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Dirty Tackle

Hope Solo’s impressive deflected-shot save against Canada

Brooks Peck
Dirty Tackle

The U.S. women's team played their final match before the London Olympics and goalkeeper Hope Solo once again came up big for her side. With the U.S. up 1-0 just before halftime, Canada mounted one last attack. Canadian legend Christine Sinclair took a low shot from outside the box that took a deflection off a U.S. defender, sharply changing the path of the shot.

Though Solo was about to dive towards the far post to make the save, she managed to catch herself and dive back the other way once it deflected off her teammate to get a hand on the ball before it could reach the goal line. She then scrambled back up to grab the loose ball at the post just as a Canadian attacker came at her with a sliding boot to the face/ball. Upon close inspection, it appears that late challenge may gotten the ball over the line, but since the keeper had possession at the time, it could only be ruled a foul. Plus, whether the entire ball crossed the line is debatable.

Anyway, it was a great show of reflexes from Solo and though Melissa Tancredi would equalize for Canada in the second half, the U.S.'s Amy Rodriguez came through with an 85th-minute winner to ensure a pleasant trip to London and extend the U.S.'s unbeaten streak against Canada to 26 straight matches.

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