Clash of Titans in Montreal – #1 Germany v #2 USA (7PM ET)

Clash of Titans in Montreal – #1 Germany v #2 USA

Tuesday night the two top ranked women’s soccer teams will play for a spot in the World Cup final in Vancouver.   Consider this:

  • The two teams account for four of the six World Cup trophies;
  • Neither team has been ranked lower than second since 2003;
  • The U.S. team has recorded four consecutive shutouts and a 423-minute scoreless streak (the third longest in World Cup history) since allowing a single goal in the first half of their opening game; and
  • Germany has been the highest scoring team.

This is their fourth time the two teams have faced each other in the knockout phase:

  • 1991: US 5, Germany 2 (Semifinals)
  • 1999: US 3, Germany 2 (Quarterfinals)
  • 2003: Germany 3, US 0 (Semifinals)

In each of the prior matches, the winner went on to win the World Cup.  ESPN’s soccer analysts gave Germany the edge, with 9  favoring #1 Germany to only two favoring the almost hometown favorite USA.

If the U.S. manages to get past Germany, they likely will face a rematch with defending champion Japan who beat them on penalty kicks in the last final.

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