The Road to the World Cup: CONCACAF

The Road to the World Cup: CONCACAF

Nearly four years ago Saki Kumagai, Japan’s 20 year-old center-back, rifled the winning penalty kick into the top left corner of Hope Solo’s goal to seal victory for Japan over the United States in the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final.  That moment gave Japan its first FIFA Women’s World Cup, winning against one of the giants in women’s soccer.  The celebrations from the Japanese matched this momentous occasion (JPN vs USA highlights). By falling to Japan in penalty kicks, the United States missed its opportunity to reassert itself as the premier women’s team in the world.  Blank stares and looks of despair marked the faces of the United States’ players as they grappled with the reality of just how close they had come. Click to read more...

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