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Women win classic ... hope you were watching

Posted on: July 10, 2011 4:15 pm
Edited on: July 10, 2011 5:13 pm
 
That was one of the most compelling games of international sport -- any sport -- in U.S. history. Hope you were watching. Hope Solo hopes you were watching, too.

Problem is, it was soccer. And not just soccer, but women's soccer. And so society being what it is, this game -- a U.S. victory against Brazil in penalty kicks on Sunday in a World Cup quarterfinal -- probably won't go down in history with some of the others unmistakably on that list, all-timers like the U.S. men's hockey team's win over the Soviets in 1980 and the U.S. men's basketball team's loss to the Soviets in 1972.

Sunday's soccer game wasn't for the ultimate championship, but neither was that hockey game in 1980. The gold-medal game was against Finland, but I digress.

This soccer game on Sunday, this women's soccer game, was the most compelling soccer match in American history. If you won't give me the first sentence of this blogg post, surely you'll give me that last one. The U.S. women have won world titles before -- two in the World Cup, three in the Olympics -- but there has never been a game like this one.

A game with awful officiating, flopping opponents, a goal in the final seconds of extra time in the latter of two overtimes to force penalty kicks, then a final penalty kick by Ali Krieger to finish off the Brazilians.

The Americans were screwed by blind officiating on at least one goal, then had to play 10-on-11 -- and I'm telling you, it was more like 10-on-14 counting the officials -- after Rachel Buehler was sent off the field with a red card on a penalty against Marta that probably wasn't a penalty and definitely wasn't worthy of expulsion. That led to a Brazilian penalty kick that U.S. keeper Hope Solo swatted away, only to be told to do it again because, well, as of this writing I'm not sure why Solo had to do it again.

All I know is she couldn't, and Marta scored on the retake, and a 1-0 U.S. lead became a 1-1 tie. Brazil eventually went ahead 2-1, but Abby Wambach buried a second-overtime header seconds before the game would end in defeat, and it was on to penalty kicks.

This was a victory for the United States, yes, but it was also a victory for class and dignity. Brazil showed very little of it with the theatrical flopping and bush-league stalling tactics.

I'm not sure the better team won. But I'm sure the classier team won. And if you're thinking to yourself, "This blogg post sure was written by an American homer," I'd tell you that you're damn right.







Category: Soccer
Tags: USA
 
Comments

Since: Jul 11, 2011
Posted on: July 11, 2011 1:44 pm
 

Women win classic ... hope you were watching

You sir, are an idiot.  A total idiot.  The Finland/USA game WAS the gold medal match, period.  I watched it live.  The PRELIMINARY round was round-robin, to see the eliminations bracket for the medals.  Do a bit of research, heck, even wikipedia has this one correct.



Since: May 7, 2011
Posted on: July 11, 2011 11:35 am
 

Women win classic ... hope you were watching

Aww, no problem with the column...and it was a classic game. Up there with US-China. Major props to Hope. Major props to Amy. But as Amy herself said later, it was Megan Papinoe's cross that made it happen. Amy called it "the best ball in the tournement", and I agree. I'm no soccer junkie, but I raised a soccer kid, and that ball was just spectacular in its own right. Under the circumstances of the moment, it's just a "wow....I'm not believing she put that ball that far, and right where it HAD to be!" No wonder Amy went off to the side and slid-she couldn't believe it either. And she's a pro. Anyway, great game for the US-glad I had a chance to see.



Since: Dec 13, 2007
Posted on: July 11, 2011 10:01 am
 

Women win classic ... hope you were watching

Brazil scored an own goal, so that was bad luck for them. USA soccer, men's and women's National Teams have been clean. But let's not wear our halo to proudly, look at all of the cheating that has enveloped other American sports and sports stars, our baseball, American football, track runners and cyclists. We should be as judgmental as them. But these women certainly did our nation very proud spurring even the German stadium to cheer USA, USA and surely, some of who did that were the home crowd Germans themselves.



Since: Oct 21, 2007
Posted on: July 11, 2011 6:51 am
 

Women win classic ... hope you were watching

What an outstanding game by the US team! What determination, grit, and perseverence they showed.

I particularly liked the camera work on the Brazilian player (#13) who went down at the end and had to be carried off on a strecher. It was great to see her looking around - making sure there was not an attack on her goal, and then she just lays down - it was beyond comical. I'm surprised she didn't bring out a pillow. (I really, really wish soccer would call 'diving' like the hockey does.) And - she did get a yellow card when she returned to the match.

The one Brazilian player I felt sorry for was their sweeper. She lets in an own goal, then she has her penalty kick blocked by Solo. After watching the replay, it looked like a solid hit by her - just a terrific save by the keeper. I was surprised by the commentator that said her kick looked tentative. Did anyone else make that observation, or did I misunderstand the announcers?



Since: Aug 27, 2008
Posted on: July 11, 2011 6:10 am
 

Women win classic ... hope you were watching

That's another issue for me. I get that Doyel is paid to give his opinion, but there's got to be some objectivity, even from a columnist. Being a homer is not something to be proud of.


So let me get this straight, Doyel is not allowed to be a homer for a team bearing the name USA because he is a columnist?  What a bunch of garbage!  Dude, get real.  When we are talking about the world theater and the team playing is OUR team, you're damn right he can be a homer.  Especially when the nature of the potential robbery by the officiating is so absurd that anyone who isn't blind could see what was going on.  Great article Doyle, and good on you for being a "homer".  C'MON MAN!!



Since: Oct 12, 2008
Posted on: July 11, 2011 2:25 am
 

Women win classic ... hope you were watching

Doyel - I'm not normally impressed with your writing, but nice job on this one.  One bone to pick - the US-Finland game was not the gold medal game, it was the second-to-last game of the round-robin tournament.  Before that day of hockey, any one of the teams (USA, USSR, Finland and Sweden) could have won the gold medal depending on how things went.  The US was the only team with the luxury of controlling its own destiny, but the US-Finland game was not the gold medal game.  Sorry to be nitpicky.  Otherwise, well done.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: July 11, 2011 12:51 am
 

Women win classic ... hope you were watching

"And if you're thinking to yourself, "This blogg post sure was written by an American homer," I'd tell you that you're damn right."

That's fine with me!
That's another issue for me. I get that Doyel is paid to give his opinion, but there's got to be some objectivity, even from a columnist. Being a homer is not something to be proud of.



Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: July 11, 2011 12:12 am
 

Women win classic ... hope you were watching

Always fun to see people fight back and forth over what they view as a good sport to watch and what is boring. You can't win people over to your views on sports in a blog. Can't be done. 



Since: Nov 27, 2006
Posted on: July 11, 2011 12:09 am
 

Women win classic ... hope you were watching

I watched the whole game, all but the last 4 minutes (extra time, that is).  I had to meet a buddy for lunch, and when I showed up at the restaraunt, the bar TV had the celebration.  I said to the bartender "Did we tie it?"  "Nope we won"

I couldn't believe it, great game girls.  Marta truly is a phenom, she is the real deal, and you overcame, even with one down.   So proud!  Sorry I missed the best part!



Since: Jan 6, 2010
Posted on: July 10, 2011 11:06 pm
 

Women win classic ... hope you were watching

I will take that bet on the 90% not knowing, do you want to send me cash or a money order hater?  4-2 spring training game??  That means there are only 483 more baseball games left in what is the longest and most boring season of a sport to watch. Baseball in March, April, May, June, July, August and most of Sept means nothing in the standings.  Get a life idiot.



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