By Josh Kramer
I never thought that I would see the day where a quarterfinal women’s soccer game got the entire country excited. A finals match sure. But a quarterfinal? Well believe it, because today’s match was arguably the greatest soccer match I have ever had the pleasure to witness. The majority of Americans would agree.
The American women were down and out. They were down to 10 players. They were going up against Marta, the best women’s soccer player in the world, and an extremely talented Brazilian team that had knocked them out 4 years ago. It was stoppage time. And somehow, the American women, led by Abby Wambach and Hope Solo never lost “hope.” Ever heard the expression “Only in America.” Well today, though the match was all the way over in Germany, it seemed to be one of those “Only in America” type of moments.
The two biggest names in American soccer refused to lose on this day where it appeared near impossible to come out victorious. I do not think that JK Rowling could have written up a better story on this day. The drama and the excitement were unparalleled and deserving of an Oscar. Great players come up larger than life on the greatest of stages (sorry LeBron). That is what Wambach and Solo did today. Not to mention they most likely saved Pia Sundhage’s job.
On the 12th year anniversary of the most exciting moment in American women’s soccer history, when Brandi Chastain went Petey Pablo (took her shirt off) in front of the entire world, this finish just seemed like fate.
The Americans are moving on. Could the USA go all the way?
With the beautiful Hope Solo and amazing Abby Wambach leading the charge, no matter the circumstances, there will always be a glimmer of hope.
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