Remember that team that took second place in the 2012 FIFA Women’s World Cup? That captured the heart of every American? Well, they are back this summer. As several of them have said, the road to redemption runs through London. So, what do you really know about this summer’s U.S. Women’s National Team? If it’s not much, I’m here to let you know what to look for…
- Abby Wambach. Wambach is the current goal scoring player for the U.S., scoring her 138th career international goal on June 18th, 2012. She is now sitting only 20 goals behind legend Mia Hamm. Not only is Wambach looking for redemption for the Women’s World Cup loss, she was out with a broken leg (which happened only weeks before) in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
- The offensive attack. I mentioned Wambach has 138 goals, right? Watch for the dynamic duo of Wambach and Alex Morgan, the newest sensation, up front this summer. Morgan has scored 17 goals already in 2012, with 27 in 41 appearances. Also, look for newcomer Sydney Leroux to sub in during the late minutes of matches. She brings pace to the game in the last minutes that is unstoppable.
- Defensive changes. I don’t expect to see the same four in the back with Hope Solo for the entire tournament. After the devastating injury to Ali Krieger in qualifying, there has been a lot of experimentation in games leading up to the Olympics. Christie Rampone, veteran player, captain and the only player left from the 1999 World Cup winning team, will be the only constant back there.
- Pia Sundhage. The U.S. Women’s coach is a firecracker for sure. Expect to see leaps, fist-pumps and maybe even a song or two. She is the leader of the squad and she knows what it takes to win. Be sure to watch this video of her singing at a press conference last year!
- Megan Rapinoe. After the excellent display she put on during the send-off match again Canada recently, Rapinoe will be a factor in every moment up and down the field. She is the key to getting the ball wide and then into the box.
- Goal celebrations. I expect to see some excellent displays after what I saw at the Women’s World Cup last year!
The team arrived in London yesterday to begin training for the competition. Don’t forget to check out Twitter for the inside scoop on the team. Each post, I will try to recommend a new Twitter account to follow!
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