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The U.S. Women’s National Team Comes from Behind Three Times to Win 4-3 and Earn Spot in Gold Medal Match


With a flair for the dramatic, Alex Morgan scored the game-winning goal in the 123rd minute and the U.S. Women’s National Team overcame three deficits during regulation to defeat Canada 4-3 in overtime on Monday in the semifinal stage to advance to the gold medal game of the 2012 Olympics.



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Megan Rapinoe

IN THE IMAGE: Megan Rapinoe scored twice two haul the USA back into the match.

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MANCHESTER, England (Aug. 6, 2012) – With a flair for the dramatic, Alex Morgan scored the game-winning goal in the 123rd minute and the U.S. Women’s National Team overcame three deficits during regulation to defeat Canada 4-3 in overtime on Monday in the semifinal stage to advance to the gold medal game of the 2012 Olympics.

The USA advances to its fifth straight gold medal game, setting up a rematch of the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Defending World Cup champion Japan defeated France 2-1 in Monday’s other semifinal.

The gold medal match between the U.S. and Japan kicks off at 2:45 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 9, at Wembley Stadium in London. The match will be televised on the NBC Sports Network.

Megan Rapinoe scored the first two goals for the U.S. and Abby Wambach scored her fifth game in five Olympic matches to force overtime in the U.S. WNT’s 500th career international match. The USA is vying for its fourth Olympic gold medal and third in a row.

 – U.S. Women’s National Team Match Report –

Match:
U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Canada

Date:
Aug. 6, 2012

Competition:
2012 Olympic Games; Semifinal

Venue:
Old Trafford; Manchester, England

Kickoff:
7:45 p.m. local (2:45 p.m. ET)

Attendance:
26,640

Weather:
66 degrees, mostly cloudy


Scoring Summary: 1    2     ET1    ET2     F


USA                         0    3       0        1       4

CAN                         1    2       0        0       3

CAN – Christine Sinclair (Melissa Tancredi) 22nd minute

USA – Megan Rapinoe 54

CAN – Christine Sinclair (Melissa Tancredi) 67

USA – Megan Rapinoe (Kelley O’Hara) 70

CAN – Christine Sinclair (Kaylyn Kyle) 73

USA – Abby Wambach (penalty kick) 80

USA – Alex Morgan (Heather O’Reilly) 120+3


Lineups:


USA:
1-Hope Solo; 6-Amy LePeilbet (11-Sydney Leroux, 76), 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 16-Rachel Buehler (4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 110), 5-Kelley O’Hara; 15-Megan
Rapinoe, 10-Carli Lloyd, 12-Lauren Cheney (9-Heather O’Reilly, 101), 17-Tobin Heath; 13-Alex Morgan, 14-Abby Wambach


Subs not used: 2-Heather Mitts, 7-Shannon Boxx, 8-Amy Rodriguez, 18-Nicole Barnhart

Head coach: Pia Sundhage

CAN:
18-Erin McLeod; 7-Rhian Wilkinson, 4-Carmelina Moscato, 10-Lauren Sesselmann, 20-Marie-Eve Nault (3-Chelsea Stewart, 101); 8-Diana Matheson, 11-Desiree
Scott, 13-Sophie Schmidt; 12-Christine Sinclair, 14-Melissa Tancredi, 16-Jonelle Filigno (6-Kaylyn Kyle, 67)


Subs not used: 1-Karina LeBlanc, 2-Emily Zurrer, 5-Robyn Gayle, 9-Candace Chapman, 15-Kelly Parker, 17-Brittany Timko

Head coach: John Herdman


Statistical Summary: USA / CAN


Shots: 24 / 7

Shots on Goal: 11 / 7

Saves: 4 / 7

Corner Kicks: 13 / 5

Fouls: 20 / 22

Offside: 2 / 0


Misconduct Summary:


CAN – Desiree Scott (caution) 60th minute

CAN – Melissa Tancredi (caution) 79


Officials:


Referee: Christina Pedersen (NOR)

Assistant Referee 1: Hege Steinlund (NOR)

Assistant Referee 2: Lada Rojc (CRO)

Fourth Official: Hong Eun Ah (KOR)


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