By David R. Baker
They came predicting a U.S. win over a tough opponent. They certainly didn’t expect a blowout.
Hundreds of flag-draped, paint-smeared soccer fans wedged themselves into San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza on Sunday to see their team take on Japan in the Women’s World Cup finals. And after girding themselves for the nerve-racking defensive stand many analysts predicted, they erupted in giddy shock as the U.S. players started scoring early and often, piling up the kind of lead more common to baseball.
“No way!” yelled Eduardo Zamudio, 26, of South San Francisco, as 3-0 quickly turned to 4-0. “We are killing it!”