The United States started the knockout rounds of the Women’s World Cup with a 2-0 victory over Colombia. Colombia held the U.S. off for the entire first half. An Amazing U.S. defense did an incredible job of defending the goal against the Colombian attackers. On the other end of the pitch, the offense could not […]
The United States started the knockout rounds of the Women’s World Cup with a 2-0 victory over Colombia.
Colombia held the U.S. off for the entire first half. An Amazing U.S. defense did an incredible job of defending the goal against the Colombian attackers. On the other end of the pitch, the offense could not find the lock on to the coordination and timing required to put a ball into the net.
There was a ball that found the net, shot in by Abby Wambach. The apparent goal was called back due to an off-sides penalty. That near-goal was the best the U.S. attackers could produce in the first half. The U.S. defense kept the Colombians off the score board. Hope Solo and the back four were on top of their game. If they had not been, the U.S. team would have been walking into the locker room with the other team in the lead.
The second half started off as very physical. At the 47th minute, Colombia’s replacement goal keeper was given a Red Card for a foul on Alex Morgan. She was playing because the starting goalkeeper could not play in this game for accumulating too many Yellow Cards. A red card meant Colombia had to reduce the field to 10 players. The ensuing penalty kick by Wambach went wide left while the goalkeeper went wide right. The offense from the U.S. team was still lacking, even on penalty kicks.
Playing with a one-woman advantage, the U.S. team put one in the net compliments of Alex Morgan, putting the team up, 1-0. Carli Lloyd scored a second-half goal on a penalty kick after Megan Rapinoe was fouled in the box.
The first half did come produce a couple of abrasive awards for team USA – two yellow cards, one for Lauren Holiday and one for Megan Rapinoe. This was the second World Cup yellow card for both players. Each player will sit out the next match on Friday against China. The U.S. has great bench strength, but I doubt anyone wanted to see how strong the bench is in a match by opening the match against China down two starters.
A win is a win, they say. This win was not a beautiful one. The defense was outstanding for the U.S. team.
Hopefully, when the U.S. Women (#2) play the Chinese on Friday, the offense for the U.S. will be on fire. The game starts at 7:30 p.m. EDT in Ottawa. It is scheduled to be broadcast on Fox.