Well, this game was just as exciting as the France game but in a whole other sense.
The U.S. Women’s National team won against Colombia 3-0 in this fast paced game. Games like these are scary because cheap shots can cause big problems and injuries. There were lots of cheap shots but luckily no injuries.
The game was well played and I thought the defense flowed much better than the first game. Play also flowed well through the midfielders and I like how we were getting the ball to the wings. With Boxxy out, I was nervous about how Lloyd would do in that middle-midfield position. She exceeded my expectations and I think her confidence has blossomed these last two games something – I seriously hope lasts.
The Other “Stuff”
I said the game featured quite a few cheap shots…but this is extreme. In the video below you can see Abby Wambach get sucker punched as she is running with Lady Andrade of Columbia.
I honestly have never seen anything like this happen at such a senior level. Andrade found out today that she has been suspended for the next 2 games after FIFA reviewed the video. Wambach posted this photo to her personal Twitter account yesterday.
I talked about goal celebrations in my first post. Megan Rapinoe’s two on Saturday were my favorite so far. I loved the one on Abby’s goal, Pinoe jumped on her back. It was great! That one was awesome…but the one in the photo below shows how close this team is. After she scored, Pinoe pulled the piece of tape out of her shinguard saying: “HAPPY B-DAY KREIGY WE LOVE YOU!” in honor of injured defender Ali Kreiger.
Off the Field
Of course, the Olympics have not come without drama. After Saturday’s game, Hope Solo tweeted some controversial tweets about USWNT great, Brandi Chastain. Solo was not suspended and has stood by what she had to say. I don’t quite know what to think about all this but I think all thoughts need to be on the gold, not this other nonsense.
The USWNT secured their spot in the quarterfinals with the win against Colombia. First, I would expect Pia to give some players more of a break this game to prepare for the quick turnaround. Korea is a decent team but are very, very young. They replaced pretty much every player after the 2011 Women’s World Cup.
What does everyone think so far of these 2012 London Olympics? I would love to hear!
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