US soccer team looking good

They’re on to China. By they, I mean the women that make up the roster for Team USA at the 2015 Women’s World Cup.

Of course, most of you likely had no clue the event was even taking place right now. Well it is. Seriously, it’s happening right now just north of the border in Canada.

Oh, and the U.S. is doing pretty darn well for itself.

The second-ranked Americans have not allowed a goal since beating Australia 3-1 in the opening match of Group D on June 8. The Jill Ellis-coached squad topped Australia, tied Sweden 0-0, then beat Nigeria 1-0 to advance from the so-called Group of Death with a 2-0-1 record. Add those victories with Monday night’s 2-0 Round of 16 win over Colombia and the Americans haven’t allowed a goal in 333 minutes of play.

Impressive in a tournament with the world’s best teams squaring off on the pitch.

Of course, you missed it didn’t you? Is it because it’s women’s soccer? Is it because it’s soccer? Or is it just because it’s a women’s sport?

Either way, you’re missing one heck of a run by this national team. Thinking of all you missed Monday night is mind boggling.

You never saw Alex Morgan’s goal or the red card that led to it.

Morgan was on the receiving end of a slide-tackle that sent Colombia keeper Catalina Perez, who was starting because No. 1 netminder Sandra Sepulveda was suspended for the match, off with red card. Morgan found her way to the right of the net in the 53rd minute, just outside the box, and fired on Colombia’s third-string keeper Stefany Castano, who dove for the shot, which she did get a piece of.

Unfortunately for the Colombians, Castano deflected the ball into the upper right corner of the net for what eventually became the game-winning goal.

You never saw Carli Lloyd bury her penalty kick in the 66th minute, or the always-reliable Abby Wambach shank her PK attempt in the 50th minute.

Opting to kick left- footed, Wambach blew a golden opportunity for a 1-0 lead at the time when she faked out the keeper (Castano) only to watch as her attempt sailed well wide of the left post. She also spoiled her own chance at the history books, missing a chance to tie Brazilian soccer icon Marta’s all-time record of 15 Women’s World Cup goals.

That will have to wait until 7:30 p.m. Friday when the U.S. squares off with 16th-ranked China in the quarterfinals at Landsdowne Stadium in Ottawa.

It should be a physical matchup.

There’s a lot of pride to play on China’s side. The Steel Roses – who failed to qualify four years ago and have never won a title in six attempts – and their nation remember the 1999 Women’s World Cup (held in the USA) all too well.

That was the last time the U.S., which is seeking its third title, won the World Cup, beating China on penalty kicks at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.

It won’t be easy. There’s still plenty to work on offensively, but the Americans are a favorite up there in Canada, along with top-ranked Germany and third-ranked France.

And you. Yes, you. You’re missing the whole darn thing.

George Scione can be reached at 594-6520, gscione@nashua telegraph.com or @Telegraph_BigG.

US soccer team looking good

They’re on to China. By they, I mean the women that make up the roster for Team USA at the 2015 Women’s World Cup.

Of course, most of you likely had no clue the event was even taking place right now. Well it is. Seriously, it’s happening right now just north of the border in Canada.

Oh, and the U.S. is doing pretty darn well for itself.

The second-ranked Americans have not allowed a goal since beating Australia 3-1 in the opening match of Group D on June 8. The Jill Ellis-coached squad topped Australia, tied Sweden 0-0, then beat Nigeria 1-0 to advance from the so-called Group of Death with a 2-0-1 record. Add those victories with Monday night’s 2-0 Round of 16 win over Colombia and the Americans haven’t allowed a goal in 333 minutes of play.

Impressive in a tournament with the world’s best teams squaring off on the pitch.

Of course, you missed it didn’t you? Is it because it’s women’s soccer? Is it because it’s soccer? Or is it just because it’s a women’s sport?

Either way, you’re missing one heck of a run by this national team. Thinking of all you missed Monday night is mind boggling.

You never saw Alex Morgan’s goal or the red card that led to it.

Morgan was on the receiving end of a slide-tackle that sent Colombia keeper Catalina Perez, who was starting because No. 1 netminder Sandra Sepulveda was suspended for the match, off with red card. Morgan found her way to the right of the net in the 53rd minute, just outside the box, and fired on Colombia’s third-string keeper Stefany Castano, who dove for the shot, which she did get a piece of.

