U.S. Soccer

2012 Olympic Games

London

A History of the U.S. WNT at the Olympic Games

The U.S. Women’s National Team is by far the most successful country in Olympic women’s soccer history, having won four gold medals and one silver medal in the five competitions that have held so far. The USA is 23-2-3 all-time in the Olympics, having lost only in the gold medal game in 2000 and the opening match of the 2008 tournament, both to Norway.

In 2016 in Brazil, the USA will celebrate the 20th anniversary of its first gold medal which came in the first Olympic Games in which women’s soccer was contested. The Olympic Women’s Soccer Tournament was staged as an eight-team competition in 1996 and 2000 before moving to a 10-team tournament in 2004 – and then a 12 team-tournament for the past two Olympic Games.

1996: 4-0-1 – Leading scorers: Tisha Venturini, Shannon MacMillan, Tiffeny Milbrett – 2 goals each
The USA claimed that inaugural gold medal at the Atlanta Games in 1996 with a 2-1 victory against China on goals from former college teammates Shannon MacMillan and Tiffeny Milbrett in front of 76,481 fans in Athens, Ga. The attendance mark, which at the time was the largest crowd to ever watch a women’s athletic event, set the stage for the incredibly successful Women’s World Cup staged in the U.S. in 1999. The gold medal victory culminated an impressive five-game undefeated run through the tournament in which the U.S. Women played in front of packed crowds.

2000: 3-1-1 -- Leading scorers: Tiffeny Milbrett – 3 goals; Mia Hamm – 2 goals
As they did in 1996, the U.S. Women had a strong run to the medal stand in 2000, winning the “Group of Death” that included China, Nigeria and Norway. In the gold medal match in Sydney, Australia, the USA put together an excellent performance as Milbrett scored both goals, including a last gasp equalizer in the second minute of second half stoppage time, but a spirited Norway side produced a controversial “golden goal” in overtime to win the gold. Norway scored its three goals on just three shots on goal in the thrilling 3-2 triumph.

2004: 5-0-1 – Leading scorers: Abby Wambach – 4 goals; Kristine Lilly – 3 goals; Mia Hamm – 2 goals
The 2004 Athens Games were a fitting end for a number of U.S. veterans, including Mia Hamm, Julie Foudy and Joy Fawcett, who left the sport as they came into it: as champions. The never-say-die team won both its semifinal and final matches in overtime, courtesy of a Heather O’Reilly strike against Germany and an Abby Wambach header against Brazil to claim the gold.

2008: 5-1-0 – Angela Hucles – 4 goals; Carli Lloyd, Heather O’Reilly – 2 goals each
Four years later, the U.S. came into the Olympics without Wambach, the team’s top scorer who broke her leg in the final preparation match. With Pia Sundhage leading the team into her first world championship as head coach, a new class of players including Hope Solo, Carli Lloyd and surprise leading scorer Angela Hucles led the team to gold with a 1-0 victory over Brazil. Lloyd scored the dramatic overtime game-winner in the 96th minute.

2012: 6-0-0 – Abby Wambach – 5 goals; Carli Lloyd – 4 goals; Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe – 3 goals each
In 2012, the U.S. Women went undefeated at 6-0-0 for the first time at an Olympic tournament and Sundhage ended her time with the USA as a two-time Olympic champion. The USA’s run included a thrilling come-from-behind semifinal victory against Canada, with Alex Morgan scoring the game-winner in the 123rd minute in what was the latest goal scored in a FIFA competition. In the gold medal match, Lloyd scored both goals in the 2-1 victory against Japan and the USA became the first country – in either men’s or women’s soccer – to earn a fourth gold while avenging its defeat in the Women’s World Cup Final a year earlier. The match was watched by more than 80,000 fans at the famed Wembley Stadium in London.

