Megan Rapinoe – Megan Rapinoe was penciled in for the starting XI for the WNT heading to Germany but was replaced by Lauren Cheney for that duty only days before the opening match. The Philadelphia Independence midfielder has not let the change get her down. She has being the spark in each game when she has come on as a second half substitute, especially the last two matches. The question now is how to use Rapinoe? Is she better coming off providing that spark or is the lack of attacking flair from the U.S. partially due to her not being on the field.
The United States women’s national team advanced to the Women’s World Cup final with their 3-1 win over France on Tuesday but what were the keys to the win and what were the problems the team faced and need to change before the final?
The U.S WNT advanced to the Women’s World Cup final with their 3-1 win over France but what were the keys to the win and what were the problems?
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Abby Wambach – Abby Wambach once again put her stamp (head) on the game to rise to the occasion to lift the WNT. The dangerous forward headed in the game winner in the 79th minute when the game appeared to be tilting to France’s favor.
Need to Attack – The U.S. definitely has the tools to attack but for some reason never seem to be committed to the cause,Tim Tebow Youth Jersey. From the opening goal in the 9th minute it was apparent that France’s weakness was their defense but the U.S. had trouble breaking it down. After France leveled the score, the U,Brett Keisel Jersey.S. decided they needed to attack and almost immediately created chances and ultimately scored two goals. The disconnect seems to be somewhere in the central midfield as the disconnect is coming in the transition between the defense and attack. The issue might be a willingness to take risk,Arian Foster Jersey.
Creating Chance in the Run of Play – Hopefully the U.S. will take note of the final 15 minutes and the chances they created with Alex Morgan finishing one of her multiple opportunities and continue to try and push the attack in the WWC final. The opening goal from Lauren Cheney was one of the few chances on goal in the first for the U,London Fletcher Youth Jersey.S. half and lets face it that goal finds a way to miss (or be saved) as often as it goes in. The U.S,Troy Polamalu Jersey. then had to rely on another set piece goal to regain the moment. If the Red, White and Blue can find a way to score on the run of play in the final they will run away with the title. If not we might have some more nervy moments.
Hope Solo and the Woodwork – Hope Solo has been on a mission since the 2003 Women’s World Cup and is showing why she is the best goalkeeper in the world. Against France she was at it again and having to do more work than should have been expected against Les Bleus,Dwight Freeney Colts Jersey. Admittedly, many chances Solo faced were from distance and a mere catch but when called on she came up denying Geatane Thiney when she was in on goal and calling on the woodwork to deny Sonia Bompastor. And with the goal that bounced in, she acknowledged that she could have done better but kept head high knowing the U.S. has what it takes to win.