USA Women Defeated in World Cup Final

by Ryan on July 17, 2011

in International Relations,Sports

It was a showdown between the giant-killer Japanese versus the never-say-die American team in the FIFA Women’s World Cup Final match.  Only one team’s reputation could hold.

That team was Japan.

Japan was down twice and came back to tie: once in regulation and again at the end of overtime.  In penalty kicks, the US team just fell to pieces.  The score could have been 3-0 at halftime since the US had dozens of shots and opportunities, but it was 0-0 by the half.  The US played great, but the ball was not going our way and the defense fell apart at the worst possible time.  Japan wouldn’t stop fighting and it paid off.  We lost 2-2 [PK3-1].

It seemed like there was a team of destiny in this tournament; only this time that team wasn’t us.  Japan defeated the three best teams left in the tournament (Germany, Sweden and the US), finding a way to win the whole thing.  They’d barely gotten out of the group stage before.  Plus, we had a media narrative that a Japanese win would make a downtrodden people have something to cheer about.  So, I guess we didn’t lose to jerks.

At least there’s an opportunity for revenge in the Olympics next year!

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