If the swashbuckling efforts in the first 20 minutes provided a glimpse of the United States women's national team's future , then the arrival of Abby Wambach at halftime supplied a reminder of the lingering utility of the more established ways.
Wambach - in tandem with returning goalkeeper Hope Solo - served as the cavalry for an American side in need of alternatives. Korea Republic settled well after the Americans scored twice in the opening seven minutes and started to assert more control over the game.
As the first half progressed, the United States lacked the precision and the tempo mustered in the opening stages and struggled to devise a way to alter the emerging calculus with its work in possession and through the channels. Cho Sohyun's well-taken goal after 27 minutes even placed the Koreans in position to perhaps snatch a second half result.
United States coach Tom Sermanni implored his players to buckle down at halftime and sent Wambach onto the field to lead the way to...