The United States women's soccer team fell in the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup finals with a shootout loss to Japan. But this summer at the London Olympics, goal-scoring machine Alex Morgan will lead the US team to a gold medal.
Thanks to Morgan's emergence, the Americans are a much more dangerous team than they were last summer. With the 22-year-old Cal product lining up at forward next to Abby Wambach, the US has the best goal-scoring combination in the world.
In just 39 games with the national team, Morgan has scored 24 goals. She has turned up the pressure lately, scoring two goals and setting up another against China on Sunday. In 2012, Morgan has 13 goals and eight assists in 12 national team matches.
In addition to great forwards, the US also has a strong midfield led by Carli Lloyd, Shannon Boxx and Heather O'Reilly. Defensively, Christie Rampone—who is currently the team captain—leads the way.
Hope Solo is the best goalkeeper in the world of women's soccer. With her in net, goals will be difficult to come by for the opposition.
But the key to the American run at the Olympics will be a potent offense led by Morgan and Wambach. If both women show up and play like they are capable, the United States will capture gold in London this summer.