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VIDEO: Abby Wambach saves the USWNT

Posted on: July 10, 2011 2:37 pm
Edited on: July 10, 2011 3:00 pm

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

So, folks, just your average Sunday morning contender for the most thrilling sports moment of the year:

From 2-1 down and out of the tournament to clinching a penalty kick shootout the USWNT were always favored in in the 122nd minute ... it doesn't get much more exciting than that. Between this and the famous Landon Donovan goal from a year ago, the one thing no one will say about U.S. Soccer's World Cup efforts are that they lack drama. (The other thing is that if ESPN needs any extra cash to continue floating announcer Ian Darke's salary, the U.S. Soccer Federation should feel obliged to chip in at any time.)

Thanks to Abby Wambach, the USWNT did edge Brazil on penalty kicks (due in large part to a phenomenal save from the brilliant Hope Solo) and face France in a Women's World Cup seminifal on July 13. U-S-A! U-S-A!

(We'd tell you to take one moment to express some sympathy for the Brazilians -- still without a major women's championship in their history -- and we do feel for the amazing Marta, who played the game almost 1-on-11 and nearly pulled it off. But that Wambach's goal came in time added on by the referee for the Brazilians' disgraceful injury-faking and time-wasting was the most poetic justice possible. )


Since: Jan 4, 2008
Posted on: July 11, 2011 5:05 am

VIDEO: Abby Wambach saves the USWNT


Since: Aug 17, 2010
Posted on: July 10, 2011 9:56 pm

VIDEO: Abby Wambach saves the USWNT

Great day to be an American! Thank you Abby!

Since: Nov 18, 2007
Posted on: July 10, 2011 7:10 pm

VIDEO: Abby Wambach saves the USWNT

With all the basking in the afterglow of what is probably the most amazing victory the USA has had, we've forgotten that we do not have Rachel Buehler for the semi-final against France. Luckily, all yellow cards are wiped clean, so no other players are at risk of missing a game due to a second yellow card. My best guess is that Sundhage starts Stephanie Cox for Buehler. Either that or Shannon Boxx steps back to play a D role and Megan Rapinoe gets the start in the mid-field.

Since: Jul 12, 2008
Posted on: July 10, 2011 6:30 pm

VIDEO: Abby Wambach saves the USWNT

Hey Jerry, it is pretty hard for me to express any sympathy for Brazil after that fake injury BS they were pulling.  Seriously, she is down, has to get taken off on a stretcher, than 5 seconds later runs to their sideline, miraculously fine again.  One of the only calls the referee got correct today was giving a yellow card once she ran back onto the field.  But the joke was on her, because the stoppage time that Wambach scored in would have been nonexistent.

Since: Apr 7, 2007
Posted on: July 10, 2011 6:17 pm

VIDEO: Abby Wambach saves the USWNT

i agree with you.  I even felt some tears coming down --- man, you gotta admire these women players for their efforts.  And believe me, I watched a lot of soccer and other sports games.  By the way, I also think the women players' penalty kicks were actually better than men's.

Since: Jun 16, 2009
Posted on: July 10, 2011 4:45 pm

VIDEO: Abby Wambach saves the USWNT

Karma finally caught up to the Brazilians. It was great to hear the crowd get behind the USA after everything that happened. The red card that shouldnt have been given, the horrible call to retake the PK, the missed offsides call on Marta's second goal, Erika's blatantly fake injury that took up what was it? 5 minutes? Thats what they deserved. The USA women outplayed Brazil and I couldnt be happier with the result. But now who is going to start for Rachel Buehler?

Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: July 10, 2011 4:41 pm

VIDEO: Abby Wambach saves the USWNT

im a male who played soccer most of his life and let me tell you id rather watch womens sports ANYDAY over mens especially soccer.. the disire and grit is amazing... in soccer men flip and flop and it aggrivates thehell out of me.. women just throw elbows  and arms into each others faces and dont pretend to flop (with a few exceptions, brazil today did that)

Since: Dec 14, 2010
Posted on: July 10, 2011 3:16 pm

VIDEO: Abby Wambach saves the USWNT

if there are, still, any people, around, that think women athletes don't have the heart and desire of male athletes, i hope they saw this soccer match. these, usa women, showed the ultimate of both. i am so proud of this team.

Since: Jul 10, 2011
Posted on: July 10, 2011 3:01 pm

VIDEO: Abby Wambach saves the USWNT

Might be the best game ever in the World Cup. The US has always had one thing that Brasil doesn't - heart. Abby Wambach is the personification of heart.

Since: Feb 9, 2007
Posted on: July 10, 2011 2:54 pm

VIDEO: Abby Wambach saves the USWNT


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