The knockout round continues Monday in the 2015 FIFA Womens World Cup as the US team battles Colombia with the chance to advance to the quarterfinals.
The game begins at 7 pm Central Time, and Ill be providing live updates as the favorite Team USA plays the Colombians in a must-win game.
Coming into tonights game, the US won the so-called Group of Death in group play with a 3-0 win over Australia,a 0-0 draw with Sweden and a 1-0 win over Nigeria. While emerging victorious, the Americans have not looked invincible; it will be interesting to see if they have a stronger presence into tonights game.
The Colombians are currently ranked 28th in the world, and look to tonights game for a little bit of vengeance. (They have been doing some trash talking leading up to the showdown.)
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FINAL: The US wins, 2-0, over Colombia and now advances to the quarterfinals against China on Friday, June 2.
The two goals came from Alex Morgan and Carli Lloyd.
The US was clearly helped by the red card on Colombia, which ejected goalkeeper Perez and forced a cold goalie to come in. And helped also by a penalty kick for the second goal.
The defense was stellar yet again for the US The red, white and blue havent given up a goal yet in the 2015 Womens World Cup.
8:50 pm: The games final. USA wins 2-0 over Colombia.
8:46 pm: You can say what you want about the US offense (that its one-dimensional, not aggressive enough, etc.), but you cant deny this defense. Theyve yet to give up a goal in the World Cup.
8:40 pm: Heres a look at Lloyds penalty kick goal that put USA up 2-0.
8:36 pm: Another couple of good looks on the goal from the US, especially from Johnston. Shes tricky at the goal, and missed wide by not much.
8:30 pm: Rapinoe comes out and gets a huge reception from the US crowd. Christen Press comes in (quite important, since she may start for Rapinoe against China next game).
8:26 pm: That Lloyd goal was big.
8:24 pm: Wambach comes out of the game and gets a needed rest. Morgan Brian comes in.
8:21 pm: Colombia gets a yellow card, and Lloyd takes the free kick. She fakes out Castano, and gets an easy goal. US now up 2-0.
8:13 pm: Heres a look at Alex Morgans goal.
8:08 pm: GOAL!!!! The US finally gets a goal and its 1-0. Alex Morgan gets the goal, after goalie Castano blocks it but it goes off her hands and back into the net.
8:04 pm: Abby Wambach will try a penalty kick with a new Colombian goalie in the game. And she misses!! Thats a huge miss for the US; a perfect chance to get ahead in the game.
8:02 pm: This could be huge as the second half starts! Alex Morgan goes in to the goal, but is tripped by the Colombian goalie to keep her from scoring. Perez gets a straight red card, and is out of the game.
8:00 pm: And were underway for the second half!
7:57 pm: Clearly the most important play of the game so far came just minutes in, when Abby Wambach knocked the ball into the goal but the score is waved of for offsides. Clearly, the US needs to start quick in the second half–and make some goals.
7:55 pm: One of the highlights from the first half was the ball-handling skills shown by Lady Andrade of Colombia. (Can we give some respect too to her name?)
7:47 pm: And its scoreless, 0-0, at halftime. This is not the way the US wanted this match to start out. It will be interesting to see what adjustments are made.
7:45 pm: People are not happy with this ref. Shes not afraid to pull out the yellow cards, and you can see that its starting to affect the players a bit.
7:41 pm: Another yellow card on US, with Rapinoe getting called out. Thats a tough one.
7:38 pm: Colombia gets a couple of short corner shot chances, but Rapinoe comes up big on defense. Then they get a free kick opportunity that is blocked by Solo.
7:36 pm: Were in the 37th minute and still scoreless.
7:34 pm: Rapinoe had a chance on goal, but it went wide.
7:32 pm: Colombia definitely looks confident. They are playing aggressively.
7:31 pm: Possession continues to favor the US, but theyre going to have to take advantage at some point.
7:30 pm: That was a good sign, as US had some crosses there in front of the goal. Colombias Perez made another good block to keep the US out.
7:22 pm: Johnston is unable to get a good shot of in front of the Colombia goal for US Ball knocked out for a corner. US needs to be more aggressive closer to the goal.
7:20 pm: Whos supporting the US tonight?
7:18 pm: Were in the 20th minute and its still 0-0.
7:16 pm: Lauren Holiday is yellow-carded, which means shell sit out the next game if USA advances.
7:12 pm: US has had some shots on goal, which is a good sign.
7:05 pm: Colombias looking confident so far. And the US needs some offensive productions from its stars tonight (theyve scored just one goal in last two games).
6:52 pm: Its almost game time. Who you got?
6:50 pm: Wonder what the team listens to get fired up in the locker room before the game? Todays playlist includes Shut Up and Dance, Fight Song, and Bad Blood among other current hits.
6:45 pm:Who is already in the quarterfinals? China, Germany, France, Australia and Canada have already won their round of 16 matches. If the US wins tonight, theyll play China on June 26. So, yes, this game is huge.