Aug. 19, 2004
A monthly column about the State of U.S. Soccer that takes a hard look at everything from the performance of the U.S. National Teams to pro soccer in the good ‘ole U-S-of-A . If you’re looking for a viewpoint that you won’t see in a generic, nuts-and-bolts U.S. Soccer press release, you’ve come to the right place. This is it—the last chance for the 91ers / the Fab Five / Mia and the Gang, whatever you want to call these living legends. After grabbing gold in ’96, the U.S. was dealt a blow to their dynasty in 2000, settling for silver. This time around they hope to get back to the top of the medal stand. Anything else will be a letdown. Sure, the U.S. would graciously accept bronze, but this isn’t like McDonald’s Happy Meals; you don’t want to collect all three prizes. To see how the U.S. performance in Athens is stacking up, we reminisce about our great runs in the first two Olympic Women’s Football Tournaments.