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2012 U.S. Women's National Team Olympic Statistics

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U.S. Women's National Team vs. Japan Quote Sheet

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U.S. Women's National Team vs. Canada Quote Sheet

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U.S. Women's National Team Defeats Canada 4-3 in Drama Filled Overtime Match to Qualify for Gold Medal Game at 2012 Olympics

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Abby Wambach Goal Gives U.S. Women’s National Team a 1-0 Victory Against Korea DPR and Group G Title at 2012 Olympics

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Rampone Returns to Her Roots

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U.S. Women's National Team Clinches Quarterfinal Berth with 3-0 Victory Against Colombia in Group G

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Schedule

Results

Date Matchup Result Venue Attendance Goal Scorers
WNT vs Japan 2-1 W Wembley, Stadium; London, England 80,203 Lloyd (2)
WNT vs Canada 4-3 W a.e.t. Old Trafford; Manchester, England 26,640 Rapinoe (2), Wambach, Morgan
WNT vs New Zealand 2-0 W St. James' Park; Newcastle, England 10,441 Wambach, Leroux
WNT vs Korea DPR 1-0 W Old Trafford; Manchester, England 29,522 Wambach
WNT vs Colombia 3-0 W Hampden Park; Glasgow, Scotland 11,313 Rapinoe, Wambach, Lloyd
WNT vs France 4-2 W Hampden Park; Glasgow, Scotland 18,090 Wambach, Morgan (2), Lloyd

2012 London Olympics

PLAYER POS. HT. BIRTHDATE HOMETOWN CLUB/COLLEGE CAPS/G
GK 5-10 Gilbertsville, Pa. FC Kansas City
M 5-8 Redondo Beach, Calif. Chicago Red Stars 195/27
D 5-5 Del Mar, Calif. Portland Thorns FC
M 5-8 Indianapolis, Ind. FC Kansas City 133/24
M 5-6 Basking Ridge, N.J. Portland Thorns FC 124/16
D 5-7 Crystal Lake, Ill. Chicago Red Stars
F 5-7 Scottsdale, Ariz. FC Kansas City 75/35
M 5-8 Delran, N.J. Houston Dash 230/94
D 5-5 Cincinnati, Ohio Boston Breakers
F 5-7 Diamond Bar, Calif. Orlando Pride 118/71
D 5-5 Fayetteville, Ga. Sky Blue FC 87/2
M 5-5 East Brunswick, N.J. FC Kansas City 231/47
D 5-6 Point Pleasant, N.J. Sky Blue FC 311/4
M 5-7 Redding, Calif. Seattle Reign FC 117/31
F 5-4 Lake Forest, Calif. FC Kansas City 129/30
D 5-7 St. Louis, Mo. FC Kansas City 115/0
GK 5-9 Richland, Wash. Seattle Reign FC 202/0
F 5-11 Rochester, N.Y. Unattached 255/184

2012 London Olympics

Nicole Barnhart

Position:
Goalkeeper

Height:
5-10

Birthdate:

Position:
Goalkeeper

Hometown:
Gilbertsville, Pa.

Club:
FC Kansas City

Shannon Boxx

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-8

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Redondo Beach, Calif.

Club:
Chicago Red Stars

Rachel Van Hollebeke

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-5

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Del Mar, Calif.

Club:
Portland Thorns FC

Lauren Holiday

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-8

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Indianapolis, Ind.

Club:
FC Kansas City

Tobin Heath

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-6

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Basking Ridge, N.J.

Club:
Portland Thorns FC

Amy LePeilbet

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-7

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Crystal Lake, Ill.

Club:
Chicago Red Stars

Sydney Leroux

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-7

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Scottsdale, Ariz.

Club:
FC Kansas City

Carli Lloyd

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-8

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Delran, N.J.

Club:
Houston Dash

Heather Mitts

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-5

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Cincinnati, Ohio

Club:
Boston Breakers

Alex Morgan

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-7

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Diamond Bar, Calif.

Club:
Orlando Pride

Kelley O'Hara

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-5

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Fayetteville, Ga.

Club:
Sky Blue FC

Heather O'Reilly

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-5

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
East Brunswick, N.J.

Club:
FC Kansas City

Christie Rampone

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-6

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Point Pleasant, N.J.

Club:
Sky Blue FC

Megan Rapinoe

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-7

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Redding, Calif.

Club:
Seattle Reign FC

Amy Rodriguez

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-4

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Lake Forest, Calif.

Club:
FC Kansas City

Becky Sauerbrunn

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-7

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
St. Louis, Mo.

Club:
FC Kansas City

Hope Solo

Position:
Goalkeeper

Height:
5-9

Birthdate:

Position:
Goalkeeper

Hometown:
Richland, Wash.

Club:
Seattle Reign FC

Abby Wambach

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-11

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Rochester, N.Y.

