Gus Johnson Gives Us The Call On Amy Wambach’s Game Tying Goal Against Brazil (Video)
I’m no fan of women’s soccer, but even I couldn’t pry myself away from the television during yesterday’s quarter-final match between the U.S.A. and Brazil at the 2011 Women’s World Cup.
After taking a 1-0 lead, the U.S. were the victims of two terrible calls by referee Jacqui Melksham. The first was a questionable foul called in the American box, which earned Brazil a penalty shot and American defender Rachel Buehler a red card. The second came after Hope Solo made a great save on the ensuing penalty, as Jacqui wrongfully determined that the American keeper had come off her line early. That gave Brazil another opportunity, and Marta made no mistake, tying the game at 1-1.
The score would stay that way until extra time, when Marta put Brazil up 2-1 with her second goal of the game in the 92nd minute. It appeared as though that would be the final dagger in the heart of the Americans, but with Gus Johnson calling this game, it only made sense that something spectacular would happen in they dying moments.
And that is exactly what happened.
This goal from Amy Wambach in the 122nd minute gave the Americans life, and they made the most of it the penalty shootout, as a Hope Solo save and some perfect shooting from the American women gave them the epic come-from-behind victory and sent them into the semi-finals, where they will take on France.
Do they have any more magic in them? We’ll find out on Wednesday.