By Kaylyn Thornal, Founder & Contributing Writer
Sometimes revenge feels better than just winning clean the first time. Yesterday’s US Women’s soccer win was exactly that. After a brutal slugfest against Canada, yesterday’s game was all finness by both teams. US looked tired at times and Japan fought hard to the end, but ultimately with an incredible late save by Hope Solo, the US won and can put the 2011 World Cup loss behind them – for now…
The USA women’s soccer team beat Japan and win their third straight Olympic gold in front of 80,203 people at Wembley Stadium. It had been a singular goal to beat Japan since the US was defeated in the 2011 World Cup by the same Japanese team. The win came from 2 goals by Carli Lloyd, one in the first 8 minutes of play. Hope Solo was also in prime form with several game changing saves, one off the foot of Asuna Tanaka in the 83rd minute that looked to be a for sure netter. And look, Abby Wambach and Alex Morgan aren’t in the headlines for this win, which could possibly be a headline itself.
2. History repeats.
Not that anyone saw it, but the US women’s basketball team actually trailed going into halftime against a very strong Australian team lead by 6-foot-8 Liz Cambage. But the team put on the pressure in the second half and Tina Charles and Diana Taurasi each scored 14 as the U.S. women’s basketball team beat Australia 86-73 on Thursday and advanced to a fifth straight gold medal game. The Americans have dominated winning the previous 40 consecutive Olympic games.
3. New face of the Lakers?
Bonus: Andre Agassi will be inducted into US Open Court of Champions before men’s final on Sept. 9
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