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Video: USA women 4, Germany 0

The U.S. women's national team, ranked No. 1 in the world, routed second-ranked Germany, 4-0, at Cleveland Browns Stadium:


By Steve Goff  |  May 23, 2010; 11:11 AM ET
Categories:  Women  | Tags: Abby Wambach, Kristine Lilly, women's soccer  
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while I do think that first PK was an awfully soft foul, the germans got away with several other hard and sometimes dirty fouls. I got the impression the german's plan was to try to knock the US off their game that way. still, the scoreline may have been shocking, but it was still a close-fought game. without the heroics of both keepers, it could have been a shockingly high-scoring game.

Posted by: troy6 | May 23, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

apologies for my shocking overuse of the word "shocking"

Posted by: troy6 | May 23, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

True, but it was going both ways. Beuhler and LePeilbet (Sasha) are not shy. The PK was a gift, but the real foul on Wambach in the box a few moments later went uncalled.

It was a goalkeeping clinic. Some of Angerer's amazing saves didn't even make the highlight reel. The sequence right after the half -- Lindsey with a bad give-away deep in US end, then a quality German cross, Garafrekes with a technically exquisite one-time strike, and Solo with the save of the game.

Posted by: OWNTF | May 23, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

yep, I agreed with the announcers that the ref made a make-up call on that second one.

Posted by: troy6 | May 23, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

I think we're all on the same page about everything about this game

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | May 23, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Gotta feel bad for the Germans. Not only did they lose badly to the Americans, but they had to spend several days in Cleveland.

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | May 23, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Disgusting dive by Wambach for the PK. Disgusting. She is too good a player to have to resort to being a diving cheat; regardless of the German fouling tactics.

Posted by: Ron16 | May 23, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of diving cheats, I've got a lot more, a ton more respect for Didier Drogba after reading Grant Wahl's excellent piece on him.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1169762/1/index.htm

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | May 23, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Not so sure about the "questionable" in questionable pk. Look where the German defender's hand is and how Wambach falls. The defenders hand is on AW's chest and the way she falls indicates that defender pulled her backwards from there. Defender's hand had no business or reason to be there and helped the ref make that call.

Posted by: asocrlovr | May 23, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of diving, I was struck by the remarks by Foudy about how the German coach emphasized getting up after a foul and not milking it (part of her desire to emulate the US mentality, in the perhaps slightly biased view of Foudy). If Prinz stays down, she's hurt.

Compare to Inter/Bayern. Robben for Bayern, and many Inter players, go to ground at the slightest and spend a lot of time there writhing. I would say "man up," but apparently I should say "woman up." Abby Wambach made less of a fuss after a tib/fib fracture than Robben makes after every routine foul. Shameful.

Posted by: OWNTF | May 23, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

I just saw the Red Bulls do the business on Juve. So are we looking good to do the same to the Rossinerri?

Posted by: Kosh2 | May 23, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

So Pires is not a fan of Philly, and Krieger is not a fan of D.C., even though (or perhaps because) she grew up in this area, to judge from what JP and Loudy Foudy said lst night. They said that half a season with the Freedom last year was enough for her, and that she really likes living in Frankfurt. Does the Freedom retain her WPS rights? (It's a moot point if she doesn't want to come back, of course.)

Posted by: universityandpark | May 23, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Whitehill didn't get off the bench. Is that significant?

Posted by: universityandpark | May 23, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

When Krieger is playing and perhaps starting at right back for the US WNT in the World Cup next summer in Germany, her decision will be seen as quite sound. And I bet Sundhage prefers her there if for no other reason than to scout the Germans closely. The road to the cup still runs through the holders, playing at home, and Sundhage knows it.

Posted by: OWNTF | May 23, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

@asocrlvr, If you are "not sure" about something that is "questionable", then it's still questionable, isn't it?

Posted by: Ron16 | May 23, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

If you're headed to South Africa this summer, here's an interesting side trip.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | May 23, 2010 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Gotta feel bad for the Germans. Not only did they lose badly to the Americans, but they had to spend several days in Cleveland.
Posted by: Rand-al-Thor
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Mrs. 270 spent a couple of years there. Fortunately, there was no permanent damage.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | May 23, 2010 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Ha. Y'all better be careful what you say around Mrs. Insider.

http://snarkshelf.blogspot.com/2010/05/signs-of-spring-when-winds-of-bitter.html

Posted by: OWNTF | May 23, 2010 8:01 PM | Report abuse

The reason the Nike ad for the men's world cup doesn't show any goals is because Nike learned its lesson from tying itself too closely to one team or player, like Brasil in 1998 when that team crashed and burned in the finals.

Posted by: GeneWells | May 23, 2010 9:04 PM | Report abuse


If you're headed to South Africa this summer, here's an interesting side trip.

Posted by: I-270Exit1

There is, in fact, a two page spread in the Post travel section today on things to do in South Africa. I have had one of them, the Cradle of Humankind, on my agenda for some time:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/05/20/AR2010052004707.html

Posted by: DCUSince96 | May 23, 2010 10:08 PM | Report abuse

Was anyone else out at GMU this afternoon? It was a nice affair, even if there was no beer garden. The Freedom was lucky to escape with a draw, given the number of times they gave away the ball in their own half. When both coaches made wholesale substitutions midway through the second half, I got the sense that the crowd lost a lot of interest in the match; I know I did. When Bompastor and McLeod were pulled, it became apparent that getting the W was not foremost in Gabarra's mind.

Posted by: universityandpark | May 24, 2010 12:12 AM | Report abuse

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