Tuesday, June 24, 2008

USA Women's Olympic Roster Set

No real surprises. A couple of commenters noted that Briana Scurry is only an alternate, but really, she has been on teh U.S. team for what--forever?

Even many of the names that are not household names have lots of experience. The average number of caps for these players is 77 and 4 have over 120 caps. Seven of these players played in the 2004 Olympics and 2 played in the 2004 and 2000 Olympics as well.

Although the women's game has gotten more competitive on the international level, the U.S. still has to be one of the favorites. As usual, the squads for Norway, China, Brazil and Gernamy will be strong. The Canadian team has also surged in recent years.

The U.S. is in Group G for the Olympics, which puts them with Norway, Japan and New Zealand. It should be noted that there are only three groups--E,F,G as the Men's Olympic teams are in Groups A-D. Odd I know. The top two teams from each group advance as well as the two best thrid place finishers in the groups.

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