The United States guns for its third consecutive gold medal in women's soccer on Thursday, and it will be up against a familiar opponent. Not only does the USWNT have a shot at a gold medal, but it also has a shot at revenge on Japan, the team that defeated the Americans in the final of last year's World Cup.
Japan looked like it might have taken a slight step backwards when it drew successive games against Sweden and South Africa in less than impressive fashion, but it has been nothing short of fantastic so far in the knockout rounds. Yuki Ogimi has emerged as Japan's biggest attacking star, and its defense was good enough to keep Marta and Cristiane off the scoresheet in their quarterfinal against Brazil.
The United States is coming off a dramatic 4-3 win over Canada, where Alex Morgan scored the latest goal in Olympic soccer history to win the match for the USWNT before it headed to penalties. The goal was her 20th of 2012 and took her to 30 career USWNT goals in just 43 appearances. The United States' leading scorer in the Olympics, Abby Wambach, also scored in that game to take her tally to five goals in the tournament.
Game Date/Time: Thursday, 2:45 p.m. ET, 7:45 p.m. local
Venue: Wembley Stadium, London, England
TV: NBC Sports Network (U.S. - English), Telemundo (U.S. - Spanish), BBC Three (U.K.), TSN (Canada)
We'll have news and features in the build-up to our live coverage of the final in our USA Vs. Japan, London 2012 Olympics StoryStream.