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USA eases into quarterfinals
by Paul Kennedy, July 2nd, 2011 11:40PM

TAGS:  women's national team, women's world cup


[WOMEN'S WORLD CUP] The United States eased into the quarterfinals of the Women's World Cup with its second shutout win in two games, a 3-0 victory over outmatched Colombia.

GREAT FINISHING. The USA got great goals by Heather O’Reilly (scoring from distance in the 12th minute) and Megan Rapinoe (playing a one-two with Lauren Cheney after a throw-in). The third goal was scored by Carli Lloyd, whose long shot was played into the goal by Colombian keeper Sandra Sepulveda.

AND MORE FRUSTRATION. The USA could have had scored a dozen or more goals if it had taken its chances. Abby Wambach and Amy Rodriguez endured a poor afternoon of finishing before a sold-out crowd of 25,475 at Rhein-Neckar-Arena. Rodriguez came off at the half for Rapinoe, and all Wambach (nine shots) had to show for her afternoon was a yellow card picked up in the second half for a challenge on Sepulveda.

CHANGE IN MIDFIELD. As expected, U.S. coach Pia Sundhage replaced Shannon Boxx in midfield with Lori Lindsey, who played in a more advance role.

YOUNG COLOMBIANS. Colombia was eliminated with its second loss in two games. The gap between the USA and Colombia remains huge, as evidenced by the U.S. edge in shots: 27-12. Colombia has one of the youngest teams at the Women's World Cup. Its captain, University of Toledo defender Natalia Gaitan, was making only her third appearance for the Cafeteras.

July 2 in Sinsheim
USA 3 Colombia 0. Goals: O’Reilly 12, Rapinoe 50, Lloyd 57.
USA -- Solo, Krieger, Buehler, Rampone, LePeilbet (Cox, 56), O’Reilly (Heath, 62), Lindsey, Lloyd, Cheney, Rodriguez (Rapinoe, 46), Wambach.
Colombia -- Sepulveda, Arias, Peduzine, Gaitan, Montano, Ospina, Dominguez, Salazar (Rincon, 55), Rodallega, Castro, Usme (Velasquez, 53).
Referee: Dagmar Damkova (Czech Rep.).
Att.: 25,475.

  1. Ernest Irelan
    commented on: July 3, 2011 at 8:36 a.m.
    I thought USA played this game well. Wamback was obviously slower than her an appeared to be out of condition...I do not think that the missed shots she took had anything to do with age, her movement does. SOLO, FANTASTIC...she adds class in the goal an on the pitch...she can move, covers the goal really well...adds a bit of class on the pitch..her team mates also were quick an aggressive as compared to Columbia. It was obvious that Columbia was young an not as strong as USA..give them a couple years to mature an become stronger physically, they will be better. I think that Wambach is a player to come in late in game to try to get that header not think she has the physical stamina to be a starter an play tough a whole game..
  1. James Froehlich
    commented on: July 3, 2011 at 9:46 a.m.
    Ernest -- I think Solo is a very good GK but don't let her looks overshadow her performance! She didn't have to do anything!!! The one photo-op save was going wide anyways. I am growing increasingly concerned that this team is beginning to rely too much on it's physicality. Ian Darke touched my concerns when he referred to Wambach "plowing" through the defense. What sport is this again???
  1. Mark Grody
    commented on: July 3, 2011 at 10 a.m.
    BEGINNING to rely too much on it's physicality???
  1. James Froehlich
    commented on: July 3, 2011 at 10:17 a.m.
    Mark -- sorry, you're right. I was just trying to be diplomatic!!! Seems like the common element between the men and women -- as on the men's side, their opponent, Columbia seemed much more comfortable with the ball -- until we "plowed" into them. Physicality can only carry us so far. Columbia will improve and we will stagnate.
  1. Mark Grody
    commented on: July 3, 2011 at 10:44 a.m.
    Solo is an excellent GK, but I agree with you about Ernest's infatuation as well, which is understandable. Also, I love Wambach, but I thought she was much more important to the team when she was the new kid on the block. I feel that the team took on too much of her personality as the old guard left the team. As the other teams in the world have caught up, the WNT has needed to move more toward improved tech for a while now, & Wambach's excellence as a goal scorer & her high energy & work rate have been kind of fool's gold for the WNT.
  1. James Froehlich
    commented on: July 3, 2011 at 10:52 a.m.
    MG -- excellent evaluation!!
  1. I w Nowozeniuk
    commented on: July 3, 2011 at 2:48 p.m.
    Colombia can't compete with the big cats...the outcome is academic and the US squad did enough to win, but not enough to show its metal.

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