The After Bar – USWNT 4 – Canada 3
Planting the Seed of Soccer Across America: Danny Beerseed
When it comes to knock out games, the U.S. women's national team certainly like late game heroics. In the 2011 Women's World Cup it was Abby Wambach in the 122nd minute against Brazil and yesterday it was Alex Morgan and the 123rd minute against cross-border rivals Canada. Morgan's goal propelled the USWNT to a 4-3 win and secured a berth in the Olympics goal medal match.
Canada's Christine Sinclair absolutely bossed the Lady Nat's defense, carving up the back line for the game's opening goal and heading home another pair. Three times the USWNT came back, twice from incredible goals by Megan Rapinoe, once through a controversial call that set up an Abby Wambach penalty, and then Morgan's header to complete the comeback. Morgan has scored 20 goals in 2012, becoming only the sixth U.S. player to do so in a single year. Wamach's penalty kick was her fifth goal of the tournament in five matches.
The gold medal match between the U.S. and Japan kicks off at 1:45 pm CT on Thursday, August 9th, at Wembley Stadium in London. The match will be televised on the NBC Sports Network.
NBC Olympics link (rights prevent any clips from being shared)
Analysis from women's soccer's best writers:
Jeff Carlisle (ESPN) – “Fearless attitude key to epic win”
Jenna Pel (NBC Sports) – “The USWNT's lucky number 13 saves the day again”
Grant Wahl (Sports Illustrated) – “Morgan's game winner caps off thrilling U.S. victory over Canada”
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