Lakenheath Old Boys

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Sunday, July 05, 2015

US v. Japan Women's World Cup Final Live!

It all comes down to this, lads. Last time around, Japan pipped the US to the post with a penalty shoot-out win. But the US side have already overcome a lot this time around. It hasn't always been the most fluent display, but they've got bags of grit, like a well-school Tony Pulis team.

Join me from 7pm EST on Fox (or Telemundo, if you want to practice your Spanish) for all the fun.

125 Comments:

Blogger manunitedrules said...

Hello Bob. I am here to join you for all the action.

6:52 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Evening, lads - I'm enjoying the end of what has been a quite incredible two-hour pre-match show on Fox television. I'm not sure I've ever seen anything like it before. Boy, have things changed in this country!

6:53 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Evening, MUR - great to have you on board. The sides are coming out.

6:53 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

United States lineup (4-2-3-1): Hope Solo; Meghan Klingenberg, Julie Johnston, Becky Sauerbrunn, Ali Krieger; Morgan Brian, Lauren Holiday; Megan Rapinoe, Carli Lloyd, Tobin Heath; Alex Morgan

Japan lineup (4-4-2): Ayumi Kaihori; Aya Sameshima, Saki Kumagai, Azusa Iwashimizu, Saori Ariyoshi; Aya Miyama, Rumi Utsugi, Mizuho Sakaguchi, Nahomi Kawasumi; Shinobu Ohno, Yuki Ogimi

6:54 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

It will likely be a home environment for the US tonight, despite perhaps a bit of Canadian petulance.

6:58 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Cheers mate . Great to be chatting with you.It's been a great tournament.

6:58 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It's definitely a partisan U.S. crowd in Vancouver, near the U.S. border.

6:59 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

We're settling in for a pasta dinner with a few bevvies. Hope you and yours are doing well.

7:00 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

They're off from Vancouver.

7:00 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Yes. Everyone is well. . Melanie is at Summer camp in the Catskills . We finished our dinner. I'm the only one not napping.

7:01 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The Outlaws are in full voice tonight.

7:01 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The Outlaws are in full voice tonight.

7:01 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I would love the U.S. to win. Japan are fortunate to be here when they were outplayed for parts of the match by a good England team.

7:02 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Napping during the match? Why - that's positively unpatriotic!

7:02 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Early corner to the US - set pieces should be to our advantage tonight over the diminutive Japanese.

7:02 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Brian wins a corner for the U.S. , who are doing all the early attacking.

7:02 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL !!!! CARLY lLOYD SOCRES OFF THE CORNER FROM rAPINOE.

7:03 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The goal with just under three minutes played.

7:03 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! A nifty training pitch routine and slammed home by Carly Lloyd.

1-0 US!

7:03 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Agreed about the napping.

7:04 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Now then - the US have their tails up. They're looking for more to kill off the Japanese early doors.

7:04 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Now a free kick opportunity. This is a key moment.

7:05 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Johnston is fouled just outside the Japanese box.

7:05 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! Oh my giddy aunt, the US and Carly Lloyd have done it again!

7:05 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL !!! THE U.S. ARE TWO UP OFF ANOTHER SET PIUECE ONLY FIVE MINUTES IN AND IT'S CARLY LLOYD YEST AGAION

7:06 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The Japanese were fooled by the same routine - a short ball in rather than a lofted cross.

7:06 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Nice backheel from Johnston that fooled the Japanese.

7:06 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I have felt throughout the tournament that the Japanese team has been highly overrated. Perhaps England were better off getting third in glorious fashion rather than being clobbered in the final.

7:07 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! 3-0! Kaboom!

7:14 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!! WE'RE GOING ON HOLLIDAY. LAUREN HOLIDAY PUTS THE U.S. THREE UP.

7:14 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Great finish by Holliday.

7:14 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Only fourteen minutes have been played and a poor dfensive header off a cross from Tobin Heath was punished with a fantastic finish by Laurne Holiday.

7:15 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL !!!! 4-0 U.S AND CARLY lLLOYD CAUGHT THE KEEPER OFF HER LINE AND CHIPPED HER FROM THE HALFWAY LINE.

