Formation change, good fortune give USA a huge lift at World Cup

Carli Lloyd has emerged as the star of the USA Women’s Soccer team during this year’s World Cup.


MONTREAL (AP) – Julie Johnston thought she had blown it.

Johnston made a huge gaffe in Tuesday’s semifinal, fouling Alexandra Popp in the box for a penalty and what easily could have been a red card. You want to peak at the right time and I think that’s what we’re doing to a T, ” Solo told U.S. Soccer, avoiding the media since the opener. “I did the stall tactic, it worked”, said Solo in an interview with FS1. Today she missed. That type of thing happens in sport.

Analysts credited USA goalkeeper Hope Solo with causing Sasic to miss by taking about three minutes to get ready for the kick. “Unfortunately we were not risky enough when it came to the goal area and congratulations to the United States”, said Neid, who had a role in both Germany’s titles in 2003 and 2007.

The United States – who lost in the 2011 final to Japan – will meet the winners of the Japan and England semi-final in Vancouver this Sunday. “She’s shown that she was kind of like in a cage”, 1999 World Cup goalkeeper Briana Scurry said in a telephone interview.

Schmidt was one of Canada’s most compelling talents on the pitch.

Tuesday night’s match was billed as the biggest of the tournament so far, a clash between the two highest-ranked teams in the world.

Célia Šašić had scored twice from the penalty spot against France in the quarterfinals, once to equalize and once in the penalty shootout. After her ideal kick against Germany, the 32-year-old also set up a second American goal in the 84th minute with a nifty run and pass. Nothing new about that. “We came here to win it, ‘” Lloyd said. I am going out there and fighting like an underdog each and every game – not worried about anything else. But the referee gave Johnston a yellow.

Sasic, who went into the match as the tournament’s leading scorer with six total goals, fooled Solo but her kick went wide left, prompting a deafening roar from the crowd. Lloyd’s penalty kick was her third goal in three matches. “That sounds arrogant.” The Americans dominated the first half, with forward Alex Morgan having the best chance to open but Nadine Angerer held firm in the Germany goal.

Television cameras caught blood in Popp’s hair, and Brian was prone on the field for several minutes.

She was named Player of the Match for the third consecutive game.

Ellis faced major lineup decisions coming into this game, the answers to which would define this World Cup for the United States. “We have one more game and I’ll focus and do what I need to do for the team”. “We do a good job of blocking out the distractions”.

(Side note: Federation Internationale de Football Association announced on Thursday that Johnston is one of the eight finalists for the Golden Ball award, given to the tournament’s top player.).


Not that this was what Johnston was thinking about in the 59th minute against Germany, the No. 1 team in the world, in the World Cup semifinals.

Carli Lloyd #10 of the United States celebrates after scoring on a penalty kick for the opening goal against Germany in the FIFA Women´s World Cup 2015 Semi Final Match at Olympic Stadium