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Freedom Wins, Confed Update

Rebecca Moros scored in the 83rd minute as the Washington Freedom (4-3-4, 16 points) reclaimed second place in WPS with a 1-0 victory at St. Louis (4-4-2, 14). Abby Wambach left in the 41st minute with a leg injury for the Freedom, which has registered two consecutive shutouts after allowing 18 goals in nine matches. [UPDATE: Wambach strained a hamstring and will be re-evaluated Monday to help determine whether she will be ready for Wednesday's match at Boston.]

Euro champion Spain (3-0-0, eight goals for, no goals against) completed its waltz through Group A with a 2-0 victory over South Africa, which also advanced to the semifinals by finishing second with a 1-1-1 record. Iraq (0-1-2, no goals for, one allowed) and New Zealand (0-2-1) played to a 0-0 draw. The Spaniards will return to action Wednesday, probably against Italy or Egypt. Bafana Bafana will play Thursday, probably against Brazil, depending on tomorrow's results.

By Steve Goff  |  June 20, 2009; 5:08 PM ET
Categories:  Confederations Cup , Freedom  
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so let me get this straight, South Africa advances despite not scoring a goal? insanity.

Posted by: joshuaostevens | June 20, 2009 5:33 PM | Report abuse

South Africa has 2 GF and 2 GA.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | June 20, 2009 5:42 PM | Report abuse


iraq went scoreless, south africa scored two in group

Posted by: Steve Goff | June 20, 2009 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Just listened to the US Soccer podcast of Bradley's pre-Egypt press conference. Someone asked why he didn't use his third sub down a man against Brazil.

The entirety of his answer was that the 10 guys on the field were working hard, had picked up their game, and he wanted to reward them with the opportunity to finish things out.

And all along I thought coaching the USMNT was about putting the team on the field that gives you the best opportunity to compete. Now I find out it's about stroking psyches. I gotta lot to learn.

Posted by: benonthehill | June 21, 2009 12:53 AM | Report abuse

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