The US ousted Norway last night, 1-0. If anybody has ever questioned the value of the WUSA please look no further than this match. The WUSA has contributed mightily to the development and honing of the USWNT. All of the USWNT members played in the WUSA and you can see that it has prepared them to be the best. After getting through Norway, I think the US will win it all. They are just too good at every position. Other countries only have 2, 3 or 4 players on WUSA rosters and it has shown to date. My WOTM has to be Abby. Abby is a great aerial threat and the Norwegians readjusted her shorts, jersey and sportsbra almost everytime Wambach went for the ball. Fortunately she deked Reddick's kick in for the game winner. I saw dimensions of her game tonight that I did not know were there. The first was Abby's ability to close in and shut down Norwegian players on the ground. How many lunging last minute tackles did the woman make to dispossess Norway, then how many of those did she make and retain possession of the ball? The Norwegians thought they had so much space and then Abby sealed it off. The other dimension I saw was Abby holding the ball the to wind the clock down. She's always been willing to shield with her body, but her footwork looked almost Lilly-like. Finally, Wambach's ability to redirect with her head as it entered the finishing third was mind-blowing. So much so that Milbrett NEVER seemed to anticipate the ball was coming, much less going through past the defense. Calling Nurse Milbrett...patient Chastain needs a refill on her gatorade. Did I also mention that Abby may get a Golden Globe nomination after contact was made the keeper? Note to Abby: lighten up on the rolling around in agony and Ape will let you take the PK. Parlow and Hamm flowed well with Abby, it's disappointing the US could not get a goal in the flow of play, but their position-hopping really put Norge on its collective heels. You go, Wombat! Make SoccerTown proud. At midfield, Shannon Boxx was definitely the missing ingredient against North Korea. She won almost every ball and cannot remember more than one turnover. I wish the same could be said for Foudy. She had a bushel full of turnovers under pretty weak pressure. Lilly was steady, but not her usual stellar self. Bivens has really impressed me during the tournament. I liked her ability to play the 2nd D-mid, but also push up into the attack. She serves a really great cross, too. The defense was very solid. Other than the brief scramble in the box at the end of the game when Scurry cleaned up the mess, there was little pressure. The was one corner kick where Norway started to make some noise, but Wambach won and cleared that effort out of the box. Reddick proves to be a player that is savvy beyond her years and what a nice serve to Abby for the GW. Joy was very solid as was Kate and Pearce. Pearce did a great job of going forward, but I was disappointed that she did not get more quality crosses off. It was a great game and I think the cup is now the U.S.'s to win. We got the monkey off our backs and we headed for a repeat if April can keep the gals focused. God, I love this team! I have to give credit to the Norwegian keeper. She was the best player on her side. Without her play it could have easily been 3-0 or 4-0.