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USA vs. Japan, what's at stake
by Paul Kennedy, August 8th, 2012 11:55PM

TAGS:  japan, olympics, women's national team


[BY THE NUMBERS] The U.S. women's national team will earn a bonus of $1.5 million if it beats Japan in Thursday's gold-medal match at the London Olympics (TV: NBC Sports Network, live, 2:45 pm ET). If they win, the Japanese will become the first team to capture the gold medal a year after taking the Women's World Cup title. For more on the gold-medal game ...

$1.5 million
Bonus members of the U.S. women's national team will earn if it beats Japan in Thursday's gold-medal game. The money will be divided among the 18 players (other non-roster players and staff members).

Bonus each player on the U.S. women's national team will earn from the USOC if it beats Japan. (The USOC will distribute a $15,000-a-player bonus if the U.S. women take the silver.)
Crowd expected for the gold-medal game at Wembley Stadium after fans snapped up 5,000 tickets following Monday's exciting semifinals.

Olympic women's soccer attendance record set in 1996 for the gold-medal game between the USA and China at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Ga.
Fans who have watched women's matches at the London Olympics with two games to play.

Record attendance for the women's soccer tournament at the 2008 Beijing Games.
Games the USA and Japan have played in international competition.

Meetings between the USA and Japan since the 2011 Women's World Cup final. Japan won 1-0 at the Algarve Cup in March, the two teams tied 1-1 at the in the Women's Kirin Cup in Japan in April, and the USA won, 4-1, at the Volvo Winners Cup in Sweden in June.

U.S. losses to Japan -- the first defeat came in March at the Algarve Cup. (Japan's 2011 World Cup final win in a shootout tiebreaker is
considered a tie.)
Goals Abby Wambach has scored at the Olympics, putting her within one goal of the record held by Germany’s Birgit Prinz (10).
Consecutive victories for the USA since its 1-1 tie with Japan in April 1.
Times a team has won the Olympics after winning the Women's World Cup. The closest any team has come was the USA, which fell to Norway in overtime of the 2000 gold-medal game.

  1. Dennis Yunke
    commented on: August 9, 2012 at 11:57 a.m.
    Pumped for the game. Go USA!!!
  1. Jack Aldridge
    commented on: August 9, 2012 at 12:32 p.m.
    1 - The number of referees required to make a dubious call and ruin the game.

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