If you follow football (you know: ‘soccer’), you know that the Men’s National Team came up short of securing a spot in the 2012 London Olympics.
However, there are still plenty of good reasons to tune in this summer. Eighteen of them in fact, also known as the reigning-gold-medalist US Women’s National Team—not the least of whom is world-class goalkeeper Hope Solo. If you’re uninitiated or otherwise unconvinced, check out her superhuman save, below, which helped the US defeat Canada last night in the team’s final exhibition before the Olympics—which kick off July 25 versus France. (Hey, at least the men still have basketball.)
In other soccer news, the final game of the Euro 2012 men’s tournament airs today at 2:45 EST on ESPN. Again, no USA, but the match between Italy and defending champs Spain has been heralded as a showcase of the nuance and artistry the sport is meant to be all about—with both teams having surpassed opponents who attempted to thwart their creativity with aggressive defense, rather than compete with it.
[Hope Solo image courtesy of ESPN.com. Posters ©Zoran Lucic.]