US Women's Soccer: Why London Olympic Gold Is Most Impressive Win of US Reign
The Women's soccer Gold Medal match is over and the USA have won it's third straight Gold medal and fourth overall.
For the U.S. Women, this medal victory is more impressive than any other title win during their reign.
Along with the four Gold medals, the U.S. women have picked up two World Cup trophies and a number of CONCACAF Gold Cup championships.
The Gold Cup championships were not at all hard to come by but, again, of all the six other titles the U.S. women have won, this one was the hardest.
The U.S. Women's team will always be one of the top teams in the women's game, but they certainly haven't been clear favourites for the past two tournaments, this Olympics and last year's Women's World Cup.
The fact that they powered through a very tough field of competitors yet again and finished it off with a title, makes this win especially impressive.
The U.S. Women had to face top competition in the form of France and Canada, who weren't exactly happy after the semifinal and, of course, Japan in the final.
Japan were probably even favoured a little considering the talent they had in the squad and the fact that they had won the last final between the two teams. That was certainly something new for a U.S. Women's side to face.
The expectations put on these U.S. Women after losing in the World Cup final, to the same opponent they played in this final, meant the pressure was extremely high.
While the game itself wasn't a dominating performance by the U.S. side, they did what champions do best and held off an extremely tough team who had the better of possession through the entirety of the game.
They also did all this without a true superstar—yes Abby Wambach scores goals but she would probably be a level below the likes of Mia Hamm and Michelle Akers, while Alex Morgan would be even further down the ladder—thereby adding to their achievement.
It would fair to say that victory was much more expected for the earlier US Women's teams than they were for this team, especially after last year's World Cup.
The older teams certainly had to face tough competition during various times, but the standard of football that this set of players has to face is better.
There is no doubt that the 1999 World Cup final victory will live long in the memory of U.S. Soccer fans but this victory signals something much more.
An undefeated tournament and a mentally tough win in the final gives the U.S. Women's program some momentum heading into the 2015 Women's World Cup. They also gave the program an impressive third straight gold medal and fully reclaimed the title of being the No. 1 team in the world.
This U.S. Women's team had some great obstacles to face during this tournament and came through on top in the end. It's only the second time they have won all their games in a major tournament while on their way to a title.
While they have plenty of history and even more will be expected in the future, this 2012 Olympic Gold medal is U.S. Women's Soccer's most impressive of their reign thus far.
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