The opening ceremonies for the Olympics are Friday in London but womens soccer begins today with some intriguing matches.
U.S. v. France
The U.S. defeated France 3-1 at the 2010 Fifa World Cup 3-1 on the scoreline but it was the French in mirroring their men’s national team style of play that impressed many.
Technically they were impressive and only lacked some power and strength in the final third when it comes to finishing. Has that changed?
We will find out today.
The U.S. Women want to get off to a good start and they will be tested. Some questions still remain around the back four and of course we have the Hope Solo book chatter.
Abby Wambach, Alex Morgan and company want to get off to a good start.
Canada are consistent underachievers in big tournaments and will try to lose that label today. Getting Japan in their opening match could be a good thing yet they will have to contend with a technically sound team that won’t give up the ball. They proved in the last World Cup they can win the big game beating Germany , Sweden and the United States.
Japan led by Homare Sawa are the favorites having won the 2010 World Cup while Christine Sinclair of Canada is one of the world’s best strikers.
New Canadien coach John Herdman has breathed life into the Canadien program.
MLS ALL STARS v. CHELSEA
The MLS All Stars take on Chelsea tonight from PPL Park in Chester, PA while Liverpool and Roma with Michael Bradley perform.
For complete schedule of Olympic soccer go to NBCOLYMPICS.com