Women's Olympic Soccer 2012: 6 Bold Predictions for Gold Medal Match

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Women's Olympic Soccer 2012: 6 Bold Predictions for Gold Medal Match
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Team USA will be looking for revenge in addition to their fifth Olympic gold medal in women's soccer when they take on Japan Thursday. 

Japan were in cruise control for much of their match against France, and they have their opponents to thank almost as much as an excellent defense for their spot in the final. 

The U.S. meanwhile did it the hard way against Canada, going down three times to Christine Sinclair and the neighbors to the north, but in the end—the very end—Alex Morgan got it done for her country. 

Japan broke American hearts in the World Cup final last summer, when they themselves came back from a goal down twice and won the trophy on penalty kicks. While Olympic gold won't make up for losing a World Cup trophy, the U.S. have dominated soccer ever since it became an Olympic sport, and these girls don't want to be the group that fails, again. 

France vs. USA might've been the more exciting matchup with a flashier style of play, but it's hard to argue that the gold medal match Thursday doesn't feature the top two teams in women's soccer today. 

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