By Kayla Amora, EnStarz | Aug 09, 2012 07:47 PM EDT
The US Women's Soccer team took gold today in a match against Japan at the 2012 Olympics. Christie Rampone, team captain, lead her team to win 2-1 in a game of redemption for the American team. Rampone sat down with SB Nation to discuss the bitter lost of the 2011 World Cup final against Japan. Rampone confessed she didn't want to let the gold win "slip away" this year, especially at the Olympics.
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"I'll always remember that feeling on the field [at the 2011 World Cup]... not finishing it off and knowing with all of my experience how hard it is to make it to a final," Rampone, 37, said.
"Especially the World Cup where every other country -- that's their tournament. The Olympics is more I think of, for Americans. It's what we dream about being involved in and playing in. For a lot of the Europeans, a lot of the international soccer teams, it's the World Cup and to be on that stage and realize how close we came and kind of let it slip away, I don't want it to slip away again," she continued.
The US Women's Soccer captain didn't let it slip away this time. Rampone, the oldest player, played good defense on an attempted goal by Nahomi Kawasumi from the Japanese team.
Midfielder, Carli Lloyd, scored both goals for the US team. The first goal took them into a 1-0 lead into halftime and then a 2-0 lead to by 55 minutes into the game. The US team held on to that lead until the end, scoring the gold.
This win against Japan marks the third consecutive gold at the Olympics for the US Women's Soccer team.
Check out the USA vs. Japan game here!
GK: Hope Solo
D (left to right): Kelley O'Hara, Rachel Buehler, Christie Rampone (captain), Amy LePeilbet
MF: Megan Rapinoe, Carli Lloyd, Shannon Boxx, Tobin Heath
F: Abby Wambach, Alex Morgan.
D: Kinga, Kumagai, Iwashimizu, Sameshima
MF: Miyama, Sakaguchi, Sawa, Kawasumi
F: Ohno, Ogimi
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