Just watched the US Women’s team defeat Greece 3-0. Five members of the 1991 world cup team are still playing for the US which is pretty impressive — there aren’t a lot of examples in international sports of people remaining competitive for over 13 years.
Tomorrow, Iraq rejoins the Olympics for the first time since 1988 to play soccer against Portugal, which is great to see. On the downside, I’m hearing about a lot of top American athletes ducking out of this year’s games (in tennis, basketball, and cycling especially) citing injuries and personal reasons. It’s a shame we won’t seem them but I’m wondering if part of it is due to concerns about attacks or violence. I certainly hope the games go smoothly, it seemed a few months ago the only news coming out of Athens was bad news, but today’s soccer match seemed to go just fine.