The game went to penalty kicks and I was confident in the girls ability to make there shots and that goalie Hope Solo would stop at least one or two. Only the momentum had shifted to Japan and once our first attempt was blocked, I knew it was over. Hope did stop a shot, but their goalie stopped another and one of the shots went over the goal. I know the US team was devastated as was much of the country but they also understand Japan must have been the team of destiny after all they have gone through in the last few months. At the time of the game, I wasn’t thinking about that, but in retrospect, Japan needed the win more.
The US women showed great talent, poise and determination throughout the entire world cup and deserved to win. Only when it was all over, Japan scored when they had to and are now holding the cup. The US team has nothing to be ashamed of and should be very proud of their efforts. Hope Solo was given the Golden Glove (Best Goalie) and Bronze Ball (Third best player in the tournament), while Abby Wambach was given the Silver Ball (Second best player in the tournament) and set the record for the most goals in US World Cup history with 13.