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US women start quest for 4th straight Olympic gold medal

 

US women start quest for 4th straight Olympic gold medal The United States starts its pursuit of a fourth straight gold medal in women’s Olympic soccer over the next two weeks at the CONCACAF qualifying tournament in Texas.

Coming off their first World Cup title since 1999, the Americans face Costa Rica on Wednesday night in Frisco, Texas, to open the group stage, then play Mexico and Puerto Rico in Group A.

Group B includes Canada, Guatemala, Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana.

Winners of the semifinal winners on Feb. 19 will represent the North and Central America and Caribbean region at this year’s Olympics in Brazil. Additional matches will be played in Houston.

Ranked No. 1 in the world, the U.S. has won three straight gold medals and four of the five women’s tournaments, including the inaugural competition at home in 1996. The only other nation to win a gold medal was Norway in 2000.

”I think we’ve got enough experience here and playing in big events, these players understand on any given day this game can go upside down,” U.S. coach Jill Ellis said. ”So it really is about our preparation and focus in the match and execution at this point.”

”I think we’ve got enough experience here and playing in big events, these players understand on any given day this game can go upside down,” U.S. coach Jill Ellis said. ”So it really is about our preparation and focus in the match and execution at this point.”

Just 13 of the 20 players on the youthful U.S. roster were on last year’s World Cup squad.

”We’re re-energized. We’re ready to go; we’re ready to start the tournament,” American defender Ali Krieger said. ”A lot of our families are able to come travel here, so that’s nice to have the tournament in the U.S.”

Last week, the U.S. Soccer Federation sued the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team Players Association, asking a federal court to rule the sides have a collective bargaining agreement in place through this year. The union says that under the memorandum of understanding agreed to in 2013, the deal can be terminated at any time.

”It’s easy to put that aside because what’s most important right now is qualifying for the Olympics and playing against Costa Rica in that game on Wednesday,” Krieger said. ”That’s kind of our safe haven. You can get out on the field and kind of forget about everything else and take care of business and that’s what we’re going to do.”[…]

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