The United States women's soccer team does drama better than just about anyone. Take Monday's Olympic semifinal for example, which saw them fall behind 1-0 to Canada, only to get even on an Olimpico. Then they fell behind 2-1, but Megan Rapinoe scored a great goal to get the U.S. even again. Christine Sinclair then added her third goal of the match, only for a penalty kick to level for the Americans. Finally, Alex Morgan scored in the last minute of extra time to put the U.S. in the final.
There was also last year's Women's World Cup final, which the U.S. lost on penalty kicks to Japan. They went up 1-0, then lost that lead in extra time. There, they traded goals again with Japan before falling from the penalty spot.
Those two drama-filled bring us today, the Olympic Gold Medal Match. The U.S. got here by beating Canada and now get a chance at revenge for last year's World Cup loss with a match-up against Japan.
If the U.S. is to beat Japan, who will certainly be the fresher team, they will need a good performance from Bruin Lauren Cheney. She was one of the Americans' best players earlier this year, but hasn't had the best Olympics. A standout performance against Japan would certainly make up for it and then some. Bruin Sydney Leroux could also have her say too, being the first striker off the bench and a constant threat to make opponents' pay for their tired legs with his blazing speed.
The match gets underway at 11:45 am PT and it will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network. You can also watch it online at NBCOlympics.com. If you want more previews and for all of the match coverage, check out the work from the soccer hub. Let's get that gold medal! Go USA! Go Bruins!