With the memories of a disappointing Gold Cup and a roller-coaster Women's World Cup in the rearview mirror, U.S. soccer gears up for the Olympics and World Cup qualifying. Here's 12 points to poinder for 2012, writes Jeff Carlisle.
After last summer's World Cup disappointment, stellar performances by Hope Solo and Carli Lloyd carried the U.S. women to Olympic gold over Japan, a familiar foe, writes Jeff Carlisle.
Tactical adjustments, personnel switches and injuries haven't derailed the U.S. women's preparation for the Olympics. If anything, the squad looks as sharp as ever, writes Jeff Carlisle.
Having missed out on Olympic gold with the U.S. in 2008 after a third-place finish at the last World Cup, Abby Wambach is healthy and hungry for international glory, writes Jeff Carlisle.