August 10th, 2012

USWNT: The Golden Girls (Again)

Image: Imgace.com.

Kudos to the USWNT, who beat Japan 2-1 in the Olympic Women’s soccer final last night thanks to two goals from Carli Lloyd and some spectacular saves by ‘keeper Hope Solo, who managed to remain sober for the important bits.

We bet she’s drunk now though. We bet they’re all drunk now.

Side note: your take on the whole ‘Greatness Has Been Found’ t-shirt controversy, Kickettes?

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38 Responses to “USWNT: The Golden Girls (Again)”

  1. S.P.D says:

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  2. Alexis says:

    the t-shirts are dumb and don't sen the right message. They are also a bit out of character for the USWNT. That being said i don't blame the girls, t-shirts were thrown at them so they put them on. Someone from the Olympic committee should have caught that one….

  3. Andrea says:

    My issue with the t-shirts is that they were so ugly, like all the other t-shirts Nike makes for US women's soccer players and fans.

  4. Carolina says:

    Great photo!!

  5. kaya says:

    I haven't been following that much of the olympics (though I did watch as many of the women's football matches as I could, most of the USWNT's), so I wasn't aware there was a controversy over the shirts. I did see them come on after the game and I didn't think of it as a pro-USA kind of thing at all, more of a WTF kind of stupid slogan is that?
    I think Nike wants every player from every country wearing one ;)
    The final was good, but not as good as the Canada US game. Christine Sinclair totally impressed, and Tancredi was kind of thuggy, but I wasn't upset by it… It was a shame about the handballs both going the US's way to taint the victories because I don't consider either call having "given the game" to the US at all.
    In the semi, the call was at minute 78 and there was a makeup non-call in what should've been a penalty for the US a few minutes later. Not to mention a couple of later opportunities the US should've put away that I think a still 1-goal deficit would've seen just enough more motivation from the players.
    I'm really proud of all the wonderful teams… I didn't watch a minute of men's football and didn't feel like I missed much :)

  6. Sarah, Madrid says:

    Just happy how women football team get to take the silver, when their men didn't when any medals, yeah still didn't like the idea of flying on different classes to the olympics.

    Congratulation USA, I didn't catch final unfortunately!

  7. mena says:

    So so happy for the USWNT and way to go Carli… who knew? LOL! Loved the Japanese team as well, so classy!

    I hope this t-shirt thing doesn't turn into a big deal. TBH, I thought Nike's slogan was kinda stupid, but I had a feeling some people would take it the wrong way and then get really vocal about it. Like others have said, any complaints should really be directed at Nike.

    Also, the Japanese WNT better be flown home in First Class. They more than earned it.

  8. hana says:

    Congrats to USA but I however was disgusted by the way some Americans tried to display their "patriotism" on social networking sites, relating this game to "REVENGE" for the things Japan did during WWII. I was disgusted and appalled by the things people said. There are good ways to celebrate but let's remember to keep it classy because we do not want to look bad to other countries.

    Congrats to the US and Japan. A very good game.

  9. Rosie says:

    First and foremost, congratulations to the USA ladies! Also, congratulations to Japan's team on a good Olympic tournament!

    As someone previously mentioned, the t-shirt thing is very much an American sporting event "tradition," for lack of a better word, but I agree that it was tacky, especially given that this was an international athletic forum. As Rossanera said, though, what were the girls supposed to do when handed the shirts? At least they weren't trying to wear American flag grills on the podium.

    Frankly, I am more disappointed in the racist remarks and comments that some fans made regarding avenging Pearl Harbor. Not only was it disrespectful to the Japanese players and the country they were representing, but equating military sacrifice with sports also makes a mockery of those who served, whether it was at Pearl Harbor or more recently. I'm stepping off my soap box now.

    Again, congratulations to the US ladies!

  10. canadanata says:

    sorry, can't be happy for them given how they cheated with the ref over game with canada. my respect for some players there completely evaporated

    • Harley says:

      This is a completely asinine statement. Shall we just completely ignore all of Canada's dirty moves in that game (and in their post-game comments) that they weren't punished for? How about Tancredi getting away with murder for 123 minutes? Or Abby getting elbowed in the head on two different occasions inside the box, which went unpunished? Or Canadian players constantly grabbing and yanking on Alex's shirt every time she got anywhere near the ball, which they also got away with? Don't forget Lauren's shirt being pulled so hard by a Canadian player inside the box that it practically came off, which was also unpunished. Are the USWNT perfect angels? Nope, not by any means. But to make a statement like they "cheated with the ref" to win the game is just ridiculous and false. If the ref was really so "Pro-USA" then quite a few of the Canadian players would have easily been carded or sent off for the way they were playing. Your team had 123 minutes to get it done, and they didn't do it. Maybe if they had fought until the last second, like the USWNT did, instead of being willing to settle for penalty kicks, they would have won. I get being upset about a loss, I've been there plenty of times, but that is no excuse to act the way many of the Canadian players and fans have acted. Instead of making excuses and playing the blame game, look at the mistakes that you made and figure out how to do better next time. That's what makes champions.

      • canadanata says:

        asinine, really!??!!? Sounds like something hope solo will say given any time she opens her mouth some idiotic and moronic comment flies out of it. And abby practically dry-hummped the ref to make bad calls.
        Karma will catch up to them!

        • Harley says:

          Wow. Delusional much? Did the ref make bad calls ON BOTH SIDES? Absolutely. But the Canadians ended up getting away with far more foul play than any of the American players ever did. Canada lost and it was ultimately their own fault. End of story. If you can't be objective and look at the mistakes that your team made that cost them the game, then that's your problem. Just know that you look pretty ridiculous.

