Photo Credit: Credit: AP / Eugenio Savio
By Contributing Reader, Audrey Thomas
The United State’s Women’s National Soccer Team played a close game with France to open the preliminaries of the 2016 Rio Olympics. They are currently ranked number one in the nation after their victory in the 2014 World Cup. This ranking as the top team placed them in the most competitive bracket for the preliminary rounds of the Olympics.
The game against France remained tied zero-zero with France in control of the match until the 62nd minute, when Carli Lloyd buried a cross from Tobin Heath into the net. After Lloyd’s goal, the US retained most of the possession until the end of the game.
France fought hard to score a tying goal, but goalkeeper, Hope Solo, help the U.S. maintain their lead with several impressive saves, including one-on-one breakaways.
The Olympic preliminaries are decided by points, not by wins or losses. Teams receive 3 points for a win, 1 for a tie, and 0 for a loss. The eight teams with the most points in the preliminaries will advance to the quarterfinals.
Earlier this week, Columbia lost their game to New Zealand 1-0. On Tuesday, August 9th, France will play New Zealand at 5:00. Both games should be close.
Tune in on Tuesday, August 9th, when the United States Women’s team will play Colombia and hopefully earn a spot in the quarterfinals.