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What to watch for when Japan-US play in WCup final

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Fantastic Nippon! Great advert for women's football. And so refreshing to see players getting up straight after a tackle, and not feighning injury to get an opposition player sent off! Brilliant!

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Congrats to the lovely Ladies of Japan. A beautiful note on this July 17. With Love from a far away country.

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Congratulations to Japan. On this day, the better and more deserving team won.

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Good game. Congratulations to the women of Japan.

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Well played. Congratulations to Japan!!

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Brilliant ending. Omedetogozaimasu!

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Well, what a storyline for Japan. USA completely collapsed. (Can't win em all, right?) Really good effort by the Japanese.

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Congrats to Team Japan! Well done, ladies! That was one heck of a game, 2-2. Just when I thought it was game over when the US had the lead out of the blue Japan came back with a goal. Once OT ended and the game was tied you could tell team Japan felt no pressure and kept their cool, and that decided the PK. Awesome job, Team Japan! World Cup champions 2011!

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Congratulations to Japan.

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Congrats to Nadeshiko Japan!

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Congrats to Japan. But I hate to see teams win on penalty kicks. It was a good game!

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Cannot decide who to root for.

legs, same here. As my rule, I go for underdog as always.

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mmm Hope Solo, the only reason I will even watch this game... win lose or draw i dont care, just wanna see Hope Solo ☆☆☆

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@tideofiron:

It's hilarious to watch sheeple suddenly become interested in women's soccer once their country gets involved. Nothing like blind nationalism to bring the idiots out of the woodwork.

Why wouldn't people feel a closer interest in a team from their own country? Supporting your own team doesn't presuppose anything negative towards the other team. Sure, I hope the US wins, but I like the Japanese team also and it will not ruin my day if they were to win. As for having a sudden interest in sports, if it wasn't for the nationality angle, hardly anyone would pay attention to most sports contested in the Summer or Winter Olympics. The world isn't as black and white as your statement suggests.

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@tideofiron "Nothing like blind nationalism to bring the idiots out of the woodwork." It's hilarious to read idiots' condescending comments, as if this happens only to Japan or the US.

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@nandakandamanda.NO. In soccer the keeper is never alone but has 10 players before him(or her). The same is true for the Japanese keeper.

At some point in the match, the ball will fly high and true, far out of the reach of the players beneath, but certainly not as far out of reach as nanda's point flying over your head.

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nanda: "Is Hope Solo single?"

She is!

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"If the Americans can't get the ball they can't score"

Really! Does that go for the Japanese too?

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Grrrr.... Still looking for a place in Okinawa to watch the game.

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ihavegreatlegs: okay, legs are okay. Go Japan!

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I see no reason why the Japanese ladies can't shock the world and win the world cup. It would be the perfect "Cinderella story", and make great headlines around the world - winning it for the tsunami victims and so on. Now that I've tipped them, they will probably be trounced 5-zip by the Yanks!

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3AM in Japan, and 2PM on the East Coast in America. Will hit the waves this morning and grab a seat on the couch for the game. Cannot decide who to root for.

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It's hilarious to watch sheeple suddenly become interested in women's soccer

I don't necessarily think that is a bad thing. Yes, with the advent of Twitter, Hollywood stars like Tom Hanks have suddenly come out in support of their women's team. But, as Mia Hamm recently said, she is happy that the popularity of women's soccer is growing in not only her country, but around the world. The sudden surge of teams like Equatorial Guinea and New Zealand out of nowhere proves that interest is growing and there will be an expansion of teams at future World Cups.

This whole tournament had many exciting games, which showed the parity growing. Before, there were only a few really good teams out there (Germany, USA, and Brazil). Now, teams like Sweden, Japan, France, and Australia have been making their mark. I'm really looking forward to this match between the U.S. and Japan. It will be fun to see the technical skills of the Japanese go against the might of the U.S. I foresee a tight contest. If it goes to PKs (which I hope it won't), the U.S. wins. If Japan can limit the number of set pieces from the U.S and control possession., then it wins. Otherwise, I could see Wambach's head being the difference in a 2-1 or 3-2 U.S. win.

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Should be a cracking match... either team would be a worthy winner. Let's only hope the outcome is not decided by dodgy officiating, which has marred some of the matches in this tournament. Thankfully, neither the US nor the Japan team tend strongly toward theatrical diving and fake injuries (although, it's amazing how easy is is to lose one's sense of balance in front of the goal...)

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@nandakandamanda.NO. In soccer the keeper is never alone but has 10 players before him(or her). The same is true for the Japanese keeper.

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Should be a nice game in contrast styles. US has beaten Japan in past but again it is always game by game. Wambach has been awesome in Cup play.

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There's only one question. Is Hope Solo single?

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"Team USA vs. Japan women’s soccer: representing two countries, two cultures." Read full article here: http://sciencewitness.com/

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