Tuesday, January 30, 2007

US Women win Four Nations Cup!

Going into their final match, the US women knew they needed nothing short of a victory to claim their second straight Four Nations Cup title. Sure enough they got it with an impressive 2-0 win over host China.

Lori Chalupny got the US on the board with a strike right before half time and Natasha Kai added the insurance in the 56th minute.

Here is Chalupny talking about her cup-winning goal: “It felt good right when it came off my foot. I got a good touch on it right around the defender and just saw a seam to take a shot. I just tried to hit it hard and on frame. When it hits the back of the net, it’s just such a rush.”

Coach Greg Ryan is happy with the results but is even happier to see that he now has some additional scoring options.

“I’m happy with the start that we’ve made and in the goal scoring from Heather O’Reilly in the game against England, Natasha Kai today, and also scoring from distance from Lori Chalupny. Those are very important for us because we need more players that can scores goals in addition to the two players that weren’t here, Abby Wambach and Kristine Lilly. I am very, very happy with the way the younger players responded throughout the team.”

In the other game of the night, Germany tied England 0-0 meaning the current best women's team in world, Germany, did not score a single goal during the tournament. England did manage to get one goal, but ends up in last place.

Here are the tournament awards:
Best Player: Kelly Smith, England
Best Coach: Greg Ryan, USA
Best Goalkeeper: Hope Solo, USA
Fair Play Award: China



Blogger PeeKay said...

go USA! so glad the ladies won the tournament without the big guns b/c in the post-mia era, I have been more than nervous. WOOHOOO. thanks for posting the information!!

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