On the heels of their miraculous come from behind victory over Brazil, the U.S. women will take on France in the Women's World Cup semifinals at 12 p.m. EST on ESPN/
Although the U.S. team is ranked No. 1 overall in the FIFA rankings, they have been far from perfect thus far during the World Cup, falling to Sweden and just barely escaping defeat against a Brazil squad led by Marta, who is widely considered the finest female footballer in the world.
The US will need to be on high alert against a very cohesive French side, ranked seventh in the FIFA rankings, who was tied with Brazil and Germany for most goals scored during the group stage of the tournament with seven.
France defeated England on penalty shots to advance to the semi-finals, and took a whopping 33 shots during the match.
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With two late goals, the United States advances to its third World Cup final, an incredible feat. The Americans will face the winner of Japan and Sweden in the championship match.
The score remains 3-1 as the official adds two minutes of extra time.
Tobin Heath: ON -- Heather O'Reilly: OFF
There's the insurance. Another USA goal from Alex Morgan puts the Americans up 3-1.
And the score is 2-1 USA after the textbook finish from Abby Wambach.
lodie Thomis: ON -- Sandrine Soubeyrand: OFF (prior to US goal)
Wambach heads in a brilliant finish off a corner to put the US up 2-1!
Has never reached the final of the World Cup or the Olympics.
After dominating the first part of this half, France seems to be entering a fight for momentum during the last 20 minutes of action.
An outstanding save by French keeper Berangere Sapowicz thwarts the best US scoring opportunity since the 9th minut of the match.
C'mon USA, France is really bringing it to u....
Hope Solo makes what could have been a drastic error, placing an erroneous pass onto the right flank for the French offense to pick up. Lucky for her, no shot was taken.
Megan Rapinoe: ON -- Carli Lloyd: OFF
At the one-hour mark, the score is even at 1-1 with possession at about 50-50.
France is really making Hope Solo earn her pay today. The French ladies have taken 16 shots, landing 7 on goal as compared to the US's 6 shots, with the lone goal from Cheney actually challenging the keeper.
Alex Morgan: ON -- Amy Rodriguez: OFF
France evens up the score with a finish by Sonia Bompastor. The score is now 1-1 at 55 minutes in.
After a Solo deflection, France is unable to connect on a corner opportunity.
Have picked up where they left off, making strong attacking runs but still unable to connect with a finisher.
Play has resumed for the second half. We also have a French substitution -- Marie-Laure Delie: OFF, Eugenie Le Sommer: ON
Despite rainy conditions, both teams came out and played a terrific half of soccer. The USA goal by Cheney was certainly picture-perfect, but will all of the missed goal opportunities by France, it's safe to say the score could very easily be knotted at one. The US needs continue its attacking in order to secure this 1 goal lead and make its way to the finals.
After 45 minutes, the score remains 1-0 USA following the Lauren Cheney goal.
The official adds two minutes of stoppage time.
Weak corner from the Bompastor of France finds its way out of bounds and short of the net.
Three players including French goalkeeper Berangere Sapowicz went down in a collision around the goal, but everyone appears to be OK and play has resumed.
The French continue to put shots on and around the goal at an increasing pace. The USA defense needs to establish its game before the France gets its golden opportunity for a goal.
A huge shot from Sonia Bompastor of France strikes the top right USA post, no doubt sending the American crowd's collective heart into a brief state of shock.
And the score remains 1-0 USA. Possession is now just about dead even and shots on goal favors France despite its one goal deficit.
Berangere Sapowicz of France fires a rocket from about 25 feet out. Handled by Hope Solo. Score remains 1-0 USA.
A header by USA's Carli Lloyd goes just wide left of the net.