The US women's soccer team is coming off the one of the best games in its history against Brazil, which came down to penalty shots after Abby Wambach scored with just a couple of minutes left. Now, they must deal with France (11:30 a.m., ESPN).
The women's national team is close to achieving their goal of winning the World Cup - something that they have not done since 1999. However, they need to get to the Finals before they can focus on winning it all. France will be just another bump in the journey that has included Brazil (and not Germany).
The French have been able to rest for more days than the U.S., but the U.S. has always been known for the amazing shape that they the came into this tournament with.
With Rachel Buehler out of Wednesday's match, after receiving a controversial red card against Brazil, the U.S. needs to find a player to fill in. Coach Pia Sundhage has not confirmed anything about who will start in place of Buehler. Expect Becky Sauerbrunn to fill in for Buehler. The question is if the chemistry will be there of the already struggling back line.