U.S. Women Lose Soccer Opener
A bad start for the U.S. women, widely considered a serious contender for gold despite a few key injuries (most notably star striker Abby Wambach).
Since the top two teams in each group plus two third-place teams make the quarters, the U.S. is not in severe danger of missing the knockout rounds. And it helps that the Americans' next two opponents are Japan and New Zealand, relative lightweights. But, still ...
The U.S. gave up two goals in the first four minutes and never recovered. From the AP report:
The loss was the first for U.S. coach Pia Sundhage, who took over in November in the fallout of the team's third-place finish at the 2007 World Cup.
"My glass is always half full, so for us it's a new experience to lose a game," Sundhage said, adding that she took heart with her team's aggressive play after the break.
"I'm happy that it's the first game and not the last, so we still have two more games to go, and we'll take out this part -- the second half -- for when we play against Japan and New Zealand.
Here's the box score.
And, here are the women's soccer standings.
Here's the full AP account.
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