USA vs. Japan: Match Day Commentary

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The U.S. Women's National Soccer Team will complete their World Cup run today, and will either provide the perfect finish to a dream tournament, or will fall just short in their quest for a third World Cup title when the ladies take on Japan in today's Women's World Cup Final (2:45pm, ESPN/Galavision/ESPN3.com).

Standing in the way is the skillful and motivated Japanese squad, which is playing for a nation recovering from a terrible disaster and looking like a team of destiny. The United States has defeated Japan three times this year, but nobody would call this a mismatch considering how Japan has looked in this World Cup.

SBI will be providing live commentary on today's World Cup Final so please feel free to follow along here. As always, you are welcome to share your own thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.

Enjoy the action (Commentary is after the jump):

 

 

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135 Responses to USA vs. Japan: Match Day Commentary

  1. Joamiq says:

    Cheney, how can you not do your damndest to force that to Wambach…

  2. Francois says:

    I really don’t like the way our central midfield has looked in this Cup.

  3. RB says:

    Boxx has already looked a bit stiff and slow here…

  4. RB says:

    Except on that ball!

  5. Francois says:

    Ya, great ball out wide to Rapinoe. We’re controlling possesion instead of them which is good.

  6. beachbum says:

    Carli’s legs look better, recovered. good to see

  7. Francois says:

    CARLI!!! Should’ve done better and kept it down.

  8. Francois says:

    Now Megan misses one!

  9. Joamiq says:

    Cheney is awesome at making runs and finding space. USMNT attackers should be taking notes – this is their number one deficiency as a team, IMO.

  10. RB says:

    We need to buy some finishing!

  11. Gacm32 says:

    Japan with a lot of meaningless possesion, not creating anything.

  12. Gacm32@gmail.com says:

    Japan with a lot of meaningless possesion, not creating anything.

  13. beachbum says:

    come on now, don’t need those, no pressure giveaways

  14. Joamiq says:

    Alright… Cheney and Rapinoe have great chemistry, but they need to stop shooting from the freaking endline. That’s Abby Wambach in the middle, yo.

  15. Jamie Z. says:

    Anybody else notice Carli Lloyd can’t hit the broad side of a barn with her shots?

  16. RB says:

    She’s trying to make up for the absence of Rodriguez, perhaps, in that regard…

  17. beachbum says:

    Japan wants Buehler to play the ball out of the back; need to work hard off the ball to give ehr better options, she looks a liitle jittery still on the ball to me

  18. blag says:

    U.S. men taking notes: notice that there are other strategies than just hoofing the ball over the top during counter attacks

  19. beachbum says:

    Rapinoe with one now. come on

  20. Joamiq says:

    That shot by Wambach was ridiculous. Holy crap.

  21. Pia says:

    You gotta wonder why Lloyd ever sees the field, and how Rapinoe could ever be left off the field.

  22. Francois says:

    Our girls need to communicate better on clearances and balls in the air.

  23. beachbum says:

    keep playing…keep fishing for it!

  24. Jamie Z. says:

    Ack! Finishing, finishing, finishing!

  25. NK says:

    Watch out-the referees are already starting to support Japan-every ball that’s gone out has gone Japan’s way, even when it hasn’t been close

  26. gacm32 says:

    Sometimes Rapinoe’s decision making isn’t the best haha

  27. beachbum says:

    agree, but without the ha ha

    another example right there

  28. beachbum says:

    have to keep the pressure on defensively as done already. I expect they’ll attack Buehler with off the ball runs to space with balls thru and over the backline. that midfield pressure is key to not allow the time and space to play that kind of ball

    and just score…Lauren is faster than everyone out there with great technique. keep finding her in that final 3rd; she makes plays in there

    Boxx and Lloyd need to continue to do it in there, playing well, stepping up

    BELIEVE!!!

  29. beachbum says:

    Cheney out. that’s a problem. the best player probably

  30. Joamiq says:

    What happened to Cheney?? Oh no. She was great.

  31. RB says:

    Wow — Cheney out!

    Morgan…

  32. beachbum says:

    need the heart, right now. come on!

  33. RB says:

    A blessing in disguise?

  34. beachbum says:

    another from Buehler early here in the 2nd

  35. Jamie Z. says:

    AHHHHHHH!!!

  36. Francois says:

    Damnit!! We can’t buy one!

  37. Francois says:

    Bad call

  38. Jamie Z. says:

    Again, Lloyd can’t hit the target.

