5 Things You Need to Know About the Women’s World Cup Final
After beating No. 1 ranked Germany in a 2-0 victory, the United States Women’s National Soccer team is officially in the 2015 Women’s Word Cup Final. Carli Lloyd and Kelley O’Hara came through scoring the team’s two goals (with a little ref help), proving that the #USWNT deserve to be in Canada this year.
In case you don’t remember, the women made it this far four years ago and fell to Japan in a heartbreaking defeat that ended in a 5-4 shootout after 90 minutes of regular play and 30 minutes of overtime.
But as the oldest team in the World Cup this year, the American women are back at it and ready for a different outcome. Here’s what you need to know about the final on Sunday, July 5.
1. The USA are coming off their best game yet.
If you’ve paid attention at all to the USA this World Cup, it’s no secret that they haven’t been playing their best soccer. But when they hit the pitch last night, something clicked. Their passing was spot on, they were working together, and not a single German was getting through their defense (shoutout to Julie Johnson for being a beast). It’s the first time this tournament that they played with three central midfielders and only one forward, so clearly the extra help in the center was key.
2. There could be a 2011 rematch between USA and Japan.
Japan plays tonight vs. England. If Japan wins, the USA will get to face them again in the sport’s biggest game of all time. If not, the USA will face England, who have made it to the semi-finals for the first time in history this year.
3. It could be Abby Wambach’s last game in a USA uniform.
At 35 years old, Wambach is competing in her fourth and final world cup. Many people say that when she first stepped on the pitch for the national team, it changed the face of women’s soccer. She’s the leader, the rallier, the spirit of the team, and she wants more than anything to win. She told ESPNW, “No matter if you’ve won world championships in the Olympics or not, the World Cup for us, for our sport, is the biggest title you can win as a team. And for me, I’ve never had the opportunity to win one. I’ve come close, but that’s definitely, obviously a dream of mine, to be able to raise that trophy for my country.” (Check out this video of what her teammates really think of her.)
4. The USA could continue its shutout record.
After the semifinals last night, the USA continues its incredible shutout record, which is now at 513 minutes without a goal scored. Even though Hope Solo has had her share of controversy in the last few years, analysts, teammates, and soccer enthusiasts agree that she’s the best goalkeeper in the world.
5. The final will air on Sunday, July 5.
Tune in to FOX at 7 p.m. for the Women’s World Cup final! But beforehand, check out the match between Japan and England tonight at 7 p.m. to see who the USA will face! #SoccerLove
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