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American Women’s Soccer Heads To World Cup Finals

American women’s soccer and Team US.A., soaring into this weekend’s Women’s World Cup final: U.S.A. vs. Japan.

U.S. players celebrate winning 3-1 the semifinal match between France and the United States at the Women’s Soccer World Cup. (AP)

U.S. players celebrate winning 3-1 the semifinal match between France and the United States at the Women’s Soccer World Cup. (AP)

The last time U.S. Women’s soccer grabbed the World Cup attention of the planet was 1999, at the Rose Bowl, in a delirium of victory with Mia Hamm, Julie Foudy, and Brandi Chastain ripping off her jersey after the last, great kick to glory.

This week in Germany, we’re in a whole new delirium.

A gritty, astonishing new American women’s team going from breathtaking win to win. Lined up now for the World Cup final. Abby Wambach. Alex Morgan. Megan Rapinoe, Hope Solo. Just not giving up.

This hour On Point: American women’s soccer, and this World Cup.

-Tom Ashbrook

Guests:

Grant Wahl, writer, Sports Illustrated.

Becky Burleigh, Head Coach, University of Florida women’s soccer team.

Jennifer Doyle, author of the the soccer blog From A Left Wing.

From Tom’s Reading List:

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