The United State's women's soccer team suffered a heartbreaking loss in the 2011 World Cup Final against Japan in penalty kicks. But at the 2012 Olympics, the U.S. women will redeem themselves and prove they are the best in the world.
With the development of goal-scoring machine Alex Morgan, as well as the continued dominance of forward Abby Wambach and goalie Hope Solo, the Americans are even better than they were at the World Cup last summer.
Morgan's rapid progress has likely earned her a starting spot. The 22-year-old already has 22 goals in just 38 caps with the national team.
The Americans took home gold medals at the 2004 Olympics in Athens and the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, and they are definitely the favorites heading into the 2012 London games. In fact, midfielder Heather O'Reilly told Reuters that anything less than a gold would be a disappointment.
The Japanese national team currently boasts the title of reigning world champions. But everyone knows the U.S. has the most dangerous team in the field.
To get through the opening round of the Olympics and reach the knockout stage, the U.S. will have to best France, Colombia and North Korea and take Group G. The top two teams from each group advance, as well as the top two third-place teams. But the Americans will be aiming to advance as the top seed from the group.
With Solo, Morgan and Wambach leading the way, the Americans should easily take their group. After that, anything can happen, but you have to like the team's chances at taking home the gold.