By Chris Wimmer of Virginia Online Soccer News
On May 22nd in Cleveland, Ohio with a 4-0 shutout of 2-time defending Women’s World Cup Champions Germany, the U.S. Women’s National team made a statement: they are once again the best team in the world.
The U.S. had two goals in each half, and an amazing game from goalkeeper Hope Solo helped cap the shutout. Goals were scored by Heather O’Reilly, Kristine Lilly, and the always reliable Abby Wambach (2 goals) which moves her into the 3rd position on the U.S. all-time scoring leaders list.
Wambach now sits behind quite possibly the best Women’s soccer players to ever play in Mia Hamm and Kristine Lilly. Don’t forget that Lilly is still playing at the highest international level at age 37.
The German team played well early and showed promise, but they were continually caught offside while pressing the U.S. back line. The lack of true opportunities ended up costing Germany once the U.S. women got rolling.
In goal, Hope Solo had a game reminiscent of her performance in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Gold Medal game. She looked unbeatable in goal for the world’s best team. Any possible doubt about which women’s team is currently the world’s best and the favorite to win the 2011 Women’s World Cup, to be hosted in none other than Germany, was erased in one amazing performance last Saturday.
Just one question remains, how much does having a professional league, the WPS, in the United States benefit the players and the quality of soccer that will be played in the upcoming Women’s World Cup? I say that the WPS gives the woman more opportunities to compete against world class competition, year in and year out, without having to wait for international friendly’s or tournaments, therefore it’s an unmeasurable benefit.
The U.S. Women’s National Team is in action again in July when they take on Sweden.
Chris Wimmer appears on The Soccer Guys via Virginia Online Soccer News, He coaches girls high school soccer in Virginia and runs Virginia Online Soccer News.