Tuesday, January 24, 2012
2012 Team USA Women's Olympic Soccer Watch- Another Crucial Showdown With Mexico
What's the lone loss? It's one Team USA still hasn't forgotten. It was a 2-1 Mexican win on November 10. 2010 during the CONCACAF Women's World Cup Qualifying Tournament in Cancun that not only clinched an automatic berth for them, but forced Team USA into the Third Place match vs Costa Rica and eventually a two leg playoff against Italy to become one of the last teams to qualify for the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup.
FIFA number one ranked Team USA has been on a ruthlessly efficient mission so far to make certain that no such slip ups happen in this qualifying tournament for the London Games. They know that unlike the World Cup. if they falter in qualifying, they'll be sitting at home watching the Olympic tournament on TV instead of attempting to threepeat as Olympic champions.
They face off at BC Place in a highly anticipated Group B match against Mexico to determine who wins the group and plays Group A runner up Costa Rica in Friday's knockout semifinals to determine the CONCACAF reps for London. The Group B runner up will play host nation Canada, who knocked off Costa Rica 5-1 last night at BC Place.
So throw those stats out tonight. The last three USA-Mexico matches they have been determined by one goal margins, and much is riding on this one.