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Women's Soccer Kicks Off Olympics

NJ, Pa. represent as the U.S. goes for their 3rd-straight gold

By Dan Stamm
|  Wednesday, Jul 25, 2012  |  Updated 11:41 AM EDT
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The No. 1 women’s soccer team in the world is getting an early jump on the Olympics Wednesday as the U.S. Women’s Olympic Soccer Team takes the pitch to face France as they look for their third-consecutive Olympic gold medal.

The game takes place at noon EST from Scotland’s national stadium Hampden Park.

Jersey girls Carli Lloyd and team captain Christie Rampone join Philly favorite Heather Mitts and Gilbertsville, Pa.’s Nicole Barnhart on the Olympic team.

The women’s team is the favorite to come out of Group G where France (No. 6 in the world) and North Korea (No. 8) pose the biggest threats. No. 28-ranked Colombia rounds out group play. With world No. 2 Germany not in the field and world No.3 Japan and No. 4 Sweden in the same group, the Women’s team is expected to medal.

The game can be seen live on the NBC Sports Network with coverage beginning at 11:30 a.m. or live on NBCOlympics.com.


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