The United States will take on Germany on Tuesday June 30 to determine who will advance to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Finals match.
This match will be best offense (Germany) vs best defense (USA). The winner of this match takes on either Japan or England for the title.
The United States advanced to this semi-finals match by knocking off China 1-0 in the quarter-finals. But they had to accomplish this goal without two starters. Megan Rapinoe and Lauren Holiday were both suspended for receiving two yellow cards in a 2-0 win against Colombia in the Round of 16. Despite having to play with backups, the USA excelled with great offense and defense to slide past China and advance to the semi-finals round. China couldn’t get much going on offense, and the U.S. took advantage of that to hold their lead. Hope Solo made history and became the winningest goal keeper in U.S. Women’s soccer history. Solo has only allowed one goal in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup tournament.
Germany advanced into this match by knocking off France 5-4 in the penalty shoot-out. But France proved that Germany’s powerful offense can be weakened by maintaining longer possession of the ball. France also showed that Germany is not as tough as they’re feared to be as they only allowed Germany to score one goal in 120 minutes. Germany had not had much competition in this tournament, until they played France, who had scored eight goals in their previous two games and allowed none.
In order to defeat Germany, the United States will have to be very aggressive on defense to stop the powerful German offense, who has scored 20 goals, and are averaging 5.5 goals per game in this tournament. The United States will look to keep longer possession of the ball to wear down Germany’s defense.
With Megan Rapinoe and Lauren Holiday returning to the lineup, the United States will be ready to take on Germany and fight for the opportunity to return to the finals and avenge their loss in the 2011 Women’s FIFA World Cup Finals match.
USA vs Germany
Tuesday – June 30 – 6:00 pm
Stade Olympique – Montreal