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USA Defeats Colombia 3-0 and Could Megan Rapinoe Be ANY Cooler?
Posted By: Amy Maestri
July 28, 2012
WSN Guest Blogger, Amy Maestri’s reactions after the USA vs Colombia women’s soccer match
After watching the USWNT beat Colombia 3-0 today, my immediate reaction was to cheer wildly, clap vigorously and try to emulate an Ali Krieger million dollar smile. I admit, I didn’t even come close to a Krieger smile, but let’s be honest; who can??
I’m sure Krieger has a big smile after watching this game as well. Between the birthday message from Megan Rapinoe and a big USA win, it was a winning day for our beloved defender who is still out from her ACL tear in January. And it was a winning day for the whole USA team as they charged over Colombia 3-0, with black eyes and all.
Megan Rapinoe started the scoring off with a beautiful strike, chipping the keeper like a boss. After her rock star goal was a rock star celebration, with the birthday message to Krieger. Normally after a goal Rapinoe is the first to leap into the scorer’s arms like a maniac. But this time it was our girl Pinoe with a super strike. Pinoe had an all around spectacular game creating chances everywhere. Next was Wambach’s goal, which spelled determination; taking on a physical battle to smash one into the back of the net just a few plays after taking a right hook from a Colombian boxer…I mean…soccer player. Sorry, Colombia, it is going to take far more to silence Abby Wambach. Next time try bringing an entire army. It still probably won’t work, but might do a little more than a measly smack in the face. Canadian striker, Christine Sinclair, would probably also like it if they sent an army against Wambach, as they are still in their neck to neck competition for career goals. Goal number 3 was all Carli Lloyd. After a disgustingly beautiful strike for a goal in theFrancegame, Lloyd came back with another picturesque goal. Getting a beautiful feed from Megan Rapinoe, she timed her run perfect, took a sweet little touch and then buried the ball saying, “Bye Colombia! Thanks for stopping by!”
After the scoring spree that Alex Morgan has been on, I was almost confused when not seeing her name on the goal tally. I thought maybe I had forgotten how to read or that the TV was malfunctioning. But one thing that didn’t surprise me was her playmaking abilities through the game. She may not have had her best game or scored a hat trick, or even one goal. But she was a play maker for us showing her skill over the ball, her ability to set up others and her ever impressing speed beating others to the ball and sending crosses in. Our other playmaking super star of the day (and every day) was Lauren Cheney, in my opinion. Colombia, while you’re at it, sending that army to try and silence Abby, you might want to have them make a stop by Lauren Cheney as well. I saw her dribble her way out of a tight area with defenders swarming around her just as often as I saw her give a Philly stare down toColombiaafter each questionable tackle. She may not have been as involved in the attack as Carli Lloyd was, but she showed us all why that central midfield position suits her so well. Watching her skill and composure was enough to make me happy for the rest of the week. (But seeing the stare down was an added bonus) I’d say the other bonus of the game was watching Kelley O’Hara dance and frolic over Colombian players like the stupendous little soccer leprechaun that she is. Both in this game and againstFrance, she was a stud. A happy little leprechaun stud.
Next up is North Korea and I am confident in another victory. There is of course work to be done, as there always is, and there were plenty of chances we probably should have finished but I am proud of our girls after two wins with some fantastic goals. And I know they will be ready and waiting for North Korea. So Abby, ice your gangster black eye. Cheney, don’t ever change. Rapinoe, you’re a boss. Lloyd, keep the goals coming, girl. Solo, oh, that’s right. I forgot you were out there! Good job touching that ball that one time! And way to pull of that new jersey, it looked great!