By: McLeod Brown
It wasn’t pretty by any means, but with last week’s 1-0 victory over China, the United States women’s soccer team is one more victory away from advancing to the championship game of the World Cup for the second time in a row.
Fittingly, their semifinal match should be their most difficult to date against the world’s No. 1 ranked squad, Germany. The battle of No. 1 vs No. 2 should provide the feeling of the World Cup final a little earlier than expected, with Germany scoring more goals than anyone in the tournament with 20, while the U.S. has only allowed one.
Germany almost didn’t make it past the quarterfinals, however, when they competed against France in the tournament’s best game so far. The contest went into penalty kicks, where Germany won 5-4 with German captain Nadine Angerer blocking Claire Lavogez’s would be game-tying shot in the French’s fifth PK.
Another bit of added motivation for each time is history showing whoever wins the matchup between the top two squads has gone on to win the World Cup entirely. The U.S. defeated Germany 5-2 in the semifinals in 1991 on their way to winning the first-ever World Cup. They duplicated this feat in 1999, defeating Germany 3-2 in the quarterfinals, before Germany gained some revenge in 2003 with a 3-0 victory on their way to their first World Cup title.
The battle of the two best soccer teams in the world is sure to not disappoint. If you’ve been pleased with following the tournament so far, Tuesday at 7pm should be the highlight of the competition. If you’re still waiting for the time to get behind our country’s team, Tuesday may be your last shot.