Iconic big game knockout stage moments in USWNT history (in order of occurrence):
• Brandi Chastain’s winning penalty kick vs China in the 1999 Women’s World Cup final
• Abby Wambach’s 122’ equalizer vs Brazil in the 2011 Women’s World Cup quarterfinal match
• Alex Morgan’s 123’ game-winning header vs Canada in the 2012 Olympic semifinal match
• Carli Lloyd’s 16’ half-field goal completes hat-trick vs Japan in the 2015 Women’s World Cup final
Usually for time wasting or arguing with the ref. She got one for arguing in the Brazil 2011 Quarterfinal. She got a few for time wasting last year in the Brazil game we lost, against Mexico and France for time wasting. Hope just waves them off or puts her hands on her hips, takes even more time and stares disapprovingly.
Once Abby understood the training required to compete at the highest level, not surprisingly, there was no stopping her.
No stopping her as she scored the winning goal in the 2004 Olympic final against Brazil in overtime. With her head, of course. (Bless you, Abigail.)
No stopping her after she broke her leg in their 2008 Olympic send-off game, then came back a year later to score her 100th goal. No stopping her as she netted one of the greatest goals in the history of the women’s game – the game-tying goal vs. Brazil in a 2011 World Cup quarterfinal. In the 122nd minute. With her head, of course.
No stopping her as she scored the tying goal against Japan in the 2011 World Cup final in the 104th minute or as she scored in every single game at the 2012 Olympics, except the final (when they didn’t need her to score), helping lead her team to an Olympic gold medal.
No stopping her as she was honored as the 2012 FIFA World Player of the Year – an award that Brazilian Marta had a stranglehold on for five years prior – and no stopping her in June 2013 when she scored her 159th goal to become the all-time leading scorer in the history of the game. With her head. Of course.