Team USA went into the FIL Championships with a lot of holes and a team not many believed in. They had lost two exhibition games, and just barely squeaked by the MLL All-stars.
Meanwhile, Canada was looked at as a power house, and understandably so. I mean, look at that roster!
Don't get me wrong, we all knew it was going to be USA vs Canada. I just assumed Canada would win.
The USA struck first in the first quarter, with a goal by Matt Streibel beat Chris Sanderson at the 14:55 mark. About two minutes later, Paul Rabil the soon-to-be FIL MVP, shot a rocket past Sanderson to give the Americans a multi-goal lead. Rabil scored again at the 3:04 mark, but other than that Chris Sanderson was a shut-down goalie the rest of the period. Canada was able to score twice to make it only a one goal lead going into the second period.
Ryan Powell scored quickly into the quarter to make it 4-2, but John Grant made it a one goal game once again. About three minutes later, Lizards superstar Zack Greer tied it. USA scored the next two goals to make it a multi-goal game once again. It was 8-4 Americans going into the half. Canada came out fighting in the next period, scoring the next four goals to make it 8-8.
The drama was building. All knotted up going into the final period of the FIL tournament. Ryan McClay scored the go-ahead goal for Canada at the 16:53 mark.
It was far from over, though. Brenden Mundorf of the Outlaws knotted it back up for the Americans. Again, Canada would take the lead and the USA would tie it, but Ned Crotty and Max Seibald would score the two last goals to give Team USA the gold.
Paul Rabil won MVP for the FIL, and may be this MLL season's MVP with the now playoff bound Boston Cannons.