Catching Up With Sports
Posted by Casey on September 28, 2007
It’s that deja vu feeling for the US Women’s Soccer Team. For the second Women’s World Cup in a row, they lost in the semi-finals. Brazil blew the US out 4-0.
The debate will rage on for years about the US coach’s decision to take goalkeeper Hope Solo out and put in veteran Briana Scurry, because Scurry has never given up a goal to Brazil. But Scurry hasn’t played much international soccer in the last couple of years and that may or may not have been a factor for the loss.
In 2003 the US lost to Germany in the semi-finals and Germany went on to win the whole thing. Germany will be playing Brazil in the finals on Sunday. US will play Norway for bronze.
The US Senior Women’s National Basketball Team is in the unusual position of having to qualify for the 2008 Olympics. The last time they had to qualify was 1980. Eight (including alternate, Candice Wiggins) of the players were born after 1980 and Sue Bird was born in October of that year. Yes, they won gold in 2004, but Russia beat them in the semi-finals at the Worlds last year and the US team settled for bronze. Lauren Jackson got her first international gold medal and Australia will be the team to beat in the Olympics, as they were in the 2000 and 2004 Olympics.
The US Team is down in Chile right now participating in an Olympic qualifying event that they have to win. If they don’t win, they won’t be able to go to the 2008 Olympics. There’s another chance to qualify in June, but the WNBA season will be underway and there isn’t any way to pull out the National Team and participate in that tournament.
So far, they’ve beaten Cuba and crushed Jamaica. They play Canada (sans Tammy Sutton-Brown and Stacey Dales) today.