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[Originally posted Aug. 21, 2008]

The US overcame the loss of their lead scorer Abby Wambach and a slow start to the Olympic tournament to finish with a strong gold medal performance against the offensively talented Brazil women.

The U.S. Women’s Olympic Soccer Team put together a near perfect defensive performance to hold powerful Brazil scoreless for 120 minutes while getting a goal from Carli Lloyd just six minutes into overtime to record a historic 1-0 victory and earn the gold medal.

This team without some of the former more prominent stars seemed to fly under the media radar. But led by a mistake-free performance by much maligned goalie Hope Solo, the US team hung tough and got the job done in overtime.