Japan Win Women’s World Cup, or did USA lose it?

By Peter Alegi | July 17th, 2011 2 Comments



Congratulations to Japan for being crowned World Champions. But the USA really threw this one away. Squandered chances (especially in the first half), shocking defensive errors in the clutch, dubious coaching decisions, and poor penalty shooting left many of us embittered at the end of the night. Still, Sawa’s goal in the 117th minute was pure genius. A perfect symbol of the skill, movement, and self-belief of the Japanese side. Maybe Marta won’t be named FIFA Player of the Year in 2011!

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bob edelman

July 18th, 2011 | 6:10 am    


At least we can forget the blather about the uniqueness of American will and fortitude. The Japanese showed those same qualities. Our women played often the way US kids are trained (by British coaches) in youth soccer. “Blood and thunder” turned out to be thud and blunder.

Soccer Dad Edelman

Sophie

July 18th, 2011 | 1:13 pm    


Yesterday USA lost to Japan in the WWCF on penalties. It was a good game overall but the USA let in two easy goals because of defending mistakes. Alex Morgan scored the first goal then Japan tied it 1-1 and they went into extra time. In the 104th minute Abby Wambach scored to go up 2-1. Then Japan scored and went on to win. Japan played the whole game and after they tied it in the 117 minute and the US missed their first two penaltys I left the room horrified and Japan went on to win it on penalties 3-1. It was very disapointing. The USA should be ashamed!

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