Join Now  | 
Home About Contact Us Privacy & Security Advertise
Soccer America Daily Soccer World Daily Special Edition Around The Net Soccer Business Insider College Soccer Reporter Youth Soccer Reporter Soccer on TV Soccer America Classifieds Game Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalk Soccer America Confidential Youth Soccer Insider World Cup Watch
RSS Feeds Archives Manage Subscriptions Subscribe
Order Current Issue Subscribe Manage My Subscription Renew My Subscription Gift Subscription
My Account Join Now
Tournament Calendar Camps & Academies Soccer Glossary Classifieds
Relive the U.S. women's golden Olympics
by Mike Woitalla, August 13th, 2012 3:36AM
Subscribe to Youth Soccer Insider

MOST READ
TAGS:  olympics, women's national team, youth girls

MOST COMMENTED

By Mike Woitalla

The Olympics provided a rare chance for America's soccer-playing girls to see plenty of action from the world's best women players. Fortunately, those who tuned in for the USA's march to their gold medals were treated to high drama, exciting soccer and lots of goals.

Watching high-level soccer and trying to emulate the stars no doubt helps young players improve their skills.

Anson Dorrance, who coached the U.S. women to their first championship, the inaugural Women's World Cup in 1991, has said that, "If we get girls to watch, it's going to make them a lot more sophisticated soccer players." At the University of North Carolina he assigns his players to watch high-level games.

Below we have links to video highlights of the USA's successful 2012 Olympic campaign for coaches and parents to share with their soccer-playing youngsters, as well as videos that will help them get to know some of the gold medal stars.

SIX GAME, SIX VICTORIES
THE GOLD MEDAL TRIUMPH. USA 2 JAPAN 1.
Central midfielder Carli Lloyd scored both U.S. goals in the final win over Japan that gave the U.S. women their third straight gold medal and their fourth in the five Olympic tournaments since women's soccer became an Olympic sport in 1996.Video highlights HERE.

THE SPECTACULAR SEMIFINAL. USA 4 CANADA 3.
In one of the greatest women's soccer games ever, the USA came back from 1-goal deficits three times -- with goals from Megan Rapinoe (twice) and Abby Wambach -- before Alex Morgan headed home the gamewinner during stoppage time of the final overtime period. Video highlights HERE.

QUARTERFINAL CRUISE. USA 2 NEW ZEALAND 0.
The Americans dominated New Zealand in a 2-0 win that saw Wambach score in her fourth straight game at these Olympics to provide the first-half lead. Sydney Leroux came off the bench to score the second. (Note the smile on Leroux's face while celebrating her strike.) Video highlights HERE.

GROUP PLAY FINALE. USA 1 NORTH KOREA 0.
The USA had already clinched a quarterfinal spot going into its final group-stage game against North Korea. Wambach's goal, superbly set up by Morgan, secured a first-place finish in the group and with the 1-0 win the Americans for the first time finished the first-round of Olympic play with a perfect 3-0-0 record. Video highlights HERE.

RED-HOT RAPINOE. USA 3 COLOMBIA 0.
Hope Solo was called on for only one save as Rapinoe, Wambach and Lloyd scored in a 3-0 win over Colombia that clinched a quarterfinal spot for the USA. Rapinoe scored with a long-distance rocket and assisted on Lloyd's goal. Video highlights HERE.

SUPER COMEBACK. USA 4 FRANCE 2.
The USA started its Olympic quest against France, touted as among the favorites, and went down 2-0 within 15 minutes. But by halftime it was 2-2, thanks goals by Wambach and Morgan. Lloyd and Morgan, again, struck in the second half of the entertaining opener.Video highlights. HERE.

GOLAZOS
TOP 5. NBC picked goals by Cristiane (Brazil), Diana Matheson (Canada), Carli Lloyd (USA), Portia Modise (South Africa) and Alex Morgan (USA) as the tournament's top goals. Video HERE.

OFF-THE-FIELD
U.S. WOMEN SING MILEY
While prepping for their gold hunt the U.S. women had some fun creating a lip-synch video to Miley Cyrus' "Party in the USA." Video HERE.

RAPINOE THE PRIDE OF REDDING
Megan Rapinoe returns to her hometown of of Redding in Northern California to offer a glimpse of where she grew up and introduces her family. Video HERE.

MORGAN'S TOUR
Alex Morgan shows her childhood home in Diamond Bar in Southern California and offers insight into her youth soccer experience. Video HERE.

JERSEY GIRL
Carli Lloyd shows you around her New Jersey home in Delran. Video HERE.

SOLO IN SEATTLE
Goalkeeper Hope Solo gives a tour of her Seattle home that includes introductions to her dogs and mouse-catching cat. Video HERE.

BACK IN INDIANA
Lauren Cheney returns to her childhood home in Indianapolis and introduces the family. Video HERE.



 

 

 

 

 

 



1 comment
  1. Tom Maegerle
    commented on: August 31, 2012 at 6:50 p.m.
    USA vs Canada game - In one of the greatest women's soccer games ever. Sorry, have to disagree. Should be - In one of the greatest games ever...

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Youth Soccer Insider
Tips for attending a college ID camp    
With summer being a popular time for young players to attend College ID camps, we've asked ...
Gottschee and FC Dallas take No. 1 seeds into Development Academy playoffs    
FC Dallas and BW Gottschee of Queens, New York, are the No. 1 seeds in the ...
Teen stars sign with MLS clubs    
In the wake of Atlanta United, set to begin MLS play in 2017, signing 15-year-old Andrew ...
How refs deal with trash-talking    
"Look at the scoreboard" and "You got nothing" are two common things that trash-talking players say.
Does American soccer really only work for white kids?    
Les Carpenter's article for the London-based Guardian on American youth soccer is headlined: "'It's only working ...
Changing the Canvas: Finding Inspiration Outside of our Beautiful Game    
My wife is a developmental psychologist. For two decades she has been studying children and the ...
'Toughest World Cup yet' awaits U.S. U-17 girls    
The USA will face Paraguay, Ghana and defending champion Japan in the first round of 2016 ...
John Hackworth: India experience provides valuable lessons for U.S. U-17 boys    
In its third international tournament of the year, the U.S. U-17 boys national team finished runner-up ...
Adding to the alphabet soup of American youth soccer    
If your children play soccer in the USA, they may be playing under the umbrella of ...
Insights on European scouting of U.S. youngsters by 'Arsenal Yankee' Danny Karbassiyoon    
Daniel Karbassiyoon jokes that Arsenal kept him from going to college twice. The first time, at ...
>> Youth Soccer Insider Archives