17 July, 2011

Japan v USA World Cup Final Highlights

Time keeps on slipping...

USWNT, you had this game won... twice. And you let it slip away thrice. It wasn't totally your fault. Some bad bounces, we were killing it on their half for the first 20mins, but just couldn't put it away.

It was like watching the Yankees post 9/11. You wanted them to win, just to get past everything, just like millions of fans were rooting for Japan to win in their first trip to the Finals, and all post the devastating earthquake just barely 4 months ago.

You can't really hate the winners. They did it with class. Overcame odds, and in the end, it was like what happened to many other teams that dominated possession and shots this Cup, in some strange way. The team that should have won on paper, lost.

Alex Morgan scored a crack of a shot and Wambach got another great header goal. Both times though, Japan came back. What was interesting is the two friendlies we played against Japan just prior to this Cup, we won 2-0. Japan didn't look that strong.

But, they watched our games leading up to the final, and we've taken so many pks, that I as well as the Japanese keeper, were guessing which way we were shooting. And doing so correctly. We took a 2-2 draw into shootouts.

And we missed one, and had another 2 of the first 3 shots saved. If that isn't an omen, I don't know what is.

Here, watch the highlights, and know that we lost to a good team and it was our play that let us down. We overachieved this Cup (we didn't make the CONCACAF finals for heck's sake). Japan just overachieved a heck of a lot more. They deserve the win, and maybe this can help them give their country's katai shinkou in recovery a boost.

Video: Chico4jones

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