Club:
Unattached

Group E

Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts.
GBR 3 3 0 0 5 0 +5 9
BRA
3 2 1 0 6 1 +5 6
NZL 3 1 2 0 3 3 0 3
CMR 3 0 3 0 1 11 -10 0

Group F

Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts.
SWE 3 1 0 2 6 3 +3 5
JPN 3 1 0 2 2 1 +1 5
CAN 3 1 1 1 6 4 +2 4
RSA 3 0 2 1 1 7 -6 1

Group G

Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts.
USA 3 3 0 0 8 2 +6 9
FRA 3 2 1 0 8 4 +4 6
PRK 3 1 2 0 2 6 -4 3
COL 3 0 3 0 0 6 -6 0
 

 

First Round

No. Date Match Time (ET) Venue
1 July 25, 2012 Great Britain 1, New Zealand 0 11 a.m. Millenium Stadium;
Cardiff, Wales
2 July 25, 2012 Japan 2, Canada 1 12 p.m. City of Coventry Stadium;
Coventry, England
3 July 25, 2012 USA 4, France 2 12 p.m. Hampden Park;
Glasgow, Scotland
4 July 25, 2012 Cameroon 0, Brazil 5 1:45 p.m. Millenium Stadium;
Cardiff, Wales
5 July 25, 2012 Sweden 4, South Africa 1 12:45 p.m. Millenium Stadium;
Cardiff, Wales
6 July 25, 2012 Colombia 0, Korea DPR 2 12:45 p.m. Hampden Park;
Glasgow, Scotland
7 July 28, 2012 Japan 0, Sweden 0 7 a.m. City of Coventry Stadium;
Coventry, England
8 July 28, 2012 New Zealand 0, Brazil 1 9:30 a.m. Millenium Stadium;
Cardiff, Wales
9 July 28, 2012 Canada 3, South Africa 0 9:45 a.m. City of Coventry Stadium;
Coventry, England
10 July 28, 2012 USA 3, Colombia 0 12 p.m. Hampden Park;
Glasgow, Scotland
11 July 28, 2012 Great Britain 3, Cameroon 0 12:15 p.m. Millenium Stadium;
Cardiff, Wales
12 July 28, 2012 France 5, Korea DPR 0 2:45 p.m. Hampden Park;
Glasgow, Scotland
13 July 31, 2012 Japan 0, South Africa 0 9:30 a.m. Millenium Stadium;
Cardiff, Wales
14 July 31, 2012 Canada 2, Sweden 2 9:30 a.m. St. James' Park;
Newcastle, England
15 July 31, 2012 USA 1, Korea DPR 0 12:15 p.m. Old Trafford Stadium;
Manchester, England
16 July 31, 2012 France 1, Colombia 0 12:15 p.m. St. James' Park;
Newcastle, England
17 July 31, 2012 New Zealand 3, Cameroon 1 2:45 p.m. City of Coventry Stadium;
Coventry, England
18 July 31, 2012 Great Britain 1, Brazil 0 2:45 p.m. Wembley Stadium;
London, England

Quarterfinals

No. Date Match Time (ET) Venue
19 Aug. 3, 2012 France 2, Sweden 1
7 a.m. Hampden Park;
Glasgow, Scotland
20 Aug. 3, 2012 USA 2, New Zealand 0 9:30 a.m. St. James' Park;
Newcastle, England
21 Aug. 3, 2012 Brazil 0, Japan 2 12 p.m. Millenium Stadium;
Cardiff, Wales
22 Aug. 3, 2012 Great Britain 0, Canada 2 2:30 p.m. City of Coventry Stadium;
Coventry, England

Semifinals

No. Date Match Time (ET) Venue
23 Aug. 6, 2012 Japan 2, France 1
12 p.m. Wembley Stadium;
London, England
24 Aug. 6, 2012 USA 4, Canada 3 (a.e.t)
2:45 p.m. Old Trafford Stadium;
Manchester, England

Bronze Medal Match

No. Date Match Time (ET) Venue
25 Aug. 9, 2012 Canada 1, France 0 8 a.m. City of Coventry Stadium;
Coventry, England

Gold Medal Match

No. Date Match Time (ET) Venue
26 Aug. 9, 2012 USA 2, Japan 1 2:45 p.m. Wembley Stadium;
London, England
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