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One year out: USWNT and Rio 2016 Olympics

The Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympics will take place exactly one year from today, August 5.

Soccer actually begins play three days prior to the Opening Ceremony and is the first sport to commence action at the Games. The United States will attempt to win a fourth consecutive gold medal and fifth in six tries next year in Rio.

Will Abby Wambach be there? Will there be an injection of some new players, like Crystal Dunn, who currently leads the NWSL with 12 goals? These are the kinds of questions facing U.S. coach Jill Ellis, who on Wednesday also got a multi-year contract extension.

Wednesday will mark three years since the most epic soccer match to be played, the United States’ 4-3, extra-time victory over Canada in the 2012 Olympic semifinals. Watch the extended highlights here to relive that match.


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