Unfortunately for the Colombians, Castano deflected the ball into the upper right corner of the net for what eventually became the game-winning goal.

You never saw Carli Lloyd bury her penalty kick in the 66th minute, or the always-reliable Abby Wambach shank her PK attempt in the 50th minute.

Opting to kick left- footed, Wambach blew a golden opportunity for a 1-0 lead at the time when she faked out the keeper (Castano) only to watch as her attempt sailed well wide of the left post. She also spoiled her own chance at the history books, missing a chance to tie Brazilian soccer icon Marta’s all-time record of 15 Women’s World Cup goals.

That will have to wait until 7:30 p.m. Friday when the U.S. squares off with 16th-ranked China in the quarterfinals at Landsdowne Stadium in Ottawa.

It should be a physical matchup.

There’s a lot of pride to play on China’s side. The Steel Roses – who failed to qualify four years ago and have never won a title in six attempts – and their nation remember the 1999 Women’s World Cup (held in the USA) all too well.

That was the last time the U.S., which is seeking its third title, won the World Cup, beating China on penalty kicks at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.

It won’t be easy. There’s still plenty to work on offensively, but the Americans are a favorite up there in Canada, along with top-ranked Germany and third-ranked France.

And you. Yes, you. You’re missing the whole darn thing.

George Scione can be reached at 594-6520, gscione@nashua telegraph.com or @Telegraph_BigG.

US soccer team looking good

They’re on to China. By they, I mean the women that make up the roster for Team USA at the 2015 Women’s World Cup.

Of course, most of you likely had no clue the event was even taking place right now. Well it is. Seriously, it’s happening right now just north of the border in Canada.

Oh, and the U.S. is doing pretty darn well for itself.

The second-ranked Americans have not allowed a goal since beating Australia 3-1 in the opening match of Group D on June 8. The Jill Ellis-coached squad topped Australia, tied Sweden 0-0, then beat Nigeria 1-0 to advance from the so-called Group of Death with a 2-0-1 record. Add those victories with Monday night’s 2-0 Round of 16 win over Colombia and the Americans haven’t allowed a goal in 333 minutes of play.

Impressive in a tournament with the world’s best teams squaring off on the pitch.

Of course, you missed it didn’t you? Is it because it’s women’s soccer? Is it because it’s soccer? Or is it just because it’s a women’s sport?

Either way, you’re missing one heck of a run by this national team. Thinking of all you missed Monday night is mind boggling.

You never saw Alex Morgan’s goal or the red card that led to it.

Morgan was on the receiving end of a slide-tackle that sent Colombia keeper Catalina Perez, who was starting because No. 1 netminder Sandra Sepulveda was suspended for the match, off with red card. Morgan found her way to the right of the net in the 53rd minute, just outside the box, and fired on Colombia’s third-string keeper Stefany Castano, who dove for the shot, which she did get a piece of.

Unfortunately for the Colombians, Castano deflected the ball into the upper right corner of the net for what eventually became the game-winning goal.

You never saw Carli Lloyd bury her penalty kick in the 66th minute, or the always-reliable Abby Wambach shank her PK attempt in the 50th minute.

Opting to kick left- footed, Wambach blew a golden opportunity for a 1-0 lead at the time when she faked out the keeper (Castano) only to watch as her attempt sailed well wide of the left post. She also spoiled her own chance at the history books, missing a chance to tie Brazilian soccer icon Marta’s all-time record of 15 Women’s World Cup goals.

That will have to wait until 7:30 p.m. Friday when the U.S. squares off with 16th-ranked China in the quarterfinals at Landsdowne Stadium in Ottawa.

It should be a physical matchup.

There’s a lot of pride to play on China’s side. The Steel Roses – who failed to qualify four years ago and have never won a title in six attempts – and their nation remember the 1999 Women’s World Cup (held in the USA) all too well.

That was the last time the U.S., which is seeking its third title, won the World Cup, beating China on penalty kicks at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.

It won’t be easy. There’s still plenty to work on offensively, but the Americans are a favorite up there in Canada, along with top-ranked Germany and third-ranked France.

And you. Yes, you. You’re missing the whole darn thing.

George Scione can be reached at 594-6520, gscione@nashua telegraph.com or @Telegraph_BigG.