United States vs. Brazil
The last Quarterfinal match is arguably the most an anticipated one, as Brazil face off against USA at Glücksgas Stadium in Dresden, Germany.
Brazil comes into this match as winners of Group D and are in good form winning their last two matches by 3-0 score lines, they have scored seven goals without conceding and have looked better and better with every match. However this will be by far their biggest test in the competition so far and from this point forward the competition only gets more difficult, if Brazil want to make it to the final they will need similarly impressive and efficient performances. Coach Kleiton Lima will feel like his team is rounding into shape over the last two matches, Marta showed her skill and finishing ability in their match against Norway while “partner in crime” Cristiane was the focal point of their last match against Equatorial Guinea. However for all their firepower in front of goal they have been even more impressive defensively, the likes of Formiga, Rosana and Aline have been major parts of Brazil’s defensive record. If the Samba Queens are to finally get over the hump they just need to sustain their current level and stay mentally strong, knockout soccer is mostly about desire and “who wants it more” over ninety minutes.
As for USA, they were runners up in Group C and are coming of a disappointing 2-1 loss to Sweden. For all the talent they possess and the versatility that their squad provides they haven’t been a little disappointing, at this point in the competition they will need to step up and produce. Coach Pia Sundhage on the one hand will have liked the contribution of Lauren Cheney, Heather O’Reilly and Hope Solo so far, especially Solo as her only real bad game was out of her control. The two goals conceded in the match against Sweden were via a penalty and massive deflection, and was the fault of the players in front of her. If The Stars and Sripes are to make it to the final their usually strong defense will need to rebound and their forward partnership of Amy Rodriguez and Abby Wambach will have to make an impact.
I like Brazil in this match, they have raised their level from match to match and even when they faced challenges (the first half against Equatorial Guinea) they took command of the situation and imposed themselves. I’m just not convinced USA are able to do the same, while they have shown versatility they have also shown vulnerability.
Brazil +140 United States