Thursday, August 21, 2008

We're No. 1 -- and 1,000

As if winning the Gold Medal, against Brazil, in overtime, on a spectacular Carli Lloyd goal wasn't enough, shortly after the game U.S. Soccer was notified by the U.S.O.C. that this was the 1,000th gold medal won by the U.S.

Post your congrats and comments for the team here!!

(Photo by Brad Smith/isiphotos.com)

89 comments:

Gregory Smith said...

Reigning in Beijing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Congrats US WNT!!!

Way to go ladies!!

Zar000000 said...

Yo ladies, I posted my congrats on the previous post, but let me say again, Awesome job, What a Battle, From Pia to everyone on the side, it was HUGE team effort,

and the shut out is a nice bonus too, Time to rest, for now...

gex2006 said...

Way to go!!!!

seg82 said...

It wasn't easy, but you got the job done! Congratulations!!

Shannon said...

Congratulations! Great job, ladies!!! We never stopped believing!

meghan said...

congrats on the gold! I can't wait to get home from work and watch the whole game (followed the play by play on matchtracker)! I am all the more excited to see you play ireland in philly!

Smitty said...

This team battled through a lot of adversity to reach the pinnacle. I am enthralled and inspired. Thank you for all your hard work, your Gold is richly deserved. Now, enjoy the rest of the Olympics! See you stateside!

M Zap said...

You guys are amazing! We are all so proud of you and the class, teamwork, talent, and courage you showed in these Olympics.

Way to bring home the GOLD!!

truth said...

Congratulations on gutting out a tough match. The best TEAM won!

Lisa "Jelly" Jelinek said...

100% - The BEST game I have EVER seen. Wow. Congrats on the win, ladies. You definitely shut up the skeptics with an outstanding team effort. Smashing performance. Enjoy your time off, you all definitely deserve it.

Meeghan said...

WHOO HOOO ... well done ladies!! Congrats on winning the Gold and defending your Olympic title.

paparazzi_mama said...

Absolutely amazing show today, ladies! You took the world on and won...showed tons of class through the whole thing, too! Great effort put forth by every last player. You truly did pull together as a team to get this gold. SO PROUD OF YOU ALL!!!!

KatieM11 said...

Congrats Ladies!!! No one deserved this more than you ! You guys showed the world that the US is still a team to be reckoned with!! Way to go!!

Changy 12 said...

CONGRATS :) Everyone who said you guys couldn't win the gold can go fall in a hole. You guys did it. You won the gold and proved to everyone out there that you guys are champs. That was one amazing game you guys played. Congratulations and hopefully I'll be able to see you guys play a game at the HDC, again. :)

kris said...

Congratulations!

As if winning the Gold wasn't enough, you also made my day!!!

Thanks for a great game and good job! Can't wait to see everyone in action next year when the league starts!

Kristina said...

Congrats! You all did a fantastic job!

Clara Bond said...

Oh my GOD!!!
WHAT A GAME!!!

I was on the verge of having a heart attack all through the game everytime the brazilians came into our half.

Way to stop them US!!!
You SO deserve that medal!!!!
Now it´s time to PARTY after all the training!!!

ardilleiro said...

Oh yeah Baby!!!, Gimme sugar!. Way to go girls!. I Knew you are the greatest team of the world!. Brazil who?. Congrats to entire team, great effort and a huge reward!. Pia, you´re the greatest coach in the world. We´re proud of you guys!.

Go USWNT!

Thanks for so much joy!

DancinGirl said...

Congratulations!!!

That was probably the most exciting game to watch all tournament. :)

cj said...

i don't usually comment, but just couldn't keep the excitement and cheers to myself!

SO proud of the team! CONGRATULATIONS!
great game! way to really come together as a team. bravo!

Jade said...

i woke up early to watch every Olympic match. The gold medal match was AMAZING!

Lara9 said...

congrats golden girls!!

I am a USWNT fan from Italy!

I've been following your olympic matches on the internet, I felt like I was American for this Olympics and I am so happy that you won the gold!

here in Italy women soccer is not very popular, but on the italian television they said that the final has been a great great match.

in particular I think that the performances of Heather Mitts and Carli Lloyd were amazing.

Hope solo you're the best goalkeeper in the world!

So congrats again, you rock girls!!

I hope I'll see the US WNT play in Italy sooner or later.

Lara9 said...

congrats from Italy!!!

you are an amzing team.

Basking Ridge One said...

Exciting tournament...Maybe now they'll show more of your games throughout the year!!

Special congrats to the Jersey girls...

BTW, could you give the US MNT a few pointers about winning?

scrjnke said...

