Scotland vs. Poland
Scotland are the obvious favourites in this one, having finished first in their difficult group. They are skilled, organized and have scored goals from every position including 7 (?) from Taylor Firth. Scotland was my pick to win the whole thing so it sucks having to play them in semis!
Erica Hindmarsh and Jenelle Zapski have been huge acquisitions for Poland and if they get the ball will be able to score. Poland’s only chance will be to play tough defense and create some chaos by out-hustling Scotland. They have to play like they have nothing to lose, which they don’t. I’m still not convinced it will be enough. 4-2 Scotland.
Perennial finalists and three-time defending champions Ukraine face their opponent from the past two finals. Ukraine has looked strong with a record of 3-0-1, coming out of a tough group in second on goal differential. Their biggest challenge came in the opener vs. Scotland when they went down 2-0 and defensively looked questionable but came back to tie the game. Ukraine has a multitude of veteran players who have spent years playing together and never stop attacking. Goals have come from all over the field and they have the advantage in net whether it’s Possberg or AndersonGermany haven’t looked like themselves, dropping a game to Netherlands and playing a couple other close ones - they wouldn’t have made it out of Group A. They rely heavily on golden boot contender Megan Cormier; however they also have a core of veteran players with the ability to shut teams down and make big plays when needed.
Expect this to be a physical game. If Ukraine can shut down Cormier goals will be difficult to come by for Germany and I don’t see them outlasting the attack of Ukraine. 3-1 Ukraine.
France Vs. Afghanistan
Afghanistan is heavily reliant on their core of U of S midfielders, luckily for them I believe that they will all be making the trip down. Josip is a very good striker and with Bobbi, Mitch and Contenti behind him it makes him a way more dangerous. France are yet to tie or lose a game yet but they havent looked the most convincing doing so. France are going to need Benno and Mason to shut down Josip to give Les Bleus a chance to win this game.
I think both teams match up fairly evenly. Afghanistan have superior goalkeeping and midfield. France has the experience and a better defense. I have a feeling there will be alot of goals in this one. 6-4 France.
Jamaica Vs. Poland
After Wednesdays mess people were not talking about how Poland were crushing Sudan 4-1 until the game was abandoned. Poland have yet to drop a point and after coming of a crushing victory in the quarters they look like they will crush everyone who steps in the way. Jamaica advancing to the semi's for the first time are just living the underdog dream, I dont see it continuing past tonight.
Both teams possess great goalkeeping and both defenses have been solid. Poland have the edge on scoring from crosses and I feel this is where they will win the game. Poland 3-1.