What a difference a year makes. In the big rematch between Japan and the United States, who duked it out in the Women’s World Cup final in 2011, the United States were able to do in the Olympics what eluded them in the World Cup.
Still recovering from their 123rd minute win over Canada in the semi-final, the US maintained the lead off of two dramatic goals from Carli Lloyd and a beautiful assist from Alex Morgan. The United States were able to topple Japan 2-1 in front of 80,000 fans at Wembley Stadium. In the defense, Hope Solo had a spectacular game as well posting two spectacular saves that kept the United States in the lead.
Of note to Surf Cup – Surf Soccer alumn, Rachel Buehler played the most solid series of games of her career in the hunt for her second gold medal with the team.