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Could The US Women's Soccer Team Win The World Cup?

The U.S. Women's Soccer team has done surprisingly well at the Women's World Cup. Could the U.S. win the cup?

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last 24 hours | sportingnews
Women's World Cup, USA vs. Japan: Know your opponent -
"...The two teams have played once since that gold medal match, and the result is predictably frustrating for those trying to figure out what will happen on Sunday evening: A 1-1 draw in Portugal in March of 2014. In their three matches before the London Olympics in 2012, Japan's record against the USA was yep, you guessed it 1-1-1.Historically, the United States holds the upper hand. For example, in a match leading up to the 1999 World Cup, the Americans defeated Japan 9-0 in what remains the largest defeat in Japanese women's soccer history. But in recent years, the gap closed. If the U.S. wants to continue to claim dominion in the women's soccer world, another World Cup loss to Japan will certainly undermine the message...." see full article

1323 days ago | usnews
Women's World Cup semifinalists: US, Germany, England, Japan - U.S. News & World Report

"...The United States is ranked No. 2, having fallen out of the top spot late last year after six years at No. 1.The U.S. women have also been to every World Cup, winning the first in 1991 and then again in 1999. The Americans are the only team to have reached the semifinals in all seven tournaments.The U.S. came close to claiming a third title four years ago, but fell to Japan in the final on penalty kicks. Forward Alex Morgan was a breakout star as a super sub Germany.In the so-called Group of Death in Canada, the U.S. defeated Australia and Nigeria, and played to a scoreless draw against Sweden and former head coach Pia Sundhage.The Americans defeated Colombia 2-0 to open the knockout stage, then finally looked to all be on the same page with a 1-0 victory over China in the quarterfinals...." see full article

1326 days ago | espn.go
Julie Foudy, Kate Markgraf and Kristine Lilly look ahead to the semifinals of ... - ESPN

"...Our experts say Germany, the No. 1 team in the FIFA world rankings, is the heavy favorite over the second-ranked U.S. women. Each is trying to become the first team to win three Women's World Cup titles.Foudy's X factors: Since the World Cup kicked off, the United States has been able to rely on its back line and Hope Solo, and that rock-solid defense will be what the U.S. women ride to victory. This matchup suits the U.S. team better than a USA-France matchup because the Germans, although good on the ball, do not have the technical ability of France. Yes, the Germans have a ton of offensive talent, but the United States will take the confidence gained from playing higher pressure defense against China and come with even more pressure on both sides of the ball. This one will be won on set pieces and by Solo having a big game...." see full article

1326 days ago | washingtonpost
Women's World Cup: What's gone right and wrong for the US so far? - Washington Post

"...In many ways, the World Cup is a pass/fail event either a team does enough to advance or it doesn't. For the U.S. women, this tournament's group stage represented a passing grade, but little more. The U.S. defeated Australia and Nigeria and tied Sweden, earning first place in Group D and progressing to the round of 16. So what's gone right and wrong so far?Though the group stage wasn't always easy on the eyes, much more went right than wrong for the Americans. Their reward is a cushy draw that should see them comfortably through to the semifinal, where a meeting with top-ranked Germany looms. Ultimately, this team will be judged by whether it wins the World Cup or doesn't, and if some of its problems are not corrected, then a semifinal exit could very well be in the cards...." see full article

1336 days ago | nypost
US women score favorable path to World Cup semifinals - New York Post
"...The US Women's National Team not only survived the so-called Group of Death at the FIFA Women's World Cup, but won it. Their reward? A Round of 16 date with Colombia, and what appears to be a favorable path to the semifinals.After finishing atop Group D, the US will now be heavy favorites against Colombia on Monday, June 22 at 8 p.m. at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton on Fox Sports 1.The US has routed their South American foe by identical 3-0 scorelines in their only two prior meetings...." see full article

1337 days ago | bleacherreport
Women's World Cup 2015 Bracket: Round of 16 Format, Fixtures and Predictions - Bleacher Report
"...Favourites Germany and USA look to have relatively easy passages to the quarter-finals against Sweden and Colombia respectively, although Die Nationalelf may be challenged by a side that held Jill Ellis' team to a 0-0 draw in the group stages.Indeed, the USWNT look to have a fairly decent ride to the semi-finals, as they are likely to meet China in the quarter-finals.However, Germany look on a collision course to take on the French in the last eight, given the somewhat lopsided nature of the draw, per Sports Illustrated's Grant Wahl:..." see full article

1337 days ago | usatoday
US has most punishing travel schedule at Women's World Cup - USA TODAY

"...If it did so, however, it might not like what it sees. Although the Americans landed in the part of the bracket they wanted avoiding Brazil, a trek to distant New Brunswick and a four-hour time switch there is still no other team in the tournament with a more punishing travel schedule ahead.The U.S. left Vancouver on Wednesday afternoon and hopes to get back there for the final on July 5. To do so would require a state of perpetual motion, with not just three opponents but three new cities and three previously unseen stadiums to negotiate. I don't really pack, said defender Julie Johnston, one of the team's most productive players in the tournament so far. I just kind of stack and shove it in and move on. That is all I know, we are going to always be on the move. ..." see full article

1338 days ago | latimes
Women's World Cup: US wins Group D with 1-0 victory over Nigeria - Los Angeles Times
"...Few moments are bigger than a must-win game in a World Cup. And just as Ellis had predicted, Abby Wambach delivered in those circumstances Tuesday, scoring the only goal in a 1-0 win over Nigeria that gave the U.S. the Group D title and sent it on to the knockout stage.Moving on to the second round of a women's World Cup is nothing new for the U.S., which has made the semifinals of the previous six tournaments. But it hasn't won its group since 2007. And this year that prize carried an extra bonus: a matchup next week with an as yet undetermined third-place finisher from another group, making for an easier trip through to the final...." see full article

1338 days ago | usatoday
Armour: Time is now for US women at World Cup - USA TODAY

"...Time is running out on the U.S. women.Not at this tournament. The Americans are assured of playing at least one more game, winning Group D with a 1-0 victory over Nigeria on Tuesday night. With 10 players 30 or older by the July 5 final, however, nothing is assured after this World Cup ends.Unless the U.S. wins here, there's a very real possibility that 30-somethings Abby Wambach, the career scoring leader in both the men's and women's game, Hope Solo, Heather O'Reilly, Shannon Boxx and Lloyd all could end their careers without ever winning a World Cup title.Think about that. Some of the most illustrious names to ever play the game, and they'd leave without winning the biggest prize of all. Christie Rampone was part of the 1999 team, but played just 17 minutes..." see full article

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