Players of the Tournament - by position (pre-Final) GoalKeeper: Romina Ferro (ARG)- Despite being on a team that allowed 15 goals, The 23-year old River Plate shotstopper posted an astounding 27 saves in 3 games. An unorganized midfield and an inexperienced defense often left her stranded but on 1v1's Ferro was virtually unbeatable. Alternate: Andreia (BRA)- She gets the nod here for shear entertainment value. The fun 'n gun Brazilian offense left her vulnerable to counterattack but the 26-year old proved worthy with some spectacular saves, 21 saves overall, and only 4 goals allowed. Biggest Letdown: Kim Jung Mi (KOR)- As part of what was supposed to be the Asian Invasion, Kim let 11 get past her. Defender: Jane Toernqvist (SWE)- Her precise, Maldini-esque tackles and tenacious marking have been the linchpin in the solidity of the Viking backline. She is rarely beaten and often gets the last word in on challenges, she'll be severely tested by the Germans. Alternate: Cat Reddick (USA)-as the old guard of the USWNT prepares to bow out after this tournament, Cat Reddick has shown herself to be the future for US female defenders. Stepping in for the injured Brandi Chastain, Reddick acquitted herself well in 405 minutes of playing time and adding 2 goals and 1 assist to the US tally. Biggest Letdown: Kate Sobrero (USA)-Considered a veteran on the US squad, Sobrero often struggled to keep up with opponents and, when she did win possesion, chose to boot it upfield rather than trying to build an attack. Midfielder: Maren Meinert (GER)-Although listed as a forward, it is Maren's creative attacking prowess (along with her tournament high 7 assists) that puts her in this category. Her pinpoint passing and game-awareness make her the driving force behind Germany's ferocity. Alternate: Marta (BRA)- The electrifying attacking mid lit up an exciting run by the Brazilians in which they threw caution to the wind and went for broke. Solid performances all around were highlighted and sparked by this 19-year old with seemingly endless energy and refined ball skills. Biggest Letdown: Aly Wagner (USA)-Playing time aside, Wagner is a tremendous talent that simply didn't show up. Like Maradona in '90 (or Ronaldo '98), Aly looked disconnected from her teammates and never capitalized on her chances. She'll get another shot in Athens. Forward: Birgit Prinz (GER)-Prinz must occupy this spot. She leads the tournament with 7 goals and 4 assists and has had truly inspired moments on the pitch. The towering WUSA AllStar uses guile and her blazing speed rather than brawn to beat her opponents. She also posesses a deft touch and finishing ability that will make her hard to tame for the Swedes. Alternate: Victoria Svensson (SWE)-Three goals and three assists barely begin to tell the story of what this 26-year old has provided to her team in the course of this tournament. She has a warrior spirit that refuses to be subdued, is very quick on and off the ball, and can sky over opponents twice her size to get to headers. Her game-awareness, finishing ability, and shear hunger for the win make her a terror on the field. Biggest Letdown: Cindy Parlow (USA)-Several ladies could have filled this one quite equally. Parlow was chosen due to the ratio of what she was hyped to do compared to what she accomplished. Four shots and two goals looks good enough on paper but reading between the lines (and watching the gametape) we see Parlow was simply not as involved in the attack as she should have been. Long considered the Brian McBride of the USWNT, Parlow did not show as the target stiker she was in her UNC days. Likewise, her technical skill was not on full display in this tournament despite a late awakening against Germany in the semis. There you go, those are my picks...of course only noting the tops and bottom of the field leaves many qualified entries unmentioned so post away with your agreements and disagreements. The debate is officially open!