  39. NK says:

    I feel like Spain must have felt when they played us-just can’t buy a goal

  40. beachbum says:

    wow, excellent soccer right there back and forth

  41. Pia says:

    Formula for future success.

    HIT THE FREAKIN NET

  42. RB says:

    Good D from Buehler

  43. beachbum says:

    biggest problem with Cheney’s injury is we can’t sub move her into the middle to

  44. beachbum says:

    better simple but good decision ther from her allows this set piece chance

  45. beachbum says:

    not like Japan is finishing with acumen either

    come on USA!!!

  46. beachbum says:

    bummer call in a final. it’s too bad

  47. beachbum says:

    sweet :) love Carli. love Alex. nice ball Megan :)

  48. RB says:

    A very big blessing!!!

    FINISHING!!!

  49. Joamiq says:

    WOW. Alex Morgan is about to become one of the biggest stars in American sports.

  50. Francois says:

    Great finish Alex!!! Wow, pick that one out!

  51. FireBOBNow! says:

    Alex Morgan = Gringo Chica Chicarito!

  52. PIA says:

    Rapino – MORGAN GOOOOOOAALLLLLL

  53. RB says:

    No kidding — what a monster, perfect ball from Rapinoe up to Morgan in the first place.

  54. beachbum says:

    what’s the next sub…somewhere int he midfield, yes? fresh legs for pressure

  55. Pia says:

    Japan still afraid to open up, if they do we will flood their net with goals.

  56. Francois says:

    That is unbelievable unlucky, I can’t believe it.

  57. Pitt Evertonian says:

    Cue the Benny Hill music with that awful defending.

  58. Citronomics says:

    Butterfingers D… wow, when we hit the panic switch it’s awful to watch.

  59. Joamiq says:

    Rachel Buehler, what on earth were you doing?? You NEVER try to clear it across your box like that, let alone clear it so weakly!

  60. NK says:

    Why would you clear it towards the goal mouth? Why?

  61. Pia says:

    How many dumb things can one defense do in less than five seconds, turn ball over in back 3rd, two misclears. The answer at least 4.

  62. RB says:

    Lloyd is just really not on her game lately…

  63. Citronomics says:

    So it can ping pong off your center D partner to the foot of the opposing player running into the box. why else? :-)

  64. beachbum says:

    got to weather this…what a game!

    never felt like we had it won…Ian?

  65. beachbum says:

    Japan the brighter squad right now

  66. beachbum says:

    this is awesome!!!

  67. beachbum says:

    O’Reily!!!!!!!

  68. ericJ says:

    Awesome?

  69. beachbum says:

    worthy final. what a display for soccer.

    honor that, come out with your best 30 minutes ever ever ever, together as a team, and see what that accomplishes, and own whatever that is, own it

    BELIEVE!!!

  70. Pia says:

    So what is the best plotline to end this game?

    Does Abby do it again? or Does Lloyd, by far the worst player on the field redeem herself? Can Morgan do it again? Does Shannon Box, the unsung rock in the middle of the field show she is the class of this team? Lepeilbet redeems her first two games and scores the game winner?

    Or, Do we have our hearts ripped out because…

    our defense stinks? Hope Solo makes her first mistake? Lloyd or Rampone make another dreadful turnover and we lose?

  71. Jamie Z. says:

    Stephanie Cox warming up? I’m no fan of LePeilbet, but is that what we need right now?

  72. beachbum says:

    nothing’s happened yet

    come on now!!!

  73. beachbum says:

    score again!!!!!!!

    keep shape, keep form, score again

  74. PD says:

    Landon who?

  75. RB says:

    It’s getting harder and harder to imagine an argument for starting Rodriguez and leaving Morgan on the bench. I mean, how much evidence do you need?

  76. PD says:

    Lloyd has been having a monster match….

  77. FireBOBNow! says:

    it is time to lock this sh!t the f**k down ladies ….

  78. questioner says:

    Come on Abby. Get another one so that cheater, Marta doesn’t win Golden Boot.

  79. Gacm32 says:

    ABBY!!! Great ball by my girl Alex :) and what more can you say about Abby.

  80. PD says:

    this forum has some the bitchiest “fans” I’ve ever come across… honestly folks, get a grip.

  81. NK says:

    Almost again!

  82. Joamiq says:

    Ives: Remember the game ends at the 120 mark (plus stoppage time). I know some folks have had trouble with that.

    Ha, nicely done

    WOW. “just under 6 minutes… 16…”

    Hopeless!

  83. phd says:

    Julie Foudy needs to learn how to count. So much for that Stanford education – ha ha.

