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2015 WOMEN'S WORLD CUP SOCCER
June 30, 2015  | By David Bianculli

Fox, 7:00 p.m. ET

 

Tonight at 7 ET, The USA women’s team faces Germany in the World Cup semifinal. It’s a tough draw, because Germany was heavily favored before the tournament began, and has done nothing to change that perception. The Germans have scored a total of 20 goals in this tournament’s games, and allowed only 3. The USA, by contrast, have survived and thrived not on offense, but on defense, with no goal allowed for the last 423 minutes – more than seven hours of play – and only one goal overall, in the opener against Australia. But for this game, the USA will have to be even more aggressive on offense than it finally became with a revised personnel lineup and battle plan against China. And while the defensive back wall has been imposingly strong, goalie Hope Solo (pictured) hasn’t been tested much since the Australian game, and she, too, probably must have an aggressively great game for the USA to make the finals again.

 
 
 
 
 
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