Women's World Cup TV schedule: US vs. Germany in semifinal
Women's World Cup TV schedule: Each nation is looking for a third Women's World Cup title, and it could come down to the players guarding the goal.
Adrian Wyld, The Canadian Press/AP
The United States women's national soccer team is on the cusp of reaching its fourth World Cup final over the seven-time history of the event, which started in China in 1991 and has been contested every four years since.
They take on Germany in one tournament semifinal Tuesday evening in Montreal.
The Americans have reached the semifinal round each year the World Cup has been played, advancing to win championships in 1991 and 1999 and losing in the final to Japan four years ago.
Germany has a long and proud soccer heritage, perhaps better known on the men's side with four World Cup titles – the most recent being last year in Brazil.
But the German women are quickly earning their own championship pedigree. They captured the Women's World Cup title in 2003 and 2007, while reaching the semifinals in 1991 and 1995.
The Germans won two matches and tied once during group play in this year's World Cup tournament. They defeated France on penalty kicks last Friday to reach the semifinals.
Their leading goal scorer in the World Cup is forward Celia Sasic, who has six goals in Germany's five matches so far.
In net for Germany will be Nadine Angerer, who has allowed only three goals during the tournament. Angerer, the former FIFA Player of the Year who was the first goalkeeper to win the award, started for Germany in the 2007 World Cup and did not allow a goal on the way to the title, setting a World Cup record for most minutes played (540) without a goal.
On the other end of the field will be Hope Solo in net for the US. She has only allowed one goal during the Americans' run to the semifinals. That was in their first match against Australia.
Since then she's posted four straight shutouts. The US defense hasn't allowed a goal in 423 minutes. Solo leads all goalkeepers at the World Cup with 11 saves.
In the 1-0 quarterfinal victory over China, Solo surpassed Briana Scurry for most wins by a US goalkeeper with 134.
"Hope's absolutely world class," midfielder Heather O'Reilly said. "We're proud of her for that accomplishment. I know she has a big one in mind, and that's to win the World Cup."
The other big news for the US is that they will get midfielders Megan Rapinoe and Lauren Holiday back for the match against Germany. The pair had to sit out the quarterfinal win over China because of yellow card accumulation.
This will be the fourth meeting between Germany and the US at the World Cup. In each prior instance, the winner has gone on to claim the title.
You can watch the US take on Germany in Montreal, beginning at 7 p.m. Eastern time Tuesday. The match will be televised on Fox.
The US-Germany winner will meet the winner of Wednesday's semifinal between England and Japan next Sunday night in Vancouver.
Material from The Associated Press was used in this article.