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Women’s World Cup 2011 – My Favorite Write-Up So Far

Possibly the best article I’ve read so far about the game against Brazil…

The US Ladies Flip the Script… and the Tragedy is All Brazil’s

Maura Gladys on the USWNT’s monumental win.

Posted 2011/07/11 by cosmosredux in USWNT.

A little bit of drama, a little bit of emotion, and one heck of a comeback by the USWNT.

Thinking about this game, I thought about an idea that Brian Phillips threw around a while ago on his excellent blog, Run of Play. It’s the idea that when something incredible occurs, we look back at it with a “climate of expectation” that’s drastically different from the one in which it occurred. Basically, we look back at it as if it couldn’t have occurred any other way.

And on rare occasions, every event and occurrence seems delicately, and deliberately placed, one after another, onto a perfect string of moments and emotions, creating something that is almost perfect.

What happened today in Dresden was perfect. Every touch, every run, every call, now in hindsight seems as if it was destined to end with Abby Wambach’s header, Hope Solo’s save, and Ali Krieger’s penalty, even though it didn’t seem that way at the time. Because of that afterglow, we’ll remember this game not as one of tactics, but of moments and movement and feeling. In the spirit of that, and giving a nod to the pure literary feel of it all, here’s USA-Brazil in three acts.

Read more at: The Shin Guardian: The US Ladies Flip the Script… and the Tragedy is All Brazil’s

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1 thought on “Women’s World Cup 2011 – My Favorite Write-Up So Far”

  1. Brasil’s tactics at the end we shoddy at best. They stunk. Being a man up and still losing is not good. Great crossing ball into the box. The header was nailed home between two defenders and the keeper. Great save by Hope Solo. Futebol is only sport that can rip your heart out in stoppage time. i have two blogs my futebol one is defutebol.net- my bobbygeedefutebol.wordpress was set up wne my own website went down.

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