A little less than a year ago, the USWNT had their hearts broken in a penalty shootout loss to Japan in the final of the Women's World Cup.
Now, determined and playing better than ever, the team looks to re-establish itself as the premier team in all of women's football. Of course, they will have some fierce competition this summer in London, but the Yanks look destined to take home the gold once again in just a few weeks.
Here are five reasons why this is so. Enjoy!
Unlike in the men’s game, the Olympics hold no age restrictions for women’s football.
That means that it is practically the same team that was heartbroken just 12 months ago, going out to try to bring home the top prize.
Having World Cup glory be taken away from them just a few minutes before the final whistle last year in Germany, you can bet that this squad will stop at nothing to win gold this summer.
It’s official: Alex Morgan is becoming the new face of the USWNT.
We saw glimpses of her soon-to-be stardom last summer at the World Cup, and the last few months have only confirmed that she is destined to be one of the best, if not the best, in the tournament this summer.
Since February, Morgan has scored 13 international goals in 10 appearances and has truly dominated opponents in every sense of the word. Not only do opponents have to fear the size and power of Abby Wambach now, but also the speed and finesse of Ms. Morgan.
With Morgan playing this way, the USWNT attack is far superior today than it was just a year ago.
The devastating collapse of the Women’s Professional Soccer league early this year was seen by many as a devastation to the sport, but it may actually help the USWNT this summer.
Abby Wambach, Amy Rodriguez, Lauren Cheney, Carli Lloyd and many other players are still unattached, but their lack of a club career clearly hasn’t affected their performance as they are still playing better than ever at the international level.
Just this month the USWNT beat both Sweden and Japan at the Volvo Winners Cup in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Plus, the lack of a club means that many of the USWNT stars will be fresh and healthy when the Olympics do start in just a few weeks. No injuries, no tired legs, just determined healthy stars.
Four years ago, a very similar USWNT team walked into Beijing the summer after a World Cup defeat and took the gold.
On the world stage, they beat teams like Brazil, Japan and Norway to take home the top prize the summer after a disappointing end to their World Cup campaign.
That team included many of the stars that still are on the squad, including Hope Solo, Heather O’Reilly, Lauren Cheney, Carli Lloyd, Megan Rapinoe and Amy Rodriguez.
This team has experience in a tournament like this and knows what they need to do to transform from a World Cup loser into a Olympic gold winner. Fear the Yanks.
The way the USWNT has been playing lately makes one think that there is no team in this world that could stop them. The Brazil team that took the Yanks to the edge in Dresden last summer the USWNT beat coolly 3-0 in April. The Swedish side that finished ahead of the USWNT in Group C last summer the US beat 3-1 in Halmstad just a few weeks ago. And the Japanese team that stole the Cup from the Yanks last summer is coming off a 4-1 thrashing at a neutral site to the Red, White and Blue. Ten combined goals against three of the best teams on the planet and only one loss all year confirms this squad is the team to beat in London.