Revenge. That is the word on the hearts and minds of Pia Sundhage's United States of America women's national football team. Actually, it's two words: revenge and redemption. Team USA has waited months to have their shot at revenge and redemption after a heartbreaking penalty shootout defeat that shook the Stars and Stripes to the core.
In their way stand Norio Sasaki's Nadeshiko Japan, arguably the most consistent team in the women's game today. Their speed, their heart, their will and determination, fueled by the memory of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, have culminated in the rise of the Nadeshiko to the top. And now, they are one victory away from winning the double: the FIFA Women's World Cup...and Olympic gold.
It's the beasts from the east vs. the best in the west. Power and tradition vs. speed and tenacity. Old school vs. new class. Redemption vs. ambition. USA vs. Japan, live from Wembley Stadium in this, the games of the XXX Olympiad on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012.
Kickoff is scheduled for 7:45 p.m. BST. Here are 10 bold predictions for the USA vs. Japan.