It’s no secret that the summer is mostly void of sports and your favorite neighborhood sports bar sometimes lacks the same buzz that is seen during football, basketball and hockey season. For some reason, baseball fans just are not as rowdy as other sports! Like last summer, however, soccer fans really have something to be excited about this morning. While hundreds gathered to cheer on the US Men last June as they battled during the World Cup in South Africa, it’s the ladies of soccer that are giving us a reason to tune in this year.
The US Women’s National soccer team will face France this morning at 11 am in a semi-final match for the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup. You might be surprised to know that this is the United States’ sixth consecutive trip to the semi-finals. The United States is the only country to advance to the final four in every FIFA Women’s World Cup.
In case you have been living under a rock, a recap of how they made it here…On Sunday morning, the women’s team clawed their way through what many will argue was one of the worst officiated matches in Women’s World Cup history. Questionable calls, the ejection of US player Rachel Buehler and penalty kicks were not enough to stop Team USA however and they rallied with a late score by Abby Wambach to tie the game. Wambach scored the latest goal in World Cup history at 2 minutes into extra time, a beautiful header off a cross from Megan Rapinoe. The tie sent the game to penalty kicks and the US came out on top to advance to the semi-final round.
Third Base will open at 10 am this morning for the pre-match show. Come early and support the US ladies!