  84. Joamiq says:

    Well, I think it’s safe to say Rodriguez is no longer a first choice striker. For now, anyway.

  85. beachbum says:

    holy Toledo! wow

  86. FireBOBNow! says:

    this defence is totally shambolic. are you trying to lose this game ladies .. come on!

  87. rorschach says:

    c’mon and score again, alex. i want your face all over the papers tomorrow.

  88. NK says:

    I think Rapino was trying to clear the ball into the goal…

  89. Joamiq says:

    Rapinoe had an awesome tournament.

  90. beachbum says:

    wow, awesome Rampone!!!

  91. phd says:

    Pearcie is my hero.

  92. phd says:

    Pearcie is the best. Why not Pearcie for Golden Ball?

  93. NK says:

    I knew it…

  94. ericJ says:

    Wow this US defense is stupid. Shameful.

  95. Pia says:

    Fire Bob Bradley

  96. Francois says:

    There is no way that just happened. This is ridiculous.

  97. FireBOBNow! says:

    they are 4 feet tall … how the f**k do you let them score on a corner. absolute disgraceful defending … what a clusterf**k

  98. phd says:

    Well if Tobin Heath hadn’t given the ball away and tried to be a hero……..

  99. RB says:

    Abby Wondolowski, there…

  100. beachbum says:

    come on now, win it here, come on

  101. beachbum says:

    ha ha ha!!!!!!!

  102. ericJ says:

    horrible shot.

  103. ericJ says:

    OMG good job women. Way to lose the game all by yourselves.

  104. RB says:

    Carli Wondolowski

  105. rorschach says:

    carli lloyd still can’t shoot. you could see on her run up to the shot that she was going to miss.

  106. ericJ says:

    Annnnnd i no longer care about this team.

  107. FireBOBNow! says:

    well this is over.

  108. Pia says:

    biggest choke in sports history!

  109. FireBOBNow! says:

    and just like that nobody in america cares about women’s soccer anymore. good job totally f**king that up ladies … kudos!

  110. rorschach says:

    what was the logic of letting carli lloyd anywhere near a penalty kick?

  111. beachbum says:

    Congratulations Japan. Sincerely.

    Great Game

  112. Pitt Evertonian says:

    Looks like the whole team (other than Wambach) needs to work on taking penalties that are more than 2 inches off of the ground.

  113. Ricky B. Free says:

    Another final choked away. At least it was a great game.

  114. beachbum says:

    to the USA women

    I enjoyed the ride!

    Thank you

  115. Ricky B. Free says:

    Carli Lloyd played the whole game as Carli Bornstein.

  116. Joe says:

    Great game. They deserved to lose though. Awful finishing.

  117. Rick says:

    Yes. If there’s one team against whom I’m happy to lose gracefully, it’s Japan. They’ve played very well.

  118. chris says:

    hahahhaha worst defending i have ever seen. Too bad becuase no one will care about this team anymore. I thought Japan was supposed to have beautiful footwork and were like Barcelona? They looked like sh!t

  119. .... says:

    end woman’s sufferage

  120. Todd says:

    lulz

  121. glaing says:

    Too bad some of the posters on here could not lode as gracefully

  122. Ramiro says:

    What is it with penalties today. The better team should have won today (USA and Brazil) and they both miss most or all of their penalties.

  123. JW says:

    Happy for the nation of my heritage, but devastated for the nation of my birth. It’s hard to beat anyone that believes their cause is greater than themselves. In this case, that much greater.

  124. glaing says:

    *lose*

  125. Ben says:

    I still say Rapinoe show more vision than almost anybody on our men’s team, and Morgan is a better finisher than men’s forwards. Well, once again, you never want to be a better team going into a penalty shoot out, just ask Brazil.

  126. karlo marx says:

    I blame the loss on the 3 damn misses on PKs.. and the terrible defense. CLEAR THE DAMN BALL.

  127. JW says:

    Much more devastation than happiness, for the record.

  128. Ian says:

    At least US is undisputed world champions of competitive eating and US wins the “world series” every year!

  129. John says:

    Gulati is having a lot of practice being the awkard guy on the podium.

  130. Jon says:

    I am extremely gutted and heartbroken right now. The story of US Soccer?

  131. Ryan says:

    Do you know what “today” means…?

  132. Ben says:

    I wish the mens team had Abby and Alex on the front line.

  133. David J says:

    What a jacka$$ Ives the writer is. So negative about a great team! I hope he doesn’t have any kids.