After a spectacular win, in what is surely one of the most exciting soccer games ever played by an American team, the US Women's National Team advanced to the semifinals over Brazil after AET and penalty kicks.  In the semifinals, they defeated France 3-1 to advance to the final, for the first time since they won in 1999, where they will face Japan.

On a statistical note, this year will mark the first year that a team with a loss in the tournament will win the Women's World Cup.  It is important to note that, since this is only the sixth time the competition has been held, it is not a very longstanding record.

The US leads the way in semifinal appearances, with 5 before this year.  Germany leads final appearances, with 3 before this year.  The US and Germany are tied for the lead with 2 WWC final wins each.

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