People are still buzzing over the USA’s dramatic come from behind win over Brazil in the Women’s World Cup that puts the Americans in the semifinals against France on Wednesday. Some questionable officiating put the game into extra time tied at 1-1. Brazil on a Marta goal went ahead 2-1 early in the first extra session. But with time running out in the second session and in stoppage time, Megan Rapinoe made a brilliant cross to Abby Wambach who headed the ball into the back of the net. It sent the game to penalty kicks where the brilliant goaltender Hope Solo managed to save one Brazilian PK while the USA was perfect on all five of theirs putting the Americans into the semis.
Ian Darke was on the call with analyst Julie Foudy. This is his great call of the Abby Wambach goal on ESPN.
It brings to mind the Landon Donovan goal (“Go go, USA!”) against Algeria in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa which made Ian a household name in this country. He already was quite popular in the UK in soccer and boxing circles.
If these dramatic goals continue with Ian Darke at the mic, we’ll soon have the Rules of Ian Darke just as we do with the Rules of Gus Johnson.
For good measure, here’s the shootout in its entirety.
Just a great day for USA Soccer.