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U.S. leads at half

Posted by Greg Lee, Globe Staff August 18, 2008 09:53 AM

Goals by Angela Hucles (Virginia Beach, Va.) and Lori Chalupny (St. Louis, Mo.) have brought the U.S. women's soccer team back from a 1-0 deficit to lead Japan 2-1 at halftime. Shinobu Ohno opened the scoring in the 16th minute, but Hucles found the equalizer from 10 yards out in the 41st. Chalupny pushed the U.S. out front three minutes later by carrying the ball in from the left wing and ripping a 15-yard shot under pressure from two Japanese defenders.

U.S. women in semis

Posted by Greg Lee, Globe Staff August 15, 2008 10:23 AM

Natasha Kai (Kahuku, Hawaii) scored on a diving header in the 101st minute to give the United States women's soccer team a 2-1 overtime victory against Canada Friday night at Shanghai Stadium.

The U.S. opened the scoring when Angela Hucles (Virginia Beach, Va.) found the net in the 12th minute. After a delay due to weather conditions, Christine Sinclair scored the equalizer for Canada in the 30th minute for a 1-1 halftime score. That stood at the end of regulation, prompting the 30-minute overtime. Kai came on as a substitute for Heather O'Reilly at the beginning of the overtime, and 11 minutes later found herself on the receiving end of a long ball from Shannon Boxx (Redondo Beach, Calif.). Kari dove to direct the ball past Karina LeBlanc and give the Americans the margin for victory.

The U.S. will face the winner of the China-Japan match in the semifinals on Monday, August 18, in a match scheduled for 9 p.m. at the Workers' Stadium in Beijing.

US women advance

Posted by Greg Lee, Globe Staff August 12, 2008 10:27 AM

The U.S. women's soccer team tallied a 4-0 victory over New Zealand Tuesday evening in Shenyang, closing out Group G play and advancing the Americans to the quarterfinal round of the 2008 Olympic Games tournament. The result gives the U.S. six points in Group G and a tie with Norway at the top of the table. Thanks to Japan's 5-1 victory over Norway, the U.S. gains the advantage in the tiebreaker based on goal differential.

The Americans applied pressure from the first whistle as Heather O'Reilly (East Brunswick, N.J.) tallied the first U.S. goal a mere 40 seconds into the match. Amy Rodriguez (Lake Forest, Calif.) added a second goal in the 43rd minute to give the USA a 2-0 halftime lead. Lindsay Tarpley (Kalamazoo, Mich.) made it 3-0 in the 56th minute, and Angela Hucles rounded out the scoring with a goal four minutes later.

The next U.S. match will be at Shanghai Stadium on Friday, August 15, at 6 p.m.

US rolling

Posted by Greg Lee, Globe Staff August 12, 2008 09:06 AM

Heather O'Reilly (East Brunswick, N.J.) gathered a rebound shot off the post and sent it back in for her second goal of the night as the USA now leads New Zealand 4-0 in the 60th minute of women's soccer.

Rodriguez gives U.S. a 2-0 lead

Posted by Greg Lee, Globe Staff August 12, 2008 08:37 AM

Amy Rodriguez ran on to a long ball sent from the defensive half and rifled it past the New Zealand goalkeeper from the left wing to give the U.S. women's soccer team a 2-0 lead in the 43rd minute.

US women bounce back

Posted by Greg Lee, Globe Staff August 9, 2008 07:08 AM

BEIJING -- A goal by Carli Lloyd in the 27th minute was all the US women's soccer team needed to post its first win of the Olympic Games, claiming a 1-0 victory over Japan at Qinhuangdao Olympic Sports Center Stadium early this morning.

With the win, the US earns three points and for the moment joins Norway at the top of the Group G table. Norway plays New Zealand beginning at 7:45 a.m. today. The American side will close out group play against New Zealand at 7:45 a.m. on Tuesday at Shenyang's Olympic Stadium. The top two teams in each of the three groups and the top two third-place teams advance to the quarterfinals.

Parkhurst's Olympics Diary: Smog is a reality

Posted by David Lefort, Boston.com Staff August 6, 2008 09:56 AM

Michael Parkhurst of the New England Revolution is a member of the US Olympic Soccer Team. Major League Soccer's Rookie of the Year in 2005 and Defender of the Year in 2007, the 23-year-old Providence native and Wake Forest graduate will be writing a diary for us while he competes in the Summer Games. Here's his first post:

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Here's a small glimpse into where we are and the much-talked-about smog here in China:

We are currently staying in a hotel in the city of Tianjin, where our first two matches will be played. Our third game will be in Beijing, where we'll stay in the Olympic Village.

Now I have never been to Fort Knox, but I would assume it's about as tough to get into as our hotel here. The only people staying at our hotel are the seven other Olympic soccer teams who are playing in Tianjin: three men's teams (all our opponents) and four women's teams. Thus, I'm not joking when I say there are multiple security checkpoints and airport-like metal detectors outside the entrance for any visitors brought in by players. Needless to say, we feel quite safe.

Inside the hotel, we rarely interact with the other teams. We are all on different floors and have rotating schedules for practices, using the gym or pool and meals. When we do cross paths, there is a mutual respect felt with, most often, a nod of the head or a simple "hello."

And now onto one of the most talked about issues regarding the Olympics: the dreadful smog. Let me remind you we are about an hour outside Beijing. That being said, the smog does exist and it is noticeable.

There is no such thing as a bright blue day around here, although I did see a small patch for a bit yesterday. But for the most part it is just a gray haze. The visibility out into the distance from our hotel does not span more than a couple miles. So the smog is a reality. However, it's not something that will greatly affect us during the Games. It is one of the reasons we came China a week early and I think most of us, by now, have adapted to the heat, humidity and ... smog.

We are enjoying our time here in Tianjin and the hospitality demonstrated by the hosts has been nothing short of first-rate.

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Michael Parkhurst's Olympics diary

Posted by Gary Dzen, Boston.com Staff August 5, 2008 02:20 PM

Michael Parkhurst of the New England Revolution is a member of the US Olympic Soccer Team. Major League Soccer's Rookie of the Year in 2005 and Defender of the Year in 2007, the 23-year-old Providence native and Wake Forest graduate will be writing a diary for us while he competes in the Summer Games. Here's his first post:

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Greetings from Tianjin, China! We are currently in this city about 45 minutes south of Beijing where well play the first two games of our round-robin group play. We have been placed in a tough group in which we face Japan, the Netherlands, and Nigeria.

The top two teams from the group advance to the quarterfinals. It will be a tough test for us but were confident we have the ability to medal for the first time in US history.

For soccer, the Olympics pose a unique and challenging test for each team. It is an Under-23 tournament in which each team is allowed to add three over-aged players (yep, I'm one of them!). The core of our group is around 22 years old with the youngest being 18 and eldest 36 yes, hes a player -- not the coach.

We come from all different club teams throughout the world and have been together a mere two weeks in preparation for the Games. And one of the biggest challenges each team faces is bringing each and every individual personality together to create a good balance of team chemistry. The belief is that chemistry off the field results in better teamwork on the field and a greater ability to really dig deep in tough times and fight through tough stretches that are inevitable in every match. Its a formula that works for us at the Revolution. Hopefully, it will bring success to our Olympic Team, as well.

Our run towards the gold begins Thursday morning. Stay tuned for more updates and a further look into the Olympic experience.

Got a comment? A question? Have your say in our comments section.

Look for contributions from the following Globe Staffers in Beijing:

  • John Powers
  • Shira Springer
  • Bob Ryan
  • Marc J. Spears
  • Gregory Lee
  • Scott LaPierre
  • Patricia Wen
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