<![CDATA[Soccer Banter - Manya Makoski WWC]]>Fri, 04 Dec 2015 13:31:15 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[WWC Final Preview and Prediction]]>Sat, 16 Jul 2011 20:59:19 GMThttp://www.soccerbanter.org/manya-makoski-wwc/first-postPicture
Manya Makoski is currently playing in Iceland for Thor/KA, and previously played in WPS for Los Angeles Sol and Atlanta Beat.  Makoski also has international experience with the USA U21 and U19 teams, winning the Nordic Cup three time.  Follow Manya Makoski on twitter: @Makoski22

Who would have thought that this would be the match up of the WWC Final? This is going to be a very interesting game. These two top ranked teams will undeniably fight with all of their might until the final whistle.

Japan has been no doubt the most consistent team in the tournament and deserves to play on the big stage. They possess with a purpose, lulling their opponents to sleep. Their technical ability is above all else.  And they are very disciplined and organized. 

However the perseverance, experience, and unrivaled fitness level of the United States cannot be stopped. The aerial presence of Abby Wambach will be a key factor to a strong front line. I am looking forward to youngster, Alex Morgan, make a difference with her purposeful runs off the ball. Heather O’Reilly and Megan Rapinoe will be sparks on the flanks.

The United States need to shut down Homare Sawa and Aya Miyama, the playmakers of the Japan attack, in order to control the game. Japan needs to focus on playing their own game and minimizing the physical presence of the United States.

But it won’t be easy for either team. It will come down to which defensive back line will crack first. If the United States can force Japan’s defenders into mistakes, they will need to capitalize and score first. United States win 2-1.