A lot has transpired in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup since our first blog installment Tuesday! After returning home late from Vancouver we lounged around the house waiting for the Mexico/Colombia game to see our Dawgs, Veronica and Amanda Perez, represent the Tricolores!
It was a match Mexico really needed three points from to be confident moving through their very tough group (England and France are the other two teams in Group F). Veronica was unbelievable and scored Mexico’s first, and only thus far, goal of the tournament.
It was historical also in that it was the Women’s World Cup’s first use of goal-line technology! Check it out! Sadly, Mexico couldn’t hold the lead and were also the victims of subpar officiating and had a goal called back. The 1-1 draw gave them a point and hope.
Mexico’s 2nd game of group play versus England yesterday had it’s moments…my personal and extremely biased feeling is that Veronica needs to see the ball more; Mexico is as talented a team as they’ve had but they need to stick with playing TEAM soccer and moving the ball amongst players in the attack as opposed to becoming direct or playing too individually. They wore down late and lost 2-0.
This was doubly disappointing because Colombia shocked the world in the first match of the day in Group F by beating France 2-0! Let’s see if Mexico rebounds in game 3 and puts the nail in the French coffin, mais non? Either way, we’re so proud of Veronica and Amanda…..and so happy their family was able to make the trip to see the games live!
After a lot of SMACK talk from former U.S. coach and current Sweden coach, Pia Sundhage, electricity was in the air for game 2 in Winnipeg. With UW graduation and Benny G.’s 5th grade promotion, Winnipeg wasn’t in the cards for us, so we brought Winnipeg to us by hosting a 100+ person viewing party at Husky Stadium! It was so great to see so many friends and their families. The game was more of a “tussle” tha
n a game. Megan Klingenberg’s header off the line to preserve the U.S. a point in the 0-0 draw was about the biggest highlight. I don’t think a lot of U.S. fans foresaw Abby Wambach and Alex Morgan as being late game substitutes in this World Cup, but there are so many factors in play with this team (age, injury, a system with only 2 forwards) that has made for two somewhat disjointed performances for the U.S.
|Former US Teammates Amy Griffin|
|3 UW Alums; Terry, Erin and Sarah|
For more photos of party, click here: WWC Viewing Party Photos
Summer for the boys is ALMOST here and their LAST day of school will be spent driving to Vancouver to see the U.S. play Nigeria in their final group game. The U.S. is atop their group, so things look good. If they come first in Group D we’ll consider the trek to Edmonton (14 hour drive) to see their Round of 16 match. Otherwise we’ll be glued to Vancouver, B.C. and blogging more adventures from there.
Amy’s 91’ legend teammate, Debbie Belkin Rademacher, arrived from Michigan yesterday and we treated her to soccer Seattle style with a Sounders Match which ended in a 3-0 win! Great way to start the soccer trip and visit! So fun to have her here and reminisce about the good ol’ days. A phrase I love: “The older we get the better we were!” So excited to see the Red, White and Blue take on the Super Falcons of Nigeria! Promises to be entertaining and to borrow a line from “Boys in the Boat”, here’s to hoping the U.S.A. finds their swing just in time to advance in this World Cup!