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.