WNT Jul 2, 2011
There was a tremendous atmosphere inside Rhein-Neckar-Arena tonight, the likes of which have probably never been seen before for a U.S. WNT match on foreign soil. The sold-out crowd of more than 25,000 was decidely pro-American, bolstered by a large presence from the U.S. military who came to the match from several bases in close proximity to Sinsheim. The U.S. team did not disappoint, putting on an entertaining show that featured three thunderbolt goals, several memorable celebrations -- including an entire team salute to honor the troops after Heather O'Reilly's goal and Megan Rapinoe singing "Born in the USA" into a sideline microphone after her goal -- and first WWC appearances for Tobin Heath and Lori Lindsey. Stephanie Cox made her first appearance of the 2011 tournament, playing very well at left back after coming on in the second half for Amy LePeilbet. The USA is officially through to the quarterfinals but at this moment knows neither its destination nor its opponent. Now, it's on to Wolfsburg, where a win or a tie against Sweden on July 6 will give the USA the Group C title and a match against the second place team in Group D. A Sweden victory will put them atop the group.