Who doesn’t like rematches? The USWNT sure does. They get the chance for redemption at the highest of stages in women’s soccer tomorrow night vs. Japan, who beat them in the previous World Cup Final in 2011.
In 2011 the USA gave up a one-goal lead with 9 minutes left to go in regulation time. They went ahead again in extra time but again gave away the lead with 3 minutes left. The game went to penalties where Japan came out on top, the 2011 World Cup Winners.
This year that memory of 2011 will be bright in the minds of the Americans, and with that fuel and motivation, the intensity and will to win will be even higher for the US!
Japan’s performance in their semi-final was less than convincing, winning on an own goal in extra time, so they have many improvements to make before Sunday night, especially with the USWNT finding their form when it matters most. In the USA’s semi-final versus the best ranked team in the World, Germany, they were able to keep possession and break down the German defense where they found themselves in attacking positions often, while there defense stood strong at the other end. With the new midfield Jill Ellis put out in the semi final with Carli Lloyd leading the center of the midfield, she was able to be on the be a lot, where she found her self in more attacking positions closer to the goal. Here, the veteran can play the through pall, switch the field, take a player on and even shoot from distance, she can do it all. She is going to be the difference maker for the US on Sunday night.
The tournament could not have unraveled any better for the Americans, as they get to face the team in the final that they’d hope for. They have waited four dragging years for this second chance, and we all no second chances DO NOT come along often. The USA will play for their first World Cup in 16 years, but they will have to defeat the strong Japanese team who currently hold the World Cup title.
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Contribution: Justin Lewis