MOENCHENGLADBACH, Germany, and Washington (AP, ABC7) The United States is in the World Cup final for the first time since it last won the title in 1999, and once again, it was Abby Wambach coming up big in a 3-1 victory over France on Wednesday.
Wambach broke a 1-1 deadlock with a strong header from Lauren Cheney's corner kick in the 79th minute. Cheney delivered the ball perfectly to the far post, and Wambach jumped over the scrum and pushed the ball past French goalkeeper Berangere Sapowicz.
At Lucky Bar in Northwest Washington, fans gathered to watch the game had to squeeze in for a spot.
"I actually took off work today," said Shelby Kamenstein.
Charlie Hundley of Alexandria said it doesn't matter that it's women's soccer."It's about the game, not the sex," he said.
"They're just doing so well -- so I have to come out and support them," said Sam Balto, who lives in D.C.
The French team dominated most of the game, barely missing goal after goal. Finally, Wambach scored again for the U.S. It was her third goal of the tournament and 12th of her career, tying her with fellow American Michelle Akers for third on the all-time World Cup scoring list.
Alex Morgan added an insurance goal in the 82nd, the first for the World Cup rookie.
"They showed some true grit, they really did," said David Sheridan.
The Americans will now play either Japan or Sweden in Sunday's final in Frankfurt.