunkel. We’re inspired.
The ESPYs were last night. We’ve talked some about the opening monologue and some about the fashion, but are those things what anyone really cares about when it comes to the ESPYs? Of course not. People come for the awards. And we’re sad to report that ESPN just might not care as much about these awards as we do.
Despite striking first against France in the Women’s World Cup semifinals today, the United States was in trouble in the second half – the team lost its lead and was generally outplayed. But as we’ve learned, this team does not go away easily.
U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard was upset with an all-Spanish postgame ceremony following last night’s Gold Cup Final, but did the U.S. goalie have a valid argument?
Last night, a moment of silence for Japan was held before the U.S.-Argentina soccer friendly at the Meadowlands. Nice gesture…mostly.
That’s Juan Agudelo, a Colombian-born 17-year-old, scoring the lone goal for the United States in their 1-0 win over South Africa during the Nelson Mandela Challenge.