Covering sports has not be a priority of mine, as Music Taster's Choice has catered almost exclusively to concerts. But when I was checking out the upcoming calendar, the CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifiers definitely caught my eye. Having a chance to cover and shoot the defending World Cup Champions, the United States Women's Nation Team (USWNT), would be a great opportunity to expand the typical coverage of Music Taster's Choice, and having never shot soccer, would prove to be a greater challenge.
While I covered the entire week of round-robin matches, six in total, I decided to highlight the match of the USWNT and Mexico. While almost every match during the week was decided in the first half, as they were all blowouts, this match proved to be a highly-competitive, defensive struggle. In front of a packed, sold out crowd, the USWNT controlled the pace of the match but stood against a solid defensive wall set by Mexico. Mexico had little intention of pushing the ball forward, as evidence by the amount of players pulled back to defend. While the United States had luck moving the ball, they rarely had any real chances of scoring until late in the match.
Following a foul inside the penalty box, captain Carli Lloyd capitalized on the mistake and converted a penalty kick in the 80th minute. From that point, the USWNT pulled back and simply defended their lead to a 1-0 victory. Photos of the match are below:
CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying | USA vs. Mexico @ Toyota Stadium, Frisco, TX Reviewed by Scott Rowe, Editor on 2:00:00 PM Rating: