USA vs. Colombia Women's Olympic Soccer: Grades, Twitter Reaction and Analysis
The United States women's soccer team continued their strong play at the 2012 London Olympics, defeating Colombia 3-0 on Saturday.
In a rematch of Team USA's 3-0 win in last year's World Cup, the Americans started fast and never looked back.
Megan Rapinoe—who also scored against Colombia in 2011—found the net first, guiding a gorgeous looping shot over the outstretched arms of keeper Sandra Sepulveda in the 33rd minute.
It was a beautiful goal from Rapinoe, and it was made possible by the activity of Alex Morgan. Morgan shredded the Colombian defense before delivering the ball to Rapinoe in the middle of the pitch. Rapinoe did the rest, and the U.S. got on the board early.
The American women weren't done yet, though. Abby Wambach added a goal in the 74th minute, giving her 141 goals for her country and six in Olympic competition. Carli Lloyd also got on the score sheet in the 77th minute, finishing a perfect through-ball from Rapinoe to put the nail in the coffin.
Team USA also had three goals disallowed in the contest.
The official United States women's national soccer team feed tweeted out this gleeful reaction when Rapinoe found the net:
Abby Wambach scored a great goal, but to the folks at FOX Soccer Trax, it was no surprise:
You just had a feeling Wambach would find a goal after being punched in the eye in the 1st half. USA a step closer to the quarterfinals now— FOX Soccer Trax (@FOXSoccerTrax) July 28, 2012
Carli Lloyd scored her second goal of the 2012 London Olympics, making this fan wonder where all these goals have come from:
Does Carli Lloyd have a jar at home labeled "Goals" that she opened up this month or something?— thrace (@thrace) July 28, 2012
The Shin Guardian also had an interesting thought after Lloyd's goal...American soccer fans can only hope:
Imagine Carli Lloyd & Michael Bradley had a kid. People would be saying Yaya Toure, who?— The Shin Guardian (@shinguardian) July 28, 2012
But the Tweet of the Night goes to Free Beer Movement, who tweeted out the most important rule when it comes to playing the U.S. women's national team:
Do. Not. F*ck. With. Abby Wambach. #USWNT— Free Beer Movement (@FreeBeerMovemnt) July 28, 2012
Grades for Key American Players
Abby Wambach: A
After taking a blow to the face in the first half, Wambach came out with a vengeance in the second. She was active throughout, constantly putting pressure on the Colombian defense.
She drilled the crossbar, had a goal disallowed and provided one of the highlights of the match with her sliding goal in the 73rd. Wambach is truly a legend of the sport, and her performance was pivotal in the Americans' victory.
Alex Morgan: A-
Morgan didn't put her name on the score sheet, but she changed the game with her relentless forays through the Colombian defense. Her activity in the attacking third opened up the pitch for her teammates, allowing them to find the net.
She also had a goal disallowed late in the first half. She scored a brilliantly improvised goal with a high kick, but the play was called off because of a foul in the box.
With her athleticism and technical ability, don't be surprised if this is Morgan's last goalless game of the tournament.
Megan Rapinoe: A+
Rapinoe was simply flawless throughout the match. From her stunning goal in the 33rd minute to her beautiful assist in the 77th, the 27-year-old midfielder was outstanding on Saturday.
If she continues to play with the same energy and technique during the rest of the tournament, Team USA will be unbeatable.
Both teams will play on Tuesday, July 31. The Americans will look to continue their dominance of Group G when they face Korea DPR, while Colombia will look to get back on track against a quality French side.
Both games will be available on the NBC family of networks.
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