It was No. 1 vs. No. 2, the two teams in women's soccer already with a pair World Cup titles to boast. Tuesday night's gargantuan semifinal between Germany and the United States lived up to its billing, and ended with a 2-0 U.S. victory to put them through to the World Cup Final in Vancouver on Sunday.
Carli Lloyd tacked on another penalty kick goal to put the U.S. ahead in the second half, then took an incisive pass from Meghan Klingenberg and made a move in the box to set up Kelley O'Hara's goal to put the match out of reach with minutes left in the match. Klingenberg and the defense held on for yet another shutout, pushing their shutout streak to 513 minutes in the tournament. Morgan Brian started her second straight match in midfield, and had a scare after colliding heads with Alexandra Popp. Brian continued, however, and put in a solid shift at the base of the USWNT midfield triangle.
That's why @CarliLloyd is number 10. Wants the responsibility in the biggest moments.— Brian Ching (@brianching) July 1, 2015
Friendly reminder that Morgan Brian is 22 and has been playing professional soccer for a few months.— Kevin McCauley (@kevinmccauley) June 30, 2015
The U.S. will take on the winner of Japan vs. England on Sunday, July 5, at 6 p.m. CT. The Dash will be out at The Phoenix at Westheimer one last time as the USWNT goes for its third World Cup championship.