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The After Bar - USMNT 1 - Costa Rica 0

"It was a clear black night, a clear white snow" or so I misremembered the opening lyrics to Warren G's "Regulators". No matter though whether it was white snow or a white moon the United States national team and newly christened captain Clint Dempsey were most definitely "regulators" against Costa Rica last night. The Nats put up with epic proportions of snow and a nearly abandoned match to top the Ticos, 1-0, in front of a freezing, sold out crowd of over 19,000 in Denver, Colorado.

Jozy Altidore made a cutting run atop the 18-yard box in the 16th minute. His shot bounced of a Costa Rican defender, and with the goalkeeper caught wrong footed, Dempsey was there to snatch up the leftovers into the open goal mouth for his 23nd international goal.

If surviving the Denver snow fall was one difficult task the USMNT will face another tall order immediately in their away leg match against Mexico on Tuesday at Estadio Azteca. Mexico is coming off a road shocker, giving up a two-goal-Chicharito-manufactured lead, only to draw at two apiece. The U.S. has already breached the walls of Azteca back in August, but a World Cup Qualifying match against El Tri will certainly be coach Jurgen Klinsmann's and his team's toughest task to date.

The match is on Tuesday, March 26th with coverage beginning at 8:30pm CT on ESPN.

Highlights:

 

Post-Game Quote Sheet

 

 

Analysis from some of American soccer's best writers:

 

Will Parchman (The Shin Guardian) - "Mother Nature 10 – USA 1 – Costa Rica 0: The Blizzard Ballin’ Retro Diary"

Matthew Doyle (MLSSoccer.com) - "Armchair Analyst: Three things we learned from US vs. Costa Rica in the snow"

Grant Wahl (Sports Illustrated) - "Three thoughts on the USA-Costa Rica SnowClásico" and "The SnowClásico: U.S. blanks Costa Rica in unforgettable setting"

Mike McCall (Sports Illustrated) - "Clint Dempsey gives a captain's effort in Costa Rica win"

Liviu Bird (American Soccer Now) - "The Tactics of Victory: Why The U.S. Won in the Snow"

Richard Farley (NBC Sports) - "Klinsmann’s picks: Sure seems like the coach got a lot right on Friday"

Player Ratings

Noah Davis (American Soccer Now)

Jack Bell (New York Times "Goal" Blog)

Jeff Carlisle - (ESPN)

Ari Creditor (Sports Illustrated)

Tags: The After Bar, USMNT

The After Bar: USWNT 2 - Germany 0

Alex Morgan broke out of her "slump" (come on...  she took a knock and other, younger starlets were getting a roll out) banging home a pair of goals to lead the United States women's national team 2-0 over Germany and the Algarve Cup title.

It was the USWNT's ninth Algarve Cup win and the first trophy under new head coach Tom Sermanni.

Highlights, reaction, and analysis below.

Other News:

- USWNT defender Heather Mitts announces her retirement, will join the Philadelphia Union broadcasting team

- Former USWNT coach Pia Sundhage, and notorious guitar player during her reign, released her first single in her native Sweden

Highlights:

 
Reaction:

 

Analysis from some of women's soccer's top writers:

Richard Farley (NBC Pro Soccer Talk) - "German mistakes, Alex Morgan finishing give U.S ninth Algarve Cup title"

Jeff Kassouf (Equalizer Soccer) - "Morgan strikes twice as United States beats Germany, wins Algarve Cup"

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The After Bar - USWNT 3 - Scotland 1

Abby Wambach got her 200th cap and her 153rd international goal to lead the United States women's national team to a 3-1 victory in the "second leg" in a pair of friendlies versus Scotland. Megan Rapinoe added a first half goal and Christine Press followed up her impressive Lady Nats debut with another goal in the second half in front of over 14,000 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Wambach's goal puts her juve five behind Mia Hamm's career record, a mark the Rochester, New York native is sure to break this year. Press became the only USWNT player to score three goals in her first two matches. Lastly, super-sub Sydney Leroux made her first career start for the women.

Next up, the USWNT travel to Portugal in late February for the prestigious women's tournament, the Algarve Cup, where they will face Sweden, China, and Iceland in their opening group starting on March 6th.

