— Hope Solo (@hopesolo) November 24, 2011
Good job anyway, Hope. The soccer world loved to watch you dancing. Now go and get the gold medal at the Olympics.
Soccer players can dance. Soccer women, that is.
What a game! The Women Soccer World Cup Final 2011 was an incredible game. Everyone that saw the game today went from one emotional outbreak to another. Pain, disappointment and excitement turned into joy, early celebrations, outbreaks of pride and all the way back to the beginning. At the end, we all sat there with an open mouth and couldn’t believe what just happened.
After two hours of world class soccer and a stunning pk shoot-out, Japan was the new World Champion. For those holding it with the U.S. women, heaven appeared to come down and excitement turned into disbelieve. Those that were holding it with the Japanese were ecstatic Continue reading
It wasn’t pretty for a long time. Only in the 82nd minute was the final secured and the fans able to breath easier. Until then, the French dictated the game and had clear advantages. And again it was the same difference, Abby Wambach and Hope Solo. There is not much to say these days about Wambach. The best description, absolute World Class. Preparation, attitude, ability, intelligence and incredible will power took her and the team to where they are.
The second superstar in the team, Hope Solo, is following not far behind Wambach. On the “hit list” of some, for her unfortunate comments at the 2007 world cup, she demonstrated absolute focus on the task at hand. Fit, cool and no fuzzing around playing style helped her to become the best goalie in the world at this event. How important she is? If she would have been French Continue reading
A day after the sensational game against Brazil soccer’s all-day business sets in. While the fans are still celebrating, the players now face the challenge to settle down and focus on the next task. It is a difficult one.
A game such as the one against Brazil is difficult to top. Performing for 123+ minutes on the highest level is difficult enough, to take the performance to the next game is actually much more difficult. The catch is, the U.S. have to manage the task. Wednesday’s game against France won’t be easier. For those that haven’t caught up to the events in Germany, the competition became much more tight. France is one of the teams that have entered the world stage and they are eager to show they can do more. Over are the group games, every mistake is capital punishment. Ask the Germans, they know what I am talking about.
With all the red flags going up, I still trust that the U.S. women will manage this challenge as well. The top players, Hope Solo and Abby Wambach, have showed me that they are completely focused on this tournament and are prepared for everything. If they manage, and I am sure they will, to lead the team on the field again, we will enjoy a World Cup final with U.S. participation. Good luck, girls.