So why has the USA, the country most credited with the advancement of women’s soccer, fallen so far behind this recent revolution? Sweden did score a late hopeful goal on the 82 minute but it was the German playmaker Dzsenifer Marozsan who sealed the victory for Germany with a sliding shot flying into the upper corner of the Swedish net on the 88 minute.
■Friday at Montreal: Germany vs. France, 4 p.m. This is the World Cup.
There’s no denying Wambach’s place among the American soccer greats. She wants them to be around, she wants them to play and we have no problem with that.
Usually shes lefty: It comes in handy when it needs to, she smiled. There were several occasions where she was forced off of the ball and should have been awarded a foul.
That second goal from Japan attracted a lot of superlatives – but this summed it up. It appeared her teammates know this.
Colombia took advantage of USA’s underwhelming first half attacking their opponents whenever possible.
Wambach’s primary talent, of course, is in the air, and it makes her a unsafe weapon on set pieces and crosses.
Wambach impugned no one concretely. Through four games, the US has largely banked on its stellar back line to win games.
“I was asked my opinion about whether those yellow cards were just and for me, I am not in the referee’s head and that is something I definitely take ownership of and apologize for, because I don’t know what the referee is thinking”, said the 35-year-old striker, who has scored a record 183 goals in 245 appearances for the USA.
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US will be playing China on Friday without two of their key players because of two yellow cards that were handed out on Monday. Wambach’s comments came from shaky ground, and FIFA, notoriously defensive about criticism of its officials, could reprimand her.
Under FIFA rules, if a player accumulates two yellow cards within the first five matches of the World Cup she receives a one-game suspension. “You get to analyze the game as it’s going on without being completely transfixed inside of it”. She declined to say if the Swedes would have had a harder time defending against Wambach in the box had she started, but she admitted Wambach brings a special threat whenever she’s in. We know that it’s not our best.
Though the Nadeshiko advanced to the quarterfinal stage by holding on for a 2-1 win over the Netherlands on Tuesday night, Kirsten van de Ven scored for the Dutch in stoppage time when the ball glanced off goalkeeper Ayumi Kaihoris right arm.
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