What an awesome win. Ever since I read the comments by Kate Markgraf and Christie Rampone detailing how the Brazil players were videotaping the US women's reaction to their World Cup loss last year in the hotel lobby, I knew the US would find a way to win. How wonderful for all of you. That's called mental toughness.
Congratulations!

MARDELLE said...

You are #1 ..!!! what a game, what a game. I'm so very proud of the entire team and all the staff. What an AWESOME EVENT, you have made us all so proud at home.

BRAVO USA, USA, USA.. !! :) :)

93PA said...

Awesome job to the whole team. You guys kept me on the edge of my seat the whole game. Can't wait to see you in Philly in a couple of weeks!!!!!
Thanks for being such great role models!!!

Ormonde Plater said...

That was total soccer, if I've ever seen it. And a well deserved win!

alondra said...

you guys freaking rock!!!
way to go!!
Hope Solo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
really proved she's #1!!!

Meredith said...

great play by everyone. You are the embodiment of the power of teamwork and we are so gosh darn proud of all of you.

anna4italia said...

Very well deserved win ladies :)

Cynthia Rowe Dickerson said...

I don't have enough space to write enough words to express the pure joy we all feel for this incredible, hard-earned, well-earned, Solid Gold victory. It was a priceless display of heart, teamwork, with the world as witness. For the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave -- perhaps the most important victory for this U.S. WNT ever. And, that's saying a lot.

Love, prayers, and safe travels to all of you!!

Diego said...

WAY TO GO LADIES!!!!! Excellent job like always and you all ROCK!!

World Traveler said...

Can we start a petition to get Pia a contract extension? She turned this team around and deserves time to see what she could do with this group over the next four years. Way to go!

Mike H said...

Congrats from your youngest fan, Megan Sue, 2 weeks old. Already dreaming of Olympic soccer glory!

Jason said...

Great job ladies!!!

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yanet said...

Congrats U.S. WNT!!!!!!!
You Guys are the best!!
We never lost Fate in you guys because we always knew that we had a great team, a team that was able to win the GOLD!!!!@ waking up @ 2:00am and 4:00 am was worth it
Thanks for the GOLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
oh and Great Goal loyd!!!!
USA, USA, USA !!!!!!

Roland said...

AMAZING JOB LADIES!!!

I was jumping up and down and screaming all morning, especially when Carli scored. I almost had a heart attack the last 20 minutes of the game. Well done girls! A very, very, very well-deserved Gold medal!

Allie said...

I have never cheered so loudly. You ladies showed what the words team, hard work, and heart really meant.

Way to bring home the gold, the whole country is so proud of you! Now will you play a game somewhere in the south for once?? I'm dying to see y'all play in person!

Andrea said...

YEAHHH!! way to show the world, nicely done ladies! congrats!

Kasey said...

Congratulation ladies! You are so inspiring playing great team soccer! The team continually became tighter and more unified with each game and what a great culmination of that unity to end in GOLD! It even kept me awake in the wee hours here on the west coast! I am going to have all my girls I coach watch the recording I made! GO USA!

Gurpal Dosanjh said...

Luck be a lady by the name of Lloyd this morning. You worked as a TEAM and the fruits of your labor result in a gold medal. Such sweet redemption after last years loss to Brazil. Congratulations & well done ladies!

Tiff said...

You all played an awesome game! Congrats!!! I

Darby said...

Congrats to the women on a well done effort.

Hope Solo you were awesome in goal and the defense against Marta and company was just what it needed to be.

Great team effort and way to bring home the gold.

Congrats to everyone!

Daqueshia Irvin said...

I was trying soooo hard to skip school so i could watch the game. I LOVE EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOU GUYS, I Look up to you all. Congrats on the gold.

Adam and Stacy said...

Congrats to you guys. You made us proud!

Ciber Atl said...

Solo you're the MAN!!
Carli Lloyd you're also the MAN!!
Way to stick by SOLO! Congrats to everyone, you guys deserved it, I also wanna give a shoutout to NATASHA KAI!! You' rock forsure! Solo have my babies!!! I love u girls!1 you girls are an inspiration to us girls.

Ciber Atl said...

Solo you're the MAN!!
Carli Lloyd you're also the MAN!!
Way to stick by SOLO! Congrats to everyone, you guys deserved it, I also wanna give a shoutout to NATASHA KAI!! You' rock forsure! Solo have my babies!!! I love u girls!1 you girls are an inspiration to us girls.

Kristina T said...

Unbelievable match. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time. Way to go US WNT!!! Each & every one of you were fantastic this entire tournament!

astrangerhere said...

