Better offenseive showing gives USWNT hope against Germany

The U.S. still only managed one goal through 90 minutes — which came off of a header by Carly Lloyd — but this felt different. This time the U.S. was up on the wheel, so to speak, pressing the Chinese and getting chance after chance. In fact, Rodiguez got her first chance right off the bat, getting in behind the defense less than a minute in, but miss hit her shot.

Still, even with that one goal, the U.S. seems to be finally finding its stride on the offensive end. And the Americans are going to need every bit of that confidence going into a massive showdown against two-time champion Germany Tuesday.

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After escaping ‘Group of Death’, U.S. has great chance to make a run

The U.S. Women’s National team managed to survive the proverbial “Group of Death” and survive is absolutely the correct for how they performed in those three matches.

The U.S. didn’t exactly look like the dominating team that came so close to taking the World Cup four years ago. Yes, the defense was much improved, allowing just one goal in the group stage, but the offense was stagnant, scoring just four goals, and a couple of them in the Australia game were quite lucky if you ask me.

But that doesn’t matter now. The group stage is behind and the Americans came out onto of the group, and that has given them a massive advantage on the road to Vancouver over the next couple of weeks.

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Germany’s golden generation finally reaches the pinnacle

In 2000, the German national team finished a dismal four place in their group at the European championships. After that performance, Germany made a commitment to develop their younger generation to reach the top of world soccer for the first time as a unified country.

Fourteen years later with two third-place finishes in the World Cup in between, those players have led Germany to it’s first World Cup title since 1990 with a 1-0 extra time win over Argentina in the final on Sunday.

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World Cup Final basically Germany’s to win

It’s been a tough past three World Cups for the Germans. In 2002, they were beat in the final by Brazil, then in each of the last two World Cups finished in a dignified, yet disappointing third place–even when co-hosting the tournament in 2006.

But now the Germans are one match, 90 or 120 minutes or penalty kicks away from finally hoisting up the World Cup Trophy for the first time since 1990 when they were West Germany. And after the 7-1 destruction of hosts Brazil, it feels as though the title is Germany’s to lose even against a solid Argentina side.

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Clash of titans final four should produce World Cup fireworks

A little under a month ago, 32 teams set out from their respective countries to vie for arguably the greatest trophy in the world. Through the group stage, that number was trimmed in half to 16 and now, less than a week from the World Cup final, the teams have been filtered to the final four to vie for the last two spots in the final.

Of the remaining four teams, all of them are favorites. Sorry to those who like Cinderella stories–Costa Rica came oh so close forcing the Netherlands to penalty kicks, but failing to pull off the upset. But even without a nice story like a Colombia or Costa Rica still in the tournament, the semifinal matches are going to be ones for the ages.

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U.S. loses battle, wins war in advancing to knockout round

The U.S. need just one point in their match against Germany Thursday to advance to the knockout round.

That point never came.

But thanks to Portugal beating Ghana 2-1 at the same time, the United States are headed to the round of 16 and a date with Belgium to decide who’s advancing to the quarterfinals. And as one ESPN commentator said, “the U.S. lost battle, but won the war.”

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One point separates U.S. from knockout round

On Sunday it was three points. Today it’s one point.

That’s all that separates the United States from a spot in the knockout round of the World Cup, an impressive feat considering they were drawn into the proverbial “Group of Death”. But as it was against Portugal, accomplishing this feat will be no small task against a German side that might be the first European country to win the tournament in South America.

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First round of World Cup matches perfect start for World Cup

The problem some Americans have with soccer is that it’s too boring compared to hockey, basketball and football.

Well, to those folks, I present the first round of games in this year’s World Cup.

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Previewing the World Cup field

This World Cup is increasingly interesting because there’s no clear cut, head above anyone else favorite. There are roughly four or five teams that have a very realistic chance of winning it all with a few others that could play spoilers. The intrigue will only get bigger and better as the competition rolls on.

With so much to look forward to over the next month, here’s a preview of what to expect from each of the 32 countries competing in the World Cup and how the knockout rounds might shape up.

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