Congratulations to the Team USA Women’s Soccer team on winning another Olympic gold medal. It’s no surprise that they’ve dominated the 2012 Olympic women’s soccer event. Their roster is filled with powerhouse athletes like Abby Wambach, Hope Solo and Carli Lloyd. Natural talent, combined with a strong dedication to training, makes these female players inspirations to young athletes everywhere in the world.
The popularity of women’s soccer in this year’s Games has helped build momentum for a rebooted professional women’s soccer league, starting in the Spring of 2013. Team USA is jam-packed with talented players. Whom would you draft for your professional squad?
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The vocal leader of the American squad, Wambach has scored in every game during the 2012 Olympics. This star attacker was voted 2011 Female Athlete of the Year by the Associated Press. Among her accomplishments: an Olympic gold medal; an NCAA national championship at the University of Florida; and multiple U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year awards. Wambach’s position as a forward requires explosive power, so her training focuses on strength. Check out her workout in the videos above.
A soccer team is only as good as its goalkeeper, and Hope Solo has played a critical role for Team USA. Hailed as one of top goalkeepers in the world, Solo is second all-time in U.S. history in caps, wins and shutouts for a goalkeeper. She posted five clean sheets at the 2012 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament in January. Videos above.
Lloyd is known for her aggressive offense at the midfield position for Team USA. Her ability to beat players on the dribble and strike on goal from distance helped her score the winning goal in overtime in the 2008 Olympic gold medal game against Brazil. This feat earned her the 2008 U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year award.