USA v Canada
For the US, it will be a story of grit and determination. For Canada, the story will be the ref.
Alex Morgan said of her stoppage time game-winning header in the second period of extra time, “I’m still in shock… I didn’t even see it go in.”
Still shaking two hours after the match, Morgan said, “I can’t remember ever feeling this way. I’ve never wanted to cry on a field after scoring a goal.”
Carli Lloyd said, “That was crazy.”
So, the decision by the ref to award the US an indirect free kick because the Canadian goalkeeper held the ball for more than six seconds? Says Canada coach John Herdmen, “The ref, she will have to sleep in bed tonight after watching the replays. She’s gonna have to live with that. We will move on from this. I wonder if she will be able to.”
Christine Sinclair said, “We feel like we didn’t lose. We feel like it was taken from us. It’s a shame in a game like that, which is so important that the ref decided the result before the game started.”
Canadian goalkeeper Erin McLeod said, “We feel like we got robbed in this game. We outplayed the Americans for the entire game.”
Melissa Tancredi said these were her words to the ref after the game, “I said to her: ‘I hope you can sleep tonight and put on your American jersey because that’s who you played for today.’”
Soccer America says the ref got both the decision to award the indirect free kick and the penalty kick correct according to the rules of the game. ProSoccerTalk says the ref’s decision to award the indirect free kick was wrong because they’ve never seen the infraction called before.
Megan Rapinoe scored two goals to keep the US in the match. She said of her first goal, an “Olimpico” in which one scores directly from a corner kick, “I wish I could say I meant to do that. Bit of a mistake on my part.” Of her second goal, a laser from just outside of the right corner of the box, “Probably the goal of my life.”
Recaps and reports from The Inquirer, The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Toronto Globe and Mail, The Guardian, SI, ESPN, Sporting News, Yahoo! Sports, Goal.com, SBI, The AP, The Soccer Wire, NESN, the Examiner, and the Brotherly Game.
US player ratings from Soccer America.
ESPN says Alex Morgan just became a household name.
The Toronto Star reports the goings on at a Canadian sports bar in London during the game.
The Eh Game tries to take the higher ground on the influence of the ref on the game.
John Smallwood, observing that Canada’s goals resulted from lapses in the US defense, writes at Philly.com, “Hey Hope, looks like Brandi was right.”
Did you know Sinclair’s magnificent hat trick against the US is also more goals than any other individual player has scored in her career against Hope Solo? Also, that only once before has a team put three goals past Solo, and that was Canada in the 2001 Algarve Cup. Here’s another question, has anyone ever scored a hat trick on the US women in an international tournament?
In the other semifinal match, Japan defeated France, 2–1.
Looking ahead to Thursday’s gold medal match against Japan, Lloyd said, “If we don’t walk away with a gold medal, I won’t be a happy camper. This is a rematch, this is redemption for us. We know how hard it was after that World Cup game.
Julie Foudy writes, “I am coming to the Olympic women’s soccer final Thursday night with an oxygen tank strapped to my back. Truly, I think that is the safest, most responsible way I can manage to get through these soccer games.”
Today’s men’s semifinal schedule:
12:00pm – Men’s Olympic Semifinal: Mexico vs Japan – NBCSN, Live Extra
2:45pm – Men’s Olympic Semifinal South Korea vs Brazil – NBCSN, Live Extra
The Chicago Fire website has some Fire v Union trivia ahead of Sunday’s visit to PPL Park.
The Brotherly Game says it is time for Freddy Adu to step it up.
The 2012 Generation adidas Cup, which features 14 U-17 teams and 12 U-15 teams from MLS clubs, got under way last Friday in Seattle. Other than a results table and schedule on the league website, tournament information is scarce. But, the Union’s U-15 team appears to be having a rough tournament, falling 2-0 in their first game last Friday to LA, then losing 3-1 to Chicago on Saturday. The U-17 team has fared better, defeating Colorado 1-0 on Friday and defeating Chivas USA 2-0 on Saturday. Games were scheduled for Monday—the U-15 team to play Colorado and the U-17 team to play Columbus—but any results, as of this writing, have not been posted on the MLS site. The tournament concludes on Thursday.
US Open Cup
Ahead of Wednesday’s US Open Cup final between Kansas City and Seattle (9pm, GolTV), MLSsoccer.com says injuries have created questions about Sporting’s starting lineup.
The coroner investigating the death of 22-year-old Columbus Crew midfielder Kirk Urso says the death appears to have been “natural.” Franklin County, Ohio coroner Jan Gorniak noted the presence of “heart changes” but indicated more testing is needed and that a toxicology report could take up to six weeks.
Eddie Johnson has been named MLSsoccer.com’s Player of the Week.
Montreal coach Jesse Marsch praises Felipe’s scissor kick goal in the Impact’s win over the Union on Saturday and says there is a strong confidence on the team right now..
New York GM Erik Soler says, “I will be extremely disappointed if we do not win the whole way this season.”
Forbes has a three-part series on the history of soccer in Seattle.
The New York Times is thinking about player selection for next Wednesday’s USMNT friendly against Mexico at the Azteca (Aug. 15, 8pm on ESPN2, ESPN3, Univision).