Highlights:

(coming soon)

 

Post-Match Quotes/Reaction:

 

Abby Wambach's 200th Career Cap (Studio 90):

 

Analysis from some of women's soccer's best writers:

Richard Farley (NBC Sports): "What we learned from the United States' latest 3-1 win over Scotland"

Jeff Kassouf (Equalizer Soccer): "Wambach scores number 153, in 200th cap, as US downs Scotland"

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The After Bar - USWNT 4 - Scotland 1

The United States women's national team made new coach Tom Sermanni's debut a happy one cruising to a 4-1 win over Scotland. In front of over 18,500 in Jacksonville, Florida the Lady Nats opened 2013 and began their run up to next month's Algarve Cup.

A more impressive debut, though, was Christen Press, the 2010 Herman Trophy winner from Stanford, bagged two goals. Shannon Boxx and Sydney Leroux added to the score line as well. 

The USWNT also happily welcomed back defender Ali Krieger out since last year's Olympic qualifying tournament with an ACL injury. 

USA will face Scotland Again on Wednesday, February 13 in Nashville, Tennessee, with a live ussoccer.com stream at 7 p.m. CT.

Highlights:

 

Post-Match Quotes/Reaction:

 

Analysis from some of women's soccer's best writers:

Richard Farley (NBC Sports) - "Assessing the aftermath of Christen Press's bombshell debut"

Richard Farley (NBC Sports) - "What we learned from the U.S.'s win over Scotland"

Mike McCall (Sports Illustrated) - "Krieger's return sparks U.S. by Scotland in Sermanni's debut"

Jess Fainberg (Equalizer Soccer) - "U.S. down Scotland, 4-1, Press with brace"

Tags: The After Bar, USWNT

The After Bar: USMNT 2 - Russia 2

This is, seriously, like the only decent photo we found from this game. Thanks "Soccer By Ives"! (Photo Credit: ISIPhotos.com)

They certainly don't ever want to make it easy on us. The United States national team left it late, again, as Mix Diskerud, in his third full international cap, grabbed a stoppage time goal to secure a 2-2 draw away in Russia.

True to form, the Nats gave up a early goal, the ninth minute, but Michael Bradley hit a stunning volley in the 76th minute to bring things level. The even score line wouldn't last past the 84th minute when Clarence Goodson gave away a penalty kick and the resulting spot kick gave Russia a deserved lead.

Just like in Mexico City, the USMNT was down, but not out. Diskerud got his chance in he 94th minute and made sure it counted.

This was the U.S.'s last match in 2012 and, as of right now, will play next in Mexico on February 6th to begin the final round of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup.

Highlights:

Analysis from some of American soccer's top writers;

Grant Wahl (Sports Illustrated) - "U.S. fortunate to escape Russia with draw"

Matthew Tomaszewicz aka "The Shin Guardian" (ESPN) - "Plenty of concerns for U.S. after draw with Russia"

Matthew Doyle (MLSSoccer.com) - "Three things we learned from a balmy night in Krasenodar"

Charles Boehm (MLSSoccer.com) - "U.S. defensive woes a bad sign of things to come"

Steve Davis (NBC Sports) - "What we learned from USMNT - Russia"

Player Ratings/Grades:

Brian Sciaretta (American Soccer Now)

Avi Creditor (Sports Ilustrated)

Greg Seltzer (MLSSoccer.com)

Jack Bell (New York Times)

Tags: The After Bar, USMNT

The After Bar: USWNT 2 - Germany 2

Abby Wambach moved within ten goals of tying Mia Hamm's all-time U.S. (and global) goal scoring record with her 148th goal (a hustle diving header) late in the first half. Tobin Heath added a second in the 67th minute after Alex Morgan made an incredible endline run and cut-back cross to get the ball in front of goal. Both tallies wouldn't be enough as Dzenifer Marozsan fueled Germany with a brace. The fifth match of the Lady Nats' "Fan Victory Tour" ended in a 2-2 draw in front of a soaked crowd of over 18,000 in Connecticut.

Full Highlights:

 

Post-Match Quote Sheet

Analysis from some of women's soccer's best writers:

Jeff Kassouf (NBC Sports) - "Another draw, a little more possesion for U.S. women in 2-2 draw with Germany"

Other News:

- USSF President Sunil Guilati says announcement on next USMNT could happen in "the next 10 days".

- Pia Sundhage won her first game as Sweden's national team coach, 3-0 over Switzerland.

