The USA-Brazil Women's World Cup quarterfinal match fit all of the archetypes of the American story: never giving up despite multiple adverse situations, last-minute dramatics, lots of heroes, and someone named Hope. I felt that Brazil would be the favored team yesterday, and perhaps they would have won had that early own-goal not occurred. But give full credit to the US ladies for their determination and their self-belief despite a sending-off and at least two controversial decisions that went against them. And what more can you say about Abbe Wambach and her strike to level the match on the last kick of the game?
The most dramatic extra-time World Cup game since Uruguay vs. Ghana last year is history. Now the USA will face a French side with arguably the best midfield of the four semifinalists (I'll let Jenna have the definitive word on that one), but without one of their starting defenders. There's a lot more that should be said, but the game says all that needs to be said, to be honest. What a dramatic performance.