Lloyd didn’t miss the chance, scoring one goal on a penalty kick and setting up the other in a 2-0 semi-final victory over top-ranked Germany that sends the Americans to a World Cup final for a record fourth time. The referee whistled The penalty, probably should have ejected Julie Johnston from the game based on the rules of the game and did not, which was a benefit to The US, and then the German player, Sasic, missed The penalty completely after the US goalkeeper Hope Solo had done a stall tactic to try and ice her a little bit.
The US is there despite Solo’s distractions before the World Cup started, from the charges resulting from an altercation with her half-sister and teenage nephew, to getting suspended for her husband’s DUI arrest in the team van.
– The match’s 8.4 million viewers breaks the recent mark set June 26 for the USA-China quarterfinal match (5.7 million) by 47%.
Germany played better in the second half but most of its shots were well wide or over.
Captain Carli and the Americans are only one match away from a world championship.
It’s not as if the streak has come against teams that need a map to find the goal, either. It’s something we ask of them, but they deliver.
Morgan Brian, the 22-year-old rookie who came back into the game after a messy head collision in the first half, also played a strong game. However, after taking Germany’s initial punch in the game’s first ten minutes, our women took over the match and ran Germany ragged.
“I just got my focus … zoned in … cleared everything around me and all it was me and the ball”, Lloyd said on CBS This Morning. Sauerbrunn is the calm leader, known for her smart positioning and ability to direct her teammates to the right spaces. Sasic’s penalty kick came after Johnston fouled Popp in the box, which might have merited a red card.
In the World Cup quarter-finals, she scored the lone goal in a 1-0 victory over China.
Both have an excellent soccer IQ, which comes as little surprise considering they were excellent students.
(CNN)It’s a showdown between the two top teams in women’s football – and as reported by United States star Alex Morgan, it is “virtually a final”. Lloyd’s penalty kick was her third goal in three matches.
You can watch the first goal here, and the second one here.
(Side note: Federation Internationale de Football Association announced on Thursday that Johnston is one of the eight finalists for the Golden Ball award, given to the tournament’s top player.).
“I think it’s important for me to learn from it”, Johnston said. “Meghan gave to me and I dribbled and went end line and crossed it with my left foot”. It was really hard. I am very sad about it, but I cannot change it..
Becky s my backbone, Johnston told reporters.
“I remember telling her, ‘No time for tears”. As they broke through the German press, it often seemed like the US had numerous players running at the Germans, who were on their back heels.
Ryan said Lloyd was the last the leave practice and the first to help someone.