The opening ceremonies for the London Games aren’t until Friday, but the FIFA world number one ranked US Women’s national soccer team begins their quest for an Olympic threepeat at 12 noon EDT.
In case you’re wondering TransGriot readers how the USA women’s team has done in Olympic opening matches, they are 3-1-0 all time.
The USA defeated Denmark 3-0 in their first Atlanta Olympic match in 1996 and eventually won gold in the inaugural women’s Olympic soccer tournament. Four years later they defeated Norway
2-0 in their first Sydney 2000 match but lost the rematch in the gold medal match in sudden death overtime 3-2. In 2004 they defeated host Greece 3-0 in their first game in Athens to began another gold medal run. In 2008 Team USA dropped their first Beijing match 2-0 to Norway, but still went on to win the group and eventually the
gold medal over Brazil in the final..
They take the pitch at Hampden Park in Glasgow, Scotland in their opening Group G match against FIFA number 6 ranked France in their first ever meeting in Olympic competition.
It’s also the first ever match France has played in Olympic women’s competition and will probably have revenge on their minds. Team USA beat France 3-1 in last year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup semifinal in Germany and have a 12-0-1 all time record against France.
The match will be telecast on the NBC Sports Network and the NBC Olympic Soccer Channel and if you’re not near a television right now you can follow the match via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt
Following today’s match against France, the US Women’s national team continues Group G
play against Colombia at 12 PM EDT on Saturday, July 28, at Hampden
Park and will then travel to Old Trafford in Manchester, England to face North Korea at 12:15 PM EDT on Tuesday, July 31.