7:16 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! What a goal!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Carly Lloyd with a Pele effort from half way for her hat-trick.

7:16 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The U.S. are four up only sixteen minutes in. The engravers might as well be putting the U.S. name on the trophy.

7:17 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - nearly Lloyd's fourth and the US's 5th. What a performance!

7:18 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

OH!!! A rare miss from Carly Lloyd as she heads wide with a free header off a great cross from Klingenberg. That would have given her the golden boot.

7:18 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Some kamakazee defending by the opposition?

7:19 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Talk about Japan changing their game plan. This one dimensional team does not have a plan B.

7:20 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Rapinoe wins a corner. A foul is called .

7:20 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

OH!!!! An Audacious piece of skill by Alex Morgan as she collected a long ball, turned two defenders, but the shot lacked pace and was easily saved by the keeper.

7:25 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Hey guys
I'm on my phone so I can't comment all the time

WOW!!!

Germany vs Brazil Part 2???

7:26 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL!!!! JAPAN PULLS ONE BACK. a CURLER IN THE TOP CORNER THAT CAME OFF THE FINER TIPS OF hOPE sOLO

7:28 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Hello UWS. How have you been? I would love to see a repeat of that. Japan doesn't deserve to be in the final.

7:28 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Chaos in the U.S. defense as the ball broke to the edge of the box , but the shot was easily saved by Hope Solo.

7:30 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

This may not be over

7:30 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Rapinoe wins a free kick in a decent position. A set piece opportunity for the U.S.

7:32 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Ogimi, the scorer, is lectured by the ref. The free kick is far too high.

7:33 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

An early Japanese substitution. They have done this throughout this World Cup.

7:33 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Agreed, UWS, especially if the U.S. allows them time on the ball.

7:34 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Welcome, UWS - quite a match, eh? I took a break to eat dinner and a couple of goals went in!

7:35 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The US have inevitably dropped the pace after that amazing burst in the first 15 minutes.

7:39 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Sugasawa is on for Kawasumi as that leaves only one change left for the Japanese and it's not even halftime.

7:39 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Jill Ellis will definitely want to mention that during the halftime break.

7:40 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Carly Lloyd has a header blocked for a corner off a cross from Rappinoe , who won a great tackle.

7:42 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Very early to make those moves for the Japanese but I suppose anything goes for them at this point.

7:42 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The keeper catches the corner from Rappinoe.

7:42 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It seems that way. A risky strategy that is a result of sheer desperation.

7:43 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A minute of stoppage time.

7:45 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

One minute to go in this incredible first half. It's been a welcome showcase final for the American audience on Fox.

7:45 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Half-time - Well, that was great value for the punters. Five goals, four of which were scored by the US in a blazing first twenty minutes.

7:46 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It's halftime and the U.S. lead 4-1 thanks to four goals in the first sixteen minutes, including a hat-trick from Carly Lloyd.

7:47 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

All the U.S. goals were before the 15 min mark
Don't conced the next though

7:50 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Ball hit net at 15:03

7:52 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

From Charlie Adam
Wow what an incredible goal.
11:20 p.m. - 5 July 2015

7:56 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Bob
Sent you my pics of wedding this evening

7:59 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The second half is underway

8:02 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Brian has a long range effort tipped over the bar off a pass and run from Carly Lloyd.

8:07 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A foul is called on Carly Lloyd off the corner.

8:07 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL !!! JAPAN PULL IT BACK TO 4-2 OFF A LONG FREE KICK AS JOHNSTON HEADS IN FOR AN OG.

8:09 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Klingenberg wins a corner off of nice combo play,.

8:10 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL !!! TOBIN HEATH PUTS THE U.S 5-2 UP WITH AN EASY TAP IN OFF THE CORNER.

8:11 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! Normal service resumed - 5-2!

8:11 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A nice corner from Lauren Holliday that was missed by the keeper and Brian passed back for an easy tap in for Tobin Heath.

8:12 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Thanks for those pics, UWS - I'm sharing them with Katie right now.

8:12 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Iwabuchi is on for Ohno as that's the final roll of the dice for Japan.

