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Video: O’Reilly, Rapinoe, Wambach on the Miracle in Manchester

Aug 6, 2012, 11:49 PM EDT

Perhaps it wasn’t a miracle as much as it was a sports miracle, but it never gets old, and not because it’s the United States doing it. If any team had this penchant for the dramatic, we would be enthralled. We’re a U.S.-based blog writing for mostly U.S.-based readers, so a lot of what you see in the comments and linked-to content might transcend enthralled and embrace enamored. For the rest of the world, there’s still plenty to love about a team that engineered three comebacks and capped off a semifinal victory with a 123rd minute game-winner.

(MORE: USWNT’s lucky no. 13 saves the day once more)

After the game, U.S. Soccer’s Studio 90 caught up with three of Monday’s key players: Heather O’Reilly, Megan Rapinoe, and Abby Wambach. The trio talk about the team’s undying confidence, the goals that pushed them to the final, and their respect for a rival that upped that took their game to a new level:

  1. mrmariomorgado - Aug 7, 2012 at 6:55 AM

    Clearly the US team walked away with a win, but not deserving of the result. It is difficult to watch a game at this level of play and see a referee decide the outcome. With everyone from FIFA to every major non US news agency indicating that the call for holding the ball should have been made, the US women’s team should hang their heads in shame, for having the referee hand them a result where they were clearly out matched. In the end extra time was about fighting fatigue. If the US were the Olympic defending champions, they did not demonstrate that on the pitch. Alas soccer will continue to be the worlds most popular and corrupt team sport

    • mrmariomorgado - Aug 7, 2012 at 6:56 AM

      Should not have been made….fat fingered

    • lunasceiling - Aug 7, 2012 at 9:56 AM

      Handed them the game? Nonsense. The game was poorly refereed, but there were bad calls going both ways. Alex Morgan pulled down in the box…no call. Abby Wambach takes a blatant elbow shiver to the side of the head, also in the box…no call. I bet if you watched the game in replay and kept a tally of bad calls, they’d even out…it just about always works that way (unless you’re ManU).

    • djrrockthepitch - Aug 7, 2012 at 10:51 AM

      way off base… the USWNT have no reason to hang their heads in shame. netiher teams do – both fought hard for 120+ minutes. it was unfortunate that a controversial referee’s decision affected the outcome of a fantastic match. Also, fitness is an important part of the game… right? so just from that perspective, it doesn’t appear to me that the USWNT were out matched.

      GO USA – Bring home the gold!

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