WNT Jan 23, 2011
Feel good story of the week is Lindsay Tarpley scoring in just her second game back with the national team since tearing her ACL at the end of the 2009 WPS season. It was a classy finish that she somehow tucked into the lower right corner from an angle, giving the USA the victory. It was another cold night in China, but the USA played a very good second half, kept Christine Sinclair from creating too much trouble (although, let's be honest, the kid is always trouble), hit the crossbar twice and scored two very nice goals.
Tarpley played just one match in 2010, coming on as a sub against China in Chester, Pa., and did not dress for the USA's first game of this tournament. She's had a good 2011 so far, and the goal was the 31st of her career, moving her past Brandi Chastain into 11th on the all-time scoring list.
Now the USA has a chance to win the tournament, but there are many permutations at work here. All of course include a U.S. win over China. Well, that's not 100% true...it's actually possible for the USA to win the tournament if both games tie, but it would have to be sometime like a wild 3-3 type tie. The easiest would be a U.S. victory over China and a Sweden-Canada tie. Long story short, Canada faces China first so the USA will know what it needs to do, how many goals it needs to score, etc., to win the tournament. There should be a large and vocal crowd for the USA-China game, which would be fun for the players and fans alike.
Tomorrow (today now, actually) the U.S. team will have another light training, with some players staying at the hotel to do rest and recovery. Then it's one more game in China and back to the US of A for a brief break before another training camp in early February in Florida.
P.S.: If you can identify the significance/story/meaning behind of the title of this WNT Blog post, that would be super impressive and earn you WNT Fan of the Month honors.