The must see clash between the USA and Germany occurs on Tuesday June 30th 4pm PST. Their pre-tournament rankings have proven accurate as number one ranked Germany takes on the number 2 ranked USA.
A lot talk going into the World Cup surrounded the attacking talents of the USA in the shape of Abby Wambach, Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe. However it has been the dominant displays their era defining goalkeeper Hope Solo and her defense which has allowed the team to progress through the tournament.
Solo has only conceded 1 goal in the first 5 games while leading the tournament’s goalkeeping statistics with 11 saves.The US will be riding high on confidence after their victory over China but they will go into this match as underdogs.
The German team have banged in 20 goals but also have survived a penalty shootout against a dominant French team thanks to their veteran shot stopper Nadine Angerer.Keep your eye on the tournament’s top scorer Celia Sasic who will look to breach the USA’s defensive unit.
Hope Solo will need to keep another clean sheet for the USA to progress to the world cup final where they will face either England or Japan.
Tips for aspiring young keepers and their parents :
- Try as many sports as possible basketball, volleyball,tennis,swimming among others as they will improve dexterity,the ability to read the flight of a ball and flexibility.There is plenty of time specialize in the future.
- Play in the outfield. Keepers need to understand the mechanics of playing different positions.In addition to having great handling skills they need to be able to play the ball with their feet.
- Encouragement is key as goalkeeping is a very unforgiving position.
See the Quarter Final Highlights here: