The 2012 women’s Olympic soccer competition will begin one year after an exciting World Cup, which saw the U.S. women’s soccer team make a stirring run to the finals. They fell short, as the Lady Americans squandered a late lead in regulation, only to lose on penalty kicks to Japan.
Heading to London, the hope is that this misfortune for Team USA is a minor and not a major bump in their road to capture gold once again. Yes, the rest of the world has closed the gap, but the U.S. women’s team still has the deepest, talented roster in the Olympic draw. Abby Wambach is a matchup nightmare for most teams in international play.
Here are the biggest threats to U.S. women’s soccer team winning gold: