The Americans enter Sunday’s final against either England or Japan having turned away every shot attempt since the opener, leaving them with a 513-minute shutout streak.
Neal, the executive producer for Fox Sports’ telecast of the Women’s World Cup, spoke about his network’s coverage of the event, his interest in the game and balancing patriotism with journalistic objectivity.
The U.S. national soccer team advanced to the Women’s World Cup final Tuesday by defeating Germany 2-0 in Montreal, Canada, securing a spot in the Sunday final and a chance at a third world championship.
The two women will be the last line of defense on Tuesday night for their teams, with each seeking a spot in the final match with a semifinal victory.
Lauren Holiday and Megan Rapinoe won’t be able to play against China after picking up their second yellow cards of the tournament in a 2-0 victory over Colombia on Monday night.
Morgan scored her first goal of the Women’s World Cup and the United States advanced to the quarterfinals with a 2-0 victory over Colombia on Monday night.
Colombia, the third-place finisher in its group, will be without its top goalkeeper because of a pair of yellow cards when it faces off against the U.S. in the opener of the knockout round on Monday.
Wambach scored in the 45th minute, giving the United States a 1-0 victory over Nigeria in its final game of the group stage and allowing it to advance to the knockout stage.
The 35-year-old forward, making her fourth appearance in the Women’s World Cup, hadn’t come off the bench in a World Cup match since 2003 before she did so on Friday against Sweden.
Kaka scored off his own penalty-kick rebound in the 30th minute and Orlando City SC topped the Eastern Conference-leading D.C. United 1-0 on Sunday night.
Solo poses a difficult problem for U.S. Soccer as the women seek an unprecedented third World Cup title: How to laud Solo’s performances on the field while not fueling the attention on her behavior off it. And the dilemma will likely become amplified the further the U.S. advances in soccer’s premier tournament.
The head of U.S. Soccer defended the federation’s handling of goalkeeper Hope Solo’s domestic assault case in a letter to U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal on Friday night.