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. )