The Women’s World Cup is finally here, and soccer fans around the world could not be more excited! Over the past three weeks teams have been traveling throughout Canada to cities like Winnipeg, Edmonton, and Ottawa to compete for a spot in the championship match played in Vancouver July 5th. However, no team is more excited than the U.S., as they experienced a heartbreaking loss to the Japanese in a penalty shootout at the previous World Cup. With this in mind, they are looking for redemption this summer in Canada. Looking at the standings so far, it looks like they are headed down the right path, as they will be competing in the semifinal on June 30th. They will be taking on Germany, a team that has always been a challenge to play. In fact both Germany and the U.S. have each won 2 World Cup Championships. As both teams are equally matched, it will all come down to who wants it more.
Players to Watch
The U.S. V. Germany semifinal will have an overload of talent being showcased on one field, however there are some key U.S. players to note. Megan Rapinoe, a true outside midfielder, has displayed her value during the preliminary matches so far. She has already scored 2 goals this tournament, and is looking add on a few more. Helping her lead the U.S. attack will be the veteran, Abby Wambach. She will be a difficult player to defend, especially in the air on corners. Germany must devise a way to eliminate these players from the game, if they are looking to advance to the finals.
Want to do more than just watch the women compete on T.V.? Do you think you’re a true soccer fan? Travel to Canada and watch the teams play live! Here are some essential elements to bring, in order to have a successful experience at the Women’s World Cup:
World Cup Travel Must Haves:
- World Cup Tickets
- A group of friends who love soccer!
- Pen and paper on hand 24/7, you may just run into a FIFA player
- Vuvuzela horn to add to the noise at the stadium
- Your favorite player’s jersey
- Strong vocal cords for the hours of screaming at the game
- Camera to capture the experience
- A love for the game
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