U.S. WNT Honored by U.S. Olympic Committee as Team of the Month for July
CHICAGO (Aug. 11, 2011) – The U.S. Women's National Soccer Team has been named the United States Olympic Committee Team of the Month for July.
The U.S. team captured the imagination and hearts of a nation with its dramatic run to the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup final that took place on July 17 in Frankfurt, Germany. The U.S. team reached the final with two emotional knock-out round wins, first defeating Brazil in penalty kicks in the quarterfinal after equalizing through an Abby Wambach header in the final minutes of overtime despite playing almost an hour down a player. The U.S. went on to beat France in the semifinal with two late goals. Even though the U.S. fell to Japan in penalty kicks in the championship game, the team's performance in the match and throughout the tournament earned it a legion of fans across the country and the world.
Every month, each National Governing Body may nominate one female, one male and one team per discipline. A voting panel selects the winners from the pool of nominees, with online fan voting via Twitter accounts for 10 percent of the total vote.
Swimmers Rebecca Soni (Plainsboro, N.J.) and Ryan Lochte (Daytona Beach, Fla.) were selected as the U.S. Olympic Committee's Athletes of the Month for July as both came off multiple gold medal performances at the 2011 FINA World Championships.
1. U.S. Women's National Soccer Team
2. Women's Swimming 4x100m Relay Team
3. USA Softball Women's National Team
1. Rebecca Soni, Swimming
2. Grace Luczak, Rowing
3. Stacy May-Johnson, Softball
1. Ryan Lochte, Swimming
2. David Bouida, Diving
3. Danell Leyva, Gymnastics