Hope Solo of the US National Team wearing Nike soccer gloves.
words // Nick Engvall
A bad call seemed to put the USA at disadvantage they couldn’t overcome. Playing short-handed, they never lost the belief that they could win, despite being on the verge of the worst performance in the history of USA women’s soccer.
However, nearly 2 minutes into extra time of overtime, down 2-1 to Marta, the best female player in the world, and the Brazilian team which is loaded with skillful players, Abby Wambach scored on a brilliant header to force penalty kicks. Now, with Hope Solo, the best goalkeeper in the game, the USA had the advantage they needed and emerged victorious to the sounds of German and American fans chanting, “USA! USA!”
On Wednesday the US will take on France, who defeated England on penalty kicks Saturday. Following the US vs. France match, Japan, who shocked the German team, will face Sweden to determine who will play for the title on Sunday.
Alex Kreiger of the USA wearing the Nike T90 Laser.
Marta of Brazil wearing PUMA soccer cleats.
Homare Sawa of Japan wearing the adidas adiPower Predator.
Nadine Angerer of Germany in the adidas F50 adiZero.
Gaetane Thiney of France wearing the latest colorway of the F50 adiZero.
Andreia, goalkeeper for Brazil, wearing PUMA soccer cleats.
Jill Scott of England celebrates a goal wearing PUMA soccer cleats.
Abby Wambach of the Team USA celebrates her game-tying header.
Heather O’Reilly of the US National Team wearing adidas soccer cleats.
Camille Abily of France wearing Nike Mercurial cleats.
Hope Solo makes a diving save wearing Nike T90 soccer cleats.