Join Now  | 
Home About Contact Us Privacy & Security Advertise
Soccer America Daily Soccer World Daily Special Edition Around The Net Soccer Business Insider College Soccer Reporter Youth Soccer Reporter Soccer on TV Soccer America Classifieds Game Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalk Soccer America Confidential Youth Soccer Insider World Cup Watch
RSS Feeds Archives Manage Subscriptions Subscribe
Order Current Issue Subscribe Manage My Subscription Renew My Subscription Gift Subscription
My Account Join Now
Tournament Calendar Camps & Academies Soccer Glossary Classifieds
One game away from gold
by Ridge Mahoney, August 19th, 2008 7AM
Subscribe to Soccer America Daily

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

[RECAP] A year ago in China, the U.S. women were thumped 4-0 by Brazil in the semifinal of Women's World Cup. The controversy surrounding the benching by then-coach Greg Ryan of goalkeeper Hope Solo overshadowed the deficiences in the overall U.S. game against the dazzling Brazilians, who lost the final to Germany. While the USA downed Japan, 4-2, in Monday's Olympic semifinal, the Brazilians sparkled even brighter as they downed Germany, 4-1. On Thursday, the USA defends its 2004 gold medal when it meets Brazil (9 a.m. ET, live on USA Network and the NBC Olympic Soccer Channel).

Against Japan, Angela Hucles scored two goals as the Americans rallied from a 1-0 deficit to sweep past the spirited but overmatched Japanese. A goal by left back Lori Chalupny just before halftime gave the USA a 2-1 lead and Heather O'Reilly, who set up Hucles' first goal, scored the eventual gamewinner in the 71st minute.

Two of the Americans' goals came on what seemed to be crosses when O'Reilly and Hucles' struck balls from wide positions on the right flank, yet they proved to be superior despite starting sluggishly and falling behind to Shinobu Ohno's goal in the 17th minute.

U.S. REACTION
U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage
"I don't think the match was comfortable. I think Japan played very well and if you look how they possess the ball, it could be a role model for women's soccer in the future. Coming back from 1-0, it's all about the team. Scoring different goals from different places made the difference. Japan is a good team so the next World Cup and the next Olympics, you can look for them to get a medal."

PRESS REACTION
"They grew up painting their faces for the 1999 Women's World Cup soccer tournament and taping Mia Hamm posters to their bedroom walls. For years, they have been trying to become their role models' rightful heirs, only to be told they're not there yet, and perhaps never will be. But on a humid night in Beijing's old Workers' Stadium, in front of 50,937, the second-largest crowd to watch a U.S. women's soccer game since the Rose Bowl was filled in that magical year of 1999, it was as if women named Hucles and Chalupny all of a sudden were named Hamm and Chastain."
-- Christine Brennan, USA TODAY

[USA-JAPAN REPORT CARD] Soccer America's Ridge Mahoney grades the U.S. players' performances in their 4-2 win over Japan on Tuesday.

USA-JAPAN [4-2]
RATING PLAYER
5 Hope Solo
6 Heather Mitts
6 Christie Rampone
5 Kate Markgraf
7 Lori Chalupny
7 Heather O'Reilly
6 Carli Lloyd
7 Shannon Boxx
6 Lindsay Tarpley
8 Angela Hucles
6 Amy Rodriguez
SUBSTITUTES
5 Natasha Kai
nr Stephanie Cox
nr Lauren Cheney



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
What They're Saying: Dwight Yorke    
"I couldn't quite believe what was happening. I have lost count of the number of times ...
U.S. Abroad: Brooks' Hertha holds Bayern    
John Brooks' Hertha Berlin was seconds away from beating Bayern Munich when Robert Lewandowski scored to ...
USA loses opener of U-20 World Cup qualifying     
The USA's qualifying campaign for the 2017 U-20 World Cup started poorly when it fell, 1-0, ...
USL: John Harkes is fired as FC Cincinnati coach    
FC Cincinnati is one the feel-good stories of recent years, a team that caught fire in ...
What They're Saying: Jakson Follmann    
"It's not for me to stay stuck in a corner, sad and begging for my leg, ...
MLS Focus: Homegrown players face stiff competition    
The 2017 season marks the 10th year of MLS's Homegrown program. Two rookies -- Ian Harkes ...
Datebook: D.C. United to hold groundbreaking on Feb. 27    
D.C. United will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for 20,000-seat Audi Field on Feb. 27 after it ...
MLS Moves: Stertzer parlays trial into NYCFC contract    
Known more for blockbuster deals rather than shrewd signings of role players, New York City FC ...
What They're Saying: Dax McCarty    
"Thank you for the 2 most successful seasons in club history. Don't let the door hit ...
MLS Preseason: Revs encouraged by Kouassi's brief debut    
A long, long wait for Xavier Kouassi ended Wednesday when he started and played 17 minutes ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives