After coming in second at the World Cup, the United States women's soccer team will be looking for gold in the 2012 Olympics.
The United States had a magnificent run in the World Cup, winning in penalty kicks against Brazil and going to the finals. Losing in penalty kicks against Japan in the finals, the women of the team and their fans were heartbroken. However, fans were happy about the success leading up to the finals.
Losing against Japan was not what the United States was thinking, or even imagining before the game. The United States went there to win.
The finals looked like an easy match up for the United States. They played Japan three times that past year, and in all three games combined, the US won by 6-1. The United States was going into that game ready to win.
By halftime, the score was still zero to zero. But, in the 68th minute, Alex Morgan scores off an assist from Rapinoe. Then, in the 80th minute, Miyama, from Japan, scores off of a bad U.S. clear.
The score was still 1-1 at the end of regulation. They were going into overtime.
Thirteen minutes into overtime, who else but Abby Wambach scores a header goal to put the U.S. up 2-1. This lead would not last long. Japan's star player, Homare Sawa, scores off of an amazing header to tie the game at 2. Both teams were unable to score again, so it was the start of penalty kicks.
Shannon Boxx of the United States misses as she is the first to go. Japan comes back to get one in past Solo, and just like that Japan is up 1-0. Lloyd of the U.S. goes high, but Japan's shot gets blocked by Solo.
The next to go on the U.S. is Tobin Heath, and her shot gets blocked. Japan makes their next one and goes up 2-0.
Wambach scores to put the US back in it. Japan's Kumagai steps up for the win. Under all the pressure, she does it. Japan has won the World Cup!
The United States was shocked. Many were in tears because they thought it was their year. Heck, they knew it was their year. They just could not pull it off in the end.
Despite the rough ending, the United States had to be happy about their effort leading up to the big game.
The team has very high expectations in London this summer for the 2012 Olympics. They are expecting a long run to the finals, and come through with the gold.
Led by a superstar forward, Abby Wambach , and a goalie who is said to be the best in the World, Hope Solo, the U.S. will be dominant. With newcomers like Alex Morgan, Lauren Cheney, and Megan Rapinoe, the U.S. is hoping to keep a young team.
With an all-star lineup, the U.S. hopes to achieve what they wanted in the World Cup, to get first place. The United States is not looking for gold, they are hunting for it.