Hey, lets not forget that this was also the 100th cap for the estimable Heather O'Reilly as well!

Heather, you were one of the greats at UNC, and it is AWESOME to see you convert that being one of the greats on the USWNT. You are doing your #9 and all your fellow alumni proud!

Vanessa10 said...

What an amazing! you could tell the team was giving it's all. and it payed off.
Congrats!!!!!!
You made us proud.

Vanessa10 said...

What an amazing! you could tell the team was giving it's all. and it payed off.
Congrats!!!!!!
You made us proud.

Mercer Soccer said...

Congratulations to Carli Lloyd from your family in Hamilton! We love those left footed bombs.

Congratulations to all the ladies for a spectacular Olympics. We are all proud back here.

Krista said...

That is pretty sweet that's the 1,000th gold medal for the USA. Again awesome game girls. Proud of all USA players! :) :)

Kaitlyn said...

i had to work this morning so i missed the game but i kept sneaking off and calling my father every thirty seconds. When i heard Carli's goal in the background i started freaking out and everyone looked at me like i had a billion heads.
Anyeway Congrats girls
!!!!!!

KNU50 said...

GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL...GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL...GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL. WELL DONE...GOLD MEDAL...WOW!!!! Thank you for making my 2 year old niece's dream come true. Congratulations to the 2008 18, Pia, and all the assistants, trainers, and staff. Peace!

Meghan said...

CONGRATS!!!!!!! That was an awesome game to watch!!!! All of you ladies did a wonderful job!!!! I KNEW YOU COULD DO IT!!!!!!!!!!!!

2000Man said...

Congrats! You had us on pins and needles, but that makes the win all the more sweeter! Waking up early all those mornings for the games have been very worth it!

wntfanatic14 said...

Great job ladies!! i wasnt able to watch it live today because i tryouts for my team. but i taped it and am going to watch it now!!!

CONGRATS WNT!!!! WAY TO GO LADIES!!!!

julia said...

CONGRATS!!!!! Wish i could've seen the goal but i was in school :(

Emily(LOVES US SOCCER) said...

yeaaa!! i knew we could do it! I LOVE YOU GUYS!

flowers said...

CONGRATS!!! you ladies, all 18...well 21 cuz im including the injured, are the reason I LOVE to play soccer. The passion the effort the constaint will to win is what makes this team great!! each and everyone of you deserve that Gold Medal hanging around your neck and you prove that time and time again. You played tough and you won. No Fear. AMAZING AMAZING GAME. to come back from last years 4-0 loss to win without your "Star" (dont get me wrong I love abby) player says a lot about the heart of this team. So congratulations!! you made this contry So Proud!!!

Katie said...

Great Game! I was excited the entire game and couldn't stop watching...great battle-you guys are invinceable!!
Congrats!

Mara said...

What a game! I was on the edge of my seat the entire time!

What a team! Congrats on winning the gold....you are all Olympic champions!

Enjoy your victory!!!!

April said...

Congratulations to the #1 team in the world. You guys deserved this medal more than any other team out there. You guys showed the world once again that you are the greatest team. You guys did an amazing job and I can't wait to see you guys play in Chicago!! The Greatest Team You've Never Heard Of has striked again!!

rossi15 said...

I always knew you were the BEST in the WORLD!!! You played amazing and shut up all the doubters out there that didn't think you could do it without certain players. Great job and congratulations on bringing home the gold!

Hope...you're my hero!!! You rock my world! You're definitely the best goalie in the world!

Jersey girls, way to represent!!!

Can't wait to see you play at Giants Stadium and Lincoln Financial Field. If you're in the area, I'm there!

JStats said...

Incredible!!! Amazing!!!! And that was just the overtime. Congratulations ladies on a job well done :-D

Michele said...

First of all, I am a HUGE fan. You don't even know how much time I take to read articles blogs etc. about you ladies..

Gold medal or not, you girls have always been an inspiration to me, and seeing you being rewarded for your hard work brought tears to my eyes as well as hope for the future of women's soccer.

You are all talented athletes and should be proud of everything you have accomplished.

Congrats!

bentenordby1 said...

Congratulations girls. I was an awesome game. Was glued to my computer screen.

I know how Brazil feels about marking Carli Lloyd. I played against her in high school and she was pretty crafty back then.

M said...

I'm sad to say I missed the game; I did not have the right channel and was disappointed to not see this game! (scream)

But I am here to say to the ladies of the US soccer team:

I am so proud of you! You have claimed your identity now, no longer in the shadow of the original US women's team of soccer....You kept trying game after game and made us all so proud....

W A Y to G O !!!!!

Enjoy the victory, Ladies!!!!

