Back in January the USA and Canadian women’s soccer teams met in the CONCACAF qualifying tournament that was held in Vancouver to determine who the two reps from our FIFA region would be for the London Olympics. It was a match that had a disappointing ending for our northern neighbors as the USA beat Canada 4-0.
Fast forward to August and we are now deep into the Olympic women’s soccer tournament knockout rounds. Surprise surprise, Canada and the USA are facing each other on one side of the women’s Olympic soccer semifinal bracket while FIFA world champ Japan takes on France in the other semifinal.
Canada knocked off the host nation Great Britain 2-0 in the quarters while Team USA was doing the same thing to New Zealand by the same 2-0 score.
The win over New Zealand kept their streak alive of playing in the
semifinals of all the Olympic tournaments in which women’s soccer has
been contested. Team USA women have also played in the semifinals of
all six FIFA Women’s World Cups.
The semifinal match will take place tomorrow at Old Trafford in Manchester, England starting at 1:45 PM CDT. It will be the 500th international match that the USA women have played and just in case you’re wondering, they have a 388-57-54 record.
But back to tomorrow’s game. Since the opening 4-2 win against France, Hope Solo and Team USA have posted a 4-0 record and have posted three shutouts. But we’re facing our neighbors with a chance to go to the Olympic gold medal match on the line.
And bragging rights between moi and a certain Canadian blogger are on the line as well.