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Side Step in Guangzhou (Michelle Akers)

Team USA took possession of the ball just past midfield on the defensive side, and passed it forward into the offensive zone where it was controlled by the Norway defense. During an attempt to pass back to the goalie, Team USA’s Michelle Akers used her speed, strength and ball handling skill to keep pace with the Norway defender’s back pass, reach the ball just before the goalie gained possession, flick it (left outstep) to open space, sidestep the overwhelmed goalie and carefully place the ball into the goal with her right instep. The brilliant goal would be the match-winner in Team USA’s 2-1 monumental World Cup Finals win.

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