Fifteen days after the first 2012 Olympic women’s soccer game, the United States National Women’s Team has taken the gold, winning in the final match against Japan with a 2 – 1 score.
The two teams faced each other in last year’s Women’s World Cup in Germany in the final match for that tournament, and after a thrilling contest that ended in penalty kicks, the United States took second place.
Out and proud lesbian midfielder Megan Rapinoe was a key player in these Olympic games. In addition to her usual on-field hustle, she was instrumental in the U.S.’s defeat of Canada in the semi-final match–arguably the most intense game of the tournament.
This Olympic win is the end result of six games, all of them wins, against France (4 – 2), Colombia (3 – 0), North Korea (1 – 0), New Zealand (2 – 0), Canada (4 – 3), and the final match against Japan. The team was coached to their Olympic glory by out and proud lesbian Pia Sundhage. Both U.S. goals in this final match were scored by Carli Lloyd. Japan’s goal came from Yuki Ogimi.
Keph Senett is a Canadian writer who walks the line between incisiveness and ineptitude in her travels and on the soccer field, yet somehow she’s managed to get herself invited to play the beautiful game on four continents. In addition to travel and soccer/football, Keph also writes about human rights, LGBT and gender issues, world politics, community, culture and her own folly. Read more at on her website. Keph’s currently living and working in Mexico, and trying to figure out how to qualify for a soccer squad in Asia, Australia or Antarctica.
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