Posted: 7/1/2015


WHAT A MATCH-UP AT THE OLYMPIC STADIUM ! A battle between the only two teams to have won the FIFA Women's World Cup TWICE. Germany in 2003 in Los Angeles and 2007 in China, while USA won in 1991 in China and 1999 in Pasadena. No love lost here.

A largely pro US crowd, with stars and stripes painted faces, flags, clothing making a big noise in the ageing stadium built for the 1976 Olympics where I watched some athletics plus boxing, hockey and football at other locations. About 51,176 on hand as Romanian referee Teodora Albon blew her whistle to start the action.

American coach Jill Ellis, born in England, has been under increasing pressure at the finals, with less than stunning displays and line-up choices, although the defence has been solid with Hope Solo letting in only one goal, in the opening 3-1 win over Australia.

Germany's coach Silvia Neid, a former player with DIE NATIONALELF (national eleven) the equivalent of Die Mannschaft, was hoping to do better than the guys who lost recently to Juergen Klinnsmann's boys, and their u 21's men who were thrashed 5-0 by Portugal in the EURO semi-final in Olomouc, Czech Republic last week. It had already been announced that she will be replaced by Steffi Jones in 2016 and stay on as head of scouting.

THE MAJOR decision may have been the penalty awarded on the hour mark when Julie Johnson fouled Alexandre Popp inside the box. It should have been a STRAIGHT RED, denying a goalscoring opportunity (DOGSO). Solo perhaps should have been shown a yellow for bad sportswomanship for delaying the kick. Celia Sasic shot wide. Nine minutes later at the other end Morgan was fouled by Annike Krahn JUST OUTSIDE THE AREA. Carli Lloyd put the resulting kick wide of captain a nd goalkeeper Nadine Angerer..1-0.

It was all over when Lloyd slipped the ball at close range to Kelley O'Hara for a late second goal. 2-0 to the Stars and Stripes and on to DC Place to face England or defending champions Japan who face off in Edmonton today. The Girls of '15 hope to emulate THE BOYS OF '66.