U.S. Women Escape With Tie in World Cup Opener

Hope Springs in Goal to Save U.S. Hopes

The greatest team you’ve never heard of (to borrow from the Nike ad campaign) tied the greatest team that don’t want you to know about them when the U.S. drew 2-2 with the secretive North Koreans in China today in the World Cup opener for both nations.

The U.S. were fortunate to get the draw against a fast, highly technical Korean team and required a sublime Hope Solo save in second half stoppage time to preserve its unbeaten record stretching back to 2004.

Here’s the (highly detailed) game report from U.S. Soccer.

And here’s a roundup of the day’s action from FIFA.

Meanwhile, former U.S. Women’s National Team player Brandi Chastain is out promoting next Tuesday’s DVD release of the 2005 HBO documentary “Dare to Dream: The Story of the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team.”

Torrance’s Tough Carmichael Makes Kiwi World Cup Team

Torrance resident Simone Carmichael, who overcame a ruptured Achilles tendon in May to make the New Zealand World Cup squad, is the subject of my weekly column.


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