With the year coming to a close, I thought I would take a look back at the highs and lows of both the US Men’s National Team and the US Women’s National Team. Both teams had a very successful year but no team can have a successful year without some failure and for the US Men’s National Team that came when they failed to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics.
After the disappointment of not qualifying, the USMNT knew they had to advance to the final round of the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification. The USMNT did so by winning four games, only losing once and tying once. The four wins came against Antigua & Barbuda, the USMNT beat them twice, Guatemala, and Jamaica. The USMNT only loss came against Jamaica and the only tie came against Guatemala. With the USMNT finishing the semifinals qualification with a 4-1-1 record, they finished in first place of group A. The USMNT will play their first, final round game against Honduras on February 6th but before that first qualification game, the USMNT will play a friendly against Canada on January 29th. The USMNT 2013 season looks be a great one but only time will tell whether or not they will make it to the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
The US Women’s National Team had a very successful year with only one loss to the Japan Women’s National Team on March 5th. The USWNT did qualify for the 2012 London Olympics and won every single game they played. They played some tough teams such as France, North Korea, and Canada. After going 5-0, the USWMNT made it to the gold medal match against Japan. The USWNT were looking for some revenge on Japan and a gold medal win. The USWNT won 2-1 and got the gold medal they needed. The USWNT kicks off their season on February 9th against Scotland in a friendly at Everbank Field in Jacksonville.
Overall both teams had pretty successful seasons but the USWNT edges out the USMNT by a few points for the better record this past 2012 stint. The USMNT and USWNT will most likely continue their success this coming year. With the USMNT qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, they will have a tough stint ahead of them, while the USWNT have a more relaxed year playing only three games in six months.