I would go for American keeper Hope Solo. The US team have a really strong back line, but if you do manage to breach it she is always there blocking everything you throw at her. During the Olympic final we played one of our best ever games, causing the American back line a lot of problems, yet we couldn’t seem to get the ball past her. That was why we had to settle for a silver medal.
Shinobu Ohno, when asked about the best player she has played against (x)
These two teams have met each other in the past three major women’s football finals, twice in World Cup finals and in the past Olympic final. When these two sides play, the world stops and we get to witness some of the most beautiful football there is.
I don’t think there are two other teams in women’s sport that share the mutual respect the US and Japan have for each other.
It’s one of my most favorite things about this sport.
Pampas Grass Kanzashi 1910s by Blue Ruin 1 Via Flickr: Maiko (apprentice geisha) Yachiyo II of Osaka wearing a pampas grass hana-kanzashi (flower hairpin) denoting autumn, paired with a dark rō (silk gauze) kimono with flowers and autumn grasses.