Sunday Lunch: USWNT Can’t Finish their Cup Dreams

Posted: July 17, 2011 in professional sports, soccer, sports, uswnt, women's world cup
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By Will Robinson

Japan 2 (3) USA 2 (1) – The United States Women’s National Soccer team could not reach their goal in winning their third World Cup as they fell to Japan in a penalty kick shootout. The US had two penalties blocked and one sail over the crossbar as Japan converted all but one. Substitute Alex Morgan scored first in the match on a beautiful ball from Megan Rapinoe, and an equally nice left footed finish in the 69th minute. The Japanese took advantage of a poor clearance by Amy Buehler in the 81st minute to tie the match and send it to extra time.

In extra time, a Rapinoe cross was deflected by a Japanese defender. Morgan picked up the rebound and sent in a cross that connected with Abby Wambach’s head for the 2-1 advantage in the 104th minute. After, in the 117th minute, Japan answered with a header off a corner kick that was deflected off Wambach and into the net. Even after a Japanese red card and US free kick in the closing moments of extra time, Japan had all the momentum going into PKs.

Japan played a good game and are very deserving of the trophy. So did the US – mostly. The US had innumerable chances in the game and could only convert two/ Of their 27 shots, only 5 were on target and about three hit the crossbar or post. However, some of their chances were wasted or poorly taken (look at most of Carli Lloyd’s shots. Brutal). All in all, it was a very good and exciting tournament for the US Ladies, but they ran out of luck and gas in Frankfurt. Congratulations to Japan – if any country deserved a victory, it was surely them.

Will Robinson is the co-founder and editor in chief of The SACK Lunch blog. He can be contacted at the blog email ( or his Twitter account.


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