World Cup Matchday: USA-Brazil
Greetings from Hangzhou, the spectacular city on West Lake a couple hours south of Shanghai. If you ever travel to eastern China, you must travel here. For the lake. For the cafes. For the mountains. For the Hyatt on the waterfront. For the historical sites. For the islands. It's a little slice of Switzerland -- without elevation and with humidity (and with a half-dozen million residents).
Speaking of Switzerland, Sepp Blatter said he spent the day "touring the lake in harmony and peace."
Okay, here we are at Dragon Stadium, USA-Brazil for a spot in the final against the unscored-upon Germans Sunday in Shanghai.
U.S. Coach Greg Ryan has not lost since taking over as boss, but you can believe there is intense pressure on him to win this game. Given the American success in women's soccer, failing to reach the final of a major tournament is simply unacceptable. But to fail after making a startling lineup change (switching goalkeepers) would be catastrophic and would no doubt lead to speculation about his future in charge of the program.
USA LINEUP: Scurry; Rampone, Whitehill, Markgraf, Lopez; Chalupny, Boxx, Osborne; O'Reilly, Wambach, Lilly.
Your pregame, in-game and postgame thoughts are welcome here.
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