Yeah, what’s up France!?
This is what team American is all about.
Despite superstar goaltender Hope Solo’s pregame hamstring injury, the women proved that this is no solo effort. Team USA has proven throughout this tournament they are the single most resilient and gritty team this year.
Solo’s teammates knew coming into the match that they needed to step their game up and they wasted no time putting the pressure on France.
In less than nine minutes, team USA scored on a beautifully orchestrated goal that felt like doves should have floated from the net to bless the American women.
After a controversial mach with Brazil on Sunday, the Americans proved they have the skill necessary to win World Cup gold.
The goal started off by a gorgeous heel pass near the sidelines by Carli Lloyd. Heather O’Reilly proceeded down the sidelines and gradually drifted towards the goalie’s box. She sprinted past her French defender and made a perfect pass to Lauren Cheney streaking right in front of the opposing goaltender.
With a simple leg extension by Cheney, the ball ricocheted off her foot and past a diving attempt by the goaltender perfectly placed into the back right corner of the net.
It was simply a gorgeous goal by the Americans, who made two remarkable passes to set up Cheney in front of the goalkeeper.
Team USA has managed to pull out all of the stops throughout this tournament. They are looking to make history after putting together arguably the most epic and historic victory in USA soccer history over Brazil on Sunday.
Solo, despite her injury, is already doing a great job in goal. This marked Cheney’s second goal in five matches, but her teammates deserve an equal share of the credit for setting her up perfectly as they enter half time still leading 1-0.
The Americans have the talent to overcome any obstacle in the World Cup. This fluid goal is a prime example of how why their victory over Brazil on Sunday was no fluke.