8:16 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A standing ovation for Megan Rapinoe as she's replaced by Kelley O'Hara.

8:18 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Ostsumi volleys just wide from 25 yards out, but Hope Solo looked to have it covered.

8:19 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Glad Ohno went off
Every time she got the ball I thought something went wrong

8:20 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Just wide by Alex Morgan after great work by Tobin Heath,.

8:20 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

BOOM BOOM! Great way to honor the memory of John Lennon.

8:21 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

We're really enjoying your photography, UWS - you're a regular David Bailey, you are.

8:25 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Does Thomas still want to marry Alex Morgan?

8:26 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - another half chance for O'Hara - but blasts over the bar like a regular Michael Carrick.

8:27 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Glad you got the pics
Tom like the other Morgan
Morgan Bailey?

8:30 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A free header for Ugama , but fortunately headed to Hope Solo

8:33 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - another good chance for Japan - are the defenders on strike tonight?

8:36 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A standing ovation As Abby Wombach is on for Tobin Heath for her last hurrah.

8:36 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Fellow Gator Abby Wambach coming on for her final match.

8:36 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Hope Solo fists out a free kick for a Japan corner.

8:37 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I would like to let you know that former U.S. legend, Michelle Akers, is a fellow UCF grad and graduated the same year I did.

8:38 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Sawa is booked for a foul from behind on Abby Wombach in a dad's army clash.

8:39 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Iwabuchi is booked for a rash challenge on Johnston. She was brought for instant offense , but it hasn't quite worked out today

8:42 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Classy by Jill Ellis as Kristy Rappone is on n the final roll of the dice. She is the only survivor from the '99 WC winning side.

8:43 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Japan win a corner on the counter.

8:44 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I'd love to see Abby get one.

8:46 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The U.S counter off a Japan corner.

8:46 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Yes. Her or Rampone.

8:46 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Three minutes of stoppage time.

8:47 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Late corner chance now. Come on, Abby - on her head!

8:48 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A cross from Krieger intended for Abby is out for a corner.

8:48 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Taken short and it's given away cheaply. Sorry Bob.

8:49 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Shame.

8:49 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It's over and the U.S win 5-2 as they win the W.C. for the first time since 1999. That's three WCs, more than any other nation.

8:51 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

That's that - an emphatic win by the US. The Japanese look as upset as they were in 1945. Oh dear - don't mention the war.

8:51 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

They do, but they scraped their way to the final and were shredded apart, by a far superior American side. England would have given the U.S. a tougher time.

8:53 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Marvelous scenes now in Vancouver.

8:54 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The trophy ceremony is minutes away.

8:56 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Nike quick on the draw with a "Champions" ad.

8:58 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Mounties always locate the trophy.

9:00 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Good thing we don't have to endure a trophy presentation by Sepp Blatter. Good riddance.

9:01 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Young Player of the Tournament Buchanan from Canada being awarded.

9:02 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Absolutely. That would have tarnished our victory.

9:03 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Sasic wins the Golden Boot . She tied Carly Lloyd for goals and assists, but scored that amount in fewer minutes.

9:04 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Carly Lloyd with the Silver Boot, Sasic from Germany was the top scorer.

Hope Solo getting her Golden Glove award.

9:04 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Golden Glove to Hope Solo. Just don't punch anyone with that Golden Glove!

9:04 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Miyama gets the Bronze Ball.

9:05 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Miyama with the Bronze Ball Award.Golden Ball is to Carly Lloyd.

9:06 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The real Reason that Septic Blatter isn't travelling is to avoid arrest.

9:06 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Japan go up to get their silver medals.

9:07 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Now the American women go up to get their gold medals before the trophy is lifted.

9:09 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Classy move by Rampone to share the podium with Abby Wambach.

9:12 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A classy move as Abby Wombach and Kristy Rapmpone will both lift the trophy in their last WC

9:12 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Well, it's been a true pleasure sharing this big win with you, mate. I've been missing it.

9:18 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I second that . It was great chatting with you. I'm off to take Sparky for walkies. Will you be around for the Gold Cup? Cheers mate.

9:19 PM  

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