If crossbar strikes and netballs were each worth a 10th of a goal according to FIFA rules, the United States would be ahead by about .9 goals on Japan in the Women's World Cup final. That would look ridiculous on any Jumbotron, so the score would surely be rounded up to 1. USA! USA!
Here's Abby Wambach's excruciatingly close effort in the 27th minute, which found the underside of the crossbar, though there were many others that helped pepper each portion of the goal's exterior:
As Wambach has been the USWNT's offensive assassin throughout the tournament, there are few setups the Americans would prefer to seeing her streaking toward the goal with her favored foot primed and no one to beat but the keeper.
Soccer isn't a game of inches, but only because no other country knows what an inch is.
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