Just 12 minutes into the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup final, the United States are looking spectacular. The score is still tied at 0-0, but a goal seems imminent for the USWNT, who are absolutely bombing forward against Japan, creating chance after chance. It seems like they've already come close on six or seven occasions, with nearly every member of the midfield and strike force getting in on the act.
Since Lauren Cheney's opening shot, she's missed another header just wide, following a great cross from Megan Rapinoe. Rapinoe has missed a chance of her own, just barely putting a shot wide from close range. Abby Wambach and Carli Lloyd have both taken powerful shots from just outside the penalty area, but both missed high, shooting over the crossbar by less than a foot.
The USWNT might live to regret their early missed chances, but their play is still encouraging. The physical superiority of the United States is obvious, and it seems like a goal is coming soon.
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