On Sunday July 10th 25,598 at Rudolf-Harbig Stadion fans in Dresden, Germany witnessed the MIRACLE ON GRASS. The USA managed to defeat the Brazilians, The Referee, and The Odds to advance to the Semifinals of the Women’s World Cup.
How BIG was this WIN? The highlights were shown on the Jumbotron at Yankee Stadium, drawing big cheers. The US Women’s secong biggest win of all-time came 12 years to the day of their BIGGEST ever win the penalty-kick shootout victory over China at the Rose Bowl that gave them their second World Cup title.
Did I mention the USA accomplished this feat with only 10 players on the field? The USA played from the 66th minute to the 120th minute of Overtime with only 10 after Rachel Buehler’s send off from a controversial Red Card.
The Controversial Red Card & Re-Taken Penalty Kick
The tying goal was came in 122nd minute of Extra Time of Overtime. It was a RECORD BREAKING goal. No goal had EVER been scored that deep into a Women’s World Cup game.
Abby Wambach – THE GOAL
To me the BIGGEST surprise of this match was Marta’s turn from HERO to VILLAIN. Marta is easily the greatest women’s soccer player of all-time, but her brilliant play was forgotten and overshadowed by her constant whining. It was so bad that she was even given a yellow card in the 45th minute for protesting. Will the fans ever forgive and forget? Does Marta care? Only time will tell.
After Ali Krieger converted penalty kick, the Americans raced onto the field to celebrate. Shannon Boxx draped herself in Old Glory, Abby Wambach tackled HopeSolo, and Pia Sundhage even broke out her air guitar when AC/DC’s ”You Shook Me All Night Long” began to play.
”We’re just fighting for each other out there,” said captain Christie Rampone, the last player left from the 1999 squad. ”We were totally believing the whole time.”
USA v. Brazil – Highlights
The march to the final continues. The USA will be facing France in the Semifinals on Wednesday July 13th at 12pm. France eliminated England (4-3) on penalty kicks after ending their match in a 1-1 draw.
Post Game – Reactions
”Marta is the best player in the world hands down. However, this team is better than one player.” – Pia Sundhage
“Getting the red card and going down in extra time is tough. It’s a tough hill to climb. But this team is willing to put their hearts on the line. This team is willing to do whatever it takes to win and I think it showed tonight.” –Abby Wambach
“It was amazing. I don’t know if it was because of the game yesterday, which was unfortuante and very unlucky for the German National Team. I have a lot of respect for them. I was so proud to play tonight and all you hear is “USA, USA” and everyone is clapping, whistling at the Brazilians. Having that support just really makes us play even better.” – Ali Krieger
“Even when we lost to Sweden, you could feel the energy, you could feel the confidence. Nobody hung their head. We have a great leader in Pia that brought us together. There’s something special about this group – the energy, the vibe, the leadership. Even going down a man, even going down a goal in overtime, you felt something. You felt something was going to happen. People kept fighting all the way down to stoppage time. When the clock was winding down, this team kept fighting, and we’re down a man. All I can say is that you can’t coach that necessarily. It’s a feeling, and we play with that feeling.” – Hope Solo
Abby Wambach and Pia Sundhage – Reactions
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