Mark Madden

Mark Madden

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The storylines were pretty basic when the U.S. beat England 2-1 in yesterday’s women’s World Cup semifinal:

*Megan Rapinoe didn’t play. She says she has a hamstring problem, but I hear Trump threatened to yank the team’s funding if she wasn’t benched.

*England got a goal called back for offside. Replay affected the result, but rightly so. It’s a pity that replay wasn’t used when Maradona’s “Hand of God” goal for Argentina beat the English men in the 1986 World Cup.

*England missed a PK (which was awarded via replay). It was an easy save for U.S. ‘keeper Alyssa Naeher. Steph Houghton’s shot was a weak grounder to shortstop. Kevin Newman could have turned a double play.

*Alex Morgan pantomimed sipping tea after scoring, directly taunting the English. If Terrell Owens does that, everybody loses their minds. (At first I thought Morgan pantomimed smoking a joint.)

The U.S. women are historically good. They’re a step faster and think a step ahead.

They all seem to hate Trump. That’s ironic considering they’re insufferable, have a superiority complex and like to embarrass those who oppose.

All their knockout-round wins have been by just 2-1. But winning a second straight World Cup seems a fait accompli. Sweden and the Netherlands play today in the other semifinal, and neither are in the U.S.’s class. Unless Virgil Van Dijk plays for the Netherlands.

England v USA: Semi Final - 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France

Courtesy of Getty Images.

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