Tags: The After Bar, USWNT

The After Bar: USMNT 3 - Guatemala 1

Clint Dempsey responded to his poor performance last Friday with two goals and an assist to lead the United States men's national team to a 3-1 win over Guatemala. The win secured the group lead and the Nats passage onto the next round of World Cup qualifying, the "Hex".

Highlights:

Reaction:

Post-Game Press Conference:

Analysis from some of American soccer's best writers:

Will Parchman (The Shin Guardian) - "With A Hexclamation Point!: USA 3, Guatemala 1, Fish For Dinner!" (Game Retro-Diary)

Grant Wahl (Sports Illustrated) - "U.S. proves it can put away an opponent"

Jon Arnold (American Soccer Now) - "Flowing attack helps U.S. to win against Guatemala"

Matt Doyle (MLS Soccer) - "Three things we learned from a hot and cold night in KC"

Steve Davis (NBC Sports) - "Early take-aways from the U.S. win over Guatemala"

Player Ratings:

Brian Sciaretta (New York Times)

Greg Seltzer (MLS Soccer)

Avi Creditor (Sports Illustrated)

 

 

Tags: The After Bar, USMNT

The After Bar: USWNT 6 - Australia 2

The U.S. women's national soccer team made one last emphatic statement under head coach Pia Sundhage, scoring five unanswered goals to thrash Australia 6-2 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Colorado.

Alex Morgan had a pair of goals and Abby Wambach, Heather O'Reilly, Shannon Boxx, and Sydney Leroux all made the scoresheet. 

The Lady Nats will face Germany next from Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL led by the assistant coaches or perhaps the new national team leader.

Highlights:

 
 
Pia on Guitar:

 

Analysis from women's soccer top writers:

Beau Dure: "A farewell to Pia: What she changed, what she didn’t"

Jeff Kassouf: "Sundhage era ends with 6-2 trouncing of Australia"

NBC Sports: "Morgan helps U.S. to 6-2 win over Australia"

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The After Bar: USWNT 2 - Australia 1

Australia proved to be a much sterner test for the U.S. women's national team than Costa Rica, but once again showed some of the same grit and determination that made this gold medal tour possible, coming from down a goal to win 2-1 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California. The world-ranked ninth Aussies rattled the post twice in the opening half before taking the lead in the 34th minute. Alex Morgan tied the match up ten minutes into the second half and then drew a penalty in the 63rd minute. Second half substitute Shannon Boxx nailed the penalty to take the lead and secure the win.

The Lady Nats improves to 22-1-1 in 2012 and faces Australia once again on Wednesday, September 19th, at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colorado The match will be the final game in charge for head coach Pia Sundhage who will take over the Swedish national team in December. The match will be at 9pm CT on ESPN2.

Highlights:

Post-Game Quotes

Anaysis:

Leanne Elston (MLS Reserves) - "U.S. defeat Australia, 2-1"

Dana Lancaster (Aerys Sports) - "U.S. Women Write a Tale of Two Halves in Comeback Win vs Australia"

Pic of the Match:

Megan Rapinoe jumps the signboards and heads into the Home Depot Center crowd to sign autographs after the match.

Tags: The After Bar, USWNT

The After Bar: USMNT 1 - Jamaica 0

The United States soccer team went from on the brink to on top of the group in just four days, winning 1-0 against Jamaica in front of a sold-out crowd in Columbus, Ohio. After losing to Jamaica in Kingston for the first-time ever and possibly setting up must-win matches against Antigua & Barbuda and Guatemala in October, the USMNT reversed Friday's result. A free kick by Herculez Gomez in the 55th minute proved to be the only scoring difference between the two sides.

The first half proved to be particularly dominant as three of the six U.S. shots hit the post, possessed the ball for over three-quarters of the half, and only the heroic efforts of Reggae Boyz goalkeeper Dwayne Miller kept the score respectable.

The match was the first the United States played on September 11th, the eleventh anniversary of the terrorist attacks in New York, Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania and Crew Stadium was covered in a flurry of American flags from the 9th to 11th minutes in remembrance of the event.

The USMNT travels to North Sound, Antigua on October 12 at 6pm CT. The match will be televised on the new beIN Sports.

