The U.S. women's national soccer team defeated China on May 27 at PPL Park with a final score of 4-1. Although this was an exhibition game, it bodes well for the team as the U.S. prepares for the Olympics. I think the women's national team is ready for London.
Although the May 27 match started with China getting the lead, the U.S. quickly recovered, and an own goal helped the team. The U.S. team managed to get over some of the initial nerves that were visible in the first half. Alex Morgan made two goals during the game, and Abby Wambach made one.
The 3-4-3 Formation Change
It was interesting to see the U.S. women's team change to the 3-4-3 formation during the game. The alteration helped them secure the win, and I think the decision to use it was smart. Although defense struggled in the first half, the team was able to make enough adjustments to compensate for the problem. In addition, the midfield actually improved throughout the match.
Fans were not surprised by another stellar performance from Alex Morgan. The forward, who was a crucial part of the team at the 2011 World Cup, seems to have improved even more during the last year. Her ability to quickly assess the situation and finishing skills were evident throughout the game. Morgan should be an important asset for the U.S. team at the Olympic Games this year.
The Roster Announcement for the Olympics
Prior to the May 27 match with China, the U.S. women's national team announced the roster for the Olympics. The announcement was made a couple of hours before the game, but it did not have any real surprises. The roster actually resembles the lists from the 2008 Olympic Games and the 2011 World Cup with only a few new faces.
The fan favorites Alex Morgan, Hope Solo, Lauren Cheney and Abby Wambach will be back for the Olympics in London. In addition, players with a history of participating in several Olympic Games will return. They include Christie Rampone, Heather Mitts, Shannon Boxx and Heather O'Reilly.
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Lana has a B.S. degree in Biology and Chemistry. She is an avid athlete, youth coach and follows several sports. Follow @Lana_Bandoim on Twitter.