The USA is one step away from the 2011 Women's World Cup Finals, but faces another tough test on Wednesday as they face France in the semifinal round. We all know the American side made it to the semifinals with a wild win over Brazil on Sunday. Abby Wambach's late header in extra time, after the Americans played over an hour down a player, sent the game to penalty kicks, where Hope Solo sealed it with a wonderful save.
On the other side of the field is France, who survived a penalty shootout in the quarterfinals, as well. Like the USA, France made it through the group stage with six points, winning two matches and losing another. It's a difficult test for a US team that just laid it all on the field on Sunday, but a task they're up to.
Here's the information for Wednesday's semifinal matchup in the Women's World Cup
Start time: The USA and France will take the field a bit later than the American side did on Sunday, with the action set to begin at 9 a.m. PDT. Sadly, this isn't a weekend, and the time difference puts the game smack-dab in the middle of the day. But never fret, we're here to help.
Online stream: Because it's a work day and a 9 a.m. start time, the online stream of Wednesday's Women's World Cup quarterfinal matchup would seem to be the popular choice. Just like the men's side, the World Cup sleeps for nobody, but does allow workers to sneak a peek at the action online. ESPN has obliged, providing a stream of the USA vs. France on ESPN3.com.
TV information: Like the quarterfinals, both semifinal matches will be broadcast on ESPN. It's a double-header on Wednesday, with a spot in the Women's World Cup Finals on the line for the four remaining teams. Coverage gets underway at 8:30 a.m. PDT on ESPN. Check your local listings.