Highlights:

Analysis from some of American soccer's best writers:

The Shin Guardian - "TSG's Top Ten List"

Brian Sciaretta (The New York Times) - "Player Ratings"

Steve Davis (Pro Soccer Talk, NBC Sports) - "The World Cup qualifying effort is back on track"

Avi Creditor (Sports Illustrated) - "U.S. dodges potential disaster with feel-good win"

Alecko Eskandarian (SI) - "U.S. player ratings"

George Dohrmann (SI) - "Jurgen Klinsmann's moves pay off as U.S. bounces back against Jamaica"

Greg Seltzer (MLSSoccer.com) - "Marked improvement for U.S." (player ratings)

And we'll close with this awesome .gif of future FBM Spokesperson Frankie Hejduk firing up the crowd before the US match last night.

Tags: The After Bar, USMNT

The After Bar: USWNT 8 - Costa Rica 0

Yes! The shoe shine celebration! (Photo Credit: inourfinalhour.tumblr)

The United States women's national team played their first match after winning gold in the 2012 London Olympics, and kicked off theif "Fan Tribute Tour" with a bang , defeating Costa Rica 8-0. Abby Wambach notched a pair of goals in front of her hometown crowd, while Megan Rapinoe (2), Alex Morgan, Sydney Leroux, Carli Lloyd, and Heather O'Reilly contrbuted to the smashing win as well.

The win was overshadowed by the announcement earlier in the day that coach Pia Sundhage would soon be stepping down as head coach of the USWNT to pursue options in her home country. Last night the Associated Press was already reporting that Sundhage will take over the Swedish National Team on December 1st.

The Lady Nats will face Australia on the next stop of their Tribute Tour on Sunday, September 16th at the Home Depot Center at 10:30am CT.

Highlights:

 
Reactions:
 
 
Analysis from some of the women's game best writers:
 
- Steve Davis (NBC Sports): "U.S. women crust Costa Rica"
 
- Jeff Kassouf (Sports Illustrated): "The legacy of Pia"

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The After Bar: USMNT 1 - Mexico 0

That just happened. An understrength, but undeterred U.S. men's national team walked into Estadio Azteca and weather the crowd and 75 years of history to smash-and-grab a 1-0 win against Mexico. A series of substitutes for Jurgen Klinsmann's side, Brek Shea on... well... the break played the ball across the front of goal where Terrance Boyd backhealed the ball towards an onrushing Michael Orozco Fiscal (why was he so far upfield!) bundled the ball over the line and cued the celebrations.

For all the recent criticisms of keeper Tim Howard losing a step there were no compliants for the big man as he came up with several massive saves alongside his solid, make-shift backline.

The record in Mexico City still doesn't look pretty, 1-23-1, but now history is written with more to come.

Full Highlights:

Reactions:

"Post-Match Quote Sheet"

Post-match analysis from American soccer's best writers:

Will Parchman (The Shin Guardian) - "Mind the Gap: Klinsanity Make History"

Brian Straus (Sporting News) - "U.S. national team defeats Mexico for first ever win at Estadio Azteca"

Grant Wahl (Sports Illustrated) - "Historic win in Mexico provides mental value for U.S. going forward"

Avi Creditor (Sports Illustrated) - "USMNT player ratings vs. Mexico"

Jeff Carlisle (ESPN) - "U.S. makes history in Mexico" (player grades)

Matthew Doyle (MLSSoccer.com) - "Three things we learned from U.S. - Mexico"

Steve Davis (NBC Sports Network) - "Fab five of talkers from a huge win over Mexico"

Tags: The After Bar, USMNT

The After Bar - USWNT 2 - Japan 1

True grit, and a little luck, propelled the United States women's national team to gold medal glory at the 2012 London Olympics. Carli Lloyd was the unlikely hero of the match, scoring both goals to lead the Lady Nats to a tight 2-1 win. Several fantastic Hope Solo saves, a few shots aided by the cross bar and some last-ditch defending from her back line helped perserve the lead throughout the match.

The victory over Japan somewhat avenges their Women's World Cup Final loss from last summer where the USWNT gave up a late equalizer and then fell in penalty kicks. It seemed as though the match might also be heading that way when, in the 83rd minute, captain Christine Rampone handed a pass sloppily and turned the ball over to an on-rushing Japanese attack. Solo was up to the task parring away the shot and putting the game on ice.

The USWNT will return home and complete a "victory tour" game series that starts in Abby Wambach's home of Rochester, New York on September 1st and stretches across ten matches total.

