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And Another Thing

Associated Press
The United States' Rachel Buehler fails to clear a situation before Japan's Aya Miyama, unseen, scores her side's first goal during the final match between Japan and the United States at the Women's Soccer World Cup in Frankfurt, Germany, on Sunday.

That word. That ugly word

I don't want to use That Word. I hate That Word, and I hate guys like me who fling it around like it's a Frisbee.

But regarding the U.S. women's loss to Japan in the World Cup final Sunday ... they kind of, um, well, choked, didn't they?

Heavily favored against a team to which they'd never lost, they couldn't put it in the back of the net on numerous golden chances in the first half. Couldn't hold a 2-1 lead in extra time, and gave up another goal on a pee-wee level error, i.e., trying to clear the ball across their own goalmouth. Missed ... how many penalty kicks in the PK phase? Three?

So kudos to this team for putting soccer back on the map here, and for being exemplary role models for a whole new generation of aspiring little girls.

But yesterday, they choked. They kinda did.

Ben Smith's blog.