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US takes out Germany, heads to Finals

Kelly O'Hara came in off the bench and scored a goal late in the game to secure there would be no late comeback by the Germans.

Kelly O’Hara came in off the bench and scored a goal late in the game to secure there would be no late comeback by the Germans.

It has not been the prettiest trip for the US women’s soccer team is back in the World Cup finals and just one win away from avenging their loss four years ago and claiming the ultimate prize.

Despite going into the game as a rare-underdog, the Americans beat No. 1 Germany 2-0 in an otherwise closely-contested game, but it was the best the team has looked all tournament long.

Even though the team failed to complete many good chances, they created a great deal of them. Three had to be saved and four more good shots were blocked.

In the 69th minute, Carli Lloyd converted a penalty kick to give USA the 1-0 lead, which proved to be enough for a victory. It was the third-straight game she scored in and she has given a major boost to the offense, moving up more from her central midfielder position into a bigger offensive role.

Reserve Kelly O’Hara scored an extra insurance goal in the 84th minute of the game after great passing in front of the game. She slide into a cross in front of the goal to put it in from point-blank range.

Defensively, the Americans have not allowed a goal in 513 minutes of competition, since the 27th minute of their opening game. The back line has been incredible and while Solo has not been forced to make too many saves, she has come up with put stops when needed.

Luck has been on the team’s side as well. In the 63rd minute Celia Sasic lined up for a Germany penalty kick and Solo made the wrong decision to dive to left when Sasic kicked right. But Sasic’ attempt was wide and the shutout was still preserved.

The women will play the winner of Wednesday’s Japan – England game in the World Cup finals on Sunday. Japan beat the women in the 2011 finals, though USA beat them at the 2012 Olympics. USA beat England in a Friendly in February, 1-0.

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You could say Corey was born to become a sports journalist. His father won a national championship coaching college soccer. His mother is a baseball fanatic who hasn't missed seeing an Orioles game since 1983 (literally, sometimes it's annoying). His great uncle was a big-time boxing promoter and his maternal grandfather was once a department head at the Baltimore Sun. Basically, sports and journalism run through his blood. He played just about every little league sports there was when he was a kid and was a multi-sport athlete in high school; even playing in the first-ever high school sanction Rugby game in the country. Eventually he retired from sports as an undefeated Maryland state Rugby champion as a high school senior. Perhaps lack of athletic talent has more to do with the retirement, but he will tell you that it more had to do with a great desire to jump right into media. Upon his graduation from University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a triple communications major, Corey started the So Much Sports network and has continued to grow his websites and continues to work to make them premier sports media outlets.

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