The U.S. Women’s Soccer Team Aims for Third Consecutive Gold Medal [PHOTO]
With the London Olympics fast approaching, we bring you a daily countdown filled with a little nugget of information that corresponds with the daily number. Today’s number? 11!
11- The number of returning members on the U.S. Women’s Soccer team.
The U.S. Women’s National Team holds two consecutive Olympic golds, and this year they strive to make it three. The powerhouse team, coached by Pia Sundhage, is full of fresh faces and anchored by a group of veterans who know just how good a gold medal feels.
Eleven out of the eighteen women on the London roster were members of the Beijing team that captured Olympic gold in 2008, and their presence on the team give Team U.S. a ferocity on the field that will be tough to beat.
Returning to the team is leading U.S. scorer Abby Wambach, who led the U.S. to victory in 2004, scoring the winning goal in overtime. After her success in Athens, Wambach was unable to compete in Beijing due to a broken leg, but is back and better than ever for London.
We can’t wait to watch the ladies of soccer–or football as the Brits would say–bring the heat on the field, starting with their kick-off game against France on July 25.