US Women Face Japan in World Cup Final

US Women Face Japan in World Cup Final

The US Women look to cap their magical run in the Women's World Cup with a win in the final this afternoon in Frankfurt, Germany against Japan (Coverage begins at 2PM/ESPN).

After escaping with a miraculous win in the quarterfinals against Brazil the Americans shook off any potential hangover from that thrilling game and topped France 3-1 in the semis. However, the scoreline was not truly indicative of the how close the game was.

France controlled possession for long stretches of the match. The US was fortunate to stay level at 1-1 before Abby Wambach emphatically headed home the game winner off of a corner kick. Alex Morgan's composed chip over the French keeper provided the final margin of victory, but the result was in doubt as late as the 78th minute.

Japan, like the US, finished in second place in its group. They knocked off two-time defending Women's World Cup Champs and tournament hosts Germany. They advanced to the final with a 3-1 win over Sweden.

For an afternoon put aside the question as to whether women's professional soccer will catch on here in the States. Simply watch the game and enjoy the aerial prowess of Abby Wambach, the athleticism of Hope Solo, and the darting runs of Megan Rapinoe.

Can they add another star above the US Soccer crest? The US is ninety minutes away from becoming the first ever three-time Women's World Cup Champion.

Photo Credit: Witters Sport-US PRESSWIRE

NBC Sports Philadelphia Internship - Advertising/Sales

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NBC Sports Philadelphia Internship - Advertising/Sales

Position Title: Intern
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# of hours / week: 10 – 20 hours

Deadline: November 20

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Jordan Hicks leaves game vs. Redskins with ankle injury

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Jordan Hicks leaves game vs. Redskins with ankle injury

The Eagles lost middle linebacker Jordan Hicks on the second play of Monday night's game against the Redskins. 

Hicks suffered an ankle injury and was almost carried off the field without being able to place any weight on his right leg. After getting checked out on the sideline, he was carted into the Eagles' locker room. 

After the Eagles originally said Hicks was questionable to return, they ruled him out a little while later. 

Hicks was in some clear pain coming off the field. As he waited for the cart, he was consoled by injured safety Chris Maragos, who was lost for the season in Carolina. 

Coming into Monday's game, Hicks was listed as questionable with a calf injury. He said he hurt his calf after overcompensating for his injured ankle. On Saturday, when asked if he was 100 percent, Hicks said "who is?" 

Hicks played in all 16 games last season but has struggled with injuries dating back to his years in college. He played eight games as a rookie in 2015 before tearing his pec. 

Mychal Kendricks (hamstring) was inactive on Monday, so the Eagles are down to Nigel Bradham, Najee Goode and Joe Walker in their base defense.