Highlights:

Viewable on the NBCOlympics website only.

Reactions:

Bob Costas interviews the team from the NBC Olympics studio.

Part One

Part Two

Analysis from women's soccer's best writers:

Grant Wahl (Sports Illustrated) - "Four Thoughts on USA 2 - Japan 1" and "U.S. women's fourth gold medal a team effort in the truest sense" 

Jenna Pel (NBC Sports Network) - "Staying golden: The U.S. prevail over Japan to clinch fourth Olympic gold medal"

Jeff Carlisle (ESPN) -  "Closure for U.S." (player grades as well)

Jason Gay (Wall Street Journal) - "On a team of stars, star was the team"

New York Times - "Passing Patterns of the U.S.'s Top Playmakers"

Tags: The After Bar, USWNT

The After Bar - USWNT 4 - Canada 3

When it comes to knock out games, the U.S. women's national team certainly like late game heroics. In the 2011 Women's World Cup it was Abby Wambach in the 122nd minute against Brazil and yesterday it was Alex Morgan and the 123rd minute against cross-border rivals Canada. Morgan's goal propelled the USWNT to a 4-3 win and secured a berth in the Olympics goal medal match.

Canada's Christine Sinclair absolutely bossed the Lady Nat's defense, carving up the back line for the game's opening goal and heading home another pair. Three times the USWNT came back, twice from incredible goals by Megan Rapinoe, once through a controversial call that set up an Abby Wambach penalty, and then Morgan's header to complete the comeback. Morgan has scored 20 goals in 2012, becoming only the sixth U.S. player to do so in a single year. Wamach's penalty kick was her fifth goal of the tournament in five matches.

The gold medal match between the U.S. and Japan kicks off at 1:45 pm CT on Thursday, August 9th, at Wembley Stadium in London. The match will be televised on the NBC Sports Network.

Highlights:

NBC Olympics link (rights prevent any clips from being shared)

Reactions:

​Post-game quotes from coach Pia Sundhage and players

Analysis from women's soccer's best writers:

Jeff Carlisle (ESPN) - "Fearless attitude key to epic win"

Jenna Pel (NBC Sports) - "The USWNT's lucky number 13 saves the day again"

Grant Wahl (Sports Illustrated) - "Morgan's game winner caps off thrilling U.S. victory over Canada"

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The After Bar: USWNT 1 - North Korea 0

They're not all going to be pretty and the U.S. women's national team final Olympic group game, a 1-0  decision over North Korea, fit the bill of a solid, but tough win. 

A physical North Korea was helped by the right goal post that saved two shots, but Alex Morgan's hold up play allowed Abby Wambach to slipt through the defense and hammer home the game's lone goal. It was Wambach's 141st international goal, leaving her just 17 shy of USWNT legend Mia Hamm's all-time mark (and she's played 90 less matches).

The Lady Nats will face New Zealand at 8:30am CT in the quarterfinals from St. James Park in Newcastle, England (NBC Sports Network, NBC Soccer Channel, NBC Live Extra (web)).

Highlights:

NBC and the Olympics have restricted "sharing" and what-not. Here's the link to the NBC page.

Reaction:

Analysis from women's soccer's best writers:

​Grant Wahl (Sports Illustrated) - "U.S.-North Korea match headlines historic day for women's soccer"

Jeff Carlisle (ESPN) - "U.S. Women still perfect"

Jenna Pel (NBC Sports) - "U.S. runs the table"

Jason Gay (Wall Street Journal) - "New World Order at Old Trafford"

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The After Bar - USWNT 3 - Colombia 0

Not every U.S. women's national team game is going to feature both an Alex Morgan AND Abby Wambach goal, but you're usually good for at least one of them finding the back of the net. It took Megan Rapinoe's first goal of the 2012 London Olympic tournament to kickstart an eventual 3-0 win, but for long stretches of the match it looked at though the Colombians, with their heavy (and sometimes too aggressive) pressure would make this a much tougher battle than the Lady Nats expected.

Wambach took a unsportsman-like punch to the face on a run to goal, but later returned the favor by scoring the USWNT's second, knockout goal that flattened the Colombians and left them vulnerable for a final Carli Lloyd strike.

The win means the USWNT goes atop their Olympic group and advances to the quarterfinals without needing a single point from their last match against North Korea, losers against France yesterday.

