The U.S. Women's Soccer Team Will Dominate the Olympics
It has started! The US Women's Soccer team at the Olympics dominated and beat France, 4-2. While it was not the perfect performance, especially, on defense, the team will be awesome. While all of the players are at their best, the standouts remain: Abby Wambach, a Striker that is to be feared; Hope Solo, the best goalie in the game; and newbie Alex Morgan, who outruns most on the field like a missile and then strikes with accuracy.
Japan still haunts them. God, who could not love the game? A game that went OT and then won by Japan in a goal duel. I have never seen such an awesome soccer game (and I seldom play or watch soccer).
The U.S. team is a team that endures and wears down their opponents. They are not usually quick to strike, but they control the ball, pass, control the ball, march down the field, pass. They are physically a big team, Wambach is 5 ft. 11 in. Solo, is about the same height. They are highly skilled in their positions and their only downside is maybe playing as a team. The team has toughened up since that nerve wracking loss to Japan. They have played against the men's soccer team and did well, but took a beating according to some. Once the team has worn down their opponent, they strike. If they detect a weakness, they exploit it.
The one thing that is driving the team at the Olympics is the unified feeling that they need to prove they are best after the Japan loss, which haunts each of them. It was theirs to win in that World Cup in 2011, yet, a combination of bad luck, coaching errors, allowed it to slip away. The team is so motivated. The question is, how will their coach decide on a strategy that is best for the team. Will it be a patient or go for the goal strategy?