(Reuters) - The United States women's team secured their place in the quarter-final stage of the Olympics soccer tournament in confident style on Saturday with a 3-0 win over Colombia. Goals from Megan Rapinoe, Abby Wambach and Carli Lloyd at Hampden Park earned the Americans victory after was a scrappy and at times physical clash. A superbly-struck 25 yard goal from Rapinoe put the U.S. ahead in the 33rd minute although Colombia keeper Sandra Sepulveda will be disappointed she didn't do better with a shot that was hit high but at the center of her goal
Realistically, the US women have a few players, including Wambach, who are probably approaching the end of their careers. The lack of a top tier women's league in the US after the fall of Women's Professional Soccer is going to leave fewer incentives to stretch those careers either. With the next world cup 3 years away, this may be the last chance the current crop has of winning one more big tournament. I hope they can pull it out.
I wish I could watch it too, but I'm having trouble convincing myself to upgrade enough to be able to watch the channels soccer's being carried on.