Alex Morgan, Hope Solo and Abby Wambach may now be part of the lexicon of sports fans around the world, but as the U.S. Women’s National Team seeks qualification into the 2012 Olympics and a fourth gold medal, it will take a team effort to succeed.
The United States has already qualified for the semifinals of the 2012 CONCACAF Olympic women's qualifying tournament in Vancouver, Canada, having beaten the Dominican Republic 14-0 and Guatemala 13-0.
However, the team faces a tougher challenge in tomorrow’s final Group B qualifying match against Mexico, who have also won both their games, beating Guatemala 5-0 and the Dominican Republic 7-0, respectively.
With only two teams going on to compete in the 12-team tournament in July, the U.S. will want to finish top of the group and hope to avoid facing hosts Canada until the final. Canada currently sits at the top of Group A on goal differential over Costa Rica.
With the semifinals scheduled for this Friday and the final being played two days later on Sunday January 29th, here are five reasons the U.S. will win the whole tournament and qualify as one of the favorites for the Olympics in London this summer.