        • Sabrina says:

          Hey, listen, the USWNT doesn't win all the time, alright? You're acting like precious Canada has never lost a match but suddenly OH DEAR in the history of women's soccer in Canada, you LOSE! You have to get used to losses. There will be time for your team to redeem itself and all that crap. Suck it up, you got a bronze, and maybe if your team is so flawless and brilliant and innocent then maybe they'll win the gold next Olympics. Calm down and try to appreciate the fact you got a medal. It's over

          • canadanata says:

            yes it is over, now if only it was fair!!! Well, we always beat y'all in hockey!!!

            • nlanat says:

              If it was fair, France would have the bronze. They controlled the game for 91 1/2 minutes.

              • canadanata says:

                I do think that in the France vs Canada game, France played better. They where not lucky.

            • mena says:

              Yeah and that's the thing: you don't hear US hockey players or fans crying about the US vs Canada games being unfair or accusing the Canadian hockey players of playing dirty (well, maybe sometimes, LOL!). And we sure don't accuse hockey refs of being in Canada's pocket.

        • Blackwood says:

          well, I guess you're right about Abby having influence with the ref, I caught that too. But I'm ashamed to admit I almost wanted to be a ref, so Abby would dry hump me :)

    • tammyv says:

      Canada ended that match with 11 players and played the bronze medal match with the same basic 11 players (that should NEVER have happened).

      Tancredi should have seen either a second yellow/red for at least three bad tackles or a straight red for a stomp to the head of an opposing player less than a foot outside the Canadian box. It would have almost certainly ended with a goal/corner given your team would have been down to ten with 35+ minutes if in regulation.

      Your Gk was WARNED prior to the start of the second half about her habit of time wasting, she continued to act in that manner and it cost your team a chance at a gold medal. That is on her.. not the ref. It resulted in a very clear handball call in the box that is a pen. The end.

      The ref hooked your team up. Your team Lost. Stop whinnying.

  11. Harley says:

    Most people don't seem to realize that the shirts were related to a "Find Greatness" video for the girls that Nike did before the Olympics, featuring shots of them playing soccer as kids leading up to shots of them playing now. "Find Greatness" turned into "Greatness Has Been Found". No one seems to mind when Usain Bolt does cocky poses after he wins a race, so why should anyone care that the girls wore these t-shirts? Sounds more like people trying to make an issue out of nothing. Anyway, proud of my girls once again!

    • Sarah, Madrid says:

      R: Usain bolt vs t-shirts debate because for some reason people think that in football being humble is the first most important feature to look at when they want to judge players or teams, that's my guess I think because I noticed how cocky attutide is celebrated in other sports and in football is the characteristic that makes fan basically hate you.

  12. Carolina says:

    YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. Dr. Heidi says:

    So proud of our girls!

  14. tammyv says:

    Congrats to the Ladies.. They deserved it. Carli was Clutch…Amy for a whole 90 seconds or so did not make me rage with hate, Hope was perfect, Alex and Abby were amazing.

    I LOVED the Japanese team as well. They are so awesome and so adorable being so giddy on the podium. They seem like a fun bunch of girls.

    The t-shirt is an American post win thing.. it didn't seem odd to me, honestly

  15. Rossanera says:

    I thought the shirts were a bit tasteless – not appropriate for a forum like the Olympics, where class and sportsmanship are valued as much as performance. Then again, can you fault the girls if they were handed the shirts by Nike? Not their call, was it?

  16. Gladys says:

    Not a fan of those shirts but so happy for the US ladies. They and the other teams I caught– Canada, Japan, Colombia– were so exciting to watch. (Sadly, much more than the men's games.) Hope is incredible. Tougher (and possibly crazier) than any male GK out there.

    • kaya says:

      Hope really bugs me with all the ego; I wish she'd just keep more to herself sometimes. Otoh, I keep telling myself that being crazy is what makes a good keeper.

  17. Kristina says:

    My first comment disappeared, don't know why, but I just wanted to say congratulations and thanks for an awesome game!

    Also so proud and happy for my fellow Swedish lady, the amazing, great, fun Pippi Longstockings of football: Pia Sundhage! Du är bäst Pia! You're the best!

    • tammyv says:

      Pia is adorable… When she goes nuts on the sideline with excitement it is awesome, but OMG some of her substitutions make me want to throw things at the tv.

    • Rosie says:

      Pia is awesome, indeed! She just seems so damn fun! Thank you, Sweden!

  18. lima says:

    Hope solo is like the female version of Iker Casillas! it was a pretty good save.

  19. Kristina says:

    Congratulations to the wonderful US ladies! What a game! Amazing football from both sides! Sad for Japan of course, but someone's got to loose and they did put up a fantastic fight.

    But for me, as a Swedish woman, what makes me most happy is Pia Sundhage. The Pippi Longstockings of football, a pioneer in women's football, one of the most successful women in the business as a player and as a coach! She sings in press conferences and gave George W Bush a cold shoulder (good girl!!!). She doesn't care what people thinks and she shouldn't, because she's amazing. I'm so proud!

    Congrats again!

  20. A says:

    Honestly, their entire win leaves a sour taste. yes, they’re a fantastic team, there’s no denying it, but some of the comments about how the rankings of a team should be predicting their medal standing irked me. I’d say greatness was found on the teams where their improvements are astounding. Going from last at the WWC to a very gold looking bronze medal, the CanWNT were great. Playing above what anyone expects of you makes you great. Something the US didn’t do. THAT call in the semi final should never have been made and doesn’t show greatness. it shows lack of sportsmanship and bending the rules to get what you want.