The U.S. women's soccer team beat Colombia at the Olympics in Group G of the competition. The U.S. will go on to the final Group G game on July 31. The July 28 match between the U.S. and Colombia ended with a score of 3-0 and revealed that the U.S. team is capable of a strong performance.
Goals from the U.S.
The U.S. women's team scored three goals with the help of Abby Wambach, Megan Rapinoe and Carli Lloyd. Their efforts helped the U.S. earn a spot in the upcoming quarterfinals. However, goals were not the only aspect of the July 28 game that showed the U.S. team's power. I think they were the stronger opponent overall with more shots, better defense and higher ball possession.
Abby Wambach's Lack of Retaliation
Abby Wambach deserves an award for avoiding retaliation after Colombia's Lady Andrade gave her a black eye. Wambach may have winced in pain during the game, but she did not hit back. I believe this was a calculated move by Colombia to remove Wambach from the match because she was a scoring threat.
The foul was just a small part of the multiple problems that occurred during the July 28 game. Colombia seemed determined to antagonize the U.S. team and get a reaction. Fortunately, Abby Wambach was not swayed and was still able to earn an important goal. Although Colombia has stated that Andrade's punch was not intentional, this claim does not seem realistic because she attempted to hit Wambach a second time and barely missed her face. I hope officials will review the tapes to determine the need for disciplinary action.
A Better Game
Despite the fouls and threats, the U.S. was still able to have a better game than the first appearance at the Summer Olympics on July 25. The team showed an improved defense and did not allow an early lead to be taken away. In addition, offense has continued to be strong, so the U.S. women's hopes of a gold medal seem realistic. The next match will be on July 31 against Korea DPR at the Old Trafford and can be seen on the NBC Sports Network at 12:15 p.m. EST.
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