*Sally Jenkins’ wonderful column about a wonderful match at the Women’s World Cup final between the United States and Japan in Germany.
*Chico Harlan describes the scene in Japan.
*Soccer America’s USA player ratings.
*Women’s World Cup final set a Twitter record.
*FIFA’s video highlight package from the final.
*Awaiting word on the USA’s post-World Cup tour. First, players will return to their WPS clubs for the final stretch of the regular season.
*Former Washington Freedom players were responsible for 11 goals in the tournament: Homare Sawa’s five, Abby Wambach’s four, Lisa De Vanna’s one and Sonia Bompastor’s one. Sawa was awarded the Golden Ball as tournament MVP, Wambach the Silver Ball as runner-up. Hope Solo won the Bronze Ball for third place.
Solo: “I truly believed that this was our tournament to win and I felt that the entire time. It’s heartbreaking, but at the same time I think there was something bigger pulling for Japan. They were the team of the tournament and if there’s any team we’re going to lose to, I tip my hat off to them because they have so much class and play with so much passion and they fought and they fought and I really do have so much respect for the team.”
*I will host a live online chat at 10 a.m. ET today. Submit your questions and follow along.
*Video from a fan viewing party in Prince William County, home of USA defender Ali Krieger: