North American derby going the way of the Canadians in this “upset” win. I say upset loosely because the US have never really got going in these Olympic games. The VAR reviewed penalty by Jessie Fleming enough to send Bronze medalists from the last two Olympics through to the gold medal match. Controversial às the decision might have been it was the right one. At first glance it seemed like the coming together of two players fairly going for the ball with the Canadian attacker Rose swinging at the ball and missing it with US defender Davidson standing her ground. On second glance the use of the arm by Davidson appeared to knock Rose out of contention for the ball so for me penalty was the right call.
Having lost penalty shootout star from the quarters, Alyssa Naeher with a busted knee, stand up keeper Adrianna Franch was tasked with stopping the pen. You needed a goalkeeper from Mars to save that shot from Fleming. The problem with the USWNT in this match was although they created chances, they never made a lot of shots on target. With many of their star players like Carli Lloyd , Rapinoe, Morgan , Heath the wrong side of 30 years of age , maybe it’s time for a change of guard in US soccer.