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Old 07-11-2011, 01:43 AM   #16
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Partying like it's 1999 in USA! This tournament has been great. A Japan-USA final would be great, because even if USA lost I would be happy for Japan in the wake of the tsunami. I watched the 1999 USA-China final as well, so it's nice to have seen an american soccer team win a world cup.

By the way, so glad the non-US fans turned on Brazil and got behind the USA. They were doing so much flopping and faking, it looked like the men's game. Women's soccer hasn't had as much faking and diving, so I'm glad Brazil was boo'ed and lost in the end. Keep it out! The men's teams need to stop doing it as well, but that probably won't happen anytime soon.
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I can't get much excited about women's sport, but hopefully the Matildas doing well means greater exposure for them.
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Partying like it's 1999 in USA! This tournament has been great. A Japan-USA final would be great, because even if USA lost I would be happy for Japan in the wake of the tsunami. I watched the 1999 USA-China final as well, so it's nice to have seen an american soccer team win a world cup.

By the way, so glad the non-US fans turned on Brazil and got behind the USA. They were doing so much flopping and faking, it looked like the men's game. Women's soccer hasn't had as much faking and diving, so I'm glad Brazil was boo'ed and lost in the end. Keep it out! The men's teams need to stop doing it as well, but that probably won't happen anytime soon.
Japan's captain getting cleated in the crotch, being carried off the field in agony, then returning 15 minutes later to deliver the game-winning assist against Germany is one of the more surreal things I've ever seen.
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I saw that, and apparently she rarely goes down, so I think she was legit hurt and not flopping which made it special. They'll play through the pain at the world cup which is nice to see.
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I saw that, and apparently she rarely goes down, so I think she was legit hurt and not flopping which made it special. They'll play through the pain at the world cup which is nice to see.
Japan played with 10 players for a full five minutes while she was off, and she was visibly limping for a minute after that, so she definitely was hurt. It was pretty funny listening to Ian Darke and Julie Foudy skirting the exact location of the injury.

Overall, I was impressed by their ball-control game (watching them pass the ball back and forth in their own box while being pressured by Germany was hilarious) and their defense (they tackle hard but fairly, and did okay in the air considering that Germany had about a 3-inch height advantage on them across the board).
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Sawa is one goal behind Marta for the Golden Boot. Hope she scores against sweden.
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Okay, that was a fine piece of football by the american girls . . . great game so far, 10 minutes and a handful of extra time left, be interesting to see if the french girls can claw this back. . . wooooot
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and there you go . . . sealed! Wow! Congrats to the USA
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Good job USA! Great final 15 minutes. Japan-1 Sweden-1 now. I'm pulling for Japan.
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Only caught 30 minutes of the France-USA match while on lunch break at work. France is skilled with the ball and super fast on the counter, but their goalie is terrible.
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Only caught 30 minutes of the France-USA match while on lunch break at work. France is skilled with the ball and super fast on the counter, but their goalie is terrible.

. . . well, the US were all over the french in the second half; really strong attacking game and certainly gave the french goalie a run (and a half) for her money . . . the header from Abby Wambach was pretty cool


. . . and Japan are certainly making the swedes work hard ~ looking forward to the final whoever makes it through
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Wow, awful rebound by the Swedish keeper, but nice finish by Sawa.
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mama mia - that was a crazy goal by the Japanese! crazy!
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That goal was beautiful.

Swedish goalie confirmed terrible.
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sweden don't really seem to have brought their a game with them today; too many silly mistakes
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