Game two! USA vs. Colombia! (Or, according to the Twitter feeds of a few members of the U.S. team, Columbia. Perhaps they think they’re playing the university in NYC.)
Today’s game was a lot less stressful — for me! — than Wednesday. I’m finally figuring out the rhythm of this game coverage business. And having a lot of fun trying to figure out what Joe from the AP is going to write about … so I can write about something entirely different!
Tonight, the main focus of many stories was the sucker punch Abby Wambach took from Colombian player Lady Andrade (perhaps not the most fitting name for a chick who blindsides star players, many folks in media row pointed out). Wambach was sporting a decent shiner beneath her right eye after the game, and said she hopes FIFA reviews the tape and that Andrade doesn’t play another game in the Olympics. (The team reviewed the tape at halftime, and Wambach said it clearly shows Andrade throwing a punch. After the game, Andrade denied hitting her intentionally.)
I chose to focus on midfielder Megan Rapinoe, who has been an absolute spark plug for this team during this tournament so far, and is just a joy to watch play soccer right now. She says she’s happy and confident as ever, and she plays best when she does so with a smile on her face. Hopefully she keeps it there. Read my story HERE.