U.S. Women grind into World Cup Final

By: 
WILL NATIONS
Sports Reporter

This 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup edition of the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team (USWNT) is not the same one I remember from the FIFA Women's World Cup in 1999, when they placed women's soccer on the map. Long gone are the headline-makers Mia Hamm, Michelle Akers, Julie Foudy, and Brandi Chastain. Instead, the USWNT offers the viewing public a master class on blue-collar play on the pitch.
America is a gritty, in-your-face country. We like our heroes to rough people up. This USWNT is everything that the United States of America is about as a culture. These women fight for every second of the 90 minutes. That was no truer than last night in Montreal, when the USWNT toppled the No. 1 Germans 2-0 with goals from Carli Lloyd, at the penalty spot, and Kelley O'Hara, who finished Lloyd cross in front of goal.
Though their wins have lacked the pizzazz and high-goal tallies of old, a strong defense, which has not allowed an opponent goal in 513 minutes, is what is going to win the country's third Women's World Cup. It is not what we remember from old. It is the new America – one bruised, tired, but unwilling to stop. This team and nation is passionate about getting dirty for the sake of winning and being the best.

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