U.S. Women Lose Olympic Opener & More

So much for the idea the U.S. might actually be better off without injured striker Abby Wambach.

The U.S. women lost their opener 2-0 to Norway today, with both goals coming off their opponents’ only two shots in the first half.

Game story.

Full Olympics soccer coverage.

The U.S. men open their tournament at 2 a.m. Thursday against Japan.

In the SuperLiga final Tuesday, the New England Revolution – vanquishers of Chivas USA – beat the Houston Dynamo 6-5 on penalty kicks.

The biggest surprise in this game might be that Lawndale’s Kei Kamara actually found the net for Houston. The second biggest surprise: so did Houston’s Nate Jaqua, the former goal-averse Galaxy forward.

The attendance without any Mexican teams involved in the final: just 9,232

*From the (edited) Galaxy press release:

reserve goalkeeper Charles Alamo and midfielder Michael Gavin each suffered serious injuries in Sunday night’s reserve game in San Jose (a 1-0 loss) and will miss extended periods of time. Alamo suffered a partial tear of the ACL in his left knee, which he had undergone surgery on in February and will be placed on the season ending injury list, while Gavin suffered a right foot fracture and underwent surgery on Tuesday that will keep him on the sidelines for a minimum of six weeks.

You’ve got to feel for rookie Alamo, who is having a horrific start to his MLS career

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  • Inigo Montoya

    Ouch. Two gift goals by the US Women. The first on miscommunication between Solo and her sweeper, with the Norwegian heading it over them as they collided. The second on a horribly misguided backpass to the Norwegian sweeper, who had little difficulty beating Solo to the far post. All in the first three-plus minutes, and it was over before the seats were warm.