Gus Johnson, Bill Raftery Do Justice to Wambach’s Goal against Brazil

Nothing against Ian Darke and Julie Foudy, but we prefer this call of Abby Wambach’s last-gasp equalizer against Brazil in the WWC quarterfinals:

If you didn’t see the game, you missed some high drama, along with a deeply satisfying win for the U.S. Rarely has a team deserved to win as much as they did, having given up a goal, and gone down a player, after a dubious refereeing decision in the 68th minute.

American centerback Rachel Buehler was sent off, and then Brazil’s Marta was allowed to re-take the penalty after Hope Solo stopped her first effort—due to a borderline infraction call on a U.S. player on the initial attempt.

Playing 10 v 11 the rest of the way and into extra time, the U.S. showed superior fitness and were able to snatch Wambach’s 122nd-minute equalizer and win on penalties.

As for the call above, you may notice, among other discrepancies, that Johnson calls Megan Rapinoe “Morrison.” … Yeah, it’s retrofitted from old NCAA hoops broadcasts. But it fits pretty well, we’d say.

Here’s the match report from U.S. Soccer, and here, just for good measure, is a look at Solo’s eyes, which done got us hyp-no-tized:

The U.S. will face France in the semifinals on Wednesday (11:30 a.m. ET, ESPN).


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