Once again, it wasn't easy.  But I don't think they are doing this to us on purpose.

The U.S. Woman's Soccer Team beat France 3-1, this afternoon, to advance to the World Cup Final on Sunday.

Just as they did against Brazil, the Americans scored first, and led at halftime, 1-0.  France evened up the game with a goal in the 54th minute, and continued to apply offensive pressure, while out-shooting  the Americans badly, 25-11.

The Americans made their chances count, however, and that was the difference.  Last Sunday's hero, Abby Wambach, scored the go-ahead goal in the 80th minute off a corner kick.  Three minutes later, Alex Morgan finished off the French with a beautiful goal, making the final score, 3-1.

It was a squeaker for 80 minutes, then the American class came through.

As good as things seem now, though, the job is not nearly complete.  Ahead for Team USA is the surprising team from Japan.  They are very young, but extremely fast and skilled.  They are also very confident right now, coming off upset wins versus the host nation, Germany, and beating Sweden this afternoon.

It won't be easy for the Americans, but no championship ever is.  Sunday's game against Japan will be the most watched woman's athletic event ever, worldwide.

I, for one, will be watching from my home in Sauk Rapids.

And will be certainly wearing my red, white, and blue!