~Molly from Washington

superG4JC said...

Holy crap, what an amazing game! By the way I was yelling and screaming, it wouldn't be surprising if you guys could hear me all the way in China. Congratulations; that was truly awesome!

Liz said...

OMG! .. OMG! .. OMG!
you girls are just THE BEST!
its just breath-taking how amazing you guys played during the final.
it was a brilliant group effort, but i do have to give me shout-outs..

first of all, there is HOPE "THE WALL" SOLO! geeze. my hand would of broken off with that save during the second hand. i think that was the best goalie work i have ever seen.

& then i gotta give it up to Lloyd for that blast. :] goooallll!

anyway, im so proud. & i cant wait to see you girls next month at toyota park.

again. CONGRATULATION!

O'REILLY is my fav said...

so sad i had to leave china early cuase my uncle had 5th row tickets to this game, but i got up early and woke my friend up early to cheer you guys on! CONGRATS! yall are amazing! the mental toughness to overcome so much and beat the pro-brazil crowd was so inspiring!
nice team work and defense!
way to represent, tar heels! BRINGING HOME THE GOLD

Scooter said...

I never thought I would ever care about soccer but, quite by accident, I watched the finals of the 1999 women's world cup and fell in love with the team that featured Foudy, Fawcett, Hamm, Lilly, Scurry, Chastain, etc. Never thought I could care as much about a different version of the team. Guess what? The names and faces of the players have changed
but it's still an exciting team to watch peopled by champions. I love this team. Life is good!! (I am 65 so didn't grow up with soccer)

Congratulations, Gals. Against all odds you've proven yourselves Olympic Champions. I am so proud of you. Mostly I am just happy for you players and coaches individually and collectively. You had the will and found a way. Years from now, you are going to remember this moment and exactly how you felt! God Bless.

MeEireannach said...

Congrats ladies!!! You deserved this gold medal, and really showed the world what a real team looks like and plays like. Words can't describe how amazing you guys are and how much you are doing not only as athletes, but as role models.

A huge team win, everyone played so well. Great job, as well as to Pia and the amazing coaching staff!!

We are so proud of you back home in the states! Can't wait to see you guys in Philly!

wwaww said...

Congratulations!!! You're all stars and totaly worthy of our support! And I'm so happy to see my favorite player 'Starly 11oyd' scoring the winning goal!
Feel sorry for the Brazilians, though. Both goalies were heroines.

sarah said...

congrats! you girls deserved this!! what a team, what a team...

see you in philly 9/13

Don said...

Congratuations to everyone associated with the team, but a special congrats to Pia for a fantastic job in such a short period of time changing the style of play, reinstilling pride and self-confidence and most importantly for installing a strong work ethic, heart and synergistic team approach. All the best to the team that all Americans should be proud of.

Impedient said...

Hope was excellent on the night with all the great and important saves. Great Job Hope Solo!

Laura Zaps said...

Thank you WNT, all of you, for working hard every day, for not letting the World Cup get you down, for having so much darn fun playing the best game in the world. Thank you for giving me something to be passionate about, something to get up at 3 in the morning for, a reason to wear my jersey 2 days in the same week, a reason to dance around the living room pumping my fist. Thank you for giving all of us a new definition of soccer moms, a new appreciation for multi-colored cleats and tattoos, and for making us proud to be soccer players, proud to be Americans, proud to be women. Thank you!

JordanCornblog said...

Well done! You were Brave!!!! Can't wait to see what this team is able to accomplish in the coming months and years. Thanks for an inspiring journey ... to you and to Pia and the coaching staff, too!

Pendray said...

CONGRATULATIONS, it was an awesome game to watch!!!!
GREAT team effort!!!!

Kelli said...

Congratulations!!! It was a well played game. Great saves Hope! I can't wait for more soccer!

Kelly said...

CONGRATS LADIES!!!

People said it couldn't be done without Abby but I knew they were wrong. You played amazing and everyone on the team should be so proud.

Christine[aka Tobin Heath's #1 fan] said...

Wow, that was an amazing game. I was their in person and all of you played your hearts out. Congrats on the win and i look forward to the new pro league and watching all of you play.

Pat LaBute said...

Amazing game ladies, my heart was pounding the entire second half and ET....amazing game, amazing effort, amazing job, what else can be said, U S A! U S A! U S A!

Magda said...

Poland congratulates US WNT!!!!
You are the best girls!!!
I love watching you playing, I am proud of you like if I was American.
I hope one day you will come to play a game with Polish NT.

Great Job!!!:)

Nishtah said...

Amazing job! Thank you Women!!!!!!!!
CONGRATULATIONS!