Hope Solo kept the US in the World Cup with her Nike soccer gloves.Hope Solo kept the US in the World Cup with her Nike soccer gloves.

words // Nick Engvall

The United States looked to be off to a good start against France in the Semi-Finals. However, after halftime an equalizer tied the match, things got a little slow for Team USA. The defense looked tired and couldn’t maintain possession through much of the match, as goalkeeper Hope Solo was tested on a number of occasions. Then everything changed. The US team scored on another header from Abby Wambach to go ahead, and then the team’s youngest player, Alex Morgan, added another goal shortly thereafter to seal the victory.

In the second Semi-Final match, Japan allowed an early goal to Sweden’s Josefine Oqvist. Down 1-0, they evened the score just ten minutes later. After a back-and forth battle, Japan scored in the 59th and 64th minutes to defeat Sweden.

Check out the Soccer Watch coverage below courtesy of Yahoo and be sure to catch the World Cup Finals on Sunday.

Soccer Watch: A look at what boots the pros are wearing.

Heather O;Reilly in the Chrome colorway of the adidas F50 adiZero.Heather O;Reilly in the Chrome colorway of the adidas F50 adiZero.

Alex Morgan celebrates a goal wearing Nike soccer cleats.Alex Morgan celebrates a goal wearing Nike soccer cleats.

Camille Abily wearing Nike Mercurial cleats.Camille Abily wearing Nike Mercurial cleats.

Nahomi Kawasumi celebrates a goal wearing adidas soccer cleats.Nahomi Kawasumi celebrates a goal wearing adidas soccer cleats.

Josefine Oeqvist celebrates her score wearing PUMA soccer cleats.Josefine Oqvist celebrates her score wearing PUMA soccer cleats.

Abby Wambach once again led the US wearing Nike soccer cleats.Abby Wambach once again led the US wearing Nike soccer cleats.

Lotta Schelin wearing the adidas F50 adiZero.Lotta Schelin wearing the Intense Pink adidas F50 adiZero.

Homare Sawa wearing the adidas adiPower Predator.Homare Sawa wearing the adidas adiPower Predator.