[USA-COLOMBIA] The U.S. women, unable to attend Friday’s Opening Ceremonies in London because of their Saturday afternoon game in Glasgow, marched through Colombia in a 3-0 win on goals by Megan Rapinoe, Abby Wambach and Carli Lloyd.
A CEREMONY OF THEIR OWN. The U.S. women, unable to attend the Opening Ceremony extravaganza in London Friday night before their Saturday afternoon game in Glasgow, dressed up in their official marching outfits and marched through their hotel, taking a lap around the meeting room before watching the ceremonies on a big screen. Check out the photos HERE.
GOAL RUSH. En route to their gold medal win four years ago in China, the U.S. women lost their opening game, 2-0, to Norway, before reeling off five straight wins. They also started these Games by conceding a pair of goals in the opener, but after going down 2-0 to France on Wednesday stormed to a 4-2 win and followed up with the 3-0 victory over Colombia. Seven goals in two games makes the USA the most productive team so far along with France (5-0 winner over North Korea), followed by Brazil, which opened with 5-0 and 1-0 wins over Cameroon and New Zealand, respectively.
LADY DELIVERS BLACK EYE. Olympic boxing was supposed to be restricted to the ExCel arena in London, but FIFA will be reviewing the 39th minute incident in which Colombia's Lady Andrade appeared to slug Wambach in the face, leaving the striker with a black-eye. Andrade claimed it was an accident. Said Wambach: “I’m running toward the goal to get position, and I got sucker-punched.”
ON TWITTER: Hope Solo's not happy with how Brandi Chastain, hero of the USA's 1999 World Cup win and two-time gold medalist, is commenting on the USA from the NBC booth. Solo tweeted: "Lay off commentating about defending and gking until you get more educated @brandichastain the game has changed from a decade ago." The keeper also tweeted that "Its 2 bad we cant have commentators who better represents the team&knows more about the game." For her part, Chastain told Washington Post: "My response is, I am here at the London Olympics to be an honest and objective analyst for NBC during the Games, and that is what I will continue to do." U.S. coach Pia Sundhage said Solo will not be disciplined for her tweeting.
REACTION: "I didn't quite see all the things I wanted to see after the first game. In the first half the speed of play could have been better but although it wasn't the best game we scored three goals and got three points so that is the most important thing," said Sundhage.
CROWD: U.S. Soccer reported a crowd of 11,313 for Saturday's U.S. win in Glasgow -- down from the 18,090 reported for the USA's 4-2 win over France, also at Hampden Park.
STATS: Wambach’s strike was her second of the tournament and 140th career goal for the USA. Having scored four goals at the 2004 Games -- she missed 2008 with a broken leg -- Wambach has a U.S. record six Olympic goals, surpassing Mia Hamm and Tiffeny Milbrett. ... U.S. captain Christie Rampone extended her record as the USA’s all-time leader in Olympic appearances to 18 with the Colombia game.
July 28 in Glasgow
USA 3 Colombia 0.
Goals: Rapinoe 33, Wambach 74, Lloyd 77.
USA -- Solo, Mitts, Rampone, Buehler, O'Hara, O'Reilly (Heath, 67), Lloyd, Cheney, Rapinoe (Rodriguez, 81), Morgan, Wambach (Leroux, 78).
Colombia -- Sepulveda, Gaitan, Arias, Dominguez, Peduzine, Ariza (Salazar, 71), Rodallega (Montoya, 71), Usme, Velasquez, Vidal (Ortiz, 87), Andrade Referee: Efthalia Mitsi (Greece)