After the U.S. women’s soccer team beat Colombia 3-0 on Saturday, Team USA is one step closer to the victory many expect of them since their near miss at the World Cup last year. Competition is definitely heating up at the Summer Olympics as this soccer match took some serious toughness and sportsmanship to win. U.S. star Abby Wambach was sucker-punched in the face by her Colombian opponent Lady Andrade. Showing the aftermath of this violent incident, Wambach tweeted a pic of her swollen, black eye with the caption, “Thanks for all the well wishes. Eye is healing fine. #reversesmokeyeye #notcool.”
We have all been pretty impressed with how Wambach has handled this dirty play. After being punched, she lay on the ground wincing in pain with a surprised face that said, “What the…?” But instead of retaliating, Wambach continued to play and not respond to Andrade’s alleged taunting. She channeled her anger and frustration into unstoppable motivation to beat the Colombian team. In the second half, Wambach scored a goal, breaking the U.S. women’s soccer record for scoring at the Olympics with a tally of six. Way to go, Abby!
The U.S. women’s soccer team continues to show that they are not players to be messed with, as their goalie Hope Solo also started a bit of a stir after the July 28 match — this time with her own countrywoman. In response to World Cup winner-turned-NBC correspondent Brandi Chastain’s criticism of defender Rachel Buehler, Solo tweeted that Chastain needs to “get more educated.” Chastain later responded by saying, “I’m here to do my job, which is to be an honest and objective analyst at the Olympics.” We’re relieved that Chastain answered in such a level-headed manner, even complimenting the US goalie, saying that Hope Solo was “very coordinated.” We hope all of Team USA can get back on track now, put aside these feuds and win the gold medal!