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SheBelieves: USA vs Germany

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What should you expect on March 1st? An action pack match back to back! 4 for the top 5 teams in the world playing in 2 matches in 1 stadium in 1 night. The day starts with great match between England (5th in FIFA’s Women World Ranking) against France (3rd) at 4:00pm. And for the grand finally? A supreme match from the 2 finalist from last year’s SheBelieves Cup: Germany (2nd) USA (1st). In last year’s SheBelieves Cup, USA beat both England, who finished 3rd, and France, who finished 4th, 1-0 and met Germany in the finals; beating them 2-1 finishing on top of the table with Germany below.

Germany are coming into the competition with their head held high and a new gold medal they got in the Rio Olympics games while the World Cup Winners, the U.S, are coming in with a hurt pride for being kicked out of the Rio Olympics earlier then they thought; they were ones who were, according to the odds, were suppose to take the gold home. But it is safe to say that both teams are coming onto the pitch with some different faces.

Germany has nothing of a short list for some of the best goalkeepers in the world, in both the men and women team. Nadine Angerer was the first goalkeeper to win an award from FIFA for being the Player of the Year. Angerer’s announced her retirement in 2015 and also took a job on the coaching staff for the Portland Thorns in the NWSL. Angerer has made over 140 appearances for Germany, earning her UEFA Women’s Euro Best Player of the Tournament in 2013. It’s safe to say Steffi Jones, Germany’s new head coach, has some big shoes to fill from their legendary goalkeeper and captain.

Jones, herself too, has some big shoes to fill. Jones, a legendary player for Germany in the 2003 World Cup has replaced FIFA Women’s World Coach of the Year in 2010, 2013 and 2016 Silvia Neid. So far she has taken Germany into a non losing streak, 5-1-0.

The U.S are too coming into the competition without their star goalkeeper Hope Solo. Solo, who was 35 years old when she lost her contract with U.S soccer, has made over 200 appearances for the US and within those 200 appearances she has helped the U.S. Women’s National Team make it to 2 world cup finals, back to back. What got Solo her (second) suspension from the team was when Solo made comments about Swedish women’s team that beat the U.S in the quarterfinals of the Rio Olympics and after that, she angrily said that her comments had been used as a pretext to force her out because she played a prominent role in the national team’s campaign for equal pay. That second suspension was lead to U.S soccer federation terminating her contract all together.

A lot has change since last year’s competition. The juxtaposition of the top two teams’ ego I would say is going to make the match a juicy one.

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