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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: Apr 3, 2010
Posted on: July 10, 2011 7:22 pm
 

Women win classic ... hope you were watching

First soccer game Ive watched since last years mens WC and these girls played their hearts out and overcame 2 horrible calls to go in favor of Brazil.

I will def be watching Wednesday and I really hope they take the whole thing...if the men's team played with that much heart they might have gone further.



Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: July 10, 2011 7:17 pm
 

Women win classic ... hope you were watching

Sad I missed it; sounds like it was one hell of a game.  But it would be hard to beat Donovan's last gasp winner against Algeria in the men's WC.



Since: Jul 10, 2011
Posted on: July 10, 2011 6:42 pm
 

Women win classic ... hope you were watching

Great match!  You don't have to be a soccer fan to have enjoyed this one.  Anyone downplaying it probably didn't see it.


The greatest wtf moment was the Brazilian player who feigned an injury several seconds after she was involved in a minor collision.  She allowed herself to be carted off the field strapped to a stretcher; and then once the medical team reached the sideline, she unstrapped herself, jumped off the stretcher in motion, and ran back on the field, half-heartedly putting her hand to her back once she got jeered.



Since: Nov 23, 2008
Posted on: July 10, 2011 5:57 pm
 

Women win classic ... hope you were watching

Doyel does not speak for this country, we are embarrassed by him.

      
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Since: Nov 23, 2008
Posted on: July 10, 2011 5:52 pm
 

Women win classic ... hope you were watching

great game, poor writing gregg-doyel



Since: Dec 21, 2006
Posted on: July 10, 2011 5:51 pm
 

Women win classic ... hope you were watching

Who cares? It's soccer, women's soccer. A 4-2 spring training game is more important then soccer. It's soccer haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa. I bet 90% of the US didn't even know there was a world cup going on. I'm watching an infomercial on the sham wow and it is more entertaining than a soccer match.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: July 10, 2011 5:45 pm
 

Women win classic ... hope you were watching

and shame on the fool below me for openly rooting against the USA because [we] don't appreciate the sports represented at other times, whatever, it IS about national pride
Which is just stupid. If you follow the sport, it's fine to pull for your national team, but if you couldn't care less about it and won't start following it, don't act like you do just because your country happens to be playing. It's just like last year in the Olympics in hockey when the U.S. played Canada. Most people I knew from the U.S. couldn't name five players, they just wanted to rub it in the Canadians' faces, while the friends I have in Canada talked about how much they needed to win just for their national identity.

I rooted for the Canadians because they needed it more. A year later, I know that I made the right choice there.



Since: Oct 19, 2006
Posted on: July 10, 2011 5:04 pm
 

Women win classic ... hope you were watching

I can say proudly, "I saw it!"
USA!!!



Since: Jul 10, 2010
Posted on: July 10, 2011 5:03 pm
 

Women win classic ... hope you were watching

The US v Algeria game in last year's World Cup was infinitely more compelling.



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: July 10, 2011 4:32 pm
 

Women win classic ... hope you were watching

Well said, Doyel. I am not a huge soccer fan - and shame on the fool below me for openly rooting against the USA because [we] don't appreciate the sports represented at other times, whatever, it IS about national pride - but that was a courageous comeback by a short-handed, gutty team. Congrats, Team USA - bring home the Cup!


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