UPCOMING GROUP G ACTION: The USA is atop Group G with three points alongside Korea DPR, which defeated Colombia 2-0 on July 25. Both teams hold a plus-2 goal differential, but the USA is in first-place by virtue of more goals scored. Following Saturday’s game against Colombia, the USA wraps up group play against Korea DPR at 12:15 p.m. ET on Tuesday, July 31, at Old Trafford in Manchester, England.
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 2-Heather Mitts, 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 16-Rachel Buehler, 5-Kelley O’Hara; 9-Heather O’Reilly, 10-Carli Lloyd, 12-Lauren Cheney, 15-Megan Rapinoe; 13-Alex Morgan, 14-Abby Wambach
SUBS: 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 6-Amy LePeilbet, 7-Shannon Boxx, 8-Amy Rodriguez, 11-Sydney Leroux, 17-Tobin Heath, 18-Nicole Barnhart
COL: 18-Sandra Sepulveda; 3-Natalia Gaitan (capt.), 5-Nataly Arias, 13-Yulieht Dominguez, 14-Kelis Peduzine; 2-Tatiana Ariza, 9-Carmen Rodallega, 10-Catalina Usme, 7-Orianica Velasquez, 15-Ingrid Vidal, 16-Lady Andrade
SUBS: 1-Stefany Castaño, 4-Natalia Ariza, 6-Daniela Montoya, 8-Yoreli Rincon, 11-Liana Salazar, 12-Ana Montoya, 17-Melissa Ortiz
- The U.S. has faced Colombia only on one other occasion: July 2, 2011, in the FIFA Women’s World Cup. The USA defeated Colombia 3-0 in the second match in Group C.
- That victory secured a place in the quarterfinal phase of the World Cup.
- Heather O’Reilly, Megan Rapinoe and Carli Lloyd each scored a goal for the USA through 57 minutes and the team dominated from the start. The U.S. out-shot Colombia 27-12 and 9-4 on goal.
- The USA’s 2012 Olympic group consists of three opponents that the team faced during the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup: Colombia, France and Korea DPR
- Veteran U.S. defender Christie Rampone became the USA’s all-time leader in Olympic appearances with 17 during the team’s 4-2 win against France on July 25. She has surpassed the previous USA record holders of Joy Fawcett, Julie Foudy, Kristine Lilly and Kate Markgraf.
- The USA is 89-2-5 all-time when Wambach scores a goal.
- Six players on the U.S. roster have scored in an Olympics: Abby Wambach (4 goals in 2004; 1 goal in 2012), Carli Lloyd (2 goals in 2008; 1 goal in 2012), Heather O’Reilly (1 goal in 2004; 2 goals in 2008), Shannon Boxx (1 goal in 2004), Amy Rodriguez (1 goal in 2008) and now Alex Morgan (2 goals in 2012).
The U.S. Women’s National Team took firm control of Group G and assured itself a spot in the 2012 Olympic Quarterfinals with a 3-0 victory on Saturday against Colombia at Hampden Park.
U.S. midfielder Megan Rapinoe scored her first Olympic goal for the game-winner while Abby Wambach and Carli Lloyd added second-half goals to pace the USA.
- U.S. midfielder Shannon Boxx, day-to-day because of a right hamstring injury, missed only her second game of 2012. Boxx did not play during the USA’s 4-0 victory against Canada in the 2012 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying championship on Jan. 29 in Vancouver. Boxx was an available option off the bench for that match.
- Megan Rapinoe’s assist for Carli Lloyd’s second-half goal on Saturday was her first Olympic assist.
- U.S. WNT head coach Pia Sundhage shook up the right side of her lineup from the Olympic opener against France, starting Heather Mitts at right back instead of Amy LePeilbet and starting Heather O’Reilly at right midfield, shifting Megan Rapinoe to left midfield, where Tobin Heath started against France.
- With Mitts’ start, she has now appeared in three straight Olympics and has nine career Olympic caps.
- O’Reilly has also played in three straight Olympics, making her 11th career appearance in an Olympic match.