USWNT vs. Colombia
Time: 8pm ET
Location: Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
TV: Fox Sports 1, NBC Universo
Whelp… the group games of the 2015 Women’s World Cup were a bit more of nail biters that we originally thought, but we disposed of a very negative Nigeria and finished TOP OF OUR GROUP. The so-called “Group of Death” as you remember. We do pretty well when FIFA tries to set us up.
Abby Wambach score the type of goal that we’ve been waiting for her to get a hold of all tournament. She’s scored 77 goals with her head (!) but her hustle play to find the cross and half-scissor volley-ish the ball into the back of the net was pure excellence. You could see the relief and release on Abby’s face in her celebration. And frankly USWNT fans across the country.
We keep on waiting for the game where this team just turns it on. Nigeria played hack-a-Shaq slowing down the emerging U.S. attack (Sydney Leroux was hungry last match!) so hopefully Colombia plays us straight up. The South American side, a bit of a Cinderella story in this summer’s tournament, has been posting plenty of bulletin board material to hype up our side.
Colombia’s star player Lady Andrade said this weekend, “We’re going to beat them since they like to talk so much.”
This coming from the player that sucker punched Wambach in their last meeting. Not cool, Lady.
So if trash talking and punches to the face don’t get the USWNT fired up for this match… we dunno what will.
Full USWNT Roster:
Goalkeepers: Ashlyn Harris (Washington Spirit), Alyssa Naeher (Boston Breakers) and Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC).
Defenders: Lori Chalupny (Chicago Red Stars), Whitney Engen (Western NY Flash), Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Meghan Klingenberg (Houston Dash), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC) and Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City).
Midfielders: Shannon Boxx (Chicago Red Stars), Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), Heather O’Reilly (FC Kansas City) and Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC).
Forwards: Sydney Leroux (Western NY Flash), Alex Morgan (Portland Thorns FC), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City) and Abby Wambach (unattached).
No matter the challenge… it’s the World Cup Final or bust.