Is it really any surprise that the USWNT qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympics as CONCACAF champions? The best team in women’s soccer continues to roll over opponents in the CONCACAF region by defeating Trinidad and Tobago 5-0 in the semi final followed by a 2-0 win against Canada in the final. Both games were played at the BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Texas. With those victories, the U.S. is officially set to head to Rio as the best team in the CONCACAF region. Both the U.S. and Canada will be heading to Rio later this summer for the Olympic tournament.
The USWNT has been on somewhat of a victory tour since winning the World Cup in Canada this past summer. Having cruised through the Olympic Qualifying, the mix of inexperienced players and veterans had a perfect opportunity to mesh before taking on the tougher task at hand this summer in Rio. Against T&T` Tobin Heath, Alex Morgan, and Carli Lloyd notched in goals, with Morgan scoring a hattrick. Against Canada, 21-year-old Lindsey Horan and Tobin Heath scored the only two goals of the match. So what can we look forward to in the coming month from the USWNT before they head off to Rio?
The USWNT will be taking place in several other tournaments that lead up to the Olympics. The SheBelieves Cup will be a round robin style tournament that will be taking place in the next few weeks in Tampa Bay, Florida on March 3rd, Nashville, TN March 6th, and the final matches will be played Baco Raton, Florida on March 9th. This tournament will feature four of the top five teams in the FIFA World Rankings with the USA, Germany, France, and England all taking part in the tournament. We will be bringing coverage of the tournament, as it will be arguably the best tournament before the big one in Rio.