Highlights:

Click here for highlights from NBCOlympics.com

Post-Match Reaction:

Quote sheet from post-game presser.

Analysis from women's soccer's best writers:

Grant Wall (Sports Illustrated) - "Wambach bruised, closing in on history as U.S. beats Colombia"

Jerry Hinnen (CBS Sports): "Rapinoe Makes Her Mark"

Jeff Carlisle (ESPN): "Player Grades for USWNT vs. Colombia"

Jenna Pel (NBC Sports): "U.S. Romps past Colombia"

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The After Bar: USWNT 4 - France 2

It was scary there for a bit.

The United States women's national team went down early, two goals after fourteen minutes, to France, but scored four unanswered to win their first match of the 2012 London Summer Olympics. A series of defensive blunders put the Lady Nats on the back foot before goals from Abby Wambach, Alex Morgan (2), and Carli Lloyd eased the jitters. 

It was shades of 2008 when the USWNT lost 2-0 in their opening Olympic contest to Norway, but history would not repeat itself. Back in '08 the women recovered to capture gold.

Morgan's brace brought here 2012 total to 19, leaving her just one shy of becoming the fifth Lady Nat to tally 20 goals in one season. Think she'll make it?

The USWNT will face Colombia this Saturday at 11am CT (NBC Sports Network) in their second group match.

Highlights (poor audio, but link below is solid):

Click over to NBC Olympics site for all the goals.

Reactions:

NBC post-game interview with Abby Wambach.

U.S. Soccer Quote Sheet

Analysis from women's soccer's best writers:

Jenna Pel (NBC Sports Network) - "USWNT Launch 2012 Olympic Campaign with Comeback Win Over France"

Jeff Carlisle (ESPN) - "Grades: USWNT Versus France"

Maura Gladys (The Shin Guardian) - "Don't Call It a Comeback"

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The After Bar: USWNT 2 - Canada 1

The United States women's national team left Salt Lake City, Utah 2-1 winners over continental rivals Canada. It was the final match the Lady Nats played before the leave for London to defend their gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics. The USWNT took the earlier lead through a Canadian own goal and struggled mightily to add to that lead. Canada pulled one back and  the USWNT relied on substitute Amy Rodriguez's late strike to separate the sides.

Highlights:

Post-Match Reactions:

 
Analysis from women's soccer's best writers:
 
 
 
Arch Bell - "Grades: U.S. Versus Canada" (ESPN)

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The After Bar - USWNT 4 - Japan 1

You wouldn't necessary call it a "payback" game for the U.S. women's national team because an international friendly isn't equal to a World Cup Final, but a 4-1 ownage of Japan in the run up to the London Olympics is definitely a confidence booster.

Braces by both Alex Morgan and Abby Wambach made for easy work for the Lady Nats in their final match of their Sweden trip.

The USWNT will play their final Olympic tune up match against Canada in the friendly confines of Rio Tinto Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah. The match will air on NBC on June 30th at 1:00pm CT.

Highlights:

Reaction:

Analysis (Sorry... it appears that most of the regular USMNT writers either missed this game or have yet to post articles on it.):

- Jenna Pel "Highlights (and snap analysis) from the USWNT win" (NBC Sport Network)

- "Four Thoughts from the U.S.'s Dominating Win" (Bleacher Report)

- "Post-Match Quote Sheet" (U.S. Soccer)

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The After Bar: USWNT 3 - Sweden 1

The U.S. women's national team continued their preparations for the 2012 London Summer Olympics with a 3-1 win over 4th ranked Sweden. The world's "number one" Lady Nats were propelled by a phenomenal 25+ yard strike by Abby Wamback inside 10 minutes, a cold finish from Alex Morgan, and a Tobin Heath header to seal the scoreline.

The USWNT will face Japan on Monday at 9am CT on the Universal Sports Network or streaming for free on UniversalSports.com.

Wambach's Goal:

Morgan's Goal:

Tobin Heath's Goal:

Reaction:

Analysis from some of American soccer's best USWNT writers:

Jenna Pel - "USWNT silences Sweden early" (NBC Sports Network)

Jeff Kassouf - "Five things we learned" (NBC Olympics)

Dana Wagner - "The good, the bad, and the ugly" (Aerys Sports)

Tags: The After Bar, USWNT

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