USA vs New Zealand Women's Olympic Soccer: US Will Dominate Hapless Opposition
The United States women's soccer team has been one of the most impressive squads at the 2012 London Olympics.
Team USA has posted the biggest goal differential through three games. With eight goals for and only two against, Hope Solo and company have shown that they are not messing around in London.
One of the main advantages that Pia Sundhage's side has is that their scoring comes from a wealth of different sources.
Abby Wambach has found the back of the net three times for Team USA, Carli Lloyd and Alex Morgan both have a pair of tallies and Megan Rapinoe has gotten on the board.
New Zealand, on the other hand, was barely able to reach the quarterfinals after a less than stellar showing in group play. The "Football Ferns" were able to win just one game in pool play, which came against a Cameroon squad that was whooped on in London.
In three games, Cameroon was outscored 11-1 with its only goal coming in a 3-1 loss to New Zealand.
While the United States storms into the quarterfinal round with great confidence and momentum, New Zealand limps in.
Momentum is a huge factor in Olympic play. The better a team plays early on, the better it will play in the later rounds (usually).
Most of the American women have been playing together for quite some time. Wambach, Rapinoe, Lloyd, Solo, Christie Rampone and Shannon Boxx have been playing together for years. The chemistry between the group is something to watch.
More specifically, the chemistry between Morgan and Wambach is absolutely brilliant. Whenever the two spearhead a counter-attack, it seems as though they both know where the other is going to be at any given time.
How will Team USA finish in London?
This group of American women has taken 44 shots, half of which have been on goal. That number is a stark contrast to New Zealand's 25 shots with 10 on goal.
New Zealand didn't even finish in the top two in Group A. Fortunately for Tony Readings' club, they were able to advance nonetheless. They finished group play behind Great Britain and Brazil, two teams that that United States are more than capable of beating.
The talent discrepancy is too great, the United States is a more cohesive unit, and New Zealand really isn't an elite caliber squad.
Don't expect a blowout of epic proportions, but be prepared for an easy Team USA win.
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